October 16, 2013

Charles Oliver: School officials toss penalty flag on Confederate covering

• Tahoma High School, in Maple Valley, Wash., suspended two teens, who weren’t named by media, for wearing Confederate flags to school. The two wore the flags after another student was allowed to wear a gay pride flag to school for two weeks. School officials have refused to explain why wearing one flag is a violation of the school dress code and wearing the other isn’t.

• In Iowa, Judge James Richardson barred a reporter from the Daily Times Herald from taking notes during a vehicular homicide trial. Richardson said jurors could be influenced if they see the reporter taking notes and think that if he is writing something down, it must be important.

• A Davidson County, Tenn., grand jury has indicted former Nashville police officer Gerald McShepard for official misconduct for allegedly using his resources as a cop to try to get his ex-girlfriend fired from her job. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says McShepard sent an anonymous letter to the woman’s employer saying she was involved in prostitution and pornography.

• A Justice Department report found that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lost 420 million cigarettes between 2006 and 2011 during investigations of illegal sales. The report also found that the agency allowed informants to keep millions of dollars generated by illegal sales of cigarettes during these investigations.

• Rose Bogaert and her husband ran a metal straightening business in Detroit for 28 years, but fed up with high taxes and soaring crime, they moved their company to Dearborn Heights 15 years ago. But Detroit keeps sending them property tax bills for property in the city they no longer own. A local publication tried calling the number on the latest bill they received, from the city finance department, but found that no one ever answered the phone. They then called the city finance director, only to get a message that her voice mailbox was full.

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  • Ensuring the joy of reading

    They’re little, they’re libraries, and best of all, they’re free.

    July 28, 2014

  • Move carefully, but soon

    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
    But during a period of 40 years or more, quite a few people didn’t do enough planning, didn’t have enough foresight to see what all of the development in Dalton would do.

    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
    That’s what Dalton Public Schools officials received from the federal government when it dropped 30 Central American students into local classrooms last school year.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sacrifices worth honoring

    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

    July 24, 2014

  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014