October 16, 2013

Charles Oliver: School officials toss penalty flag on Confederate covering


• Miami, Fla., police officer Malinsky Bazile has been found guilty in federal court of using police databases to commit identity theft. Bazile stole the identities of 1,000 people and used them to collect fraudulent income tax refunds.

• Also in Florida, Anne Packham, one of the federally funded health care navigators who are supposed to help people sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, has admitted she gave some wrong information to local media and the public. Packham had told an Orlando TV station that people who wanted to buy health insurance on the exchange would need to provide their credit scores. When confronted with her error, Packham would not explain how she made the mistake.

• The London Fire Brigade is asking the public not to call 999, England’s equivalent to 911, unless they have an emergency. Officials say that some of the non-emergency calls they have received are a man asking them to get his son’s shoe off the roof of their house, a woman who accidentally threw her dentures at a pair of dogs while trying to break up their fighting, a woman who spotted a fox in her garden, and an au pair who couldn’t close a window and didn’t want to disturb the family she worked for.

Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.

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  • 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

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014