News Line for Dalton

Council hires appraiser for Veterans Drive project
In 2007, Dalton and Whitfield County voters approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) that called for, among other projects, transforming Veterans Drive into a major north-south corridor to relieve congestion on Glenwood Avenue.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Area firefighters climbing Atlanta tower to benefit lung association
Local firefighters are teaming up to participate in the American Lung Association’s 8th annual vertical challenge to race to the top of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower in downtown Atlanta Saturday morning.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Brown named city manager of Varnell
Mike Brown stepped down as operations manager for the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department after almost 40 years with that agency on Tuesday. Today, he starts a new job with a new city.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton to conduct historic survey
The city of Dalton has received a $10,821 grant to complete the first survey of its three historic districts in three decades.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Curfew ordinance gets makeover
Go out in public after midnight in Dalton and you could still get cited to court if you’re 17 or younger.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Council to consider curfew changes
The Dalton City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on changes to its curfew law that would create exemptions for teens in a variety of situations from work to school functions to church events.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Council leaning against May special election for mayor
Dalton voters will likely have to wait until November to select their next mayor.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Downtown Dalton is thriving again
When I think about the past few years in Dalton, I’m struck by how much has changed both for the community and for me as well.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Pennington’s final meeting a mix of business and accolades
Pennington’s final meeting as mayor before qualifying today to run in the Republican primary for governor against incumbent Nathan Deal was marked by several tributes.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Pennington praised as hard work of campaign begins
David Pennington said he wanted to clarify one thing Monday night. He is not stepping down as mayor of Dalton to run for a higher office.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Pennington's legacy
When he first ran for mayor of Dalton in 2007, David Pennington says he didn’t anticipate running for governor seven years later.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Pennington to step down as mayor for run for governor
David Pennington jokes that he isn’t stepping down as mayor of Dalton, he’s being fired by the state. Pennington plans to qualify on Tuesday to challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in the May 20 Republican primary.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton recycling works wonders
The Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority recently presented awards to the City Council and Dalton Public Works honoring the city’s curbside recycling program.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Council hopes to bring history programs downtown
The old freight depot in downtown Dalton could soon be a showcase for artifacts held by Dalton State College’s Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

More local law enforcement agencies ‘like’ social media
The Dalton Police Department for years has actively used social media and other online options, including a regularly updated blog that contains the latest news updates, often including information on suspects wanted for various crimes.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton receives GDOT funds for improvements on two local roads
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the State Transportation Board are paving the way for street improvements in the city of Dalton. GDOT recently approved a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) amounting to nearly $265,000 to resurface and stripe two local roads in Dalton.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Rec department is vital to our community
It starts in the parks. That’s a pretty catchy statement, and it’s one that definitely set the tone for a presentation that our Carpet Capital Rotary Club members heard recently.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Council OKs asbestos removal at Lee building
The Dalton City Council voted 3-0 on Monday to award a $43,690 contract to Kadima, a Buford-based company, to remove asbestos and other hazardous materials from the Lee Printing building on Hamilton Street.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Varnell seeks city manager
Varnell City Council members say the city needs a city manager, and they want to bring one in as quickly as they can.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton could conduct historic survey
The city of Dalton wants to conduct the first formal inventory of its historic districts, and on Monday City Council members voted 4-0 to submit a letter to the state Historic Preservation Division supporting a grant request by the Dalton Historic Preservation Commission.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton to examine its underage curfew ordinance
Dalton City Council members in the coming months will likely revisit a local ordinance that prohibits anyone under 18 years old from being out in public without their parents or guardians between midnight and 5 a.m.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Police expand traffic unit
The Dalton Police Department has expanded its full-time Traffic Enforcement Unit from two officers to three, and will be adding a fourth officer to the unit in early 2014.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

No tax increase for city residents
The 2014 Dalton city budget calls for the property tax rate to remain at 2.616 mills next year. But Mayor David Pennington said the council could still cut it.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Bigger skate park a positive
Bigger does not necessarily mean better. But in the case of Dalton’s skate park, it does.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton looks at expanding skate park
Victor Cervantes, then barely 15, stood before the Dalton City Council three years ago and made the case for a public skate park. He proved so persuasive that the city had one up and running less than a year later.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton City Council: Obamacare drives up health costs
Dalton city employees will see their insurance premiums increase slightly next year due to the new health care law.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Judge sides with cops in traffic stop lawsuit
A federal district judge recently sided with three Dalton police officers who came under scrutiny for alleged Fourth Amendment violations stemming from a 2011 traffic stop in which they charged a passenger with public drunkenness after he vomited onto the road and refused to provide his identification.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Former Lee Printing building could be Dalton’s ‘keystone’
Largely unoccupied for about a decade, it might seem the Lee Printing building is a part of downtown Dalton’s past, not its future. But one Dalton native sees the building as the “keystone” of continued growth and development along Hamilton Street.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

O’Gwin says he will take a long-range view of issues
Since moving to northwest Georgia six years ago, Tate O’Gwin has been very active in a number of civic and community organizations. But he says he didn’t contemplate running for elected office until very recently.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Pennington officially enters governor's race
After several months gauging support around the state, Dalton Mayor David Pennington is officially announcing his campaign for governor today and formally entering the race.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton Police officer is a Bronze Star recipient
Dalton Police Department Officer Brian Early isn’t one to brag about his achievements at his “other” job in the Army Reserve.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Crews wins second term
Dalton City Council member Gary Crews cruised to re-election Tuesday, beating challenger J.K. Ware 1,218 (73.95 percent) to 428 (25.99 percent).
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton OKs ordinance for alcohol producers
A change in Dalton’s zoning ordinance could bring a local distillery closer to beginning production.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen