• Probation Provider Operating Without a Contract

    CLEVELAND, Ga. – Sentinel Offender Services, the misdemeanor probation company that has been sued more than 25 times and accused of threatening and intimidating at least three White County women, is operating without a valid White County contract. An open records request to County Manager Michael Melton produced only a contract that was dated 2005 […]

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  • Judge Miller Rules Against Sentinel Offender Services

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Murphy C. Miller handed White County’s Kathy Cochran a victory in her five-year long fight with Sentinel Offender Services when he ordered the case against her returned to the dead docket. In issuing the ruling, Miller stated: “Defendant Kathy Cochran was not subject to a pre-trial diversion […]

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  • Opening of New Lane on Ga. 400 Delayed

    CUMMING — Commuters from Atlanta to Dawson, White and Lumpkin counties will have to wait a little longer for the third northbound lane of Ga. 400 to open. Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) officials, who expected to have the new lane between McFarland Parkway (Exit 12) and Peachtree Parkway (Exit 13) finished by September, now […]

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  • Gun Range Hearing Draws Packed House

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — It’s rare the White County Board of Commissioners meeting draws a large crowd, but on Monday the meeting room was elbow-to-elbow and the crowd spilled out into the lobby area for a public hearing on a proposed outdoor gun range on Ga. Alternate 75. Chairman Travis Turner asked for a show of […]

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  • Sunday Fire Damages Cleveland Home

    CLEVELAND, Ga. – A kitchen fire at a home at 37 Robin Hood Drive in Cleveland sent units from both White County and the Cleveland Fire Departments racing to the scene Sunday morning. Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said when units arrived heavy smoke was visible and the fire, which was located in the kitchen […]

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  • Fire Damages Several Downtown Businesses

    CLEVELAND — A fire at a Cleveland strip mall damaged half a dozen buildings Sunday afternoon, but there were no reports of injuries. Cleveland and White County firefighters were called to the complex at 195 East Jarrard St., at 5:05 p.m. Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said, “It appears it originated in the second unit, […]

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  • DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Both sides delivered closing arguments Friday in the case of Lumpkin County Coroner Ronald Fortner who is charged with 18 counts of felony theft by deception, 18 counts of misdemeanor theft by deception and violation of oath of office. On Thursday, defense attorney Jeff Wolff moved for a directed verdict of acquittal […]

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  • Cleveland Man Arrested, Charged With Murder

    CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Authorities have arrested Frederick Sauder, 27, of Cleveland, Ga and charged him with felony murder in connection with the shooting death of Wayne Alexander on August 12. White County Chief Deputy Bob Ingram said Sauder was arrested at the Travel Inn Motel in Athens at 2:30 this morning. Ingram said […]

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