WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 1-29-24


Former Georgia State Patrol Commander Don Stultz is challenging longtime Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson in an upcoming Republican primary for the post.

The two men both hail from Northwest Georgia, each have more than 40 years of experience in law enforcement and have known each other since they were children.  Wilson, 66, is running for his eighth four-year term as sheriff and has nearly 50 years of law enforcement experience. Stultz, a 65-year-old resident of LaFayette, retired from the Georgia State Patrol in 2020 after 42 years of service. They both plan to be on the May 21 Republican primary ballot. The primary is May 21, and the general election is Nov. 5.

A train crashed into a car Friday morning in Ringgold, killing one person, according to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).  A report from the GSP says a 2007 Toyota Camry was stopped on the train tracks at High Street.  A 58-year-old woman was the driver of the car, but she was not inside. Instead, she was crouched near the driver’s side front tire when the train struck.  The GSP said the woman was hit by a CSX train, which was traveling south.  First responders pronounced the woman dead at the scene.  The investigation is ongoing.

The Dalton Police Department are investigating a drive-by shooting that happened yesterday around 4:15 pm at the intersection of Hamilton Street and Tyler Street near downtown Dalton.  One man was injured, but is not considered to be in life-threatening condition.  Investigators said they think this incident is unrelated to the road rage shooting that happened around 1:30 pm on West Walnut Avenue.

Officials said two men told police they were walking on the sidewalk on the northwest corner of the intersection when someone from a passing vehicle shot at them five times and one shot hit one victim in the back of the shoulder. He was transferred to Hamilton Medical Center by ambulance for treatment.  The investigators do not have a description of the shooter or the car they were driving at this time.  If you have any information about this incident contact the Dalton Police Department.

A majority of taxpayers feel they pay too much in taxes, with many saying that they receive a poor value in return, according to a new poll from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.  Two-thirds of U.S. taxpayers say they spend “too much” on federal income taxes, as tax season begins. About 7 in 10 say the same about local property taxes, while roughly 6 in 10 feel that way about state sales tax. Generally speaking, Republicans are more likely than Democrats to view taxes as unfair, to say they are paying too much in taxes, and to see taxes as a poor value.  Adults who are 60 and older are more likely than younger adults to perceive taxes, generally, as fair.