Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
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Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
TERRELL COUNTY, GA (WALB) -
Terrell County's Tax Commissioner is in trouble for not following Georgia law.
She says she's just doing her job the same way she's done it for 40-years.
Terrell County Commissioners voted to report Peggy Pritchard to the Governor for holding on to tax revenue until the end of the year instead of handing it over to the county every two weeks as she's supposed to.
Peggy Pritchard says she and commissioners have always had the same friendly arrangement on distributing the tax money, until now.
74 year old Peggy Pritchard has been Terrrell County Tax Commissioner for 40 years. She was back at work today, not concerned about County Commissioners' vote to report her office to the Governor.
Pritchard said "I slept like a baby last night. It's not worrying me. If the Governor puts me out, he puts me out."
Terrell County's auditor pointed out that Pritchard held more than 212 thousand dollars for tax collections most of the year, instead of remitting it every month as Georgia law requires. Commissioners say they have had lots of complaints about Pritchard's office, and voted unanimously to report to the Governor.
Terrell County Commission Chairman Wilbur Gamble said "There is no fraud. There is no embezzlement. There is no shortage of money. I would say there needs to be improvements on how the money is being handled."
Pritchard said her office has received no complaints, and that is how Commissioners have handled business with her office for 4 decades.
Pritchard said "We have had a friendly agreement that that's where we paid the money out. And I paid the money out then. The money was in the bank drawing interest. And if they needed the money for something, they just call me and said bring me a check, and I'd carry them a check."
Gamble said because of the audit, commissioners are bound by law to report the issue to the Governor's office. Pritchard said the citizens of Terrell County are satisfied with her work, because they keep re-electing her.
You were voted in by the people. Are you worried the Governor might order you to step down? Pritchard said "No, sir. I'm not worried, because it's in God's hand. Me and the Lord walk like that."
Commissioner Gamble said it's nothing personal, but says they must report the issues with the Tax Commissioner office to the Governor, and leave the decision to him.
Pritchard was re-elected last year, and has three more years in her term. She told me Thursday that if Commissioners want to remit all the tax collections twice every month, she will do it.
Commission Chairman Gamble, who has been in office 33 years, told us he knows how Georgia government works and he doesn't expect any response or decision from the Governor anytime soon.