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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Allens agree to resign

Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen and her husband, District 3 Commissioner Charles Allen, both agreed to resign Tuesday.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Columbia County to forgive snow days

The Columbia County Board of Education voted Tuesday not to bring children back to school to make up two days missed during this month's ice storm.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Commission seeks funds from Allen

The Columbia County Commission voted 4-0 on Friday to authorize its attorneys to recover any "wrongfully withheld" funds from Tax Commissioner Kay Allen
By Steve Crawford

Commission seeks funds from tax commissioner

The Columbia County Commission voted 4-0 Friday to authorize its attorneys to recover funds from Tax Commissioner Kay Allen.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

Allen seeks deal as commission considers action

While Columbia County commissioners are preparing to meet about possible legal action against Tax Commissioner Kay Allen, her lawyers are still trying cut a deal.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Allen had previous issues remitting fees

A report dated Dec. 9, 2009, from the accounting firm Mauldin and Jenkins, stated that Kay Allen had accumulated $203,000 in mailing fees from automobile tag payments that she had failed to remit ...
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

Audit: Allen withheld $93,000

Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen has failed to remit more than $93,000 in public funds to the county and other authorities as required by state law, according to the findings of an audit ...
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Outdoor retailer to build store in Columbia County

Gander Mountain will break ground next month on a new 52,000-square-foot store along I-20.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Ex-garrison commander honored

Thom Tuckey, a former Fort Gordon garrison commander was honored Tuesday by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Group seeks to establish charter in Columbia County

A local group intends to petition the Columbia County Board of Education to establish the county's first charter school. It will be known as Columbia County School for the Arts, according to the ...
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Fifth-grader takes top Bee prize

A 10-year-old from Stevens Creek Elementary School outlasted 24 competitors Monday to take first prize in the Columbia County Spelling Bee.
By Steve Crawford

Allen received training on law changes

Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen attended training on the 2007 change in state law that affected her agreements to collect taxes for Harlem and Grovetown, according to state records.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

11 to review bids for hospital

Eleven people will serve on a citizen's committee to evaluate bids to build a hospital in Columbia County, including a former commission chairman and state senator, and a former newspaper publisher.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Ron Cross to seek re-election

Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross will seek a fourth term of office this November, he confirmed Monday.
By Steve Crawford

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

Lawyer defends Allen actions

Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen's attorney submitted a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday, addressing concerns over $160,000 in compensation from Grovetown and Harlem.
By Steve Crawford

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Allen must 'show just cause' or face removal

Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen has 10 days to explain her actions to Gov. Nathan Deal or face removal from office, according to a letter sent this week.
By Steve Crawford

3 charged with stalking, threatening Evans student

Three people are facing terroristic threats and weapons charges, accused of stalking an Evans High School student and firing a handgun outside the teen's home.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

Swim school to be first of its kind

The owners of Dolphin Academy Swim School announced Monday they were building the area's first dedicated indoor teaching facility in Columbia County.
By Steve Crawford

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Harlem band members to perform at Sugar Bowl

Harlem High School's marching band will perform at halftime of tonight's Sugar Bowl game.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

Tax commissioner's "possible malfeasance" reported

The Columbia County Commission voted Monday morning to send an official letter to Gov. Nathan Deal reporting "possible malfeasance" on the part of Tax Commissioner Kay Allen.
By Steve Crawford

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