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VALDOSTA — The sound of footsteps can be heard strolling in and out of bars and nightclubs. Smoke passes through the doorway as patrons explore one of their city’s premier spots.

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  • By Terry Richards terry.richards@gaflnews.com

VALDOSTA — The smell of hot dogs, the sound of bands and the sight of children jumping in the bouncy house: these are the signs that a town's big festival is underway.

  • By Jill Riepenhoff, Megan Luther and Lee Zurik | Raycom News Network

Family physicians, nurse practitioners and doctors whose health care focuses on non-narcotic therapies are some of the nation’s most prolific opioid prescription writers in recent years.

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LEWISBURG, Tenn. - Shortly after Dr. Mark Murphy, a top opioid prescriber in the U.S., started practicing here three days a week last year, the clinic owners asked a police detective to meet for dinner.

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VALDOSTA — Lowndes County sheriff’s deputies seized $400,000 cash from an individual during a January traffic stop after a report was made of someone driving erratically.

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  • By Eve Guevara eve.guevara@gaflnews.com

This is the third part of a four-part series looking at diversity in the SunLight Project coverage area of Dalton, Milledgeville, Moultrie, Tifton, Thomasville, Valdosta, Ga., and Live Oak, Fla.

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  • By Eve Guevara eve.guevara@gaflnews.com

VALDOSTA — Ann Powell joined Thomas County government in May 1994 as a 911 dispatcher. Within a year, she was promoted to 911 training officer, then to operations manager. She was named E-911 director in 2000.

  • By Jill Nolin jill.nolin@gaflnews.com

This is the eighth part of a month-long look at opioids in Georgia, specifically the SunLight Project area of Valdosta, Thomasville, Moultrie, Millegdeville, Dalton, Tifton.

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  • By Jill Nolin, Eve Guevara and Charles Oliver CNHI Reporters

VALDOSTA — Daniel Springer’s addiction to opioids started more than a decade ago with an injured knee. 

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  • By Jill Nolin jill.nolin@gaflnews.com

This is the fifth part of a month-long look at opioids in Georgia, specifically the SunLight Project area of Valdosta, Thomasville, Moultrie, Millegdeville, Dalton, Tifton.

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VALDOSTA — Every town has one.

  • The SunLight Project Team  sunlightproject@gaflnews.com

VALDOSTA — Across the SunLight Project coverage area — Valdosta, Dalton, Thomasville, Milledgeville, Tifton and Moultrie, Ga., and Live Oak, Jasper and Mayo, Fla., along with the surrounding counties — murders, disappearances and mysteries, some stretching back decades, remain unresolved.

  •  The SunLight Project Team sunlightproject@gaflnews.com

VALDOSTA — Across the SunLight Project coverage area — Valdosta, Dalton, Thomasville, Milledgeville, Tifton and Moultrie, Ga., and Live Oak, Jasper and Mayo, Fla., along with the surrounding counties — murders, disappearances and mysteries stretching back decades remain unresolved.

VALDOSTA — Georgia’s Open Records Act allows the public access to almost all documents held by local government. 

VALDOSTA— Public colleges and universities are open to the public. 

VALDOSTA — The Georgia First Amendment Foundation’s Red Book, otherwise known as “Georgia’s Sunshine Laws: A Citizen’s Guide to Open Government,” contains the laws verbatim, reprinted from the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, regarding Georgia’s Open Records Act and Georgia’s Open Meetings Act. 

  • By Terry Richards and Tom Lynn terry.richards@gaflnews.com, tom.lynn@gaflnews.com

VALDOSTA — Legal notices — the backbone of classified ads section in newspapers for generations — carry special importance for local governments.

VALDOSTA — “Meeting” may seem like an obvious word, it can be broken down further under the Georgia’s Open and Public Meetings Law.

VALDOSTA — Georgia's open government legislation begins with these words: “The strong public policy of this state is in favor of open government; that open government is essential to a free, open and democratic society.”

VALDOSTA — The Open Records Act serves as a way to encourage public access to information and confidence in the government through openness to the public.

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She was a four-time state champion in college softball, twice at Lake City Community College and twice at Florida State University. But she only received half the pay coaching as her male counterparts.

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VALDOSTA — One thing most people don't plan to do on Labor Day is labor.

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  • By Eve Guevara eve.guevara@gaflnews.com

VALDOSTA — According to statistics gathered from the U.S. Department of Justice, incidents of sexual violence have fallen nationally by more than half in the past 23 years.

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  • By John Stephen john.stephen@gaflnews.com

VALDOSTA — “Government in general is just a monster. … You can never fill its appetite,” Ricky Gamble said. “The more you give it, the more it will spend.”

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