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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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Note: The following list only includes events happening in the SunLight Project coverage area from July 2-4. Many communities hosted Independence Day events the Saturday before July 4.

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  • The SunLight Team sunlightproject@gaflnews.com

This report is the final installment of a four-part series on unsolved crimes in the region.

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  • The SunLight Team sunlightproject@gaflnews.com

This report is the third installment of a four-part series on unsolved crimes in 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.

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  • By Thomas Lynn & John Stephen

VALDOSTA — Homeless, three kids, everything she owned in the back of her truck, Tawanna Hines found herself at the Live Oak Housing Authority for the third time.

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VALDOSTA — Funnel cakes, fried gator on a stick, arts and crafts, bouncy houses, pony rides, live music and crowded streets — hometown festivals.  

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