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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

A VISIT FROM THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE TO THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION THIS WEEK ON OPEN RECORDS AND OPEN MEETINGS LAWS... GOT MANY OF YOU TALKING ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
SOME OF YOU WANTED TO KNOW HOW TO FILE AN OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS.
LORETTA McRANIE WROTE... "WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE FOR 13-WMAZ TO EDUCATE THE PEOPLE OF BIBB COUNTY ON HOW TO REQUEST OPEN RECORD ITEMS?
WHERE TO GO TO OBTAIN, ETC...."
IN RESPONSE TO THAT QUESTION... LORRA LYNCH JONES EXPLAINS THE LAW AND HOW TO GET ANSWERS THROUGH OPEN RECORDS.
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OPEN REQUESTS LAWS ARE NOT JUST FOR REPORTERS... GEORGIA'S SUNSHINE LAWS GIVE THE PUBLIC FREE ACCESS TO WHAT PUBLIC OFFICIALS ARE DOING.

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LET'S START BY DEFINING... WHAT IS A RECORD THAT YOU CAN REQUEST?
- THIS MEANS DOCUMENTS... PAPERS... LETTERS... MAPS... BOOKS.. TAPES... PHOTOS... COMPUTER GENERATED INFORMATION... AND E-MAIL.
- THE OPEN RECORDS LAWS APPLIES TO A LAUNDRY LIST OF STATE.. COUNTY... CITY... SCHOOL DISTRICT... AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.

HERE'S HOW TO GET STARTED WITH YOUR WRITTEN REQUEST FOR INFORMATION.


(SHOW THE SITE AND THE LETTER) - YOU CAN FIND A TEMPLATE ON-LINE AT THE GEORGIA'S FIRST AMENDMENT FOUNDATION's WEBSITE... G-F-A-F DOT ORG.
YOU CAN ACCESS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION ON THIS TOPIC... AND FORMS LIKE THIS.
IT'S LENGTHY... BUT THE WORK YOU'LL HAVE TO DO IS MINIMAL.
INCLUDE ALL YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION... AND TRY TO BE AS SPECFIC AS POSSIBLE ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE REQUESTING.

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FOR EXAMPLE... IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR A PARTICULAR OFFICIAL.... NAME THE PERSON AND A RANGE OF DATES FOR WHICH YOU ARE REQUESTING TRAVEL EXPENSE RECORDS.
- BE SURE TO MAKE A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS... THEN SUBMIT IT TO AGENCY FROM WHICH YOU ARE SEEKING THE INFORMATION IN PERSON... THROUGH MAIL... OR IN SOME PLACES... ON-LINE.

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- THE AGENCY HAS THREE DAYS TO RESPOND TO YOUR REQUEST
- IF THEY CAN'T PRODUCE THEM WITH IN THAT TIME FRAME... THE AGENCY MUST GIVE YOU A DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS... A TIMELINE FOR GETTING THEM TO YOU... THEN THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH SUPPLING THE INFORMATION.

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- A WARNING HERE: OPEN RECORDS REQUEST CAN COST MONEY TO PAY THE EMPLOYEES LOOKING FOR THE RECORDS... AND THE COST OF MAKING COPIES... BUT THOSE COSTS HAVE TO BE REASONABLE... AND IF THEY EXCEED 25-DOLLARS... YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW... BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH THE REQUEST.
FOR EXAMPLE... LAST YEAR I MADE A REQUEST TO GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY FOR A WIDE RANGE OF DOCUMENTS RELATING TO SENATOR CECIL STATON'S COMPANY... GEORGIA EAGLE MEDIA.
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THE UNIVERSITY CHARGED 13-WMAZ A LITTLE LESS THAN A HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR THIS INFORMATION... AND YOU CAN TELL BY THIS STACK OF PAPERS... WHY THAT CHARGE WAS WARRANTED.
IT ULTIMATELY SHOWED THROUGH RECORDS THAT GEORGIA EAGLE MEDIA OWED THE UNIVERSITY IN EXCESS OF 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS... AND WAS IN BREACH OF THEIR CONTRACT.

(TAKE GFX) - AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST... AGENCIES WHO DON'T COMPLY WITH THE LAWS ARE SUBJECT TO SOME HEFTY FINES.
THE LEGISLATURE JUST RAISED THEM TO ONE-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE... AND 25-HUNDRED FOR THE SECOND.
YOU CAN CONTACT THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE ABOUT FILING A CASE IN COURT.
>> WE CAN CONNECT YOU TO MORE INFORMATION ON GEORGIA'S SUNSHINE LAWS.
LOOK FOR THE LINKS INSIDE THIS STORY AT 13-WMAZ-DOT-COM.

IT APPEARS BIBB COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND IS FOOTING THE BILL FOR HIS TRIP TO BELGIUM.
DALLEMAND DROPPED OFF TWO CHECKS WITH CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER RON COLLIER ON THE MONDAY BEFORE LEAVING FOR THAT TRIP. THAT'S ALL ACCORDING TO COLLIER.
ONE OF THE CHECKS REIMBURSED THE DISTRICT FOR HIS 950 DOLLAR CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEE.
HE ALSO GAVE BACK A 420 DOLLAR CHECK FOR HIS MEALS ON THE TRIP.
DALLEMAND TOLD COLLIER HE PLANS TO PAY FOR THE ENTIRE COST OF THE TRIP... INCLUDING AIRFARE AND LODGING.... BUT DID NOT EXPLAIN WHY.
SUSAN GRIFFIN-ZIEBART... DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT AND DESIGN... WOULD NOT COMMENT ON WHETHER SHE'LL PLAY FOR HER OWN TRIP.
WE COULD NOT REACH THE THIRD SCHOOL OFFICIAL ON THE TRIP....DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING JUDY GODFREY...FOR COMMENT.
COLLIER REFERRED ALL OF OUR QUESTIONS ABOUT DALLEMAND'S PAYMENTS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT HIMSELF.
WE ASKED TO SPEAK WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT TODAY ABOUT HIS TRIP... BUT SCHOOL SPOKESWOMAN STEPHANIE HARTLEY SAID HE HAD MEETINGS ALL DAY AND WOULD NOT HAVE TIME FOR AN INTERVIEW UNTIL LATER THIS MONTH.
BUT AS WE WAITED OUTSIDE DALLEMAND'S OFFICE....WE SAW A REPORTER FROM ANOTHER T-V STATION BROUGHT INTO HIS OFFICE FOR AN INTERVIEW.
THERE WAS NO EXPLANATION WHY DALLEMAND WOULD NOT SPEAK SPECIFICALLY WITH 13WMAZ.

A MILEDGEVILLE WOMAN AND HER BOYFRIEND HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR KILLING HER STEPFATHER LAST YEAR.
TODAY... 23-YEAR-OLD ASHLEIGH ELAINE RICKS
ADMITTED KILLING 72-YEAR-OLD MANDLE CHARLIE WATERS SENIOR LAST OCTOBER.
LAST WEEK....HER BOYFRIEND... 36-YEAR-OLD ANDRE BROWN ALSO PLEADED GUILTY TO MURDER.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO OCMULGEE CIRCUIT DISTRICT ATTORNEY FRED BRIGHT.
HE SAID A BALDWIN COUNTY JUDGE SENTENCED THEM BOTH TO LIFE IN PRISON.
WATERS WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS CAR... SHOT TWICE IN THE BACK.
HE WAS MARRIED TO RICKS' BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND HAD RAISED HER SINCE CHILDHOOD.
D-A BRIGHT SAYS BROWN AND RICKS EACH BLAMED THE OTHER... BUT INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE BROWN LIKELY SHOT WATERS.

PEOPLE IN COMMUNITIES AROUND CENTRAL GEORGIA ARE LACING UP THEIR SNEAKERS TONIGHT TO FIGHT FOR A CURE AGAINST CANCER BY TAKING PART IN RELAY FOR LIFE.
THIS YEAR'S BIBB COUNTY RELAY IS AT AL SIHAH SHRINE PARK IN SOUTH MACON.
THAT'S WHERE WE FIND JOHN BOYER.
JOHN?
THANKS JOHN.
THE BIBB COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE ISN'T THE ONLY ONE GOING ON TONIGHT.
CRAWFORD COUNTY... COCHRAN... HAWKINSVILLE AND EASTMAN ARE ALSO HOLDING THEIR RELAYS TONIGHT.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS TODAY RECOGNIZED ELEVEN CENTRAL GEORGIANS FOR HEROIC EFFORTS.
PLENTY OF APPLAUSE KICKED OFF THE 3RD ANNUAL HOMETOWN HEROES BREAKFAST.
13WMAZ'S LORRA LYNCH JONES EMCEED THE EVENT.
EACH HERO WAS HONORED IN A DIFFERENT CATEGORY.
BEFORE EACH AWARD... A VIDEO PRESENTATION TOLD THE HERO'S STORY.
ONE HERO WAS MARINE CORPORAL MICHAEL BO (gwinn) GUINN WHO SAVED LIVES ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE WORLD.
AUSTIN LEWIS HAS MORE OF THIS HUMBLE HERO'S STORY.
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video nats: "Honestly, I'll never forget in a lifetime"
AT THE HOMETOWN HEROES BREAKFAST...ALL EYES...WERE GLUED TO THE SCREENS...LISTENING TO CORPORAL MICHAEL BO GUINN TELL HIS STORY.
Corporal Michael "Bo" Guinn, Warner Robins: I'm not a hero at all it's like I said I'm doing my job, like I said it's second nature to me. To me, it's not something that I want to take credit for.
standing ovation nats him getting the award.
BUT...THEY DISAGREED...
more nats...
GUINN GOT A HERO'S WELCOME AS HE MADE HIS WAY TO THE STAGE...ACCEPTING THE MILITARY HEROES AWARD NOT FOR HIMSELF...
Corporal Michael "Bo" Guinn, Warner Robins: it feels good, you know, like I said, I feel like I am representing my unit
AS HIS GRANDMOTHER...LAURA MULLIS...WATCHED WITH EYES FILLED WITH PRIDE.
Corporal Michael "Bo" Guinn, Warner Robins: She's a very important person in my life and I love her to death and um, she brags about me more than anybody so it's only right that she was to be with me to see me accept this award.
GUINN'S STORY OF HEROISM BEGINS IN 2010 IN AFGHANISTAN.
Corporal Michael "Bo" Guinn, Warner Robins: we were ambushed by the Taliban, two of my team members were pinned down behind a brick wall and I crossed a water-filled canal to provide suppression fire on the enemy, so they can make movement to safe cover.
AND HE SAVED LIVES.
Corporal Michael "Bo" Guinn, Warner Robins: there is no way I could leave my friends hanging. My brothers out there, it's just there's no way. It's second nature really.
GUINN SAYS WHILE HE'S HUMBLED BY THE AWARD... HIS HEROES ARE HIS MARINE BROTHERS.
Corporal Michael "Bo" Guinn, Warner Robins: I can say that I saw them everyday and I am not a hero, but I was in the company of heroes.
THIS ISN'T HIS ONLY HONOR...GUINN ALSO RECEIVED THE PURPLE HEART AWARD IN 2010 FOR ANOTHER ACT OF HEROISM IN AFGHANISTAN.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> TODAY'S CEREMONY RECOGNIZED 11 HOMETOWN HEROES.
BESIDES CORPORAL (GWINN) GUINN... OTHERS INCLUDED....
ANIMAL ADVOCATE......DOCTOR LORI UGOLIK.
JIM AND JAMI GAUDET...WHO RAN MACON'S FREE BASEBALL CLINIC FOR A QUARTER CENTURY.
911 DISPATCHER DANIELLE MOORE TRUELOVE... AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE HERO.
GOOD SAMARITAN JARED NELSON OF FORT VALLEY... WHO RESCUED A WOMAN FROM A BURNING CAR.
NANCY LITTLE FIELD OF WARNER ROBINS.... A SCHOOL PARA PRO FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN.
BIBB COUNTY DEPUTY BRANNON JULES GRACE... WHO RISKED HIS LIFE TO PRVENT A SUICIDE ATTEMPT ON AN I-75 OVERPASS.
AND PAVING THE WAY FOR YOUTH HEROES.... HUNTER O'NEAL OF MONROE COUNTY... ADAHY PRICHETT OF JONES COUNTY AND GREYSON BARGERON OF BIBB COUNTY.
AND FINALLY KODY LUCAS... WHO BATTLED A BRAIN TUMOR FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS WAS HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY AS A RED CROSS HERO.

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EACH WEEK WE TAKE A LOOK AT CENTRAL GEORGIA EATERIES TO FIND OUT HOW THEY MEASURED UP WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR STOPPED BY.
WE'RE IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK FOR RESTAURANT RATINGS... STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES....
SHANE'S RIB SHACK AT 6-70 LAKE JOY ROAD IN KATHLEEN... SCORED AN 88... A "B". THAT'S DOWN A LETTER GRADE FROM THE 94 OR "A" THEY GOT IN THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
THAT SCORE WAS BECAUSE FOOD WAS NOT KEPT AT THE PROPER COLD AND HOT HOLDING TEMPERATURES... AND APPROVED THAWING METHODS WEREN'T USED.
WENDY'S ON SAM NUNN BLVD IN PERRY... SCORED AN 87... A "B."
ON THEIR LAST REPORT.... THEY BROUGHT IN A PERFECT 100.
THE REPORT SAYS ADEQUATE HANDWASHING FACILITIES WERE NOT SUPPLIED AND ACCESSIBLE... WHICH IS A KNOWN RISK FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
AND MCDONALDS AT 793 HIGHWAY 96 IN BONAIRE... GOT AN 87... A "B"... COMING AFTER ANOTHER 100 ON THE LAST INSPECTION.
ACCORDING TO THE HEALTH INSPECTOR... THERE WAS IMPROPER EATING... TASTING... DRINKING... OR TOBACCO USE.
AND THAT'S A KNOWN RISK FACTOR FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESSES.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK..
HUDDLE HOUSE ON WATSON BLVD IN WARNER ROBINS BROUGHT IN A 97.. OR AN "A".. THAT'S AFTER A 100 ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
2 GUYS AND A PIE PIZZERIA AT 402 HIGHWAY 247 IN BONAIRE RECEIVED A 96.. ALSO AN "A".. COMING AFTER ANOTHER A.. A 95 ON THEIR PREVIOUS REPORT.
AND MRS PEGGIE'S CHICKEN.. SEAFOOD...AND BBQ ON CARROLL STREET IN PERRY RANKED IN A 100.. WHICH COMES AFTER ANOTHER 100 ON THEIR LAST REPORT.
JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER....
FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK UNDER THE FEATURES TAB.

THE WARNER ROBINS HERITAGE SOCIETY IS COUNTING ON WORD OF MOUTH TO HELP THEM COLLECT AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE TOWN.
MARSHA (BUH-ZELL) BUZZELL WITH THE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU SAYS THE PROJECT WILL LOOK FOR PEOPLE TO TELL THEIR STORIES OF LIVING IN THE INTERNATIONAL CITY.
THEY ALSO PLAN TO COLLECT PICTURES AND OTHER DOCUMENTS.
THE PROJECT WILL SHOWCASE THE COLLECTION IN THE NOLA BRANTLEY LIBRARY AND THE ALBERTA DEPOT... WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME A MUSEUM.
Marsha Buzzell, Convention and Visitors Bureau: "The railroad brought the troops into what was then Wellston Army Depot... which is now Robins Air Force Base... and Wellston finally becoming Warner Robins. There is a connection and so we want that to be saved for the future."
THE PROJECT KICKS OFF TOMORROW AT 11 A-M AT THE NOLA BRANTLEY LIBRARY.
MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN AND OTHER CITY OFFICIALS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HAVE YOU RECORDED A FAMILY MEMBER'S MEMORIES?
SO FAR... 70 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... AND 30 PERCENT SAY YES.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

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