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Georgia Forestry Commission Responds to Fires Across the State

The smoky skies may not clear up anytime soon. The Georgia Forestry Commission is responding to a record number of fires across the state. They say that fire conditions are rough and they don’t see much relief on the horizon. State Forestor Robert Farris explains how severe droughts have caused more than a 200% increase in wildfires across the state. In just the past four days, officials have responded to more than 175 wildfire calls in the state. The USDA has two spots in Northeast Georgia that meet the most…

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Local Business Startups

Coffee wasn’t the only thing being spilled today at Rook and Pawn. Students and entrepreneurs came out today to hear advice from Four Athens, a local organization that supports start up businesses. Brad Glisson was in the crowd and is a former UGA student. He now calls himself an entrepreneur.  “I called just some random startup in California, like hey how do i start a company, and he was like hey thanks for calling it’s not for the faint of heart,” Glisson says. Brad started his company back in 2011,…

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Latest Internet Meme Sensations

Two hilarious memes are taking Twitter by storm — The #JoBama memes and the #UNameItChallenge. The #JoBama memes feature Joe Biden and President Barack Obama making plans to prank President Elect Trump. Biden is generally the “petty” character, and President Obama is usually laughing at Biden’s comments. It’s a source of comic relief after the presidential election. Here are some of our favorites:       The #UNameItChallenge features Gospel Superstar, Shirley Caesar, who talks about beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, and other food in this small little clip. Remixes have…

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Prince Avenue Seniors are Ready for the Playoffs

Nicholas Brown is 6’1″, 180 pounds and a senior at Prince Avenue Christian High School. He is a tight end for the football team and has made it to the playoffs his last three years. Three years of almost winning it all but not taking home the title. This year is his last chance.  “We’re going to do the best we can to just dominate,” Brown offers. Brown isn’t alone. Chandler Smith was there every one of those three years when Prince Avenue Christian H.S. was sent home without the state title. Smith…

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Where Should You Volunteer Based on Your Personality? Take this Quiz and See Your Results

Some people decide the holidays is the perfect time to help others. If that describes you….but you have no idea where you could volunteer…we can help! Take this short and fun quiz that will tell you what voluteer oppourtunity matches your personality. You’ll get your personality assessment immediately. Once you do….your results will tell you places in your area where you can volunteer. https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/296054/what-volunteer-opportunity-is-best-for-you Follow us on Twitter, Instagram,and Snapchat @GradyNewsource By: Leah La Rosa

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Close Up: Dan Matthews

Two votes…changed Dan Matthews political life. Dan Matthews defeated Mark Melvin in the run off election for the Post five seat yesterday. This was Matthews’ fourth attempt to secure a seat on the Council. He says his goals for the city consist of simple improvements. “Simple things like recycling bins in Harris Shoals Parks, more sidewalks, bike paths….members of the Watkinsville City Council and learning from them.” – Dan Matthews Matthews will join the Watkinsville City Council in January. By: Nathaniel McDaniel Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @gradynewsource.

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The Mind of a Hacker: Ethical Hacking

You might use the same password for every account, however experts say that this is one easy way for your server to be hacked. The University of Georgia’s Special Collections Library is hosting lectures this week as a part of Ethical Culture Week. Today, experts explained “The Mind of a Hacker.” According to security analyst Laura Heilman, a hacker hacks or gains unauthorized access to data. Heilman says that there are three types of hackers: white, grey, and black. According to Heilman, the following are qualities of each type of hacker or “hat:”…

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Athens Ranked Top 15 For Small Businesses

According to Forbes Magazine, Athens, Georgia is ranked number fifteen for best small place for business and careers. The city is home to a number of startup businesses including: Rentpost- This is a company that offers a cloud based software service for renters to keep track of their businesses, and a place for tenants to manage payments as well. Zombie Donuts- This was started by a University of Georgia student named Tony Raffa. He has two locations: Washington D.C and Athens, GA. Four Athens- This is a company that helps…

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