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Free Coffee for a Cup of Kindness

ATHENS, GA– A new student club on campus is brewing up some positivity. Every other week, the club serves free coffee to students and local residents. There’s a catch. If you accept the cup of coffee you have to promise to perform an act of kindness. Jaren Mendel, a sophomore accounting major, founded Karma Coffee in November of 2015. Mendel explains, “Karma coffee is a kindness initiative on campus, and instead of paying for the coffee with money, you pay for it with an act of kindness.” A bucket of…

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How the “America First” Budget Could Affect Athens

Athens, Ga.– Federal funds used for everything from affordable housing to free job training are up for elimination in President Trump’s proposed “America First” budget. The federal government provides a portion of these funds to Athens each year through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The $3 billion program is up for elimination because it “is not well targeted” and “has not demonstrated results” according to the budget presented to Congress. This year, the federal government allocated $275,000 to the Athens Land Trust (ALT) to fund various local initiatives through…

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Redcoat Band Member, Now Cancer-Free, Returns to UGA

The words “cancer-free” are now music to the ears of one UGA redcoat band member and his fellow bandmates. Jaron Lehman, a sophomore who plays the mellophone, was diagnosed with stage-two testicular cancer last June. His cancer went into remission this past November. He says his participation in the band was a positive distraction on his road to remission. “My participation in the redcoat band is really what got me through it,” says Lehman, “it gave me this outlet where I didn’t have to think about cancer…I wouldn’t really know…

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North Oconee High School Student-Athletes Head to Military Academies

For the first time in North Oconee High School’s history, there are two female athletes who have been recruited and appointed to U.S. military academies. Alexis Shirley, a swimmer, will attend the Air Force Academy in the fall. and Anna Jerald will play rugby at West Point. Swimming has been a part of Alexis Shirley’s life since the summer after first grade and ever since 5th grade, she’s been swimming with AVSC Competitive Swim Academy affiliated with Abington Vale Swimming Club which takes place at UGA’s Ramsey Center. Anna Jerald,…

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eSports at UGA Hosts over 500 Gamers at its First Gaming Exposition

A UGA gaming organization called eSports at UGA hosted almost 600 gamers in The Classic Center during its first southeast gaming exposition. Last weekend, more than 500 gamers from all over the southeast gathered in The Classic Center to compete in teams during Athens Online, the first gaming exposition hosted by gaming club, eSports at UGA. Melee brackets were configured as teams competed in games such as Call of Duty, League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Super Smash Bros, Overwatch, and more. The Vice President of UGA’s eSport chapter…

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Building Bridges Through Language: UGA Professor Teaches Arabic Lessons to Athens Community

ATHENS– Members of the University of Georgia and Athens community are gathering together on weekends to learn Arabic at the Al-Huda Athens Islamic Center. University of Georgia Professor of Arabic and Religious Studies, Dr. Adel Amer, teaches Arabic lessons at the Al-Huda Islamic Center where he is also the mosque’s Imam. He began teaching these lessons after a successful open house at the Al-Huda center. “These lessons are a good way for members of the Muslim and non-Muslim community to get to know one another”, Amer says. He continues, “We have…

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Georgia Representatives Under Fire for Refusal to Hold Public Meetings

Georgia senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga, and David Perdue, R-Ga, as well as Georgia’s 10th District Representative Jody Hice are under fire from many constituents from their refusal to hold public, in person town hall meetings with their voters. Congressman Hice hasn’t hosted a town hall in Athens since his election in 2014. Senator Perdue said he prefers small meetings and telephone town halls, while Senator Isakson, just recently held a tele-town hall Yet, none of these are putting Athens residents’ concerns at rest. Leandra Nessel, a member of Athens’ chapter…

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Georgia Woman Arrested for Running Into Chicken Truck

A Georgia woman appears to have decided to recognize National Poultry Day in an unusual way. Police say Judith Armstrong was recently arrested after intentionally running into a chicken truck and fleeing the scene. After the unknown truck driver was hit, he called the police. The police report says once arriving on the scene, police noticed there was debris from the red car on the shoulder and part of a rear bumper in addition to the license plate. Police traced it to Armstrong and then tracked her down at her…

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UGA Research Program to Sponsor Atlanta Science Festival

A University of Georgia research program is sponsoring the now underway Atlanta Science Festival. The research program, LISELL-B, stands for language-rich inquiry science with English language learners through biotechnology. The program holds workshops and provides information for families, creating a network of information for bilingual students. The program began over nine years ago with the arrival of Dr. Corey Buxton. LISELL-B was formed after discussing research interests with his colleague Martha Allexsaht-Snider. LISELL-B is hoping to bring their information and advice to a larger audience in Atlanta through the Atlanta…

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Freezes a Bad Omen for Georgia Fruit Crops

Freezing temperatures throughout the state this week have caused short-term problems for farmers and long-term problems for consumers. Freezes damage fruit blossoms, which means there will be lower crop yields for fruits like peaches and blueberries going into the summer. Blossoms are a common sign of spring, but UGA Climatologist Pam Knox says it’s a bad sign that those blossoms have appeared so early this season. “The plants are developing almost a month ahead of normal,” said Knox. Jerry Thomas Jr., owner of Thomas Orchard in Bishop, says the mild…

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BCES calls for “behavior modification” to prevent wildfires

Barrow County residents are taking advantage of nice weather and trying to beat the May 1st statewide burn ban to burn their debris and other materials, says Lt. Blair Dunst of Barrow County Emergency Services. BCES has fought 40 wildfires in the past three months and those numbers will continue to rise until what Lt. Dunst calls “behavior modification” occurs. Three wildfires have scorched land on Old Hog Mountain Road in Barrow County since mid-February. One burned almost five acres of property and damaged a neighbor’s property. A second wildfire started…

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New Legislation is Brewing Up in the Georgia House That Will Change Georgia Craft Beer Industry

ATHENS, Ga—Georgia legislators are brewing up new legislation that, if passed, would revolutionize Georgia’s craft beer industry, according to some analysts. The legislation, Senate Bill 85 would remove the decades-old law that requires breweries to sell their beer through distributors and give away their beer on tours. Beer accounts for more than $1.1 million of Georgia’s economy and ranks 48th in the nation. Three of the 34 craft breweries in Georgia are located in Athens, according to the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. They include Terrapin, Southern Brewing, and Creature Comforts. Under…

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