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Death penalty survivor returns to Berry

Death penalty survivor returns to Berry

ROME, Ga. -- In 1990, William Neal Moore was hours away from being executed by the state of Georgia when he was pardoned and later freed from prison.

The Rome resident is the only self-confessed murderer to be released from death row in the U.S. Now, he is coming to Berry College to share his story and host a discussion on race, prison and the death penalty.

Moore will lecture in Berry's Science Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. His appearance is free and open to the public.

During the lecture, Moore will reunite via Skype with Jack Boger, his death penalty case attorney. Boger is dean of the University of North Carolina School of Law and a longtime leader in civil rights litigation.

Berry SOUP-Off continues Monday

Berry SOUP-Off continues Monday

ROME, Ga. -- The  Berry College SOUP-Off will wrap up Monday with Rome's final chance to sample some delicious soup and raise money for a good cause.

Come taste the soup from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Well on Shorter Avenue, beside West Rome Baptist Church.

Entry to the SOUP-Off costs $3. Funds will go to the Sponsorship of Orphans in Uganda Project (SOUP), which was founded in 2009 by Berry graduate Brin Enterkin and provides basic necessities, healthcare and education to Ugandan orphans.

In 2010, the SOUP-Off raised $3,000 for SOUP.

AIDS Walk hosted by Berry student group

AIDS Walk hosted by Berry student group

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College's Black Student Association (BSA) will host its first annual AIDS Walk this weekend, ending a week of HIV/AIDS awareness on campus.

The walk will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Berry's Ford Complex. Its theme is "Educate. Advocate. Embrace."

"It is BSA's hope that the Berry College community will be educated on a deeper level about HIV/AIDS," Tasha C. Toy, director of Berry's Multicultural and International Student Programs, said in a statement.

Everyone at Berry College and in the Rome area is invited to attend the walk. Those who are interested should arrive at 12:30 p.m. to sign in. Donations will be warmly accepted; students will also hold bake sales and a dance to raise more money and awareness.

Wings Over North Ga. needs volunteers

Wings Over North Ga. needs volunteers

ROME, Ga. -- The first-ever Wings Over North Georgia Air Show is almost here, but volunteers are still needed.

Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau spokesman Chris Cannon said volunteers will work the ticket booth and serve food to the performers on Friday. They will be compensated for their hard work with free parking, a meal voucher, a volunteer T-shirt and free admission to Aaron Tippin's Red, White & Loud concert.

Saturday and Sunday volunteers will also work the ticket booth, check tickets and work in the Chalet Village. Volunteering comes with free parking, a meal voucher, access to the volunteer break hangar with water and snacks, a T-shirt and free admission to the day's big event.

Wings Over North Ga. adds more acts

Wings Over North Ga. adds more acts

ROME, Ga. -- A barbecue cook-off and car show is just the latest addition to the Wings Over North Georgia lineup.

The inaugural air show, which will be held Sept. 28-30 at Rome's Richard B. Russell Regional Airport, will also feature the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Black Diamond Jet Team.

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Admission to the new show -- the Smoke-n-Thunder Barbecue Classic and Auto Show -- is included in the general ticket price.

"These are huge additions to an already large-scale event," JLC Air Show Management president John Cowman said in a statement. "We are thrilled to bring all the best entertainment to one place. There is something here that everyone in the family can enjoy."

Darlington School to host college fair

Darlington School to host college fair

ROME, Ga. -- More than 125 colleges will be represented at a college fair at Rome's Darlington School this week.

The fair will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. It will take place in the Johnson Field House at the school's Huffman Athletic Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

Colleges and universities from all over the United States, as well as a handful of international schools, will be featured at the fair. See a full list of participating schools.

Berry gearing up for Fall Farmers Market

Berry gearing up for Fall Farmers Market

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College students and community vendors alike will participate in this year's Berry College Enterprises Fall Farmers Market.

The market is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. It will be held on campus next to the Cage Center.

"We are excited to be hosting some new community vendors, from leather belt workings and our usually delicious fresh fruits, veggies and funnel cakes with deep-fried Oreos," farmers market co-chair and Berry senior Shannon Soafer said in a statement.

In addition to the vendors, the market will feature some family-friendly activities such as inflatables and free face painting. The Berry Farms Angus Beef Enterprise will sell burgers for $5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.