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Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Berry

Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hank Klibanoff will speak at Berry College later this month.

Klibanoff will talk about his work with the Civil Rights Cold Case Project on Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. His talk is free and open to the public.

The Civil Rights Cold Case Project investigates the more than 100 racially-motivated murders that occurred during the civil rights era. Learn more at coldcases.org.

Klibanoff is the director of the journalism program at Emory University. He spent 35 years as a reporter and editor for various publications, including the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and the Philadephia Inquirer.

A book Klibanoff co-authored, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for History.

Berry College to host seed swap

Berry College to host seed swap

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College will host the second annual Floyd County Seed Swap this weekend.

Farmers, gardeners and community members alike are invited to attend the event, which will be Saturday, Feb. 28. A seed saving seminar will start at 10 a.m., and the actual swap will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Berry will give out a limited amount of heirloom seeds. Those who do not have seeds or plants to share are still welcome to stop by and pick up gardening tips.

The seed swap is free and open to the public.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Berry College eaglet egg hatch

Berry College eaglet egg hatch

ROME, Ga. -- A new generation of Berry College Eagles has arrived!

Since 2012, the eagles have made Berry College their home. It's a tradition for the North Georgia college town to carefully follow the bald eagles throughout their "nestoration" process. Three live eagle cameras give viewers across the world a glimpse into the eagles' nest. Every year, the eagles have returned and laid two eggs days apart.

This year's first egg arrived in early January.

'Cotton Patch Gospel' opens Thursday at Berry

'Cotton Patch Gospel' opens Thursday at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College's production of Cotton Patch Gospel opens this week at the school's E.H. Young Theatre.

The play, based on Clarence Jordan's The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John, sets the story of Jesus in rural Georgia and includes a country music soundtrack by Harry Chapin.

The production begins its run Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tom Key, who co-wrote the play with Russell Treyz, will speak after the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Feb. 22. He will perform a selection from his one-man show, C.S. Lewis On Stage, at the Berry Chapel at 7 p.m.

Cotton Patch Gospel will also be staged Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. each day; and Sunday, Mar. 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased by calling the Berry College Theatre Company box office at 706-236-2263.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including:

Winston Churchill exhibition coming to Rome

Winston Churchill exhibition coming to Rome

ROME, Ga. -- A new exhibition at Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum will honor Sir Winston Churchill and his passion for art.

The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting opens Friday, Feb. 13 at the Rome museum. It will feature six of Churchill's paintings, as well as more than 100 artifacts that highlight his ties to Georgia.

Churchill began painting in 1915, when he was 40 years old. According to his writings, art helped pull him out of a dark time in his life and allowed him to become one of the greatest prime ministers in U.K. history.

"If it weren't for painting I could not live. I couldn't bear the strain of things," Churchill wrote.

Art historian Ernest Gombrich took it a step further, saying Churchill's "painting may have helped to save Western civilization."