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Author Chantel Acevedo to hold master class at Shorter

Author Chantel Acevedo to hold master class at Shorter

ROME, Ga. -- Author Chantel Acevedo will hold a fiction master class and a reading at Shorter University next week.

Acevedo is the author of Love and Ghost LettersA Falling Star and The Distant Marvels. She is an associate professor of English at her alma mater, Auburn University, and also edits the Southern Humanities Review.

Her master class will be Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 5 p.m. in Shorter's Price Learning Center.

"I wanted to give Shorter students the opportunity to learn directly from an accomplished novelist and editor," said Shorter assistant professor of English Renee Emerson, who was instrumental in bringing Acevedo to campus. "The chance to hear Chantel Acevedo is a unique opportunity."

Race this weekend: Leprechaun-a-thon

Race this weekend: Leprechaun-a-thon

ROME, Ga. -- Harbin Clinic's annual St. Patrick's Day 5K returns to Floyd County this weekend.

The Leprechaun-a-thon run and walk will be Saturday, Mar. 14 at 1 p.m. at Barron Stadium near downtown Rome. The course winds along the Heritage Park Trail System and finishes with a victory lap around the stadium's track.

Runners will receive T-shirts, while awards will be given to the top finishers, top masters and grand masters finishers, and top three finishers in each age group.

There will also be awards for the most festive attire, the cutest little leprechauns (ages 12 and under) in attendance, and others.

Registration is $30. Visit rfpra.com for more information and to sign up.

Barron Stadium is located at 300 West 3rd Street.

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.

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

(WXIA) -- Chick-fil-A will bring back its popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night this weekend.

The fifth annual event will be Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night encourages fathers and their little girls to spend time together. Every "couple" will receive take-home booklets featuring conversation starters and ideas for future outings.

Attendees will also be treated to tableside service, limousine and trolley rides, and other surprises.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is free, except for the cost of food. Seating is available every hour; fathers and daughters are encouraged to call their local Chick-fil-A locations in advance to reserve a time.

Run a half in 2015 | Berry Half

Run a half in 2015 | Berry Half

ROME, Ga. -- If a half marathon is on your list of goals for 2015, Georgia will host several 13.1-mile races throughout the year.

This year's Berry Half Marathon will be Saturday, Mar. 28 on the world's largest college campus. The relatively flat course treats runners to views of Rome's forest land, Berry's historic buildings and the area's 1,200 deer.

Participants will receive goodie bags and short-sleeve technical T-shirts, while finishers will be given medals.

For those who aren't ready to tackle a half marathon, the Berry Half also offers 5K and 10K options.

Registration prices are:

Half Marathon
* $70 through Mar. 22, $75 after
* $80 on race day

* $35 through Mar. 27
* $40 on race day

* $30 through Mar. 27
* $35 on race day

Learn more and sign up at berryhalf.com.

Georgia haunted house: Gates of Misery

Georgia haunted house: Gates of Misery

ROME, Ga. -- With Halloween approaching, haunted attractions are starting to pop up all across north Georgia.

Netherworld in Norcross is one of the most popular haunted houses in the country, but Rome residents don't have to travel that far for scares.

Gates of Misery is hosted in a 90-year-old building, just around the corner from the Rome Braves stadium. According to its website, it plays on the idea of turning fairy tales into nightmares.

Actors, props and special effects produce the screams at Gates of Misery. Visitors are greeted with scenes of torture and torment as they take a 12,000-square-foot walk through the attraction.

Gates of Misery opens Friday, Oct. 3. It is open Friday and Saturday through Oct. 11, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Nov. 1. Admission is $15. Tickets go on sale at 7 p.m. nightly, and the haunted house opens at 7:30 p.m.