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Berry dedicates animal science facility

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Also featured: Red Top Makers Festival and Day Report Center to graduate 32

Berry College officials have dedicated a new 4,600-square-foot Berry College Animal Science Laboratory near the Rollins Ruminant Research Center north of the Ford complex on campus.   

The facility is the first animal science priority funded through LifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity. The building carries the name of the late Dr. Allen Scott, a longtime animal science faculty member. “Dr. Scott was instrumental to the success to much of what we have here at Berry in the animal science department,” said Berry President Steve Briggs in a press release. “We are glad to remember him in this way.”

The new research lab includes multiple workstations and equipment for preparing samples for study, a large lab with equipment to safely work with cattle, a flexible lab where small-animal pens can be configured as needed, a large storage room and a veterinary support room.

 The building also functions as an emergency care and surgical center, which will all but eliminate the need for treatment of animals out in the open pastures. 

 “This is an amazing opportunity to have a safe environment where we can conduct our research, run tests and call a place home,” said Jennifer Wayman, a senior animal science major from Tampa, Florida. 

College officials are also raising money for a new animal science building that will go up next to McAllister Hall in the heart of the main campus.  More information can be found at: online.

Red Top Makers Festival

Red Top Mountain State Park will host a Makers Festival on May 20. Not the high-tech, innovative Makervillage in Rome-type of Makers Festival, in fact pretty much the opposite.

Participants at the Red Top event will get a chance to try their hand at working with felt, making bat boxes, making their own musical instruments and learn all about native plants and herbs.

Special information about keeping honeybees, jewelry and other old-time skills will also be available.

Special workshops held throughout the day include an herb walk at 11 a.m., special bat box making at 1 p.m. and seed paper making at 3 p.m.

The event will be held at the terrace field behind the old park office beginning at 10 a.m. on May 20.

People with questions about the event are encouraged to contact Diane Burgoon, AmeriCorps-Georgia State Parks Interpretive Ranger at or visit the website

Day Report Center to graduate 32

The Georgia Department of Community Services will hold graduation ceremony for 32 adults who have completed the court-ordered program and are ready to re-integrate into the community on May 2 at the North Rome Church of God.

The graduates have all completed the alternative to jail program that takes anywhere from seven to ten months.  They are required to attend classes, participate in the Alcoholics Anonymous program if that is a part of their sentence, and be drug tested on a weekly basis.

The graduation ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.