College is a time of transition, a time for students to begin to figure out who they are and what their place is in the world. But as impactful as higher education is, it is not the only thing that can make such a difference in students' lives. For Oxford College sophomore Hana Ahmed, there was another significant journey recently: her pilgrimage to Mecca, an important religious journey for Muslims.
In recent times, supplying aid to Africa has been a special interest of American citizens. Everyday, we watch TV segments or hear the stories of the starving children who cannot attend school and immediately want to help. In many cases, we give money, but what we do not see is where that aid and money go. Oxford College sophomore Arome Obende understands that there is a lot more that needs to be done for Africa than just donating money.
If one were to ask an average 19-year-old about the work force, most young adults would go on to talk about their long hours bussing tables in a restaurant or folding clothes in retail, but not Farina Wares. If Wares were to answer this question, she would go on to talk about the unfair working conditions and practices in parts of the world and how she hopes to change them someday.
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The Oxford City Council has a full agenda for Tuesday, with public hearings on a change in the form of government for the city and a proposed homestead exemption, and a called meeting on changes to the city's retirement plan.
The Lions share: Oxford Lion Richard Henderson readies toys for delivery to the Department of Family and Children Services for distribution to children in need.
The city of Oxford's proposed zoning ordinance revision will get a tweak to address concerns raised by Oxford College at a public hearing on Monday.
The Oxford City Council reviewed the proposed budget for 2011 at a work session Monday night. Council members requested additional changes to the budget and will meet again on Nov. 29 to discuss it further . They also reviewed amendments to the 2010 budget during their meeting.
For the sixth year, alumni, faculty, students and supporters joined together at Oxford College to provide for those less fortunate in the foster care system this holiday season.
The Newton County Board of Education is expected to discuss the naming of the new elementary school at its meeting Tuesday night, and members of the Oxford city council are working to make sure that even though the school will take the place of Palmer-Stone Elementary, it will not go by that name.
The oldest home in Oxford is currently for sale. It's Orna Villa, and it stands a bit off the main road through the small town. A peek inside the windows of the Greek Revival mansion show peeling wallpaper and a home in need of a loving family to bring it back to life. But although the home is devoid of furniture, if the rumors are true, it does come with its own ghosts.
Oxford College sponsors several free or low-priced events throughout the year. Here is a schedule of cultural events for fall. Call Cathy Wooten at (770) 784-8331 for more information.
You can enjoy a picnic and a child-friendly play today and Saturday at the Tarbutton Performing Arts Center in Oxford. The Learning Center is sponsoring the event, which includes stagings of a one-act comedy, "Happily Never After." The plays begin at 6:30 p.m. and picnicking begins at 5 p.m.
It's easy to lose yourself on 2-1/2 miles of paths in a seven-acre maze, but that's part of the fun at the Colonel Cob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Oxford.
The new Oxford City Hall officially opened its doors at 3 p.m. today.
Less than a year after starting construction, an open house will be held at the new Oxford City Hall on Aug. 26.
The city of Oxford is in good financial standing according to a report released by Treadwell, Tamplin & Co. at Monday night's work session.
The Oxford community continues to pursue its goal of creating an extensive multi-use trail system and recently added another 1,100 feet of paved path, or two-tenths of a mile. As in previous years, the additional section was a joint effort between the City of Oxford and non-profit Newton County Trails-Path Foundation; the two groups evenly split the $40,000 cost. Oxford business Designed Installations by Jim Williams did the work.
The Oxford City Council has decided they will not raise taxes and has elected to go with a rollback rate, which has increased the millage rate, but will ultimately cost homeowners less money due to a decrease in property values.