An Independence Day full of activity in Newton County began with Oxford's annual Fourth of July Parade Friday.
Vivian Harris has been waiting to tell the story of the African Americans of Oxford for some time. And now is her time.
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For college freshman Leon Fan, the American culture is nothing new to him. While he did spend the majority of his 18 years in Beijing, China, his parents sent him off to an American boarding school in high school for a brighter future.
Oxford College students experienced a colorful ceremony Monday night as the Hindu Student Association celebrated Diwali (Festival of Lights) with the community. The free event taught attendees about Diwali through theater, song and dance and HSA served up Indian Food. The Hindu festival of lights is the most popular of all festival from South Asia and extends over five days. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The actual legends that go with the festival vary in different parts of India.
For Oxford College sophomore Yugenderan, or "Yugen" Balamohan, his arrival to Oxford, last year was a complete culture shock. Before leaving his home in Malaysia, he was expecting to attend college in a big Manhattan-type city; what he got was the complete opposite.
McKenzie Farrow Crowe pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of vehicular homicide, DUI and failure to maintain lane. The 18-year-old is accused of causing an accident that killed 56-year-old Allison M. Bell in January.
Bob Schwartz was hired this week as the new city manager of Oxford and brings with him a wealth of municipal management experience, which he hopes will help him move the small city forward.
Oxford has hired a new city manager, as the council voted unanimously Monday to offer a contract to Bob Schwartz, the current city manager in Monticello.
The historic all-black Oxford School property on Mitchell Street will soon be converted into a small public park after the property's owner, attorney Don Ballard, agreed to lease the property to the city for 10 years.
The city of Oxford is looking for a new chief executive following City Manager Clark Miller's announcement early this week that he is retiring.
The city of Oxford hosted its annual parade Wednesday morning, and adults, children and pets alike came out for the festivities. For those looking for more Fourth of July activities, Covington is having a concert on the square at 5 p.m., while Porterdale and Social Circle have a full slate of events planned all day with fireworks at night.
Oxford City Council will vote June 18 on the finalized budget for the 2013 fiscal year, said Mayor Jerry Roseberry.
Oxford College will do extensive construction totaling $16 million to some of its oldest buildings starting this summer.
Oxford City Council members continue to form the budget for the upcoming 2013 fiscal year but must first pare down $1.2 million in project requests, ranging from equipment for a fourth police officer to new parks to cemetery improvements to more advanced electrical and water meters.
Oxford resident Charlia Larsha was selected as a state finalist in the Miss Georgia USA pageant.
A graduate of Newton County High School, Larsha is a sophomore at Gordon College working towards her associate's degree in business administration. After completing her associate's degree, Larsha plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in business management with a minor in finances. She is currently employed at the KFC in Conyers.
For Oxford College two milestones were met Saturday.
First, the annual commencement, second, groundbreaking on a new library and academic commons at the historic college.
Oxford Circle K, the college version of Kiwanis, was named Oxford College's service organization of the year for the 300 hours the group dedicated to various causes during the year.
On an individual basis, members contributed more than 700 hours to a variety of service projects and Circle K members accounted for more than half of the top 10 volunteers on campus.