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 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 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.
It's been one year since First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden launched Joining Forces. Joining Forces is a campaign that shares the hardships encountered by our military and their families all the while gearing up support and understanding from the larger community.
The Rev. Diane Walton doesn't preach from a pulpit because she says many people in churches aren't the ones in real need. Instead, she and her neighbor Sharlene Smith minister to the troubled women in the Newton County Detention Center.