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Oxford College Language Hall to reopen Jan. 13

Oxford College Language Hall to reopen Jan. 13

OXFORD, Ga. -- After six months of restoration, the Language Hall at Oxford College will reopen next weekend.

The building, which first went up in 1874, was renovated to add four classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, plus new faculty offices.

A reopening celebration will be held at 3 p.m. on Jan. 13.

Professor to perform, lecture on folk music

Professor to perform, lecture on folk music

OXFORD, Ga. -- An associate professor of history at Oxford College will host a lecture on folk music and tradition.

David Leinweber's talk will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the college's Tarbutton Theater.

Leinweber, a musician, will speak of his lifelong love of history and literature, and how such elements shaped the folk tradition in some of his favorite music. He will also perform some original folk songs.

Topics covered in Leinweber's lecture include the Sioux Wars, Woodstock, Philip II of Spain, Beowulf and the television show "Dark Shadows."

Ride for Leadership cycles through Newton County

Ride for Leadership cycles through Newton County

OXFORD, Ga. -- Cyclists from all walks of life are invited to join members of the Oxford College community for a ride through Newton County this weekend.

The third annual Ride for Leadership will take off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Riders will meet at the Quad on the Oxford College campus and can choose between a 15- or 33-mile loop along the county's historic back roads. The cost is $25.

Organizers say the Ride for Leadership was started as a way for Newton County and Oxford College residents to bond. Money raised by the event goes to leadership programs at the college.

For more information, visit oxford.emory.edu/bikeride.

Walk of Stars celebrates Covington's Hollywood history

Walk of Stars celebrates Covington's Hollywood history

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The city of Covington, better know as the Hollywood of the South, is about to unveil a project similar to Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The Covington Walk of Stars will feature concrete pavers with the names of actors and productions filmed in Newton County. Over the years, the town and its picturesque square have been transformed into Hazzard County for the popular TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard"; Sparta, Miss., for "In the Heat of the Night"; and, most recently, Mystic Falls, Va., for "The Vampire Diaries."

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Dozens of major films also feature scenes shot in Covington, including My Cousin Vinny, Sweet Home Alabama, Remember the Titans, Madea's Family Reunion, the 2011 remake of Footloose and the new blockbuster Flight.

Festival of Trees returns in November

Festival of Trees returns in November

COVINGTON, Ga. -- This year's Newton County Festival of Trees will raise money for the Miracle League of Newton County.

This annual event always sponsors a deserving community charity. The Miracle League is a program that gives people with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball in a fun, safe environment.

The Festival of Trees has fully decorated trees, wreaths, gift baskets and more for auction. Attendees can bid on these items to take home. Refreshments, including cider and hot chocolate, will be available as well.

Local businesses can donate items to the Festival of Trees auction. Trees must be ready for pick-up no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Learn more at the festival's Facebook page.

Sister Helen Prejean to speak at Oxford College

Sister Helen Prejean to speak at Oxford College

OXFORD, Ga. -- Award-winning author and lecturer Sister Helen Prejean will speak at Oxford College on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The 73-year-old nun is a famous anti-death penalty advocate. She is best known for becoming spiritual adviser to Patrick Sonnier, a death row inmate at Louisiana's Angola Prison, in the 1980s. Sonnier was eventually executed for raping and murdering two teenagers with his brother.

After Sonnier's death, Prejean wrote a book about her experience, Dead Man Walking. That book was later turned into an opera, a play and a movie. Susan Sarandon played Prejean in the 1995 film; she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Oxford College will screen Dead Man Walking at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17. The movie will be shown in Williams Hall.

Prejean's lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church.

Run a holiday race

Run a holiday race

ATLANTA -- It still feels like summer outside, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about a holiday-themed race.

In fact, many of the runs are happening sooner than you may believe.

Take a look at some of the upcoming 5Ks, 10Ks and more in metro Atlanta. Many of them raise money for worthwhile seasonal causes.