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The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­

Ac­cord­ing to For­tune Mag­a­zine, five busi­nesses with lo­ca­tions in Newton County are among the best places to work in the U.S.

Sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties mark the ob­ser­vance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth­day through­out the weekend in Newton County.

The 2014 MLK Jr. Ecumenical Pro­gram will take place at 3 p.m. to­day in the new Newton High School au­di­to­rium, 1 Ram Way.

Dis­trict 43 Sen. Ron­ald B. Ram­sey Sr. will be the keynote speaker. Also on the pro­gram will be pre­sen­ta­tions of the “I Have a Dream Award,” the “Trail­blazer Award,” and the new “Young Dreamer Award.”

Each year, in mem­ory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., cit­i­zens of Newton County, the Newton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers and Ox­ford Col­lege of Emory Univer­sity pro­vide a four-year, full-tu­ition schol­ar­ship to a grad­u­at­ing high school stu­dent who is a Newton County res­i­dent.

Con­sis­tent with the hol­i­day’s theme of “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” stu­dents from Newton High School, along with Hands on Newton, are co­or­di­nat­ing a few county-wide ser­vice projects, in­clud­ing a coat drive, a food drive, and a video com­pi­la­tion of oral his­to­ries of Newton County cit­i­zens re­gard­ing the civil rights move­ment in the county.

The event will con­clude with a youth rally. For more in­for­ma­tion on how mem­bers of your or­ga­ni­za­tion can par­tic­i­pate, con­tact Mol­lie Melvin of Hands on Newton at 770-330-7405.

Ox­ford Col­lege of Emory Univer­sity will hold its an­nual MLK com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice at 7:30 p.m. Tues- day, Jan. 28, at Old Church at the in­ter­sec­tion of Wes­ley and Fletcher streets in Ox­ford. The 3rd An­nual MLK Youth Lead­er­ship Sem­i­nar, co­or­di­nated and fa­cil­i­tated by past re­cip­i­ents of the Ox­ford Col­lege Martin Luther King Jr. Schol­ar­ship and Ox­ford Col­lege of Emory Univer­sity, will be held Feb. 15.

Res­i­dents are plan­ning to clean a small ceme­tery off Ridge Road that could house the re­mains of slaves or for­mer slaves Mon­day.

The ceme­tery, which is owned by Newton County, is lo­cated about 100 feet north of the road just af­ter the sev­enth house on the street; bal­loons will mark the way on Jan. 20, ac­cord­ing to a flyer for the event.

Fred John­son, one of the event’s or­ga­niz­ers, can be reached at 404-308-0780.

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