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Warming up for series

Newton County Recreation Department employee John Prescott waters three tea rose bushes that were recently planted in front of the new City Pond sign in preparation for the Dixie Boys World Series. The opening ceremony for the event will take place Aug. 1 on the Square in downtown Covington. A concert by Statesboro Blues Band will kick off the event at 7 p.m., with the ceremony expected to start at 8:30. Games will take place Aug. 2 through 7 at City Pond Park Complex off City Pond Road. Tickets are available at the gate for $5 per game. Tournament passes are also available for $25. For more information, call the Newton County Recreation Commission at 770-786-4373.