Luv Bug the clown lets second-grader Jackson Lingner from Flint Hill Elementary School get a treat from her candy back before the parade got underway at Sharp Learning Center on Monday morning. Track and field events are scheduled today and Wednesday at Sharp Stadium, where more than 400 athletes will compete. Closing ceremonies are scheduled from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at The Church at Covington.

Luv Bug the clown lets second-grader Jackson Lingner from Flint Hill Elementary School get a treat from her candy back before the parade got underway at Sharp Learning Center on Monday morning. Track and field events are scheduled today and Wednesday at Sharp Stadium, where more than 400 athletes will compete. Closing ceremonies are scheduled from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at The Church at Covington.

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Special Olympics Newton County held its opening ceremonies, complete with a parade around Covington, on Monday. Pictured is firefighter/EMT Evan McAvoy handing the torch to Eastside High School student Tyler Lewellen, as fellow Eastside student Travis Ransom looks on, while standing on the field at Homer Sharp Stadium. Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith