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Newton wins bid for 2012 Dixie Boys World Series
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The Dixie Boys World Series is coming back to Newton County in 2012. Dixie Baseball selected the Newton County Recreation Commission to host the regional tournament, marking the fifth time the county has entered a winning host bid.

The recreation commission previously hosted the Dixie Boys World Series in 1993, 1997 and 2008 and hosted a Junior Boys World Series in 2002.

Special Events Coordinator Carol Rooks said Dixie Boys officials still talk about the 2008 World Series opening ceremony, which was held on the square.

"We are thrilled to death to be chosen to host the event," Rook said. "The fact we've hosted four previously says a lot about our community. I've heard many Dixie Boys dignitaries say how friendly our community is and what a great place it is."

Dixie Boys is a regional youth baseball program for boys 13 and 14 years of age, who play on a medium sized diamond to fit their physical development.

According to the organization's website, the main purpose of the program is to provide a recreation outlet for as many boys as possible, with emphasis being on local league play rather than tournament play. However, the season does end with an annual World Series tournament, which includes the state champions from 11 southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. In addition, the host city's team is automatically invited.

The 2012 event will be held at City Pond Park, and Rooks said it will take two years to organize. For more information continue to check for updates. To find out how to help with the event's organization, call the recreation commission at 770-786-4373 and ask for Carol Rooks or Tammy Cheek.