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It's been a turbulent few years for the Arts Association in Newton County. The economy has taken a toll on the donation-driven organization, cutting their financial support by more than $200,000 since 2008. It's left the Arts Association, which has more than 700 local children participating in its programs annually, in a bit of a lurch.

What we are happy to report, however, is that despite these hardships, the Arts Association is continuing to provide as much to our community as it can, through whatever means necessary.

We've run stories before about how young people have turned to unique fundraisers to provide for the arts they love. We named one such group of young people as "Hometown Heroes" on our front page today. They are to be commended for their efforts, dedication and love for what they do.

Other annual holiday traditions are still ongoing this year - our Arts Association wouldn't miss it for the world.

Their annual performances of "The Nutcracker" will take place this weekend at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday at Porter Hall at Newton High School.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. To purchase visit, call the arts association at (770) 786-8188 or visit the office at 1106 Washington St., just off the square.

The show each year is spectacular; we encourage our readers to take time to attend the shows and support your local arts.

And to the talented dancers taking part in the show, break a leg!