After a one-year absence, Special Olympics returns to Dickson County when Creek Wood High School hosts the Area 18 Track and Field Championships Friday. Organizational problems forced the cancellation of last year’s event, but athletes from Dickson, Humphreys and Houston counties will again be competing in Red Hawk Stadium. Opening ceremonies including a parade of athletes will start at 9 am. Special needs athletes ages 8 and up will compete in wheelchair, walking and running races, standing long jump and the softball throw. Admission to Friday’s event is free. For more information on the Area 18 Special Olympics, contact Naomi Wothke at 797-9588.