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Covington karate kick-a-thon
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A Kick-a-thon for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is being held Feb. 16 at all three local Jim Fuller U.M.A.S. Karate locations in the Conyers, Covington and Lithonia area.

The volunteer for this event is Mr. Jim Fuller, who encourages all students and the public to participate in this unique opportunity.

All U.M.A.S. Karate students will be collecting donations for the event. In addition, Fuller will be donating a portion of all sales and make a donation for each new student who joins the school that day.

By participating in or attending the event, individuals will help raise funds for children in the world who are stricken with diseases like cancer, AIDS and Sick Cell Anemia. These funds will help St. Jude in its ongoing fight against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children. Founded by the late entertainer, Danny Thomas, and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world.

No family ever pays for treatments that are not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALCS, it's fundraising organization, through events such as the U.M.A.S. Karate's annual kick-a-thon.

For additional information, call Jim Fuller at (770) 385-8106 or visit the Web site at or


The Newton County Recreation Commission is now offering the opportunity to advertise businesses using a 4 feet by 8 feet ball field fence sign to be located at the Turner Lake Complex, City Pond Complex and/or Stone Road Complex.

This comes at a wonderful time seeing that the complex is hosting the Dixie Boys Baseball World Series this summer.

The sign, which is white vinyl reinforced with nylon, includes metal grommets in the hem. The cost per sign is $250 for the first year and will be displayed throughout the duration of the baseball/softball season.

Those wishing to purchase the signs may have up to four lines of words. Use of the logo costs an additional $50 ($300 per sign). If one advertised last year and wishes to renew, the price is $200 and $200 for each successive year thereafter.

The Recreation Department has more than 200 teams, both youth and adult, that participate in the program.

For further information, contact Carol Rooks (special events/marketing) at the Newton County Recreation Commission at (770) 786-4373 or send e-mail to