Covington's rich filming history and recent successes has landed it a spot as a host city on a state-sponsored tour for international leaders.
Newton County's unemployment rate increased by half a percent to 8.5 percent in January as an estimated 468 locals lost jobs, likely due to the loss of seasonal jobs added during the holiday shopping season.
After gaining technical expertise and knowledge in every facet of his industry, Shane Steele has decided to make that knowledge available to Covington and Newton County.
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The charm of Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast is based in part on its old-fashioned ways and antebellum architecture.
A few more fast-food restaurants are coming to Newton County, including two near the Walmart at Salem and Brown Bridge roads.
Without a highly skilled workforce in place, Newton County will struggle to attract the kind of industries that can truly bring up the county's per capita income and improve its quality of life, according to the county's top industrial recruiters.
Covington City Council members met Thursday night to discuss what the council should expect from the Main Street Covington program regarding tourism efforts, now that operation of the program is expected to be taken on by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.
Two industries are expanding in neighboring Morgan and Walton counties, creating hundreds of future jobs for area residents.
The Advanced Retirement Planning building, at 6140 Hannah St., is now pink. Brian Byars, owner of ARP in Covington, said the business was painted pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It will remain pink through October. ARP employees and their families, ARP clients and Newton Medical Center associates gathered Monday to reveal the newly painted office building.
George Lazenby, CEO of Newton Federal Bank, has been elected to the board of directors of the Community Bankers Association as Division Four Chair.
ATLANTA – The Veterans Unit at the Georgia Department of Labor's (GDOL) DeKalb Career Center and Goodwill of North Georgia's Decatur Career Center will assist Mount Welcome Missionary Baptist Church with a career expo on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the church, located at 581 Parker Ave. in Decatur.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is less than a week away, and one business has plans to raise attention to the cause in a very rosy way. The Advanced Retirement Planning building, at 6140 Hannah St., will be painted pink.
Anyone who loves dining locally should get their taste buds ready, as tickets are on sale for the annual Taste of Newton.
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor's (GDOL) North Metro Career Center and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless (HFTH) will sponsor Labor of Love, a resource and career expo, Thursday, Sept. 5, in Atlanta. The expo will be held from 9 a.m.–noon in the Gold Parking Lot of Turner Field, located at 755 Hank Aaron Drive.
Covington Councilman Keith Dalton received a valid home occupation license for his long-running janitorial business Monday, a day after The News ran a story showing he hadn't had a valid local license for years.
Irvin named VP
A new face will be promoting Newton County to the rest of the world, as the chamber has hired local resident Jenny McDonald as its new tourism director.
Mayor Ronnie Johnston continues to push for more active recruitment of retail businesses, including restaurants, movie theaters and the like, and he's hoping the city of Covington and the Newton County Industrial Authority may be able to bring some major companies to the area.