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Manufacturing in Newton County employs thousands

Newton County continues to grow, attracting retail shops and industrial and manufacturing plants. The products made here range from the fibers used to make disposable ...

April 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Business


Future taxes on retirement assets

One of my questions when I get involved in a discussion with people about a financial matter, ObamaCare for example, is "Who is going to ...

April 24, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Rib Shack offers free ribs next Sunday

The first 100 diners at two Covington area Shane's Rib Shacks on Sunday, April 30, will get a free half rack of slow-cooked baby ...

April 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Business


Scams directed at seniors

Let's face it – I'm a senior citizen now and will turn 68 later this year. UGA's famous Dean of Men, William Tate ...

April 10, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


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Should you use a Robo Advisor?

Although computer based investment programs have been around for many years, the term "Robo Advisor" is a relatively new label. I can envision the Terminator placing my call on hold with the message of "I'll be back."

March 27, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


The important retirement question

When you retire, how long do you want your retirement income to last?

February 28, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


FiberVisions plant manager recognized as Face of Manufacturing

Sarah Daly is an engineer. The Kentucky graduate is plant manager at FiberVisions, helping to produce fibers for products such as diapers, wipes, tea bags, air filters and Swiffer Dusters, at the Covington plant. She says she is 70 percent like her father, also an engineer.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Business


You have more options for college funding than you think

The cost of their children's college education will take a big bite out of parents' retirement savings.

January 31, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Annuity solutions for long term care funding expenses

The problem with how to fund for the risk of Long Term Care expense continues to increase, and the number of lives covered through insurance and premium volume has dropped significantly in the past 12 years. Industry giants like Prudential, MetLife and Allianz have exited the market.

January 10, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Learn about 100% Tax-Free retirement with yearly growth

If there's anything that will catch the eye of our elected officials in Washington, DC, it's an advertisement like this article's heading. There's more than a few pundits predicting the government will one day attempt to confiscate retirement plans to help lessen our national debt.

November 29, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


The appeal of Exchange Traded Funds

Exchange Traded Funds or "ETFs" were first introduced in the early 1990s, but it wasn't until 2008 that the first actively managed ETF reached the market. In less than 10 years this section of the market has grown to over one trillion in assets.

October 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


General Manager Hired for News

Hosanna Fletcher, a long-time resident of Newton County who has served in a number of significant leadership positions in the community, has been named as the new general manager for The Covington News.

October 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Risks and hidden commissions in Municipal Bonds

Municipal bonds are considered the foundation for conservative investors looking for steady income. These bonds are issued by local and state governments and pay investors income that may be substantially exempt from Federal and possibly State income tax.

September 27, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Pratt finishes eco-campus expansion with new recyclable sorting plant

Pratt Industries, America's fifth largest paper and packaging company, celebrated the opening today of its newest recycling Material Recovery Facility (MRF), the final phase of its "eco-campus" expansion in Conyers.

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Mutual Fund Share Class Concerns

My plans for the year included a series of articles on investing starting in September. Given the market volatility during the past few weeks these might start at a good time.

September 06, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Newton youth gain experience and a paycheck

Nia Wellman, a recent graduate of Alcovy High School, spent five weeks this summer discovering the responsibilities and benefits that come with being employed. This opportunity was made possible by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) In-School Youth Program. Nia worked as an office aide at the City of Porterdale, giving her experience in interacting with the public and co-workers. She developed valuable organizational skills, a general knowledge of office procedures, as well as an understanding of what it means to be employed.

September 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Rotary Club hears Piedmont plans

Vice Chairman of the Newton County Hospital Authority, Billy Fortson, told the Rotary Club of Covington Tuesday that Piedmont Healthcare System was the only one of the nine organizations looked at to merge with Newton Medical Center that fulfilled all of the local hospital's requirements.

September 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Business


Your Pie coming to Covington Square

Downtown Covington is putting a round pizza in a Square.

August 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Business


Fears and fallacies in retirement planning

There are multiple concerns to think about as you head for retirement. Some are very legitimate while others, although important are very inaccurate. Here are a few to think about:

August 23, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


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