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The jugs are dark brown glass and inscribed with the name of the store. Called “growlers,” the jugs

This article was drafted during the Thanksgiving holidays and on returning home, I noticed that many of these suggestions are in the January 2015 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Although all of this information is readily available in my profession, I feel that it's proper to cite this publication.

December 13, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


A bigger, better place to care for pets

It's just around the corner, less than half a mile away, but when the building is finished in January it will almost double Well Spring Animal Hospital's existing space. That means, veterinarian Dr. Laura Thomas and her staff will be able to care for more dog and cat patients.

November 22, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business


Wild at heart

The finishing touches are being put in place and local artists are arriving to set up displays of their art.

November 15, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business


Biting into Covington

They had expected about 300 people to show up in downtown Covington the night before Halloween.

November 08, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business


You’ll Earn a Fortune

In 1970, the approach of "You'll Earn a Fortune" was taught by many life insurance carriers. "Make sure you protect your earning power!" The arithmetic in those days was very simple:

November 01, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Infinity Solutions acquires CompuNet

Infinity Network Solutions, Inc., a leading Information Technology services company for small to mid-sized businesses and public sector agencies, announced today the acquisition of CompuNet, Inc., a full service Networking and Internet solutions provider located in Macon, Georgia.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


United Bank names advisory directors

United Bank President Thomas Kephart announced the addition of two local business leaders to its Covington Advisory Board. Anne Laster and Steven Kapp joined the board in their first meeting earlier in October.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Acuity Brands expands, adding 700 jobs in Rockdale, DeKalb

Georgia-based Acuity Brands will expand its operation, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into Rockdale and DeKalb counties over the next five years, announced Governor Nathan Deal's office Monday morning.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Full shopping plaza sets tone for county

As Newton County continues to grow commercially, a key component of growth will be the use of its already built shopping plaza and commercial buildings.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Paying for long-term care expenses

I've got a subject that can have you reaching for the aspirin and antacid quickly. As if we don't have enough concerns already, now we can worry about this risk and it can be very costly if not addressed. Of the five Covington Lassiter parents who have passed on, all of them incurred long-term care related expenses toward the end of their lives.

October 18, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Local dentist inducted as a Fellow of International College of Dentists

Dr. Dale Evans, DDS, a local dental practitioner, was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists at its 85th Annual Convocation in San Antonio on Oct. 10.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Poppin’ with flavor

Things are popping on Crowell Road now.

October 11, 2014 | Mikayla Newton | Business


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Buy local...Dermatology Consultants P.C.

Dermatology Consultants P.C. specializes in general cosmetic and surgical dermatology, offering facials, acne treatments, chemical peels, waxing, hair removal and enhancement, sunless tanning, Botox and Sculptra injections and a full-line of skin-care products.

The Covington office has three experienced physicians, including Benjamin Kelly who is a specialist in treating skin cancer, marketing official Brooke Fairbank said. Physicians will sit down with customers and take a look at their skin to recommend the specific skin care regimen for them, whether their skin is oily or sensitive or they have acne.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local: Loganville Ford

Loganville Ford's customer service is what sets it apart from other local area dealerships. General Sales Manager Barry Weatherby said Loganville Ford won a 2008 Ford President's award, the most prestigious award handed out by Ford Motor Co., for having the highest sales and best customer satisfaction among local Ford dealerships.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


VP named for Essex Bank

Essex Bank , a community bank serving Gwinnett, Walton, Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties announced Kevin Mathis as its Vice President of Commercial Lending.

May 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local: Ozone Bar and Grill

Located in an old skating rink, the Ozone Bar and Grill is a unique place in Covington to hear live music and enjoy a variety of food. The rink has been converted into a concert hall, with a spacious downstairs and a wrap-around upstairs balcony.

May 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


General Mills to locate plant in Social Circle

General Mills is once again investing in Georgia and will open up a distribution center east of Social Circle in 2010. The center will create 112 jobs.

May 14, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Buy Local... Benton House

 Benton House of Covington, a senior living facility being built at 7155 Dearing Road, will open in July and reservations are being taken now. Director of Operations Mike Allard said Benton provides good-sized apartments with a lot of closet space, has easy access because all apartments are on the first floor and is the right size to provide a sense of community without crowding residents.

May 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Second annual Shred Day

Keeping information safe: Brandon Carter, vice president of operations and co-owner of A Cut Above Shredding company, stands by a truck filled with documents to be shredded.

Newton Federal Bank and the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted the second annual Shred Day. Residents were able to have documents that held sensitive information disposed in a safe way. A Cut Above Shredding provided free shredding services for residents.

May 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local... Sweet Bea’s Cafe

If you want a 100 percent black Angus burger and a tasty side of fresh-cut fries then stop by Sweet Bea's Café on Ga. Highway 11. Sisters and co-owners Angela Durden and Kathy King opened the restaurant in December and named it after their grandmother Bea, who worked as a waitress and loved to cook, Durden said.

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Chamber of Commerce and Newton Federal Bank to host second annual Shred Day May 7

On Thursday, May 7, the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Newton Federal Bank and A Cut Above Shredding will hold the second annual Shred Day. This event is open to all businesses and citizens of Newton County. The event will be held in the Chamber's parking lot at 2101 Clark Street from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

May 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


GM to cut 21,000 US factory jobs, shed Pontiac

DETROIT - General Motors Corp. said it will cut 21,000 U.S. factory jobs by next year, phase out its storied Pontiac brand and ask the government to take company stock in exchange for half GM's government debt as part of a major restructuring effort needed to get more government aid.

The struggling automaker also said it will offer 225 shares of common stock for every $1,000 in notes held by bondholders as part of a debt-for-equity swap.

April 27, 2009 | by Kimberly S. Johnson The Associated Press | Business


American ingenuity

While many companies have recently had to lay off employees or delay projects, Thomas Brothers Hydro Inc. in Newton County has made company history and plans to soon add around 20 high-tech employees to their staff.

April 15, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Business


Buy local...Antiques and Stuff

Antiques and Stuff is a place to find just that - antiques - and "stuff." The 28,000 square foot building at 2174 Elm Street NE in Covington is loaded with aisles of furniture, dishware, art, collectibles and lots of other random items.

"We have anything and everything," co-owner Matt Crowe said. "We have everything from high-end antiques to just 'stuff.' That's the best way to describe it. We have a lot of 'stuff.'"

April 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Helping job seekers get a foot in the door

f you're looking for a job and collecting unemployment benefits in Georgia, a new program called Georgia Works could put you on a new career path altogether.

April 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Business


Buy Local... Arbor Lakes Apartments

As the apartment business enters its busier season, Arbor Lake Apartments is poised to attract renters looking for inexpensive, quality housing.

Arbor Lake, located at 431 Kirkland Road, is offering 1,175 square-foot, two-bedrooms apartments for $599 a month through at least the end of April. Apartment manager Susan Tate said she has a few units available now and prospective renters should contact her at (770) 385-6166, or by e-mail at arbor@hre-rst.com for more details.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Borage Grill

Zia Tusmani believes there are three key elements to any successful restaurant: quality, pricing and service. Tusmani is the owner and main cook of Borage Grill in Olde Town Conyers and he said he practices those elements every day.

Quality meals begin with quality ingredients and Tusmani buys and cooks only the best, freshest food he can find. All of the vegetables are brought to the store fresh every morning. All of the sauces and marinades are made from scratch every day. All of the meat is organic, and the lamb in particular is delivered all the way from Australia ...

April 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


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