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Employee of the Year

Clairon Metals Corporation is pleased to announce that Erica Arnett has been named Employee of the Year for 2014.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Building up your piggy bank

Many years ago, I was given a "Pocket Pig" from Newton Federal Bank and still have it along with other Covington and Newton memorabilia. It held 16 quarters and "If this Pocket Pig could talk he would say, save a little every day." Sixty years later, that's still great advice – Pay yourself first!

January 25, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Best of the Best: Twelve Oaks

In less than four years, the antebellum mansion on Monticello Street went from being a faded grand dame to an award-winning Southern belle welcoming visitors from around the world.

January 18, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Business


Attaining Financial Independence

The easiest question you will have to answer this year is "Do you want to have financial independence at retirement? If your answer is "no," please return to your favorite television show and enjoy your day.

January 10, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


A jump start for employment

It is part of the incentive package the state offered to attract one of the leading healthcare industries to Covington: Georgia Quick Start would build a training facility near the new Baxter campus and offer customized training to its employees.

January 10, 2015 | | Business


Lassiter: Receiving additional social security benefits

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


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Buy local...Honda of Conyers

Honda of Conyers is the No.1 ranked import dealer in Conyers. With a lot full of new and used cars, Honda of Conyers has more than 350 new cars and 150 plus used cars. The starting price for new cars is $12,000 and reaches a peak of $50,000 with a warranty of three years or 36,000 miles, and an engine power and transmission warranty of five years or 60,000 miles.

Used cars range in price from $500 to $30,000 with a warranty on used certified cars of 100,000 miles.

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Ramsey's Produce

Ramsey Produce is one of Covington's locally owned produce stands. Owned and operated by Jim Ramsey, the produce stand holds 40 plus basic items.

"We get 95 percent of our produce from the farmers market in Forest Park. The other comes from local farmers in the area," said Jim Ramsey. With fruits ranging from Washington apples and navel oranges to mangos and pomegranates, Ramsey's has something to satisfy a variety of produce and fresh food cravings. "We have all the citrus fruits you want," said Ramsey. "Our citrus fruits are the most popular, but come spring time it ...

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Bailout approved: Automakers to get $17.4B

WASHINGTON - Citing danger to the national economy, the Bush administration approved an emergency bailout of the U.S. auto industry Friday, offering $17.4 billion in rescue loans in exchange for concessions from the deeply troubled carmakers and their workers.

The government will have the option of becoming a stockholder in the companies, much as it has with major banks, in effect partially nationalizing the industry.

December 30, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | Business


US regulators adopt new credit card rules

WASHINGTON - Federal regulators on Thursday adopted sweeping new rules for the credit card industry that will shield U.S. consumers from increases in interest rates on existing account balances among other changes.

The rules, which take effect in July 2010, will allow credit card companies to raise interest rates only on new credit cards and future purchases or advances, rather than on current balances.

December 29, 2008 | By Marcy Gordon AP Business Writer | Business


Buy Local...East Metro Cellular

East Metro Cellular's flagship store in Covington has been open since 2000, and since that time, the company has opened five additional locations.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Freshway Market

Concerned about where your food comes from? Interested in supporting the locally grown movement?

If you don't have the time to drive to the farmer's market in Atlanta every week to stock up on fresh produce, then you might want to check out Freshway Market of Social Circle as an alternative.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


C.R. Bard donates $4,000 to DeKalb Technical College

C.R. Bard Inc. donated a $4,000 grant to DeKalb Technical college Business Office Technology program at the Covington Campus for curriculum upgrades.

Liz Allgood, a 1998 graduate of the Business Office Technology diploma program at DeKalb Tech, knew that her employer C. R. Bard Inc. through their foundation supported higher education and highly skilled employees.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


K&D Shoes

 K&D Shoe Warehouse is a family-owned business that's been in business for 16 years. K&D holds more than 35,000 pairs of men and women's shoes in stock, and offers over 200 vendors.

December 24, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Candlelight Bridals by Becky

Candlelight Bridals has helped Newton County brides make their wedding day beautiful for more than 30 years.

Becky Rutledge bought the business in 2005 and shortly after moved off the square onto Reynolds Street in downtown Covington. Since 2005, Rutledge estimated she has handled aspects of more than 150 weddings.

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Metro Embalming and Crematory

In these hard economic times it's a relief to know that there are still some services that aren't too expensive. Metro Embalming & Crematory of Conyers is one of them.

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Another local bank fails

 First Georgia Community Bank became the second local bank to fail in less than a month when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took control of the bank on Friday.

December 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Business


Ford makes case for bailout

As part of a larger effort to drum up public support for emergency loans to Detroit's automakers, Ford representatives in Covington made the case for keeping the Big Three going by tying them to local suppliers like Guardian Automotive.

December 17, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Business


United Bank

 Customers looking for a hometown bank with a hometown feel find what they need at United Bank in Covington.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Sunbelt Builders

Steve Kapp has served as president of Sunbelt Builders, founded by his father-in-law Sam B. Hay Jr. in 1982, for four years.

Since its beginning, Sunbelt has dotted this region of the country with buildings from churches to hospitals.

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Salvation Army

This holiday season, amidst all of the flurry of gift shopping, be sure not to overlook Newton County's oldest nonprofit store - The Salvation Army.

December 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


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