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The Basic Annuity – Fixed Interest

If you want a guaranteed rate of return and don't need your income until a later date, a fixed interest annuity might be for you. Interest rates are at the level they were in the 1950's and this also has negatively affected certificates of deposit.

April 26, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Using annuities in your retirement planning

As we move into April, I had planned to start a series of articles on Investing in Equities. Instead, I want to provide information on using annuities in your retirement planning, including benefits and risks. My motivation was learning that a long time insured who has moved out of state has run out of money and is being supported by her children. Studies show that the consistent #1 concern of the baby boomers is running out of money.

April 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Shark Tank TV show casting call April 13 in Decatur

You can apply to pitch your company for ABC's hit reality TV show "Shark Tank" at a casting call breakfast Monday, April 13, 8 a.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA. Companies will be chosen to pitch to casting director Scott Salyers. Apply at http://valuespartnerships.com/ATLSharkTankBreakfast/

April 09, 2015 | | Business


Five Ga. film studios band together to form advocacy group

Five film and television studios around Atlanta, including Covington-based Triple Horse Studios, have come together to form an advocacy group for Georgia's studios and businesses that support film and television industries. The five studios forming the new Georgia Studio and Infrastructure Alliance (GSIA) are: Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta, EUE/Screen Gems Studios Atlanta, Mailing Avenue Stageworks, Tyler Perry Studios and Triple Horse Studios.

April 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Should hard assets be a part of your financial plan?

Mike Lassiter is a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He is a Licensed Insurance Counselor and a Registered Investment Advisor. He can be reached locally at 770-786-2781.

March 15, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Life insurance as an investment?

In previous articles, I reviewed both the positives and negatives of using life insurance as an investment vehicle. This time, I would like to discuss what life insurance does best as an investment, and that is, self-completion at any time while the contract is inforce.

March 08, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


New State Farm business opens in Social Circle

It was a grand day for Tim and Jessica Hutchinson Saturday, as they celebrated the opening of their new State Farm office located at 306 Village Circle in Social Circle.

March 01, 2015 | Mikayla Newton | Business


Mason staying in Covington

Mason's Business Services needed more room.

February 15, 2015 | | Business


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Supporter Spotlight - Johnny’s Pizza

Although the Super Bowl officially ends football season, Johnny's New York Pizza is still a great place to go to watch college basketball with friends and take the family for pizza, wings and all variety of Italian food.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


McIntosh Bank welcomes new retail development manager

Ms. Cheryl Connell has recently joined McIntosh Commercial Bank, Covington as Retail Development Manager. Ms. Connell has been in banking since 1981 and brings her excellent customer service and banking knowledge as well as her community spirit to our team. She began her banking career at First Bank of Conyers. Ms. Connell has been an active community leader in the markets she serves. With the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, she completed the Leadership Henry class in 2007. Ms. Connell also served on their Ambassador Committee, Small Business Council and Membership Committee. She served as Secretary of the Promotions Committee ...

January 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Supporter Spotlight: East Metro Cellular

The new Droid Eris, Motorola's answer to the iPhone, has been one of the most popular Verizon phones sold locally so far in 2010.

January 27, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Chamber to interview president candidates soon

Résumés are now being accepted for the next chamber president, and the search committee is reaching out to the group of 15 to 20 names they've collected over the past few months.

Since September, the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce has been without a president. A search committee headed by Chairman Jerry Mays has had numerous conversations about the skills and experience the next president should have and is poised to begin interviewing candidates soon, possibly by the beginning of February.

January 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Current Events Productions

In a world where technology changes daily, Chris and Teri Haler are veterans of keeping up with the curve. The couple has been in the advertising, print and Web design and video fields for nearly 20 years, and they have owned their own company, Current Events Productions, since 2002.

However, to become the multimedia masters they are today the Halers took a long road. The couple graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 1991 just before computers would begin to be integrated into the workplace and home.

January 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Supporter spotlight: Covington Academy

Covington recently gained another fully-accredited educational center with rigorous academic standards. A Time 4 Learning, originally based in Porterdale has moved to the original Wal-Mart location next to Antiques & Stuff.

January 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Junkin named CEO of the Georgia Association of Realtors

Debra S. "Deb" Junkin has been named CEO of the Georgia Association of Realtors after beating out 55 other applicants for the position.

January 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Supporter Spotlight - Bradley’s Barbecue

Brad Stewart entered the world of professional barbecue with a bang more than 15 years ago, and he's been going strong ever since.

December 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Supporter Spotlight: Bulldog Tire

Tommy Coker opened Bulldog Tire in Covington in 1986, more than a quarter century ago. He had worked in a tire company in Monroe for 19 years before that.

"I finally decided I wanted to do something on my own," Coker said. He scouted out Covington for many months before deciding to open a Bulldog location with his partner Ronnie Ward, who owns the Bulldog Tire store in Monroe and co-owns two other Bulldog stores in Snellville and Griffin.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


New CAEC leaders

The newly elected officers of the Covington Area Employer Committee assumed leadership of the group in November. Officers are Bob Wehner, treasurer; Heather Weiss, secretary; and Candy Morris, chair.

The CAEC is a partnership of local business representatives working with the Department of Labor.

December 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Supporter Spotlight: Horton Automotive

While many car dealerships are standing on their last legs, Horton Cadillac in Monroe continues to thrive. Part-owner Bruce Kelly said the new 2010 models have been flying off the lot, particularly the 2010 Buick LaCrosse and 2010 GMC Terrain.

December 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Supporter spotlight.... Angela Miller: Keller Williams Realty

Angela Miller has been in real estate for 15 years and her passion has led her constantly to reach out into new areas.

December 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local... Social Circle Ace Home Center

The Ace Home Center has been in Social Circle for more than 50 years and is one of the pillars of the tightly-knit community.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local... The Blue Willow Inn

Already nationally known for its delicious Southern cuisine, the Blue Willow Inn of Social Circle is now accompanied by the Blue Willow Village which promises visitors an idyllic afternoon spent walking through an old-fashioned Victorian village.

November 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local: N2 Paintball

Caleb Goodman has been playing paintball for the last five years and he wants more people to join him. He and his father, Darrell Goodman, opened N2 Paintball in September, giving Covington its first paintball store in more than two years.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


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