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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


United Bank offers live teller machine

A local bank has made great strides in providing cutting-edge technology and brand new services to customers.

September 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Business


Building a high performance workforce

Groups from the private and public sector came together at SKC Inc. in Newton to learn an improvement methodology called Lean Six Sigma.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


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Buy local...Hays Tractor

Hays Tractor has been in the family for 58 years and during that time the company has strived to provide the best customer service possible.

"A lot of customers say we treat them like friends and family," General Manager Shelia Hays Massey said. "They come to buy the tractor, but also gain the relationship with the family here."

March 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Two career fairs at DeKalb Tech

DeKalb Technical College will hold two career fairs in March. On Tuesday, March 24, the first Career Fair will be held at DeKalb Tech's Clarkston Campus in the Conference Center, located at 495 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston. On Thursday, March 26, the second Career Fair will be held in the Auditorium of Building A at the Covington Campus, located at 16200 Alcovy Road NE, Covington. Both Career Fairs will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

March 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Bangkok Grill

Bangkok Grill is bringing Thai cuisine to Covington and owner Jee Poonpoke is trying to bring hope to those suffering from the economy.

Poonpoke opened Bangkok Grill two weeks ago on U.S. Highway 278 next to Advance Auto Parts, but not long before that she had nothing. She previously owned the "Red Tomato" in Conyers, but the economic meltdown cost her everything.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Komatsu to close Covington forklift facility

The Komatsu America Corporation announced plans to close three of its facilities, including the Komatsu Forklift U.S.A. facility in Covington, as part of a reorganization effort.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Verizon gives grant to Project ReNeWal in honor of grand opening of new store

Verizon Wireless is breaking new ground in Georgia's wireless retail experience with the Grand Opening of its Covington Communications Store. Built in the company's Evolutionary Store design, the new retail location offers customers a high-tech and hands-on experience with wireless voice, data, music and video services. The new store, located at 10337 Industrial Blvd NE, is open for business and will hold its official grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony March 5, at 10 a.m. Commemorating the store opening representatives from the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce will share in the celebration.

In honor of the grand ...

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Jim Fuller’s U.M.A.S. Karate

Jim Fuller believes the key to teaching karate is to teach kids to become strong, confident individuals. Fuller's U.M.A.S. Karate schools have continued to grow since he began teaching karate in 1990. He now has one location in Covington and two in Conyers.

Fuller explains that his schools have a unique approach to martial arts that centers on helping kids grow.

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local... Newton Package Shop

For more than two decades Newton Package Shop has been serving the citizens of Newton County with a knowledgeable and friendly staff and a large selection of wines, beers and liquors.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Sweet financial gifts

You could give flowers. You could give candy. You could give jewelry, a watch or a gift certificate. They're all fine Valentine's Day presents, and your recipient would appreciate any of them. But this year, why not go beyond the usual gifts and give your valentine something that can sweeten the rest of the year - and beyond? Specifically, why not give a financial gift?

February 11, 2009 | By Rick Rogers | Business


Buy Local...GG's Pizza & Wings

Open since 2003, GG's Pizza & Wings has made a name for itself in local, affordable cuisine.

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local... Angela Miller-Keller Williams Real Estate

Realtor Angela Miller has 15 years of experience in the real estate business.

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Better Hearing Aid

Together Joe and Barbara Stock, owners of Better Hearing Aid, have more than 80 years of experience in the hearing aid business.

The Stocks recently opened up a Better Hearing Aid in Covington after years of successfully running a Better Hearing Aid in Decatur. There are also Better Hearing Aids in Madison and Jackson.

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Goody's clothing store to close

Newton County's sole department store is set to close with the recent announcement that Goody's Family Clothing will liquidate all of its remaining stores after a depressing holiday sales period.

January 10, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | Business


Brig. Gen.highlights Chamber awards

It's that time of year again. The Christmas tree has been put away, the New Year's resolutions made and the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting is upon us.

January 10, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | Business


Buy local...Ludies Est

In its fifth year of business, Ludies Est has been personalizing clothing, blankets and commemorative items for Newton County residents for years now.

"We do all types of awards, plaques, trophies," said store owner Scott Childers. "We do company shirts. We do school T-shirts. We do embroidery for shoes and just about anything you want."

January 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Fat Boys Golf Carts

Fat Boys Golf Carts was established in 2004 after owner Steve Smallwood began selling them in front of his locally owned convenience store.

"I was selling more golf carts than the store could handle," Smallwood said. "I saw that it was working so I decided to move up."

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


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