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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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Archive By Section - 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


Buy local...Hammer’s Getaway

 Hammer's Getaway has been said to be the best nightlife establishment in Jackson. The half restaurant and half dance club is home to the largest dance floor in the area.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


OHCO Inc.

 OHCO Inc. outlet center, fabrics and rugs in Covington, offers customers the largest selection of decorator fabrics east of Atlanta without the hefty price tag.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


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


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