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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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Ramp Up for success

Economic Development announces RAMP UP: The Regional Advanced Manufacturing Principles to Update Performance. Students can RAMP UP their skills by participating in our industrial training programs.

July 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


The green life

Green Livin' Farms kicked off the summer season on June 26 by celebrating the grand opening of a second store at 5177 Floyd Street. The second location joins Green Livin's first store at the U.S. Highway 278 and Ga. Highway 142 location known as "The Hub."

July 21, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Business


Supporter Spotlight: SouthEastern Builder’s Supply

In late 2009, local business Cowan & Cowan merged with SouthEastern Builder's Supply to expand its line of products made available for consumers. The business remains on 1186 Clark Street, with a warehouse facility located on 9175 Old Atlanta Hwy.

July 14, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Business


Supporter Spotlight: Newton County Recreation Center

Despite suffering from recent budget cuts and increased fees, the Newton County Recreation Department will be moving forward with the new season of sports programs. Children who have not signed up are encouraged to do so, as time is running out to register for football and cheerleading. The deadline is July 16 with practice beginning in August.

July 07, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Business


More businesses allowed at Stanton Springs

In an effort to make the Stanton Springs industrial park more attractive and competitive, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to allow more types of businesses to be located there.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Supporter Spotlight: Cowboy's BBQ

Steve and Vicki Deal were products of the economy. Like so many others in the country, they found themselves without jobs after years of hard work. However, the couple decided to take matters into their own hands and started their own barbecue restaurant in Social Circle.

June 30, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Business


Supporter Spotlight: CJ Orchards

Priding themselves strictly as a family farm, the Markleys began CJ Orchards with a few peach trees in 1983. Almost 30 years later, the orchard has grown to 40 acres of fruits and vegetables.

June 23, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Business


Touch of Country says goodbye to the square

In May 1997, Harold Duren purchased the old City Pharmacy on the northeast corner of the square as a shop for his handmade wooden furniture. However, the first people to knock on his doors weren't furniture customers; they were residents who wanted to know if he would continue to operate the popular soda fountain in the store.

June 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Newton manufacturers honored at luncheon

Eight businesses in Newton County were honored for their contribution to the economic engine of the region. Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue designated April 12 – 16 as Manufacturing Appreciation Week. Newton County Government, the City of Covington, the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce and DeKalb Technical College partnered to honor manufacturing at a local luncheon on June 8.

June 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Supporter Spotlight: Newton Medical Family Practice Center

There is a brand new doctor in town. Thomas Mathew Jr., M.D., is a board certified family practitioner who leads the Newton Medical Family Practice Center, a new facility based in Covington.

June 16, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Business


Mayfield Hardware Company changes to help community

Monday was the first day of some exciting changes at Mayfield Hardware Company.

June 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Supporter Spotlight: Monroe Power Equipment

Monroe Power Equipment Company has been serving the Covington area since 1991. They specialize in lawn and garden equipment, parts and repairs. Stocked with brand names like Hustler Excel Turf, Briggs & Stratton and Cub Cadet, they offer a wide variety of tools ranging from trimmers to tractors. The company also boasts a certified Briggs & Stratton Master Service Center.

One of the company's prospective products is the Hustler Zeon, the world's first all-electric zero-turn riding mower. Released in 2008, the Zeon won the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award in 2009 and was also listed in the magazine's Top 10 ...

June 09, 2010 | By Sebastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Business


Supporter spotlight: Cottonwood Farm

Ken and Teri Justice began physically building their long-time dream last year and today the construction phase of Cottonwood Farm is very nearly complete.

June 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


SKC breaks ground, cuts ribbon for 2 plants

SKC Inc. has so much going on at its Covington manufacturing plant that it celebrated both a groundbreaking and a ribbon cutting Tuesday. Local politicians and SKC leaders broke ground on a photovoltaic films plant, part of its continuing efforts to expand in the solar power industry. The total investment is expected to be $50 million, and the first line is expected to be running in September 2011. The second phase will start after 2013. Around 100 new people could be hired in the first phase according to documentation on site.

May 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Supporter spotlight: Burnie's BBQ and Cotton Mill Cakes

Burnie's BBQ in Porterdale opened last August, but Owner Richard's Burnham's family has been barbecuing and baking in the southern mill town for more than 60 years.

Today, Burnie's serves pork and turkey sandwiches, Brunswick stew, BBQ nachos, wings, ribs, salads, hamburgers, hot and sausage dogs, chili and soup. The newest menu item will be a welcome addition as the hot Georgia summer approaches - ice cream.

May 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


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