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Covington shows off recent film success to international leaders

Covington's rich filming history and recent successes has landed it a spot as a host city on a state-sponsored tour for international leaders.

March 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Holiday job losses bump up unemployment rate

Newton County's unemployment rate increased by half a percent to 8.5 percent in January as an estimated 468 locals lost jobs, likely due to the loss of seasonal jobs added during the holiday shopping season.

March 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Retail Round Table with Dave Bernd and the Newton Chamber of Commerce

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Elite Auto Collision now open

After gaining technical expertise and knowledge in every facet of his industry, Shane Steele has decided to make that knowledge available to Covington and Newton County.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


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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


Covington employee receives Charles Russell Bard Award

Gay Y. Clark, Executive Assistant, Bard Medical Division, has received the prestigious Charles Russell Bard Award, an honor recognizing outstanding character, abilities, and achievements.

May 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Supporter Spotlight... Los Charros

For almost a quarter century the Bravo family has been serving up authentic Mexican cuisine in the Conyers area.

May 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Supporter Spotlight - Eye Deal Optical

Since December Eye Deal Optical on U.S. Highway 278 has been offering Covington-area residents expert optical services as well as stylish, modern products.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Supporter spotlight: Mitcham Farm Strawberries

Mitcham Farm on West Macedonia Church Road in Oxford has been family operated for more than 100 years.

May 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


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