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.
Without a highly skilled workforce in place, Newton County will struggle to attract the kind of industries that can truly bring up the county's per capita income and improve its quality of life, according to the county's top industrial recruiters.
Covington City Council members met Thursday night to discuss what the council should expect from the Main Street Covington program regarding tourism efforts, now that operation of the program is expected to be taken on by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.
The Advanced Retirement Planning building, at 6140 Hannah St., is now pink. Brian Byars, owner of ARP in Covington, said the business was painted pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It will remain pink through October. ARP employees and their families, ARP clients and Newton Medical Center associates gathered Monday to reveal the newly painted office building.