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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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Chamber of Commerce and Newton Federal Bank to host second annual Shred Day May 7

On Thursday, May 7, the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Newton Federal Bank and A Cut Above Shredding will hold the second annual Shred Day. This event is open to all businesses and citizens of Newton County. The event will be held in the Chamber's parking lot at 2101 Clark Street from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

May 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


GM to cut 21,000 US factory jobs, shed Pontiac

DETROIT - General Motors Corp. said it will cut 21,000 U.S. factory jobs by next year, phase out its storied Pontiac brand and ask the government to take company stock in exchange for half GM's government debt as part of a major restructuring effort needed to get more government aid.

The struggling automaker also said it will offer 225 shares of common stock for every $1,000 in notes held by bondholders as part of a debt-for-equity swap.

April 27, 2009 | by Kimberly S. Johnson The Associated Press | Business


American ingenuity

While many companies have recently had to lay off employees or delay projects, Thomas Brothers Hydro Inc. in Newton County has made company history and plans to soon add around 20 high-tech employees to their staff.

April 15, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Business


Buy local...Antiques and Stuff

Antiques and Stuff is a place to find just that - antiques - and "stuff." The 28,000 square foot building at 2174 Elm Street NE in Covington is loaded with aisles of furniture, dishware, art, collectibles and lots of other random items.

"We have anything and everything," co-owner Matt Crowe said. "We have everything from high-end antiques to just 'stuff.' That's the best way to describe it. We have a lot of 'stuff.'"

April 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Helping job seekers get a foot in the door

f you're looking for a job and collecting unemployment benefits in Georgia, a new program called Georgia Works could put you on a new career path altogether.

April 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Business


Buy Local... Arbor Lakes Apartments

As the apartment business enters its busier season, Arbor Lake Apartments is poised to attract renters looking for inexpensive, quality housing.

Arbor Lake, located at 431 Kirkland Road, is offering 1,175 square-foot, two-bedrooms apartments for $599 a month through at least the end of April. Apartment manager Susan Tate said she has a few units available now and prospective renters should contact her at (770) 385-6166, or by e-mail at arbor@hre-rst.com for more details.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Borage Grill

Zia Tusmani believes there are three key elements to any successful restaurant: quality, pricing and service. Tusmani is the owner and main cook of Borage Grill in Olde Town Conyers and he said he practices those elements every day.

Quality meals begin with quality ingredients and Tusmani buys and cooks only the best, freshest food he can find. All of the vegetables are brought to the store fresh every morning. All of the sauces and marinades are made from scratch every day. All of the meat is organic, and the lamb in particular is delivered all the way from Australia ...

April 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Celebrating local manufacturing industries

Representatives of Beaver Manufacturing and General Mills met with directors from DeKalb Technical College and the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Tuesday at the Newton County Historic Courthouse as Covington Mayor Kim Carter and Newton County Commission Chairman Kathy Morgan signed a joint proclamation to honor local manufacturers for their contributions to local economic growth and community partnerships.

March 25, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Business


Newton jobless claims still on the rise

Newton County's unemployment rate continued to climb in January, reaching 11.7 percent, up from 10.4 percent in December. Newton County's rate continued to outpace the state's average of 8.6 percent, as well as the rates of the surrounding counties.

March 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


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


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