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Exchange Traded Funds or "ETFs" were first introduced in the early 1990s, but it wasn't until 2008 that the first actively managed ETF reached ...

October 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Business

General Manager Hired for News

Hosanna Fletcher, a long-time resident of Newton County who has served in a number of significant leadership positions in the community, has been named as ...

October 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


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VP named for Essex Bank

Essex Bank , a community bank serving Gwinnett, Walton, Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties announced Kevin Mathis as its Vice President of Commercial Lending.

May 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

Buy Local: Ozone Bar and Grill

Located in an old skating rink, the Ozone Bar and Grill is a unique place in Covington to hear live music and enjoy a variety of food. The rink has been converted into a concert hall, with a spacious downstairs and a wrap-around upstairs balcony.

May 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

General Mills to locate plant in Social Circle

General Mills is once again investing in Georgia and will open up a distribution center east of Social Circle in 2010. The center will create 112 jobs.

May 14, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Business

Buy Local... Benton House

 Benton House of Covington, a senior living facility being built at 7155 Dearing Road, will open in July and reservations are being taken now. Director of Operations Mike Allard said Benton provides good-sized apartments with a lot of closet space, has easy access because all apartments are on the first floor and is the right size to provide a sense of community without crowding residents.

May 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

Second annual Shred Day

Keeping information safe: Brandon Carter, vice president of operations and co-owner of A Cut Above Shredding company, stands by a truck filled with documents to be shredded.

Newton Federal Bank and the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted the second annual Shred Day. Residents were able to have documents that held sensitive information disposed in a safe way. A Cut Above Shredding provided free shredding services for residents.

May 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

Buy Local... Sweet Bea’s Cafe

If you want a 100 percent black Angus burger and a tasty side of fresh-cut fries then stop by Sweet Bea's Café on Ga. Highway 11. Sisters and co-owners Angela Durden and Kathy King opened the restaurant in December and named it after their grandmother Bea, who worked as a waitress and loved to cook, Durden said.

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

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 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

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