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"Laddering" your retirement income

Throughout my career I have seen ongoing recommendations to ladder your investments and savings to generate consistent, long term income. Just envision each step on the ladder being an asset and you've got the laddering idea.

May 10, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


'Sleepy Hollow' TV show moves to Rockdale

The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.

May 10, 2015 | John Ruch | Business


The Basic Annuity – Fixed Interest

If you want a guaranteed rate of return and don't need your income until a later date, a fixed interest annuity might be for you. Interest rates are at the level they were in the 1950's and this also has negatively affected certificates of deposit.

April 26, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Using annuities in your retirement planning

As we move into April, I had planned to start a series of articles on Investing in Equities. Instead, I want to provide information on using annuities in your retirement planning, including benefits and risks. My motivation was learning that a long time insured who has moved out of state has run out of money and is being supported by her children. Studies show that the consistent #1 concern of the baby boomers is running out of money.

April 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Shark Tank TV show casting call April 13 in Decatur

You can apply to pitch your company for ABC's hit reality TV show "Shark Tank" at a casting call breakfast Monday, April 13, 8 a.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA. Companies will be chosen to pitch to casting director Scott Salyers. Apply at http://valuespartnerships.com/ATLSharkTankBreakfast/

April 09, 2015 | | Business


Five Ga. film studios band together to form advocacy group

Five film and television studios around Atlanta, including Covington-based Triple Horse Studios, have come together to form an advocacy group for Georgia's studios and businesses that support film and television industries. The five studios forming the new Georgia Studio and Infrastructure Alliance (GSIA) are: Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta, EUE/Screen Gems Studios Atlanta, Mailing Avenue Stageworks, Tyler Perry Studios and Triple Horse Studios.

April 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


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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


Buy Local... Newton Package Shop

For more than two decades Newton Package Shop has been serving the citizens of Newton County with a knowledgeable and friendly staff and a large selection of wines, beers and liquors.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Sweet financial gifts

You could give flowers. You could give candy. You could give jewelry, a watch or a gift certificate. They're all fine Valentine's Day presents, and your recipient would appreciate any of them. But this year, why not go beyond the usual gifts and give your valentine something that can sweeten the rest of the year - and beyond? Specifically, why not give a financial gift?

February 11, 2009 | By Rick Rogers | Business


Buy Local...GG's Pizza & Wings

Open since 2003, GG's Pizza & Wings has made a name for itself in local, affordable cuisine.

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy Local... Angela Miller-Keller Williams Real Estate

Realtor Angela Miller has 15 years of experience in the real estate business.

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Better Hearing Aid

Together Joe and Barbara Stock, owners of Better Hearing Aid, have more than 80 years of experience in the hearing aid business.

The Stocks recently opened up a Better Hearing Aid in Covington after years of successfully running a Better Hearing Aid in Decatur. There are also Better Hearing Aids in Madison and Jackson.

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Goody's clothing store to close

Newton County's sole department store is set to close with the recent announcement that Goody's Family Clothing will liquidate all of its remaining stores after a depressing holiday sales period.

January 10, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | Business


Brig. Gen.highlights Chamber awards

It's that time of year again. The Christmas tree has been put away, the New Year's resolutions made and the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting is upon us.

January 10, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | Business


Buy local...Ludies Est

In its fifth year of business, Ludies Est has been personalizing clothing, blankets and commemorative items for Newton County residents for years now.

"We do all types of awards, plaques, trophies," said store owner Scott Childers. "We do company shirts. We do school T-shirts. We do embroidery for shoes and just about anything you want."

January 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Fat Boys Golf Carts

Fat Boys Golf Carts was established in 2004 after owner Steve Smallwood began selling them in front of his locally owned convenience store.

"I was selling more golf carts than the store could handle," Smallwood said. "I saw that it was working so I decided to move up."

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Hammer’s Getaway

 Hammer's Getaway has been said to be the best nightlife establishment in Jackson. The half restaurant and half dance club is home to the largest dance floor in the area.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


OHCO Inc.

 OHCO Inc. outlet center, fabrics and rugs in Covington, offers customers the largest selection of decorator fabrics east of Atlanta without the hefty price tag.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Buy local...Honda of Conyers

Honda of Conyers is the No.1 ranked import dealer in Conyers. With a lot full of new and used cars, Honda of Conyers has more than 350 new cars and 150 plus used cars. The starting price for new cars is $12,000 and reaches a peak of $50,000 with a warranty of three years or 36,000 miles, and an engine power and transmission warranty of five years or 60,000 miles.

Used cars range in price from $500 to $30,000 with a warranty on used certified cars of 100,000 miles.

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Ramsey's Produce

Ramsey Produce is one of Covington's locally owned produce stands. Owned and operated by Jim Ramsey, the produce stand holds 40 plus basic items.

"We get 95 percent of our produce from the farmers market in Forest Park. The other comes from local farmers in the area," said Jim Ramsey. With fruits ranging from Washington apples and navel oranges to mangos and pomegranates, Ramsey's has something to satisfy a variety of produce and fresh food cravings. "We have all the citrus fruits you want," said Ramsey. "Our citrus fruits are the most popular, but come spring time it ...

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


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