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How to select the right bank for your business

The most common mistake small business owners make in selecting a bank is to pick the one closest to their home or place of business ...

August 06, 2017 | Navin Shah | Business


WildArt: Making art approachable

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington is home to an interactive art studio, with paint parties, local artist displays and more. It is all part of Ann Wildmon ...

August 06, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business


IDG Vision Consulting & Training named Small Business of the Month

COVINGTON, Ga. – IDG Vision Consulting & Training, a personal and professional development firm offering consulting and training services, was recently named the Covington/Newton County Chamber ...

August 03, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business


Thomas’ closes for renovations

COVINGTON, Ga. – Thomas' Buffet, the "All You Can Eat" country home cooking restaurant next to the railroad tracks on Emory Street, has closed for renovations.

July 06, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Business


Furious about bank fees? Act now!

Whether your banking is for your business or for your personal life, chances are that bank fees are costing you more and more and more ...

July 02, 2017 | Navin Shah | Business


Georgia’s first TV, film museum to open in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Convention & Visitor's Bureau is pleased to announce that there is a brand new museum dedicated to Georgia television and ...

July 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Maddie Mae Children’s Boutique: More than a business

COVINGTON, Ga. - Opening Maddie Mae, a children's boutique in downtown Covington, is about more than business for owners Melissa Kitchens and Amber Foster. The ...

July 01, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business


Chili's celebrates opening with ribbon cutting

Chili's Grill & Bar was officially welcomed into Covington Tuesday with a special ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce ...

June 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business


Kroger raises funds by ‘Rounding Up’ to support the USO

Kroger is joining forces with the United Service Organization (USO) from June 25 – July 8 to "Round Up" support for American troops and their families ...

June 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Covington Kroger store launches ClickList online ordering for customers

The Kroger located at 5341 Highway 20 South in Covington, has launched ClickList – a service that offers customers the ease of placing orders online and ...

June 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Boutique fitness booming in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. - Moxie Fitness, Covington's newest fitness club has brought boutique fitness to Newton County.

June 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Newton Electric celebrates 50 years

COVINGTON, Ga. - This month, Newton Electric, located at 8155 Highway 278 NE, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

June 24, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


SMP Corp. wins first round of Atlanta Metro Export Challenge

COVINGTON, Ga. - Congratulations to SMP Corporation as a first round winner of the annual Atlanta Metro Export Challenge, a grant program targeting companies with innovative ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Brian ‘Buck’ Rogers Installed as 55th President of State Bar of Georgia

Brian D. "Buck" Rogers of Covington, a partner with Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC in Atlanta, was installed as the 55th president of the 49 ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


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Scams directed at seniors

Let's face it – I'm a senior citizen now and will turn 68 later this year. UGA's famous Dean of Men, William Tate, labeled turning age 65 as "statutory senility" so I'm there. In my business, I have fielded more than a few cases of seniors being targeted for various types of fraud.

April 10, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Should you use a Robo Advisor?

Although computer based investment programs have been around for many years, the term "Robo Advisor" is a relatively new label. I can envision the Terminator placing my call on hold with the message of "I'll be back."

March 27, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


The important retirement question

When you retire, how long do you want your retirement income to last?

February 28, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


FiberVisions plant manager recognized as Face of Manufacturing

Sarah Daly is an engineer. The Kentucky graduate is plant manager at FiberVisions, helping to produce fibers for products such as diapers, wipes, tea bags, air filters and Swiffer Dusters, at the Covington plant. She says she is 70 percent like her father, also an engineer.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Business


You have more options for college funding than you think

The cost of their children's college education will take a big bite out of parents' retirement savings.

January 31, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Annuity solutions for long term care funding expenses

The problem with how to fund for the risk of Long Term Care expense continues to increase, and the number of lives covered through insurance and premium volume has dropped significantly in the past 12 years. Industry giants like Prudential, MetLife and Allianz have exited the market.

January 10, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Learn about 100% Tax-Free retirement with yearly growth

If there's anything that will catch the eye of our elected officials in Washington, DC, it's an advertisement like this article's heading. There's more than a few pundits predicting the government will one day attempt to confiscate retirement plans to help lessen our national debt.

November 29, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


The appeal of Exchange Traded Funds

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 the market. In less than 10 years this section of the market has grown to over one trillion in assets.

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 the new general manager for The Covington News.

October 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Risks and hidden commissions in Municipal Bonds

Municipal bonds are considered the foundation for conservative investors looking for steady income. These bonds are issued by local and state governments and pay investors income that may be substantially exempt from Federal and possibly State income tax.

September 27, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Pratt finishes eco-campus expansion with new recyclable sorting plant

Pratt Industries, America's fifth largest paper and packaging company, celebrated the opening today of its newest recycling Material Recovery Facility (MRF), the final phase of its "eco-campus" expansion in Conyers.

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Mutual Fund Share Class Concerns

My plans for the year included a series of articles on investing starting in September. Given the market volatility during the past few weeks these might start at a good time.

September 06, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Newton youth gain experience and a paycheck

Nia Wellman, a recent graduate of Alcovy High School, spent five weeks this summer discovering the responsibilities and benefits that come with being employed. This opportunity was made possible by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) In-School Youth Program. Nia worked as an office aide at the City of Porterdale, giving her experience in interacting with the public and co-workers. She developed valuable organizational skills, a general knowledge of office procedures, as well as an understanding of what it means to be employed.

September 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Rotary Club hears Piedmont plans

Vice Chairman of the Newton County Hospital Authority, Billy Fortson, told the Rotary Club of Covington Tuesday that Piedmont Healthcare System was the only one of the nine organizations looked at to merge with Newton Medical Center that fulfilled all of the local hospital's requirements.

September 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Business


Your Pie coming to Covington Square

Downtown Covington is putting a round pizza in a Square.

August 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Business


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