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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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SKC begins on phase two of expansion

Local industry SKC recently began construction on the second phase of a previously announced $100 million expansion at its Covington facility.

The company is constructing a new building and adding a new polyester film manufacturing line, which will boost the company's core business.

December 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Madison Goodwill hiring 20-30 workers

Goodwill of North Georgia will begin recruiting 20-30 workers to fill open positions at its new Madison location. The store, located at 1512 Eatonton Road, will include a store and donation center and will open to customers on Jan. 31. Opening a new facility also means creating new jobs where they previously did not exist.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Baxter could locate 150-plus employees in '13

Local chamber officials and real estate agents continue to urge Newton County residents to publicly list their homes on the market so they can be potentially be purchased by Baxter International executives.

December 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


How the health care reform affects biz

As business owners try to get a handle on how federal healthcare reform is going to affect their operations, they're finding a few answers and a lot of questions.

December 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


More jobs coming to Covington

The proposed International House of Pancakes and Sprint wireless store are scheduled to open in the spring and the new restaurant is expected to bring 70 to 90 new jobs to the area.

December 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | Business


T-Mobile: service improved in Covington

T-Mobile announced recently it upgraded it 4G data and voice coverage in the Atlanta region, including Covington.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


New branch manager for Pinnacle Bank

Jackson McConnell, President and Chief Executive Officer at Pinnacle Bank, today announced that Sara Stephens has been promoted to branch manager of the bank's Covington office.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Baxter purchases company for $4B

Baxter International has agreed to purchase Swedish medical-equipment maker Gambro for $26.5 billion Swedish kronor ($4 billion U.S. dollars).

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Chamber to host housing forum tonight

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a housing forum at 7 p.m. tonight at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, 2104 Washington St. SW, Covington.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


IHOP, Sprint could come to Covington

Covington residents may soon get a gift of pancakes and cell phones as an IHOP restaurant and Sprint wireless store are expected to come to the area.

December 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | Business


Local executive lectures in China

A recent trip to China has Bill Lobele, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Beaver Manufacturing Company in Mansfield, sharing his impressions of how Chinese students see entrepreneurship.

December 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | Business


County’s jobless rate declines slightly

Newton County's unemployment rate declined to 9.5 percent in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 9.6 percent in September, according to preliminary numbers released by the Georgia Department of Labor recently. The rate was 11.5 percent in October 2011.

November 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Tax increases coming in 2013

No matter what happens to the fiscal cliff, Newton County residents can expect a tax increase next year, according to Brian Byars of Advanced Retirement Planners.

November 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Business


Industry picks Conyers

Local industry Hillphoenix, which had been looking to consolidate some of its U.S. locations in either Covington or Conyers, has chosen Conyers, but will not be closing its Covington plant.

November 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Area gas prices rise 3.2 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in the area have risen 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.25/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

November 20, 2012 | | Business


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