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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Fears and fallacies in retirement planning

There are multiple concerns to think about as you head for retirement. Some are very legitimate while others, although important are very inaccurate. Here are ...

August 23, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

On the clock with Bridgestone Golf

The Covington Newton Chamber went On the Clock this month with Bridgestone Golf. Everyone knows Bridgestone for their rubber products, however their production of golf ...

August 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


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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

November 20, 2012 | | Business

New Chinese restaurant to open in Portedale

China Wing, a new Chinese restaurant located in Porterdale, is set to open this weekend. The location previously housed another local business when the restaurant owner Mr. Lee decided to renovate the building costing him nearly $50,000. Lee previously had a location in Madison County.

November 20, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | Business

More hiring for local manufacturer

Local metal manufacturer Vestar Technologies is planning to hire 75 employees during the next two years to greatly expand on its current workforce of 14 employees.

November 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business

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