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Employee of the Year

Clairon Metals Corporation is pleased to announce that Erica Arnett has been named Employee of the Year for 2014.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Building up your piggy bank

Many years ago, I was given a "Pocket Pig" from Newton Federal Bank and still have it along with other Covington and Newton memorabilia. It held 16 quarters and "If this Pocket Pig could talk he would say, save a little every day." Sixty years later, that's still great advice – Pay yourself first!

January 25, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Best of the Best: Twelve Oaks

In less than four years, the antebellum mansion on Monticello Street went from being a faded grand dame to an award-winning Southern belle welcoming visitors from around the world.

January 18, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Business


Attaining Financial Independence

The easiest question you will have to answer this year is "Do you want to have financial independence at retirement? If your answer is "no," please return to your favorite television show and enjoy your day.

January 10, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


A jump start for employment

It is part of the incentive package the state offered to attract one of the leading healthcare industries to Covington: Georgia Quick Start would build a training facility near the new Baxter campus and offer customized training to its employees.

January 10, 2015 | | Business


Lassiter: Receiving additional social security benefits

This article was drafted during the Thanksgiving holidays and on returning home, I noticed that many of these suggestions are in the January 2015 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Although all of this information is readily available in my profession, I feel that it's proper to cite this publication.

December 13, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


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Federal tax refunds may be delayed in 2013

Tax preparers are warning that consumers may see a delay in getting their tax refunds back from the federal government given how late Congress approved the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

January 08, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


County jobless rate drops slightly

Newton County's unemployment dropped slightly from October to November, according to a preliminary report released by the Georgia Department of Labor today.

January 01, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Gas prices continue to fall during holidays

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.14/gal yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,134 gas outlets in Atlanta. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.24/gal, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

January 01, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Plant Vogtle sees delay, cost overruns

Southern Co. has had a simple message for the past few years: The effort to build the country's first new nuclear power plant in a generation was on time and on budget. Now, that message is changing.

December 20, 2012 | Staff Reports/AP | Business


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


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