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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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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


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


Business Licenses - Nov. 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Local industry to add jobs

Local metal manufacturer Vestar Technologies is planning to add more jobs and recently reached an agreement with Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Georgia Quick Start to provide training.

Vestar originally began operations in Covington in December 2011 and was expected to hire 30 employees at first and up to 140 employees during the following five years.

November 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Grocery store goes out of business

The Save A Lot grocery store located at the corner of Alcovy Road and U.S. Highway 278 in Covington closed its doors recently after a nearly two-year in business.

Given widespread competition, the store location was not able to perform as anticipated, according to a company spokeswoman. The closing once again leaves the 18,500 square-foot location in the Covington Corners shopping center closed.

November 06, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | Business


Luncheon invites local women to connect

Local women are invited to attend the East Metro Women's Connection luncheon.

October 30, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Gas prices move closer to 2011 prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Covington have fallen to $3.44 a gallon, as of Tuesday. According to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com, Atlanta gas prices have not been this low since early August.

October 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Covington Diner receives SAR Flag commendation

The George Walton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has recognized the Covington Diner for exemplary flag display, in particular for following proper flag etiquette with illumination of the United States flag during night display.

October 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Snapping Shoals awards grants to Newton County teachers

Snapping Shoals EMC recently awarded approximately $15,000 in grants to a number of teachers in Newton County through the co-op's Bright Ideas program. The grants, which are allocated from unclaimed capital credit funds, are designed to help teachers who wish to extend educational opportunities and activities for students by developing student interests and abilities.

October 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Right at Home has ribbon cutting for local office

Right at Home, a nonmedical home care service provider, opened a Covington location early 2012 but held its official ribbon cutting Oct. 11.

October 19, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Businessman featured in ‘Georgia Trend’

Covington business owner Brian Byars, of Advanced Retirement Planning, was recently named to "Georgia Trend" Magazine's '40 Under 40' list, honoring top professionals across the state. This year's group represents what "Georgia Trend" considers the state's most successful up and coming men and women in business, government, education, nonprofits and the arts.

October 18, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


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