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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

A bigger, better place to care for pets

It's just around the corner, less than half a mile away, but when the building is finished in January it will almost double Well Spring Animal Hospital's existing space. That means, veterinarian Dr. Laura Thomas and her staff will be able to care for more dog and cat patients.

November 22, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business

Wild at heart

The finishing touches are being put in place and local artists are arriving to set up displays of their art.

November 15, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business

Biting into Covington

They had expected about 300 people to show up in downtown Covington the night before Halloween.

November 08, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business

You’ll Earn a Fortune

In 1970, the approach of "You'll Earn a Fortune" was taught by many life insurance carriers. "Make sure you protect your earning power!" The arithmetic in those days was very simple:

November 01, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Infinity Solutions acquires CompuNet

Infinity Network Solutions, Inc., a leading Information Technology services company for small to mid-sized businesses and public sector agencies, announced today the acquisition of CompuNet, Inc., a full service Networking and Internet solutions provider located in Macon, Georgia.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

United Bank names advisory directors

United Bank President Thomas Kephart announced the addition of two local business leaders to its Covington Advisory Board. Anne Laster and Steven Kapp joined the board in their first meeting earlier in October.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

Acuity Brands expands, adding 700 jobs in Rockdale, DeKalb

Georgia-based Acuity Brands will expand its operation, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into Rockdale and DeKalb counties over the next five years, announced Governor Nathan Deal's office Monday morning.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

Full shopping plaza sets tone for county

As Newton County continues to grow commercially, a key component of growth will be the use of its already built shopping plaza and commercial buildings.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

Paying for long-term care expenses

I've got a subject that can have you reaching for the aspirin and antacid quickly. As if we don't have enough concerns already, now we can worry about this risk and it can be very costly if not addressed. Of the five Covington Lassiter parents who have passed on, all of them incurred long-term care related expenses toward the end of their lives.

October 18, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Local dentist inducted as a Fellow of International College of Dentists

Dr. Dale Evans, DDS, a local dental practitioner, was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists at its 85th Annual Convocation in San Antonio on Oct. 10.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

Poppin’ with flavor

Things are popping on Crowell Road now.

October 11, 2014 | Mikayla Newton | Business


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Following the leaders

The Turner Lake Complex once again played host Friday to a local gathering of the annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast, a gathering of inspirational leaders in Atlanta, which is simulcast around the county.

The Newton County Recreation Commission is a local simulcast location and sells tickets every year to raise money for the Miracle League of Newton County Project, a special needs-friendly baseball field that will be built at City Pond Park. Around 145 business owners, employees and students attended this year's event.

May 08, 2012 | Staff Report | Business

Farmers markets enjoy renaissance in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Farmers markets are seeing a resurgence in demand for fresh fruits and vegetables, locally grown products and more ethnic items.

May 07, 2012 | Associated Press | Business

Baxter taking job applications

Baxter International has already begun taking applications for jobs at its planned $1 billion manufacturing plant at the intersection of Newton and Walton counties.

May 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business

Newton unemployment rate falls to 10.3

Newton County is one of three counties in the Northeast Georgia region that has an unemployment rate higher than 10 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

April 26, 2012 | Staff Report | Business

Job bell broken by Baxter announcement

Fifteen hundred jobs proved to be too many for the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's monthly ring the bell event, as the bell's rope broke in the middle of being rung 1,500 times.

April 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business

Cottonwood Farm


April 12, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Business

SKC, Nisshinbo named local manufacturers of the year

SKC and Nisshinbo Automotive were named Newton County's 2012 Manufacturers of the Year because of the industries' continued development in Newton County.

April 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business

Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio


April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Business

Maggie's Attic

Ellen Campbell has always been a collector.

Growing up, Campbell's choice of collection was bone china teacups, but that was just one collection amongst many.

April 05, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | Business

Creating better workers

Newton County has big plans for improving its workforce in 2012, and those efforts will kick off with a workforce development summit from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 17 at the Newton College and Career Academy.

State leaders, including the Georgia labor commissioner and economic development recruiters, and local officials will speak about business recruitment efforts and the jobs that will accompany those businesses and how Newton County can position its workforce to take advantage of those openings.

March 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business

Blue Willow Inn

Billie and Louis Van Dyke, amongst other things, shared a love for Blue Willow china. The blue and white, which were their favorite colors, appealed to them but the story behind the china was much more romantic.

The legend goes like this: A Mandarin's daughter falls for her father's secretary, but because of their difference in their financial fortunes (the secretary was poor, the daughter's father was rich) the daughter was forbidden to marry him. Saddened, she chose to weep under the willow tree. The secretary would come to get her before she was to wed a ...

March 29, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | Business

Candlelight Bridal


March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | Business

Supporter Spotlight - Cowboy’s Hotspot

In 2003, during an equestrian event held by Achieving Skills for Change's Outreach Therapeutic Counseling Services, founder and CEO Angela Clark saw the positive effect the horses gave to the children participating.

March 23, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | Business

Dart Container buys Solo Cup Co.

The Dart Container Corporation recently announced it will acquire the Solo Cup Company in a transaction worth approximately $1 billion.

March 22, 2012 | Staff Report | Business

Unemployment up, but outlook positive

While Newton County's unemployment rate increased in January for a second straight month, hiring is expected to pick up in the Atlanta region as 20 percent of regional companies say they plan to hire more workers during the next three months.

March 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business

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