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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.