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Christmas Decor franchisees offer free services to military families

Military families eligible for free Christmas decor.

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New businesses move into Wall Street office park

Three new businesses open at Wall Street in Conyers.

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O'Hannah's Hair Studio and Boutique relocates to the Covington Square

O'Hannah's Hair Studio and Boutique relocates to the Covington Square

O’Hannah’s Hair Studio and Boutique relocates to the Covington Square.

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TONY WILSON: Exchange website users must 'Try again later'

Oct. 1 marked the official rollout of the much-anticipated health insurance exchange for Georgians and citizens in 30-plus other states. The exchange is also referred to as the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM), and it is the centerpiece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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TONY WILSON: Do your homework before choosing a health care plan on the Exchange

Tuesday marked the much anticipated October opening of the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) for Georgians. The FFM (also referred to as the Exchange) is a cornerstone of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Farm Bureau accepting entries for hay contest

Georgia Farm Bureau members who grow Bermudagrass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2013 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay.

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TONY WILSON: Comply with Health Care Reform mandates, even if penalty is suspended

You’ll recall we recently dedicated this space to discussing the PPACA requirement that employers — whether they offer health insurance coverage or not — are required to notify their full- and part-time employees of the Health Insurance Exchange (also referred to as the Marketplace) by Oct. 1.

Kohl’s hiring more than 50,000 for holiday season

Kohl’s Department Stores announced it anticipates hiring more than 50,000 associates nationwide this holiday season to support seasonal business in stores and growth on

Local dentist wins award

Conyers dentist Dr. Doug Torbush was recently named the Northern District Dental Society 2013 Dentist of the Year at the Boots & Bling Ball held at Druid Hills Golf Club.

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Chamber chairman named to Leadership Georgia

Conyers/Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Chairman Barlay Thua is named to state leadership program.

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TONY WILSON: What is a Health Insurance Exchange?

A key component of the Health Care Reform law is the rollout of the Health Insurance Exchange, and although the Exchange for Georgia opens on Oct. 1, there still seems to be a lot of confusion as to what an Exchange is and how it will work.

Mellow Mushroom fundraiser benefits child hunger campaign

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is supporting the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign by raising funds in their restaurants. The restuarant will donate $1 to the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign for every bruschetta appetizer ordered.

Ribbon cutting for Wall Street scheduled

Wall Street Conyers Office Condominiums, located at the intersection of Salem Road and Wall Street in Conyers, is holding its ribbon cutting and luncheon for members of the Rockdale and Newton County business communities on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. The event will take place at 2375 Wall Street Conyers, Suite 140, in the conference center.

Scot Ward business gives $1M to community

Scot Ward opened his own funeral service company eight years ago, and he had an unusual business plan. For every funeral he handled, he wanted to donate a percentage of the cost to a church of the family’s choice or to a nonprofit, in memory of the deceased person.