Atlanta Trek donates bikes, helmets to military families

The Atlanta Trek store in Kedron Village in Peachtree City last week donated 10 bicycles and 10 helmets to Operation Homefront, an organization that assists military families. On hand for the Christmas donation were store employees (from left) Mark Born, Ian Buchanan, Darwin Johnson, Ryan Waller and David Turbyfield along with Operation Homefront Georgia Director Mike Patellis and Atlant Trek owner Willard Hair. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was something Willard Hair and the employees at Atlanta Trek Bicycles in Peachtree City thought would make a difference at Christmas. The bicycle store at Kedron Village Shopping Center last week donated 10 bicycles and 10 bike helmets to Operation Homefront to be distributed to the families of service members.

Hair said he got the idea for the donation after hearing a college student on the radio about two weeks ago saying she did not support the troops or the war. Read More»

Tax revenues to get boost from $60M plant expansion in PTC

The new oil refinery that’s under construction at Universal Environmental Services in the Peachtree City industrial park represents a $60 million investment on behalf of the company. Read More»

Jobless numbers fall in Coweta, Newnan

Unemployment figures for November will be out soon. And the news might be good for a change if the figures for October are any measure. Coweta County in October saw jobless numbers fall below 9.5 percent while Newnan’s unemployment numbers fell half a percentage point to 11.1 percent.

Unemployment in Coweta during October decreased to 9.4 percent compared to the 9.7 percent figure in September. That number equates to 5,653 people out of work in a countywide workforce of 60,400.

Coweta’s jobless rate in October 2010 was 9.1 percent.   Read More»

Employment picture brightens in October for Fayette, PTC

The unemployment picture for Fayette County seems to be improving. If the figures for November due out in a couple of weeks look anything like those from October it will be a welcome sight. The October jobless rate in Fayette County fell by nearly half a point to 8.8 percent while Peachtree City saw unemployment drop from 8.4 percent to 7.9 percent. Read More»

PTC gets ‘green’ oil refinery

With a rendering of the new refinery in the background (top, left), UES President Dr. Juan Fritchy welcomes visitors to the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon. Photo/John Munford.

$60 million ‘upcycling’ plant to provide clean motor oil

When you pull into the bay for an oil change, you probably don’t think about where that dirty goo really ends up, much less what becomes of it.

It turns out that it ends up in Peachtree City, where Universal Environmental Services is building a $60 million [CORRECTED from print edition] expansion of its used motor oil refinery that will be not only profitable, but also environmentally-friendly.
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PTC OKs 24-hour RaceTrac for Hwy. 54W

With its signature “corporate” red stripe removed from the gas canopy, RaceTrac won a conceptual site plan approval from the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night.

The store, just under 6,000 square feet in size, will be located off Ga. Highway 54 West at Line Creek Drive. With 10 double-sided gas pumps, it will be the second-largest gas station in the city, Read More»

Piedmont Fayette adds Humana, retains other senior health plans

No subtractions, just an addition, according to officials speaking for Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville.

Piedmont Healthcare has entered into an agreement with Humana Insurance Co. to participate in its Medicare Advantage plans on an in-network basis. As for the existing Medicare Advantage plans with other companies, they will all remain unaffected with the addition of Humana. Read More»

Economic Development Academy graduates

Economic Development Academy graduates

Fayette County graduates from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development took time for a quick photo after the completion of the recent 2011 Region Three Multi-Day Training Program.

Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, municipal and county staff, business leaders, educators and social service providers from nine counties in metro Atlanta. Read More»

More retail coming to Fischer Crossings just west of PTC

Residents of Coweta and Fayette counties frequenting the Sam’s Club and NCG Cinemas at Fischer Crossings or have occasion to travel along the area of Ga. highways 34 and 54 in east Coweta might expect to see the beginning a few changes to the commercial landscape in the coming months.

Leases with T.J.Maxx, Michaels and Home Goods retailers totaling 63,000 square feet are being finalized. Construction is anticipated to begin in February with the openings expected to follow in spring 2013. Read More»

Big Friday at the toy store

Big Friday at the toy store

It was all about the Black Friday bargains and the selection at the Peachtree City Shenanigan’s Toys at The Avenue. Peachtree City resident Misty Pollack and her mother-in-law Debbie Lehmann, who was visiting from Michigan, surveyed the abundance of doll outfits as part of the annual shopping tradition. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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