F’ville tavern owner wants to loosen alcohol, sign restrictions

The recently elected members of the Fayetteville City Council during their campaign run used the idea of potentially relaxing some aspects of the sign ordinance as a way of stimulating business activity. Read More»

Ramsey receives Guardian of Small Business Award

State Representative Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, recently received the Guardian of Small Business award from the National Federation of Independent Business.
“Matt Ramsey earned this award for his steadfast support for small business and his strong leadership on issues important to entrepreneurs in Georgia,” said Kyle Jackson, NFIB/Georgia State Director. Read More»

Jobless rate edges up in Coweta, Newnan

The lower unemployment rates seen in Newnan and Coweta County in November traveled north about a third of a point in December. Coweta’s jobless rate for December moved up to 9 percent while the rate in Newnan rose to 10.5 percent.

Figures released by the Ga. Dept. of Labor showed a December unemployment rate for Coweta County at 9 percent. That’s up from the 8.7 percent rate in November. While higher than anyone would like it easily outstrips the 9.6 percent rate a year ago.

Coweta currently has a workforce of 60,765, of which 5,441 are unemployed. Read More»

Jobless rate in Fayette jumps a half point in December

The falling unemployment rates seen in Fayette County in late 2011 didn’t last long. Fayette’s 8.6 percent jobless rate for December represents a half-point jump in the past month. Peachtree City also saw a half-point increase to 7.5 percent. Read More»

Fayette home sales rebound, prices don’t

Fayette home sales rebound, prices don’t

It was a mixture of good and bad news for home sales in Fayette County during 2011. The good news was that the number of home sales increased slightly after falling for the past four years, marking the most sales since 2007.

But the average sale price was another matter, with 2011 bringing a fifth straight year of falling prices.

Multiple Listing Service (MLS) records provided by Leslie Edwards Realty showed there were 1,157 homes sold in Fayette County during 2011. Those homes carried an average list price of $290,511 and an average sales price of $227,767.
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Fayette Chamber of Commerce honors community leaders

2011 Chamber Board Chair Melanie Myer (L) passes gavel to the 2012 Chair Peggy Thomas in a ceremony Jan. 20 during the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet. Photo/Gwen Griffin.

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards luncheon last Friday with over 250 in attendance.

Also on the agenda was the passing of the chairman’s gavel from 2011 Chamber Board Chair Melanie Myer to the 2012 Chair Peggy Thomas. Myer is with Delta Credit Union and Thomas with Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services.

Six awards categories were given, with four of them going back a number of years. This awards program is the 44th held since the chamber was chartered in 1967. The first one was held as a pot luck dinner at the Masonic Lodge in Fayetteville.
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Average home sale price in Coweta at $154K in 2011

The average sale price of homes in Coweta County has been falling since the recession took a firm hold in 2008. And while the number of homes sold has leveled off in the past three years, the average selling price declined from $195,084 in 2008 to $153,806 in 2011.

Coweta County in 2011 saw 1,543 homes sold with an average listing price of $239,511 and an average sale price of $153,806. The number of homes sold represents 58 percent of the homes placed on the market during the year. The remaining 1,214 homes on the market were unsold at year’s end.
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Airport GM: New terminal to add jobs

Rotary President Joel Norris, left, thanks Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport General Manager Luis Miller for making his presentation to the club recently. Photo/Special.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s new International terminal was the focus at a recent luncheon of The Rotary Club of Peachtree City. Luis Miller, the general manager of one of the busiest airports in the world was the guest speaker.

Currently there are approximately 950,000 flights a year with an average of 250,000 daily passengers. The forecast for the International terminal is 13 million passengers by 2015. Read More»

Food Lion closing supermarkets in F’ville, Newnan

The Food Lion Corp. opened a grocery store on the southeast side of Fayetteville and two in Newnan less than two years ago; now they will be closing in the next month.

Delhaize America, parent company of Food Lion grocery stores, announced Jan. 11 that the under-performing stores will be among 29 in Georgia that will be closing in 30 days or less. Read More»

2011 a good year for business in Coweta

Recession or not, 2011 was a good year for economic development in Coweta County. Coweta County Development Authority President Greg Wright said the county added nearly 1,000 jobs last year and is poised for even better days ahead.

Wright in the organization’s January publication reviewed a number of the significant economic development strides that came in 2011 and referenced the recent West Georgia Regional Outlook meeting where it was noted that Coweta was the only county in the region to add jobs during 2011. In all there were nearly 1,000 jobs added to the Coweta economy during the year, said Wright.

One of last year’s business developments was the expansion at Chromalloy in the Shenandoah Industrial Park. The company announced the creation of 125 jobs after adding a gas turbine engine service capability at the facility. Read More»

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