Fayette Chamber surveys support for regional sales tax vote

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is surveying its membership this week in an effort Read More»

Bonnell Aluminum makes big donation to Coweta 3rd graders

The students in Jodi Smith’s 3rd grade class at Thomas Crossroads Elementary School joined the school’s administrators and the county superintendent in thanking Bonnell Plant Manager Brooke Hamilton and employee Matt Key for personally delivering the dictionaries to their school. Photo/Special.

Employees of the Newnan’s Bonnell Aluminum company visited all 19 elementary schools in Coweta County this week, personally delivering over 1,600 Merriam-Webster dictionaries to students in every third grade class.

It is the tenth year the Newnan company has sponsored the county-wide donation, which is intended to promote literacy and academic skills among Coweta County elementary students, said school system spokesperson Dean Jackson. Read More»

Jobless rate hits 10.1% in Coweta, 12.4% in Newnan

There is a significant amount of economic activity going on in Coweta County. But even that activity has not been able to offer any improvement to the stagnating unemployment rate. That rate inched upward in August to 10.1 percent countywide and to 12.4 percent in Newnan.

Coweta County has a workforce of 60,195 but with a 10.1 percent unemployment rate that means that 6,065 people are without work. The jobless rate was 10 percent in July and 9.5 percent in August 2010, according to figures released by the Ga. Dept. of Labor. Read More»

Beyond the Door has grand opening Oct. 1

Ann Busey, proprietor of Beyond the Door in historic Senoia, Georgia announces the grand opening of her unique home décor shop Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m-7 p.m.

Beyond the Door has moved to 30 Main Street into the newly restored old Hollberg building. The restoration brought back the original charm of the building revealing the brick walls, hidden windows, and high ceilings. Reclaimed wood flooring using antique nails enhances the overall experience of “stepping back in time”.      Read More»

TDK looks to consolidate space at PTC facility

TDK in Peachtree City is looking to add a 40,000 square-foot expansion to its facility on TDK Boulevard to consolidate its warehouse and shipping activities. The measure was briefly discussed at the Sept. 22 workshop meeting of the Peachtree City Planning Commission and will be submitted as a conceptual plan in October.

The conceptual site plan for the existing TDK facility shows the proposed addition of approximately 40,000 square feet that will be similar in design to the existing structure, said city Planning and Zoning Administrator David Rast. Read More»

Peachtree City company creates ‘green’ parking spaces for employees

Employees taking advantage of the new “green” parking spaces at TDK are, L-R, Hiromi Sakuma, Don Massucci, Chong Lee and Sophia Echols. Photo/John Munford.

In a nod to cleaner commutes, TDK in Peachtree City has set aside special parking spaces for hybrid vehicles, electric cars, motorcycles and those who are carpooling to Peachtree City with others.

Each of the premium spaces near the front entrance is marked with a sign, and also a painted green leaf insignia on the asphalt. Read More»

Fayette Chamber on fence about regional sales tax vote

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce has not taken a stance either for or against the proposed 1 percent regional transportation sales tax referendum, slated for July 2012.

The Chamber, however, is encouraging residents and local business owners to get up to speed on the projects, said Chamber President Virginia Gibbs.

“I think our thought is that it’s just really important for people to be informed and that’s what we’re doing to this point, trying to understand the projects and understand the process,” Gibbs said. “So we’re trying to encourage folks to be involved and be educated.” Read More»

Fayette home prices in deep slump

Sales prices down 27% since 2007; average home price now $230K; 1 in 4 homes sold this year for under $100K

The average sales price of a home sold this year in Fayette County is slightly less than $230,000. If that’s a surprise, read on. Read More»

Coweta to add 100 jobs from 2 new companies

The state and national economies continue to languish, but the same cannot always be said of Coweta County. At its September meeting, Coweta County Development Authority President Greg Wright told members that two unnamed companies have made decisions to locate in Coweta County. Those decisions are expected to add more than 100 jobs.

“One company hopes to be in operations within 6-8 weeks and the other plans to open early next year,” Wright said. ”At this point, the companies are not ready for public announcements but will mean over 100 new jobs for the community.” Read More»

July jobless rate jumps in Coweta to 10.1%, in Newnan to 11.9%

Whoever said the recession is over forgot to consider the situation in Newnan and Coweta County, at least in terms of unemployment. The relative economic boom taking place locally continues to be offset by high jobless rates. Figures for July showed Newnan with nearly 12 percent unemployment and Coweta County at just over 10 percent.

The unemployment situation in Coweta in July showed a rate of 10.1 percent. That compares to the 9.7 percent rate in June and a rate of 9.4 percent a year ago.

In all, July’s 10.1 percent rate represents 6,128 people out of work in a workforce of 60,544. Read More»

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