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.

Local bank ordered to increase capital

A Fayetteville bank has entered a consent order with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, all related to the ratio of capital on hand compared to the bank’s total assets and its total risk-weighted assets.

To raise the capital, State Bank of Georgia is allowed to sell common stock, sell “noncumulative perpetual preferred stock” and/or take cash contributions from the board, shareholders and/or the parent holding company, according to the order, which is dated Oct. 4, 2011. Read More»

Sunday alcohol sales start Dec. 4 in PTC, F’ville, Tyrone

Just in time for the holiday season, residents in Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Tyrone will have their libations liberated for package sale on Sundays.

Dec. 4 will be the first such Sunday afternoon when, after 12:30 p.m., those over 21 will be able to legally purchase packaged beer and wine in all three municipalities.

In addition, Peachtree City retains the distinction as the only jurisdiction in Fayette County where liquor — whiskey, gin, vodka and the like — is sold, as such sales are not allowed in Fayetteville or Tyrone. Read More»

Olive Garden requests more signage, F’ville Council says OK

Work continues on the new Olive Garden restaurant in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The sign variance request by the Olive Garden restaurant under construction on Ga. Highway 85 North to install an additional sign was unanimously approved by Fayetteville City Council on Nov. 17. The original request was denied in October but was recommended for approval by city staff because the private access drive adjacent to the building essentially serves as a public street.

City Director of Public Services Don Easterbrook in a Nov. 4 memo said city staff is requesting reconsideration of the sign variance from Olive Garden. Read More»

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