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Jobless rate down to 8.1% in Fayette, up in PTC

The recession continues to wear on in Fayette County. The unemployment rate in Fayette County dropped slightly to 8.1 percent in May while the rate in Peachtree City rose to 7.2 percent.

The jobless rate in Fayette County edged down a tenth of a percent in May to 8.1 percent, or 4,078 people out of work in a countywide workforce of 50,097. The jobless rate was 8.2 percent in April and 8.3 percent in May 2010. Read More»

Caterpillar to add 200 jobs, $120 million investment in Griffin engine assembly plant

The local economy next door in Spalding County just received a boost with the June 29 announcement that Caterpillar, Inc. will create 200 jobs and invest $120 million in its Griffin facility.

Gov. Nathan Deal on June 29 said Caterpillar will make a major investment in its Griffin Engine Center in Spalding County. The Peoria, Ill.-based company will create at least 200 jobs and invest $120 million in machinery, equipment and upgrades to the existing facility, Deal said.
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2 more Dunkin’ Donuts coming to Peachtree City

Dunkin’ Donuts announced June 28 the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with Peter and Arjun Patel for two restaurants in Peachtree City, Ga. Read More»

LongHorn Steakhouse breaks ground in Fayetteville

LongHorn Steakhouse has announced the groundbreaking of its first restaurant in Fayetteville, joining the long-time restaurant in Peachtree City.

LongHorn anticipates that the new restaurant will open in November 2011 and will begin seeking job applicants in October 2011. This will be LongHorn’s 42nd location in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

The chain, which operates more than 350 restaurants and employs 18,000 people, expects to hire team members from the surrounding community. Read More»

Fayette Cancer Center Task Force marks success

Piedmont Fayette Hospital Cancer Task force members pictured left to right are Vicki Turner; Leigh Ann Harris; Jonathan Bender, M.D.; Doug Mickey and Dave Lee, DMD. Not pictured are Alice Ramsey, Sheri Waynick and George Martin. Photo/Piedmont Healthcare.

Fayette community members’ passion now a reality for county

A little more than a year ago, cancer patients in Fayetteville had to travel out of the county to seek comprehensive cancer care. Having more medical oncology services and cancer wellness services close to home was only a dream for many.

Thanks to the volunteer members of Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s Cancer Task Force who set out on a mission in 2008, that dream is now a reality and the “Big C” is a lot smaller in Fayetteville. Read More»

Counting car tags at Fayetteville’s Pavilion: 1/3 Clayton, 1/3 Fayette

There is little doubt that the 1.53 million square-foot Fayette Pavilion brings a wealth of shoppers to Fayetteville. But where do those shoppers come from? Based on a June 25 survey by The Citizen, the answer is Fayette, Clayton and Fulton counties with a sprinkling of shoppers from a host of other counties across metro Atlanta and beyond. Read More»

Charity clay shoot participants raise money to ‘Light the World’

Coweta-Fayette EMC takes top honors at the ninth annual Take Aim at Progress event, a charity clay shoot held in Griffin. Winning team members shown (L-R) are Anthony Walker, Andrew Betts, Robert McDonald, Brett Bone, Wayne Flournoy and Rusty Rainey. Photo/Coweta-Fayette EMC.

Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) took top honors this year at the ninth annual Take Aim at Progress (TAAP) event, a charity clay shoot held recently at Cherokee Rose Sporting Resort in Griffin and organized by Georgia EMCs and vendors to benefit the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA’s) International Foundation.

Through the TAAP program and resulting fund-raising efforts, volunteers travel to impoverished countries in Central America to help build power lines. Read More»

Selling gold, silver in Fayetteville? Smile for cop cam

If you want to sell gold or silver jewelry in Fayetteville soon, your face and thumbprint will go into a police digital database first, under a proposed new ordinance being considered by the Fayetteville City Council. Read More»

Coweta to hear Thomas Crossroads retail proposal

A proposal to construct a 5,023 square-foot self-storage and truck rental facility on the south side of Ga. Highway 34 just west of Thomas Crossroads will come before the Coweta County Commission in July. The rezoning request by Highway 34 Investors, LLC would have the property changed to C-8 (Heavy Commercial District) from the current Old C (Old Commercial) zoning. Read More»

PTC to be test site for high tech automotive mobile devices project

Panasonic, AT&T to explore mobile device, auto connectivity

Peachtree City will be the test site for a special wireless network to link in-car information/entertainment systems with “emerging mobile devices” according to an announcement from Panasonic Automotive Systems, which is located in the city’s industrial park. Read More»