Business

March jobless numbers fall in Fayette to lowest rate in Atlanta metro

March unemployment figures released by the Georgia Dept. of Labor (DOL) show the jobless rate in Fayette County and Peachtree City on the decline. Fayette’s jobless rate dropped one-third of a percent over the past month while the rate in Peachtree City fell nearly half a point. Read More»

Jobless rate continues to fall in Newnan, Coweta

The unemployment numbers in Newnan and Coweta County continue to fall as 2011 wears on. Newnan’s jobless rate in March fell to just over 10 percent while the jobless rate in Coweta hovered just above 9 percent.

Newnan’s jobless rate dropped six-tenths of a point in March, falling to 10.2 percent from the 10.8 percent rate in February. Just a year ago the rate was 11.5 percent. The current figures released this week by the Georgia Dept. of Labor means that 1,365 people in a workforce of 13,371 are without work. Read More»

Gas is higher — so are gas taxes

You’ll pay 3¢ more a gallon at the pump thanks to automatic tax increase

The drastic rise in gas prices statewide has triggered an automatic increase in gasoline taxes, meaning motorists will be paying more at the pump.

The gas tax will rise an additional 2.8 cents per gallon in state gas taxes starting May 1, according to state fiscal economist Kenneth Heaghney.

The increase was triggered by a rise of more than 25 percent in gas prices statewide over a six-month period, Heaghney said. That resulted in a re-figuring of the “second part” of the state’s motor fuel taxes. Read More»

Fischer Crossings theaters set to open April 22

It has been a long wait for movie fans, but the opening of the NCG theaters on Ga. highways 34 and 54 near Fischer Road is set for Friday, April 22. The opening of the 10-screen, 40,000 square-foot cinema had been accompanied by the reluctance of Coweta County this week to issue a certificate of occupancy (CO). That hesitancy was offset by an approval for the opening by the state fire marshal Read More»

F’ville to get LongHorn restaurant

A new steakhouse is primed for entry into Fayetteville. LongHorn Steakhouse has submitted plans to construct a restaurant at 1320 Ga. Highway 85 North, the site of the former Johnny Carino’s restaurant just south of the Fayette Pavilion. Fayetteville Planning and Zoning commissioners could approve the proposal at the April 26 meeting. Read More»

New movie theater opens April 22

The grand opening of the new NCG Cinemas at Fischer Crossings is set for this Friday, April 22.

The new NCG Cinemas is located one mile west of Peachtree City off Ga. Highway 54.

NCG Cinemas will provide the premiere movie-going experience with state of the art digital projection and digital sound along with stadium seating in every theater. The NCG Extreme offers a giant 60-foot 3D capable screen and VIP seating. Read More»

Kohl’s site work at Fischer Crossings to begin in May

Seymour at Kohl's site — What is currently grass and trees along Fischer Road just north of Ga. Highway 34 will not be that way for long. Developer Scott Seymour is pointing to the future site of the 64,000 square-foot Kohl’s department store that will be located across from the new Sam’s Club store (at right). Site work for the Kohl’s begins May 1. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It will not be long now for work on the new Kohl’s department store at Fischer Crossings to get underway. The initial activity on the site across from the Sam’s Club on Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta County is expected to begin on May 1.

Fischer Crossings developer Scott Seymour on April 13 said the project will begin moving dirt on May 1, with initial construction activities expected to begin in mid-June or July. The store is expected to open next spring, Seymour said. Read More»

Large medical office breaks ground at Newnan hospital

It was another sign of the times, at least in terms of development, for business in Coweta County when ground was broken recently for a 125,000 square-foot medical office building on the campus of the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Poplar Road near I-85.

The medical office building will be attached by covered walkway to the 136-bed, eight-story replacement hospital under construction by Piedmont Healthcare. Piedmont Medical Plaza is scheduled to open in February 2012, prior to the hospital opening in the spring of 2012. Read More»

Large residential development proposed for NE Coweta

There is a proposal underway that could eventually bring Coweta County its first large residential development since the recession began. The Northgate Preserve on Fischer Road would bring 184 homes on nearly 407 acres with 46 percent open space to the area of Fischer Road, Raymond Hill Road and I-85. Read More»

PTC planners scrutinize idea for Hwy. 74 S. bowling center

The architecture of a proposed bowling alley will be one of the biggest factors in whether Peachtree City’s Planning Commission will recommend a zoning restriction be removed for the property, the developer was told Monday night.

Oasis Bowling Centers wants to build near the AutoZone along Ga. Highway 74 South and Rockaway Road. The building would have 24 lanes to start with, with the potential to expand to 30 lanes at a later date, along with an arcade and a bar and restaurant. Read More»