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Reynolds Development Group begins building Haddonstone

Haddonstone’s model home is designed to impress, with energy efficiencies that are standard for all its homes. Photo/Special.

There is a new residential community beginning to take shape in Fayette County. A product of the Reynolds Development Group, Haddonstone is the site of what will become 52 custom one-acre homesites and 62 acres of nature preserve on 119 acres along Redwine Road just north of Ebenezer Church Road. The subdivision’s model home opened last weekend. Read More»

Newnan cancer hospital on hold

The groundbreaking for the new Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) hospital in Newnan’s Ashley Park retail area was anticipated to occur in December. But hospital officials Wednesday said those plans are subject to the company’s ability to obtain the title on the property from Coweta County developer Stan Thomas.

CTCA public relations manager Kristin Schaner confirmed Thursday that the company will request a six-month extension on the initial construction. The request was said to be a precautionary measure. Read More»

Starship opens at Thomas Crossroads

It has been the story of a business opening that polarized a community like few others. But after nearly two years since applying for a business license to operate Starship Adult Novelties and Gifts on Ga. Highway 34 at Thomas Crossroads the company’s Coweta County store opened Monday, with more than 550 sales on its first day.

Starship owner Kelly Rogers said he decided to open the store to recoup some of the past losses that stemmed from not being open while he awaited for the federal lawsuits to run their course.

The store’s first day of business racked up 556 sales, Rogers said. Read More»

Jobless rate dips in PTC to 7.4%; Fayette at 8% as hiring increases

Recession or not, unemployment rates released late last week by the Georgia Dept. of Labor show jobless figures falling to 8 percent in Fayette County and to 7.4 percent in Peachtree City.

The September jobless rate in Fayette dipped to 8 percent, half a percentage point better than the 8.5 percent rate in August. The rate in September 2009 was also 8.5 percent.

Fayette’s unemployment figures for September reflect 4,036 people out of work in a workforce of 50,319. Read More»

PTC may go back to big box limits; 1 goal would be protection of smaller stores

Peachtree City may be going back to a firm size cap on the largest-sized retail stores that will be allowed by city ordinance.

Such a “big box” ordinance would contrast to the city’s current method of regulating the size of stores and shopping centers. Currently the city allows developers a size of up to 32,000 square feet for an individual store and no more than 150,000 square feet total for one single shopping center. Read More»

Economic forecaster and author at PTC Library Nov. 6

Author/economist Mark Rogers. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Clayton State University. Photo/Clayton State University.

Clayton State economist Mark Rogers to answer ‘Is recession really over?’ and ‘What’s next?’

Clayton State University’s Peachtree City instructional site, Clayton State-Fayette, is co-sponsoring a presentation at the Peachtree City Library by Clayton State adjunct faculty member and author/economist Mark Rogers.

The presentation, entitled “Is the Recession Really Over? What’s Next?,” will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Floy Farr Room.
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Wells Fargo puts new face on several local banks

A worker puts finishing touches on the new signage at Crossings West in Peachtree City, part of the operation changing Wachovia locations to Wells Fargo banks across Georgia. Photo/Wells Fargo.

Wachovia financial centers in Fayette County and across Georgia became Wells Fargo stores over the past weekend as a result of the largest bank merger in U.S. history.

More than 2.9 million customers in Georgia can now take advantage of over 350 Wells Fargo locations and 646 ATMs across the state, with added products and services and continued support to local communities, according to a company press release.

With four bank stores in Fayette, the company is claiming No. 1 market share of 18 percent and deposits of $327 million. Read More»

PTC takes another crack at final celltower rules

The latest changes to Peachtree City’s next celltower ordinance are expected to be approved Thursday night by the City Council.

At the request of council, the ordinance requires that all new antennas, even if they are going on an existing building, be reviewed by the planning commission and City Council before they are approved. A prior version of the ordinance allowed antennas on buildings without towers to be approved by city staff alone. Read More»

Smiles at Chuck E. Cheese: F’ville expected to OK coin games expansion

One of the few items of business before the Fayetteville City Council Thursday will be the second reading and potential approval of an ordinance that would allow a larger number of coin-operated amusement machines in some restaurants than what the current law allows.

The issue centers around Senate Bill 454 that regulates and limits coin-operated amusement machines. The law became effective July 1.

“Apparently, this legislative decision had unintended consequences on several of our businesses,” said city clerk Anne Barnard in a Sept. 20 memo. Read More»

Missions group relocating to PTC

An evangelical Christian mission agency has announced it will relocate its U.S. headquarters to Peachtree City in August of next year.

Africa Inland Mission will be moving from its current headquarters in Pearl River, NY, but the move is contingent on the sale of that building, the company said in a news release.

Africa Inland Mission is an evangelical Christian mission agency serving in over 20 African nations and dedicated to seeing Christ-centered churches established and thriving among all African peoples. Read More»