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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»

Coweta, Fayette families flock to EMC’s 63rd Annual Member Celebration

Dr. Bidemi Leyimu discusses health concerns with Ed Parrot at the Piedmont Newnan Hospital health fair during the EMC’s Oct. 9 celebration. Photo/Coweta-Fayette EMC.

Over 2,500 people turned out for Coweta-Fayette EMC’s Member Appreciation Day, held Oct. 9 on a picture-perfect fall morning at cooperative headquarters in Palmetto. Read More»

Husband-wife pediatricians locate in Newnan

It is not everyday that a community gets two new doctors. And it is certainly not the case that the two are married. But that was the case recently when Dr. Norris Payne and Dr. Margaret Payne began their practice at Piedmont Physicians Pediatrics at Oak Hill in Newnan.

“It gives us great pleasure to welcome the Paynes to the Piedmont family,” said Berney Crane, CEO of Piedmont Medical Care Corporation. “Doctors Payne come to our community with many years of experience serving the health care needs of young patients.” Read More»

Piedmont Physicians Group opens Grantsville office

Piedmont Physicians Group introduces a new practice location at 5440 Highway 29 in Grantville Ga. The new location is convenient to families in Hogansville, Lone Oak, Luthersville and Moreland.

Focusing on family medicine, Piedmont Physicians at Grantville provides a variety of basic services including medical care for illness, disease and injury for patients of all ages. Additional services include preventative care, immunizations, wellness counseling, complete annual physicals, health screenings and chronic disease management. Read More»

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