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Sept. jobless rate: down in Coweta, up in Newnan

Unemployment figures released early Thursday by the Georgia Dept. of Labor (DOL) shows a small decrease in Coweta County but an increase in Newnan. The Coweta rate came in at 9.1 percent in September while the rate for Newnan came in at 11.1 percent.

Throughout Coweta the unemployment rate fell a few tenths of a percent in September. The jobless rate decreased from 9.4 percent in August to 9.1 percent last month. That figure compares to an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent a year ago. The current numbers reflect more than 5,300 people out of work in a county workforce of 58,398. Read More»

Fayette Chief Magistrate Floyd dies

Fayette County Chief Magistrate Charles R. "Chuck" Floyd.

Fayette County’s Chief Magistrate, Charles “Chuck” Floyd Jr., died overnight, court officials have said.

When Floyd, 53, was appointed to the position in 2002, he became Fayette’s first-ever African American judge. He subsequently was elected to the post in 2004 and won re-election in 2008.

Fellow Magistrate Bob Ruppenthal in a statement today said that Floyd “served the citizens of Fayette County with integrity.”

“Chuck will be greatly missed,” Ruppenthal said.

Details of Floyd’s death are unavailable and funeral arrangements are expected to be released later by the family. Read More»

PTC Mayor Haddix to advocate for fix of Hwy. 74-I-85 interchange

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix said Tuesday that one of his top priorities to push for inclusion on the list of projects for a potential 10-year regional transportation sales tax will be the often-clogged interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85 just outside Fayette County in Fairburn.

While that’s a worthy project, Haddix is skeptical it will qualify for funding through the 1-cent tax, which will be up for voter approval on a region-wide basis in July 2012. Read More»

Bypass foes: We’ll file federal lawsuit

Members of the West Fayetteville Bypass Coalition say they will not be deterred from trying to stop construction of Phase II (the northern portion) of the roadway even though Fayette County received federal clearance for the project last week with a permit issued under the Clean Water Act. Next stop for the coalition will be federal court. Read More»

Local “Operation Sandbox Georgia” supports America’s troops

For the sixth consecutive year “Operation Sandbox,” using specific donated items, will assemble and send care packages to deployed troops. In the local area monetary contributions (checks or cash) or donated items will be accepted at local businesses from Nov. 1 – 30. On Dec. 5, a local patriot who wishes to remain anonymous will deliver the items to a central staging area for packaging and mailing in time for Christmas. Read More»

A market day for pumpkins in Fayetteville

A market day for pumpkins in Fayetteville

Family members take in part of the array of decorated pumpkins Saturday at the Old Courthouse Square in Fayetteville in a festive day combining Market Day with the annual Pumpkin Walk involving several elementary schools and costumed children. Click here for more photos from Saturday. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Grant Aasen, EMTs and doctor honored at Friday football game

Grant Aasen, EMTs and doctor honored at Friday football game

The EMTs, firefighters, life flight personnel and the neurologist that attended to Starr's Mill High School Junior Varsity football player Grant Aasen after a whiplash injury last week at a ball game were honored after the coin toss at the game Friday night between Starr's Mill and Northgate. The injury and Grant's full recovery after the emergency surgery at Atlanta Medical Center is nothing short of a miracle, said Grant's mother Tina. Read earlier story here. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Creek retires Calvin Johnson's jersey

Head Coach Chip Walker applauds as Calvin Johnson beams a shy smile during his pregame jersey retirement ceremony Friday night.

Detroit Lion receiver Calvin Johnson got a hero's welcome from the crowd at Sandy Creek tonight as his old jersey number was retired.

With a smile, the bashful-looking Johnson waved to the crowd as it gave him a standing ovation upon his entrance at the pre-game ceremony. Johnson, whose Lions have a bye this weekend, said after the ceremony that he was pleased to return to his alma mater and he was very appreciative of the Sandy Creek staff and fans. Read More»

Injured Starr's Mill player makes full recovery

Grant Aasen home 1 week following brain surgery after whiplash injury at Northgate game

Starr’s Mill JV running back Grant Aasen has made a miraculous recovery Read More»

Crook family nears one century of business in Senoia

Crook family nears one century of business in Senoia

It is as much about home as it is about business. And though the scope of the family business has grown over nearly a century, lifelong Senoia resident Ellis Crook and his son Greg are an example of the belief that history is relevant and that providing good service is the key to the future.

Ellis Crook today is the owner of Crook’s Market Place, Crook’s Tire Pros tire center, the convenience store next door, the new Addy building immediately to the east where Crescent South Insurance is located and the Food Outlet in Newnan that opened in May on Temple Avenue in Newnan. Read More»

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