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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»

Feds charge 2 Fayette air traffic controllers in $1.4 million foreign currency trading fraud

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in Washington, D.C., on June 30 announced the filing of charges against two air traffic controllers, Louis J. Giddens, Jr. of Fayetteville, Ga., and Anthony W. Dutton of Peachtree City, Ga., as well as commodity trader Michael Gomez of Valrico, Fla., for operating a fraudulent off-exchange foreign currency (forex) scheme in which they solicited and accepted approximately $1.4 million from the general public. 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»

SCHS grad prevents drowning

Katie McKennon. Photo/Special.

On June 7, Katie McKennon was on her first day as a lifeguard at the Southampton subdivision pool.

It didn’t take long for her mettle to be tested as the only lifeguard on duty. And she passed with flying colors, with an assist from another pool patron.

Her eyes on the lone swimmer, McKennon leapt into the pool after he stopped moving while underwater. She found the 16-year-old boy unconscious, so she pulled him out using a technique that adapts her body to serve as a sort of “rescue board.”

McKennon then shouted for someone to call 911 and a nurse came forward to help. Read More»

Sandy Creek HS grad Carter honored by W.E.B. Du Bois Society

Sandy Creek HS grad Carter honored by W.E.B. Du Bois Society

Fayette County resident and Sandy Creek High School graduate Camara Carter (center) and her sister and novelist Noni (at left) visit with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed June 29 at a Recognition Week event held by the W.E.B. Du Bois Society. Camara Carter was recently honored for her high scholastic achievements by the W.E.B. Du Bois Society and leaders in the political, educational and business communities. Read More»

McIntosh High School’s colors turn red, white and blue for PTC’s 4th

McIntosh High School’s colors turn red, white and blue for PTC’s 4th

Students from Peachtree City's McIntosh High School show their school and patriotic spirit during the Monday morning July 4th parade. Click here for a gallery of parade photos. Photo/John Munford.

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — June 21–June 27

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, June 21 - Monday, June 27

Derik T. Williams, 31, of Brookshire Way, Montgomery, Ala., for bench warrant.

Angel T. Mallory, 35, of Flint River Road, Jonesboro, for bench warrant.

Milton N. Minter, Jr., 27, of Amersburry Lane, Riverdale, for obstruction, trafficking in illegal drugs and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Read More»

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