Unemployment inches higher in Coweta, Newnan

The word from the “experts” is that the recession is over. But somebody forgot to tell Main Street where, in Coweta County and across Georgia, the unemployment figures released last week by the Georgia Dept. of Labor tell a strikingly different story.

The jobless rate in Coweta rose again last month, with DOL figures showing an unemployment rate of 9.4 percent. That compares to the 9.2 percent rate in July. A year ago the rate was 9.6 percent.
Coweta has a workforce of 58,561. Of those, DOL reports that 5,523 are out of work. Read More»

Raising the roof — and walls and other stuff — for Fayette's Pregnancy Resource Center

Raising the roof — and walls and other stuff — for Fayette's Pregnancy Resource Center

It was an old style barn-raising Saturday at the new home of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Fayette County located on Ga. Highway 54 in Fayetteville across from Pies on Pizza. The construction of the 6,000 square-foot center that will provide a variety of services to new moms is in conjunction with the ongoing community efforts of Square Foot Ministry. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Patriots and Panthers only Fayette teams still unbeaten

Derrick Alexander had two fourth quarter touchdowns for Sandy Creek in their 30-10 win over Eastside. Photo/Michael Boylan

Sandy Creek knocked off Eastside, a ranked opponent tonight, while Starr's Mill put up a lot of points early on Fayette County. Whitewater bounced back from last week's Read More»

Man arrested for showing self at Starbucks

3 arrested for Wed. burglary thanks to citizen tip

An intoxicated man who flashed a local Starbucks employee Monday was arrested later that day by Fayette County sheriff’s investigators, officials said.

Ryan Haynes, 21, of Fayetteville, was also intoxicated at the time, investigators said. Read More»

Life saver

Evan Schmalenberger, a senior at Starr’s Mill High School, used the Heimlich Maneuver to save a fellow classmate who was choking in the school cafeteria. Photo/John Munford.

Starr's Mill senior acts fast, saves friend from choking

Just over two weeks ago, Starr’s Mill senior Evan Schmalenberger was chatting with a friend at lunch when he felt someone hitting on his arm.

At first he ignored the distraction before turning to see classmate Devohn Walton, in severe distress.

Walton’s hands were around his neck making the universal choking gesture.

“Everybody was just literally sitting there staring, not even moving,” Evan recalled. “His veins were bulging out of his head and neck.”

Walton remained seated as Schmalenberger, a lacrosse player, went behind him and summoned knowledge from ninth grade health class. Read More»

Outdoor burning OK, but caution urged

Residents in Peachtree City and Tyrone must acquire a burn permit before they are allowed to conduct any outdoor burning, even though the summertime burning ban has been lifted.

In Peachtree City, residents can go online to fill out and print a burn permit, which will be available as long as the weather conditions are ok for burning, said Fire Marshal David Williamson. Those without a computer may visit station 82 at 101 north Peachtree Parkway across from the Peachtree Crossing shopping center to fill out a permit. Read More»

PTC company to show off solar power system

A Peachtree City company’s new solar power generating system will be on display Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the public is invited to drop by and learn more about solar power.

The event will be hosted at ALTA Refrigeration located at 403 Dividend Drive in the city’s industrial park. The open house is part of the national Solar Tour campaign in which solar sites all over the country will be open for the public to help spread the word about the benefits of solar power. Read More»

Oldies cruisin' in Senoia

Oldies cruisin' in Senoia

It was another record breaking event in Senoia. The annual Cruisin’ to the Oldies car show held Sept. 25 had nearly 300 entries this year. And area residents responded to the mass of cars that lined Main Street, with crowds filling the downtown area and taking time to grab a meal and listen to live music.

Winners again

Winners again

Senoia won more races than most teams last weekend at the International Dragon Boat Races in Peachtree City. And the team of muscular athletes relied on their wits, prowess and rowing skills to best most of the opponents they faced. The 4th Annual Dragon Boat Races and International Fest was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City and Peachtree City Tourism. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fischer Crossings: next up, football fields, daycare

The meeting of the Coweta County Commission next Tuesday is expected to include the continuation of a portion of the conversation surrounding the Fischer Crossings commercial development. Commissioners last week on a 3-2 vote denied the rezoning and road abandonment portions of the development request for a Kohl’s department store and other retailers Read More»

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