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Economic hits mount with permit delays for dredging Lake Peachtree

The infamous spillway on Lake Peachtree. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

With Lake Peachtree unusable, August triathlon canceled; uncertainties about Dragon Boat Race

County officials last week announced another potential delay in refilling Lake Peachtree.

The proposed dry dredging of the lake bed will require state and/or federal permits, unlike previously thought, according to County Manager Steve Rapson. This stands to delay the dredging process by at least several months.

The lake has been drained almost completely since February when it was lowered to allow dock and shoreline maintenance ... but in the interim problems were discovered with a cavern that was created underneath the lake’s spillway, threatening its structural integrity. Read More»

Fischer Crossing picks up steam with new deal

File photo of the movie theater at Fischer Crossing. The proposed development would be located north of the theater.

There may finally be some progress with the large Fischer Crossing retail development on the northeast quadrant of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta Read More»

Hollywood Trucks drives into Pinewood partnership

Some of the dozens of trucks operated by Hollywood Trucks for the entertainment industry. This photo is from the company’s website.

The number of vendor companies supporting Fayetteville’s new movie and television industry continues to increase. Among the new arrivals is Louisiana-based Hollywood Trucks, with CEO Andre Champagne announcing May 20 that the company had signed a five-year deal to provide production vehicles to Pinewood Atlanta Studios.

“The Hollywood Trucks team is excited and honored to partner with Pinewood Atlanta Studios, a member of the distinguished Pinewood family. Together we can support filmmaking at the very highest level,” said Champagne in a company press release. Read More»

Niagara bottling plant adds more jobs prior to opening

California-based Niagara Bottling LLC, the nation’s largest private label bottled water supplier, announced in mid-March that it would construct a new 450,000 sq. ft. facility in late 2014 and create 40 initial jobs in Coweta County. Now the company has updated those plans to include two production lines at start-up and expects to create 70 jobs. Read More»

eBreezy moves in on winds of change

eBreezy Media partners Cat Mayville (L) and Peachtree City native Emily Breault have relocated their Atlanta digital media production company to Fayetteville and the Pinewood Production Centre. Photo/Ben Nelms.

One of the new companies helping to populate the emerging landscape at Pinewood Atlanta Studios has made the move from Atlanta to Fayetteville.

eBreezy Media, a full service digital media production company in the entertainment and marketing industries, has opened its office at the Pinewood Production Centre on Sandy Creek Road across the road from the Pinewood Studios complex. Read More»

Movies on the minds of visiting planners

33 attendees of the American Planning Association’s National Conference in Atlanta toured Senoia including Tatiana Yokoyama of Cerritos, California. Pictured on the tour are (front row, from left) Yokoyama, Sandra Parker with the Coweta Co. Planning Dept., Tracy Dunnavant, planning director for the city of Newnan; on the back row, from left are Tavores Edwards, transportation manager for Coweta County and Pete Frisina, director of the Fayette County Community Service Division. Photo/Special.

Coweta, Newnan host planning 'field trip'

Coweta County and the City of Newnan recently partnered to host attendees of the American Planning Association’s National Conference in Atlanta on a daylong tour of Senoia and the new Pinewood Studios facility in Fayette County. The mobile workshop was called “The Walking Dead of Senoia and Pinewood Studios Economic Development Driver.” Read More»

Coweta says ‘yes’ to 55+ communities

It did not take long for the new Residential Retirement Community and Care (RRCC) zoning category approved in November by the Coweta County Commission to generate proposals. Three such rezoning requests for communities geared to residents 55 years of age and older were approved by commissioners on May 6.

The move to establish the new RRCC residential zoning category was in response to the growing number of Coweta citizens who are continuing to age and want residential options. Read More»

Borchert earns Wright Brothers’ ‘Master Pilot Award’

Federal Aviation Administration representative Mike Mullaney (left) congratulates Bill Borchert.

Falcon Aviation Academy recently honored Bill Borchert for receiving The Wright Brothers “Master Pilot Award” presented by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Borchert was an instructor in the Air Force from 1965-1970, then he flew with Delta from 1970-2002 flying almost every airplane in Deltas fleet. In 2009 he became involved with Falcon Aviation Academy as an investor and then began to take on larger roles as instructor and eventually a chief pilot of the company’s high performance program. Read More»

Assisted living plan approved for Thomas Crossroads

A proposal to rezone nearly 19 acres behind the Publix shopping center and Tractor Supply store at Thomas Crossroads from RC (rural conservation) and C-6c (to minor shopping center) for use as an assisted living complex received unanimous approval April 22 by the Coweta County Commission. Read More»

Coweta tops west Ga. in job, housing growth

The Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia (UWG) has published its annual West Georgia Regional Update which shows Coweta County leading the six-county region in a number of areas such as job growth and housing starts.

Coweta County is one of six counties in the west Georgia region profiled in the UWG report. The remaining counties include Douglas, Carroll, Paulding, Polk and Haralson. Read More»