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Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

Peachtree City police to hold Coffee With a Cop

Peachtree City police to hold Coffee With a Cop

Peachtree City, GA -- The Peachtree City Police Department is inviting the community to come out and connect with their officers during a "Coffee With a Cop" event planned for Monday, March 23 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Starbucks in the Peachtree East Shopping Center off Highway 54. Police officials say the event will allow them to further open their lines of communications with citizens.

 

Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

 With spring comes the start of strawberry planting season!Pike Nurseries is gearing up to host its annual Super Strawberry Saturday event at all store locations on March 14 to celebrate this famed fruit. During the devoted day, customers can enjoy complimentary strawberry lemonade and samples of McCutcheon's Jalapeno Strawberry BBQ Sauce while supplies last. Guests will even receive a FREE bareroot strawberry plant of their own to take home and harvest!

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Fayette County's unemployment rate was 5.6 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Peachtree City police chief resigns

Peachtree City police chief resigns

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- More than two months after accidentally shooting his former wife while she slept, Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom has stepped down.

"It was my pleasure to serve with the men and women of the Peachtree City Police Department in the capacity of assistant chief and chief," McCollom said in a statement posted to the city's website. "The city of Peachtree City has every reason to be proud of their police department as the personnel are both competent and professional. I wish each of them the best as they continue to serve the citizens."

Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations

Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donations.

The recent rounds of winter weather that slammed much of the country forced the Red Cross to cancel more than 200 planned blood drives. It's the second shortfall this year; more than 26,400 donations went uncollected in early February, also thanks to weather.

"Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in," said Jerry J.K. Tillery, CEO of the Red Cross's Alabama and Central Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and Southern Blood Service Regions. "Donors who give now are just restocking our shelves; they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need."

Visit redcrossblood.org to find a donation location and schedule an appointment.

The Red Cross has also planned a number of blood drives in Fayette County:

School: Bomb threat at McIntosh High School just a drill

School: Bomb threat at McIntosh High School just a drill

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- A spokesman from the principal's office at McIntosh High Schood tells 11Alive News the bomb threat police were investigating Monday morning was part of a drill.

During the drill, officers searched the school with bomb-sniffing dogs, according to a Fayette County Public Schools spokesperson.

The building was not evacuated, but students were kept in their classrooms during the search.