The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club recently recognized Chandler Gladden as Optimist student of the year. He is a 2014 graduate of West Forsyth High School. “Chandler is an inspiring young man,” commented Randy ODdell, club president. “He is very well-rounded, not only a scholar and athlete, but a giver of his time and talents. He is truly deserving of this recognition.”
While maintaining an above-average GPA, Chandler lettered as a member of the West Forsyth varsity track team. He is also a marathon runner. He had a perfect school attendance record for five consecutive years, from eighth through twelfth grades.
Chandler believes strongly in volunteerism. He has served as a mentor and worked with special needs students. Also, he has volunteered with other organizations such as Miracle League, MSG Food Foundation, and Junior Optimist Octagon International. As a runner, Chandler has participated in charity events like Jesse’s House Run, Boulder Dash, Lily’s Run, and TACA Run.
Chandler is still considering his future and evaluating college and career options. He lives with his parents Charles and Carolyn Gladden and younger brother Remington.
Photo: Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club 2014 Student of the Year Chandler Gladden, with Jan Norman, selection committee, and club president Randy O’Dell.
Forsyth County government is proud to announce the Forsyth County 2013 Annual Report is now available for citizens. The annual report serves to inform residents about their county and provide information on recent progress and
The Forsyth County 2013 Annual Report provides information regarding the county
government’s projects in 2013, as well as financial data.
“We are proud to present this annual report as a way to not only keep citizens up to date
on their county but also provide additional means of transparency regarding the county’s
operations,” County Manager Doug Derrer said. “We hope this publication serves to
better acquaint citizens with their county government and the many services and
Copies of the Forsyth County 2013 Annual Report are available at the Forsyth County
Administration Building located at 110 E. Main Street in Cumming. Visit the Forsyth
County Web site at www.forsythco.com to view the publication online.
The Aviator's Wife
Anne Morrow was a shy college senior when she was introduced to the heroic, world-renowned aviator in 1927. After a quick courtship and marriage, the newlywedstraveledthe globe by air. Charles taught Ann how to fly and shebecame the first licensed femaleglider pilot in the country, as well as an expert radio operator and navigator. Together, the first couple of the air set a number of aviation records.’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin is a fictional version of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s life, focusing on the years she was married to Charles Lindbergh. It was a very turbulent forty-five years, for both the Lindbergh’s and the world in general. I found myself fascinated by these “characters” and needing to know more. I’ve since ordered biographies of Anne and Charles, as well as books authored by each of them.
They had it all, until the 1932 kidnapping and murder of their first born child, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. Following the conviction and execution of the kidnapper, the Lindberghs fled to Europe where they lived in self-imposed, heartbroken exile for a number of years. It was during this time that Charles became an “isolationist” with extremely controversial ideas that many believed were anti-Semitic. The hero was nomore.