• Forsyth County Government
    Forsyth County Government

    Forsyth County has the distinction of being one of the fastest growing and wealthiest counties in the state and nation.

  • Forsyth County Schools
    Forsyth County Schools Forsyth County Schools is one of the highest rated of Georgia's 15 largest school districts. They are reconized in the state and nation in their achievements.
  • Cumming City Government
    Cumming City Government

    County seat for Forsyth County is the city of Cumming. The town square has most of the city and county government offices.

  • Georgia State Government
    Georgia State Government

    Georgia is one of the 13 original colonies. The state web site will help you find all agencies and services, many available online.

Forsyth County Georgia
Thursday, 10 November 2016 11:14

Be a holiday angel to a local senior citizen in need by participating in the Forsyth County Senior Services 2016 Holiday Gift Angels Program. 
“The Holiday Gift Angels Program is a joy for Forsyth County Seniors every year,” said Senior Services Director Ruthie Brew. “A gift from a stranger shows that they are thought of and appreciated during the holiday season.” Being a holiday angel is simple. Click Read More.

Friday, 04 November 2016 13:17
Forsyth County Parks & Recreation received the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) District 7 Agency of the Year Award during the District 7 banquet on Wednesday, October 26. The award was presented to three population groups within the district, with Forsyth County falling into the largest population category – 50,001 and over.
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 10:00
With Lisa Michelle's Happy Tails you will have no worries about your pets while you are away. Our motto is "Pets need a vacation too".
With over 12 years professional experience, Michelle has worked alongside top trainers, veterinarians, groomers, and also in many boarding facilities. With no breed restrictions, you may find her with a bearded dragon, a litter of kittens or a 150lb Pit Bull.
She is also willing to visit your home to care for your pets or to invite your fur babies into hers. Say no to over crowded and over priced kennels, and say yes to your pets vacation at Lisa Michelle's Happy Tails.
She is experienced in handling large aggressive breed canines, also certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. Book your reservation today at Lisa Michelle's Happy Tails. 470-281-1114 or 470-272-3893 My e-mail address is: [email protected]
Click Read More to see pictures.
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 14:55

Jerry is a Forsyth county resident that has been doing handyman work for many years. He can do mostn of the jobs to keep your house in good repair and looking good. He will come by look at your needs and make some suggestions. Give him a call at 678-552-3177.

He recently completed a kitchen remodel. He took out walls, installed new cabinets, countertops and floor. Then trim and paint. He and his helper John can do almost any type of work. Click 'Read More' to see pictures of their work.

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 09:53
The Forsyth County Fire Department invites all local third-grade students to display their artistic talents by participating in the sixth annual Forsyth County Fire Safety Poster Contest. “One of the Fire Department’s goals is to prevent incidents from occurring, through our public education efforts,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman. “Our annual Fire Safety Poster Contest is one way we work toward that goal – by engaging our community’s youngsters and educating them on the importance of fire safety.”
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 18:41
Looking for a way to get fit or stay fit this winter? If so, consider taking part in Forsyth County Parks and Recreation’s 1-month Get Fit Forsyth program. The program is open to ages 18 and up, and participants will receive a 1-month FitPlus pass to Forsyth County’s recreation centers as well as weekly challenges and encouragement. Registration is underway now at the recreation centers, continuing through January 18. The program will take place January 18 – February 19.
Monday, 30 November 2015 20:18

Maria Fundora, owner of Casa Nuova Italian Restaurant, presented United Way of Forsyth County with a check for $1000.  The donation was part of the recent United We Dine event held at Casa Nuova, located at 5670 Atlanta Highway in Alpharetta. “We are thrilled to present this check to United Way of Forsyth County and thank our patrons for their support,” Fundora stated when presenting the check.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 11:41
Pinecrest Academy’s Upper School Principal, Dr. Ed Lindekugel, was invited to speak at the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) annual conference on November 2, 2015. ​The conference​ was attended by over 1,200 educators from all over the State of Georgia. Dr. John Rosemond and Dr. Tony Wagner, keynote speakers, discussed technology innovations in education and parenting practices.
Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:08

Forsyth County Senior Services invites everyone to be a holiday angel to a local senior citizen in need by participating in the 2015 Holiday Gift Angels Program.  

"The Holiday Gift Angels Program is an annual program coordinated by Forsyth County Senior Services," said Senior Services Director Judy Theilman. "It reminds our senior citizens that someone is thinking about them during the holiday season and really does have a tremendous positive impact on our seniors."

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 09:59

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce their annual Santa's Calling program. Santa has set aside two special evenings to call children ages 3 through 10 to listen to their personal Christmas wishes. The phone calls will take place on Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m.

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 12:46
Forsyth County Schools is one of the highest rated of Georgia's 15 largest school districts. They are reconized in the state and nation in their achievements.
Thursday, 29 October 2015 13:35

The Forsyth County Fire Department encourages citizens to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they set their clocks back an hour on Sunday, November 1, as daylight saving time ends. "Something as simple as changing a battery could save lives," Division Chief Jason Shivers said.The Fire dept. provides battery-powered smoke alarms free of charge for senior citizens and people in need. To receive more details about this program, contact the Forsyth County Fire Department at (770) 205-5699.

Monday, 26 October 2015 11:22
Keep Forsyth County Beautiful invites residents to recycle their old electronics and unused paint during the upcoming electronics recycling event. Paint recycling and disposal is a new offering at the event, which will be held on Saturday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds' parking lot 3 off of Castleberry Road. Accepted items for the electronics recycling event include laptops, stereos, CD players, cell phones, printers, gaming consoles and controllers, fax machines and more. Paint recycling and disposal a new offering at the event.
Thursday, 22 October 2015 12:02
Vehicles, electronics, equipment and more will be up for bid Forsyth County government will hold a surplus auction on Saturday, November 7, at 843 Canton Highway in Cumming. There will be a wide variety of items including cars, trucks, mowers, off-road equipment and office furniture.
Saturday, 10 October 2015 15:11
The Sharon Springs branch of the Forsyth County Tax Commissioner’s Office, which is located inside Sharon Springs Park, reopened Monday, October 12 at 8:30 a.m. The renovation project involved increasing the size of the lobby/waiting area as well as a redesign of the customer service counters. The remodeling provides additional seating while allowing for future growth and better management of customer flow.
Saturday, 10 October 2015 15:01

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation's 2015-16 Winter Basketball League for boys and girls ages 9-14 games will begin on Saturday, Dec. 5, and the season will culminate in an end-of-season tournament starting the week of Feb. 22.


Wednesday, 16 September 2015 12:03
Forsyth County Parks and Recreation is hosting a community yard sale Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The outdoor event will be held in the parking area of the recreation center at Central Park.  There will be items such as household goods, children's items, tools and more. This is an opportunity to see a lot of items at once.
Friday, 07 August 2015 10:41
Starting this month people will be able to see videos produced by the Forsyth County government on the Internet. Online access can now be achieved by navigating to the Forsyth County website at www.forsythco.com and clicking on the ‘TV FORSYTH Watch Live Now’ icon.
Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:45
This program was created solely for the special needs children of our community and to give them an outlet to move freely with creative movement, dance, and coordination skills.
We offer Alternative Pathways for all styles of dance. This class is located in a dance environment where the dance curriculum is modified so the children could gain the most from the class in a stress-free environment.
Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:36
Northside Hospital-Forsyth has been recognized for providing high quality cardiovascular care through the American Heart Association (AHA) Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines® programs. Northside Hospital-Forsyth received AHA’s Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Gold Level Recognition Award, recognizing the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing exceptional standards of care for heart attack patients.
Friday, 31 July 2015 12:24
The Forsyth County Fire Department is once again inviting citizens interested in learning more about Forsyth County's fire and emergency services to sign up for a free 10-week Citizens' Fire Academy spread out between Sept 1 and Nov 7, 2015. Participants in this program will gain an inside look at the profession of firefighters by learning about the variety of services offered by the fire department, learning about fire and firefighting equipment, and interacting with first responders.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 12:27
On Friday, July 17, a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Matt Community Park at Settingdown Creek was held at the future park site located off of Wallace Tatum Road. Phase I of the park will include four synthetic-turf rectangular fields, a walking trail, a playground, concession area, restrooms and a parks maintenance facility. It is slated for completion in spring 2016.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:33
Forsyth County Senior Services is hosting the thirteenth annual Forsyth County Senior Expo this Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. The thirteenth annual event showcases services to help seniors plan for the future.
Thursday, 11 June 2015 09:31

The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band will perform at the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The center is located at 2115 Chloe Road, just off of Sharon Road between Peachtree Parkway and Old Atlanta Road.

Friday, 29 May 2015 14:33

Senior Services is reviving a bygone era with an evening of dancing and fun at the "Company B 40s/USO Dance" for adults ages 40+. The dance will be held at the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. The 1940s-themed dance will feature live music by the Sawnee Swing Band. Light refreshments are included in the admission prices. The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission is free for veterans.

Friday, 29 May 2015 10:38

The community is invited to tour Fire Station #3 on Monday, June 1 from 5 until 7 p.m. Fire Station #3 is located at 6495 Wallace Tatum Road at the intersection of Matt Highway (State Route 369) and Wallace Tatum Road in northwest Forsyth County.

Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:33

Students participate in a program at South Forsyth High School for students with special needs.  John Arant, special education teacher, or as he prefers, "Educator of Exceptional Students," coordinated the program.   Eighteen students prepared storyboards and PowerPoint presentations consisting of pictures and details about what they like most.  Parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, student aids, friends, and Optimist Club members attended the program and encouraged the students.

Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:25

Publish15 is a publishing convention for writers, authors, poets, and anyone considering writing a book. Over the two-day event, writers can pitch their book to a literary agent, learn from industry experts. There will be 20 different workshops on publishing. You can meet with publishers, see demonstrations, and win prizes. The Publish15 convention will be held on June 13 and 14, 2015, at the Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming, Georgia.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:03

Advance Voting for the June 16, 2015 Special Election to fill the vacancy in Georgia House District 24 and Cumming City Council Post 1 will begin May 26 and will run through June 12. These Special Elections only affect voters in Georgia House District 24 and the city of Cumming. In Forsyth County, Georgia House District 24 encompasses portions of the Coal Mountain precinct, portions of the Cumming precinct, portions of the Midway precinct, portions of the Heardsville precinct, portions of the Otwell precinct and portions of the Polo precinct. Only those voters who reside in Georgia House District 24 are eligible to vote to fill the House District vacancy.

Sunday, 17 May 2015 11:30

The main camp will be held Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10. In addition to that week-long program candidates who have participated in a previous camp can take part in a  two-day event on June 30 and July 1. Both camp programs are offered free of charge. Those attending the Junior Fire Academy will have the opportunity to experience the different aspects of being a career firefighter. From firefighting to CPR, the campers will have an unforgettable educational experience.

Saturday, 16 May 2015 13:51

Pinecrest Academy is one of just five Atlanta area schools selected to host the Atlanta Braves Baseball Camp.  This camp offers boys and girls ages 5-13, of all abilities, the  ultimate Major League Experience with a one-week session on the Pinecrest campus. Join fellow teammates for top-notch baseball instruction, combined with unforgettable  moments, such as meeting a current or alumni Braves player and touring Turner Field in an official Braves uniform.


Friday, 15 May 2015 11:37

It is a perfect place to cool off this summer. Daily admission is $2 per person for one year olds and up. Annual individual passes are $30 and annual family passes are $60. Starting Saturday, May 23, 2015 the hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. On Mondays, the spray pad is closed for maintenance and private rentals.

Old Atlanta Park is located at 810 Nichols Road at the intersection of Nichols Road and Old Atlanta Road across from Lambert High School. The park also features a natural playground, a tot-lot for age six and under, two pavilions, a 1-mile walking trail, and a recreation center.  

Sunday, 10 May 2015 15:30

The Forsyth County Fire Department is pleased to announce the winners and runners up for the department's 2015 Fire Safety Poster Contest for Forsyth County third grade students.

Monday, 04 May 2015 09:58

In a ceremony held Friday, May 1, officials interred and sealed the time capsule in the new Forsyth County Courthouse in downtown Cumming. The sealed time capsule was ceremoniously placed behind the courthouse's cornerstone, located on the front of the building. The ceremony also included recognition of the county's five Rotary Clubs for their donation of six granite benches outside the entrance to the new courthouse.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:07

The ban remains in effect until October.

A countywide, state-mandated ban on outdoor burning goes into effect Friday, May 1 in Forsyth County and lasts through September 30. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning including the burning of leaves, trash, yard debris and storm damage.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes the ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air can reach unhealthy levels. Open burning has been identified as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.  

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 00:00

Ban remains in effect until October  

A countywide, state-mandated ban on outdoor burning goes into effect Friday, May 1 in Forsyth County and lasts through September 30. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning including the burning of leaves, trash, yard debris and storm damage.  

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes the ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. Du ......

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 00:00

Forsyth County is among 15 counties included in declaration  

On Monday, April 20, President Barack Obama signed a federal disaster declaration for the state of Georgia in reference to the severe winter storm experienced February 15-17. Forsyth County is one of 15 counties included in the declaration.  

This declaration means that Forsyth County is eligible to receive federal funds to help offset 75 percent ......

Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00

At their April 16, 2015 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognized four employees for their years of service with Forsyth County government. Recreation Division Manager James Brennan with Forsyth County Parks and Recreation; Division Chief, Fire Marshal Barry Head with the Forsyth County Fire Department; Administrative Supervisor Patricia Ponder with the Forsyth County Department of Engineering; and Deputy Daniel Rush with t ......

Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has recognized the first Monday in May as Water Professionals Appreciation Day. At the April 16, 2015 meeting of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner R.J. (Pete) Amos read a Resolution recognizing the county?s water professionals for working tirelessly to ensure local tap water is safe and the county?s water resources are protected and properly managed.

The Georgia Water Qua ......

Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00

At their April 16, 2015 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognized outgoing Civil Service Board Member and Board of Equalization Board Member Dr. Avery Howell for his public service and presented him with a Resolution of appreciation.

Dr. Howell was appointed to serve as a member of the Forsyth County Civil Service Board in 1988 and served until his resignation on November 1, 2014. ?He served as Chairman of the Boar ......

Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00

Transportation Bond was approved by voters in November 2014  

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved two bond issues at their meeting Thursday, April 16, one to move forward with road projects as part of the voter-approved Transportation Bond, and one to save money through the refunding of eligible existing Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bonds.  

The board?s approval Thursday paved the wa ......

Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00

The opening of the new Forsyth County Courthouse highlights the latest episode of ?Forsyth in Focus,? now airing on TV Forsyth and online at www.forsythco.com. The episode also features important emergency preparedness tips, recognizes firefighters honored during a recent ceremony, and more.

To watch ?Forsyth in Focus,? tune in to TV Forsyth on Comcast channel 23 and AT&T channel 99 every day at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Fri ......

Sunday, 05 April 2015 13:41

The 2015 Boulder Dash 5K & 10K Race in Forsyth County Georgia will take place on Saturday, April 25th, 2015. Presented by the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce, the race is sponsored by Northside Hospital Forsyth and Bluegrass Materials Company.

Saturday, 04 April 2015 14:56

The Keep Forsyth County Beautiful program encourages everyone to volunteer to help remove litter from the community’s roadways as part of the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 25. Volunteers will meet at the Central Park Recreation Center at 9 a.m.


Friday, 03 April 2015 00:00

At their meeting April 2, 2015, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners presented two Proclamations for the month of April.

The first proclaimed April 2015 as Keep Forsyth County Beautiful Day in Forsyth County. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) became an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful in 1994. Over the past 21 years, KFCB has consistently earned the President?s Circle Award by meeting all requirements set forth by Keep Amer ......

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:30

Congratulations to the 2015 Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia Inspirational Leaders Award recipients Grace Fricks, President & CEO, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs; Lynn Jackson, Administrator, Northside Hospital Forsyth and

Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:14

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Forsyth County, Inc. has received the 2015 Established Program Award of Excellence from Georgia CASA. The CASA program received the award at the Georgia CASA State Conference, held in Atlanta on March 21st.  “We are truly honored to have earned this recognition,” stated Janet Walden, Executive Director of CASA of Forsyth County.  “Our team of volunteers, child advocates, business partners and all who help our children through this program are part of our success in fulfilling our mission.”

Friday, 27 March 2015 12:37

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation invites citizens to participate in a community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. The outdoor event will take place in the Central Park tennis court parking area. Central Park is located at 2300 Keith Bridge Road in Cumming.

Friday, 20 March 2015 00:00
At their March 19, 2015 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognized a retiring employee for her years of service with Forsyth County government. After 31 years with the Forsyth County Tax Assessor?s Office, Joyce McNutt is retiring from her position as land records manager. ......
Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00
On Monday, March 16, Forsyth County?s new courthouse officially opened for business. The flags were raised for the first time at the new courthouse in a brief ceremony held Monday morning. Members of the Forsyth County Sheriff?s Office Honor Guard and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9143 participated in the ceremony.
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Sunday, 15 March 2015 11:29

1 in 500 teenagers have Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).  HCM is the leading cause of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in teenagers. No one has to die from this condition. How easily preventable it is Life-saving Screenings will take place on Saturday, March 28 at Pinecrest Academy, located at 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming.  To reserve your spot contact Cheryl Farkas at 770-826-9478 or [email protected].

Sunday, 15 March 2015 11:12

March 23, 2015, 11am – 9pm - The “Pig on a Bun” features a Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich and one trimming. The promotion is available via Dine In and Carry Out only, and runs during normal business hours on at all Jim ‘N Nick’s locations. Every dollar donated beyond the cost of the $2.99-special will benefit No Kid Hungry to fight childhood hunger.

In America, 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger. Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q is joining thousands of restaurants nationwide to support No Kid Hungry® by raising funds in their restaurants this year.

Monday, 09 March 2015 20:13

Collaboration between the Forsyth County School System, the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club and the Forsyth Cumming County Optimist Club has, over the years, provided students with the opportunity to express their thoughts on pre-assigned topics as part of the yearly oratorical contest. 

The topic, “How My Optimism Will Help Me Press On To 'Greater Achievements of the Future,'” was discussed by students using examples from their own lives, quotes from historical figures and anecdotes from their daily lives.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 09:45

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Forsyth County Courthouse will be held Thursday, March 12 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held at Courthouse Square in downtown Cumming. The public is invited to attend. Following the ceremony, guests can to go inside and see the new courthouse.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

Forsyth County crews have a plan in place to address the debris that fell within the county right of way during the recent winter weather events. The county?s Roads and Bridges Division has two crews devoted to this effort who have already begun working to remove and chip debris that fell onto the county right of way.  

Weather permitting, it is expected to take several months for the cleanup to be completed.  

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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00
Daylight-saving time is a convenient reminder to replace batteries  

The Forsyth County Fire Department encourages citizens to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as they set their clocks forward an hour as daylight-saving time begins on Sunday, March 8.  

?Replacing the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms throughout your house twice each year is a simple task ......
Monday, 02 March 2015 11:21

Forsyth County Senior Services is hosting a “Celtic Concert” at the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2015. The Sounds of Sawnee concert band will appear. The event will also feature a bagpipe performance by North Atlanta Pipes & Drums. Refreshments will be included in the concert admission price. The cost is $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00
The March issue of The Current, Forsyth County government?s monthly newsletter, is now available. Click here to view The Current newsletter. ......
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00
Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:20

The Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit has extended the deadline for submissions from students for a time capsule essay contest. Students now have until 5 p.m. on Monday, February 23 to submit essays. The winning essays will be included in the time capsule to be placed in the cornerstone of the new Forsyth County Courthouse. Click here to learn more.

The court is seeking the assistance of the public in gathering items for inclusion in the time capsule to be placed in the new Forsyth County Courthouse. The time capsule will be placed in the cornerstone of the new building. It is slated to feature both items that are representative of present-day Forsyth County as well as historical documents and items.

Thursday, 19 February 2015 00:00
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:29

Bill Ballenger, motivational speaker and international recording artist, is bringing his “Break the Grey” program to Forsyth County schools February 23- March 5, 2015.  The program discusses issues such as substance abuse, suicide, bullying, peer pressure, self worth, life and death, and inner beauty among high school and middle school students.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:18

Jeanie Curphey has been named manager of the new Forsyth County Animal Shelter. Curphey has worked at the Forsyth County Animal Shelter since July 2014, serving as shelter coordinator.

Prior to joining Forsyth County, Curphey was a field inspector for the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Animal Industry Division. Her previous experience also includes teaching, training and management roles. Jeanie also has volunteered extensively with various animal organizations and holds a Bachelor of Science in education.

Friday, 13 February 2015 13:15

Thirteenth annual event showcases services to help plan for the future.
Forsyth County Senior Services is hosting the thirteenth annual Forsyth Senior Expo Saturday, February 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Forsyth County Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. Admission to the event is free.


Sunday, 01 February 2015 13:02

Leadership Forsyth's Informational Sessions for community leaders ready to strengthen their community involvement and knowledge while being part of a diverse group of business leaders have been announced. The mission of Leadership Forsyth (LF) is to strengthen Forsyth's community involvement while enhancing individual and collective leadership potential.

March 12, 8-9 am Forsyth Conference Center 
March 29 - 12-1 pm Northside Hospital Forsyth Education Center - Lunch will be provided, RSVP required
March 24 - 5-6 pm Forsyth County Board of Education

Sunday, 01 February 2015 12:48

When I received a call from my friend Allie asking me if I wanted to go on a girls’ trip I immediately said yes.  I didn’t ask where  we were going, who would be joining us or how long our trip would be.  I just knew I could use a break and was more than happy  to join in.  What I didn’t realize at the time is that I would be taken (by car and by ferry) to a most quiet, peaceful and delightful  place called Cumberland Island.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:00

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing in order to consider an amendment to the Forsyth County Sign Ordinance at the board?s meeting on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 5 p.m.   

The purpose of the public hearing shall be for public review and comment concerning proposed modifications to the Forsyth County Sign Ordinance to provide a new section regarding Electronic Message Boards, the time frequen ......

Monday, 19 January 2015 10:55

For many the arrival of the 14th day of February marks the return of the nation’s official day of romance. However for America’s retail sector Valentine’s Day serves as one of the nation’s most profitable holidays.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:22

The court is seeking the assistance of the public in gathering items for inclusion in the time capsule to be placed in the new Forsyth County Courthouse. The time capsule will be placed in the cornerstone of the new building. It is slated to feature both items that are representative of present-day Forsyth County as well as historical documents and items.

Monday, 12 January 2015 10:26


At their January 8, 2015 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners elected officers for 2015.

The officers will remain unchanged from 2014, as District 1 Commissioner R.J. (Pete) Amos was re-elected to serve as chairman; District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills  was re-elected to serve as vice chairman; and District 2 Commissioner Brian R. Tam was re-elected to serve as secretary.

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is made up of five members, each living in a specific district and elected by district to serve four-year terms. Each year in January, the five members elect officers for the coming year.


Monday, 12 January 2015 10:13

The plane was taxing to the terminal.  All of us passengers were scrambling to get our mobile devices turned on and synced up so we could see what we missed while in flight.  So much can happen in those two hours, right?

Monday, 05 January 2015 09:52

League play begins March 9
Spring adult softball players are invited to attend an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20 at the Central Park Recreation Center. It is located at 2300 Keith Bridge Road in Cumming.

Friday, 02 January 2015 12:30

Sprouts Farmers Market will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new Cumming store. Everyone is invited to join the festivities, tour the store and shop for their favorite healthy grocery items.

Monday, 29 December 2014 16:23

 Forsyth County has recycled more than 85,000 Christmas trees since 1994
 Forsyth County  invites residents to recycle their of trees during the "Bring One for the Chipper" Christmas tree recycling event from December 26 through January 24.


Monday, 29 December 2014 00:00
Forsyth County government offices and Forsyth County?s three recycling convenience centers will be closed Thursday, January 1 in observance of New Year?s Day. ......
Monday, 22 December 2014 14:22

Christmas Eve is a special time at many churches. The celebration of Jesus's birth is celebrated in many different ways. Our local churches enjoy coming together at this time every year. We have a list compiled here just for finding a service to attend.


Sunday, 21 December 2014 09:47

Congratulations to the Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest’s Top 10 Finalists! They all demonstrated exceptional creativity. Now, you can help decide which of these talented young artists will win the Fan’s Choice Award of $500 in art supplies. Local citizen 14-year-old Elisa Sparks is a finalist in the contest. Interestingly she was not always able to see.

Friday, 19 December 2014 15:43


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Friday, 19 December 2014 11:31

The Forsyth County Fire Department presented a number of awards, promoted personnel, graduated its first ever in-house EMT class and graduated a recruit class in a ceremony held Friday, December 12, 2014. Awards include incidents that have been nominated for acts of heroism and saving a life. Also given out are Unit Citation Awards for specific incidents that result in decisive and extraordinary efforts by a company.

Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

Recruit class completed 14 weeks of arduous training  

In a ceremony held Friday, December 12, the Forsyth County Fire Department presented a number of awards, promoted personnel, graduated its first ever in-house EMT class, and graduated its newest recruit class. Family, friends and Fire Department staff attended the ceremony, which was held in the auditorium at North Forsyth High School.  

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Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00
Representatives from the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) presented Public Safety Awards during the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners December 18 meeting. Following the presentation of colors by representatives dressed in Revolutionary Army uniforms, Mike Jones presented the awards on behalf of the Robert Forsyth Chapter of the SAR. David Bradley received the Firefighter of the Year award, Daniel Anderson received the EMS Person of the ......
Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:46

Pinecrest Academy is hosting an Open House on Sunday, January 25, 2015, 1pm-3pm. Pinecrest Academy is  a private, PreK–12, College-Preparatory Catholic School and a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:37

Northside Hospital kicked off the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 5 with its 26th annual Celebration of Lights Christmas Tree Lighting in Cumming.  An estimated 3,000 people were in attendance at Northside Hospital-Forsyth for the much-anticipated event.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:55

Register by January 18 for spring 2015 season

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation is inviting local youth ages five to 18 to sign up for spring baseball and softball. Four registration sessions will be available Saturday, January 10 and January 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, January 11 and 18, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:06

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is one of Georgia’s leading environmental organizations. They have been getting ready for a transition in leadership as a founder, Sally Bethea, retires. Jason Ulseth, technical programs director, becomes the "Riverkeeper" of the organization. He was the most qualified candidate and can drive a boat making him the choice to be the Riverkeeper.

Monday, 15 December 2014 13:43

The Bring Your Own Technology Foundation gave the Forsyth County school system more than $50,000. It is for the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program that encourages students to bring their personal devices such as tablets and phones to school to use in class. The program encourages students to use their mobile devices at school learn to learn new ways to use them for collaborating, researching, solving problems and publishing their work.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:03

This parking deck is second of two funded by the SPLOST VII program.

The Mason Street Parking Deck, located accross the street from the Forsyth County Administration Building is open. It is part of the county courthouse and jail project. The five-level, 491-space Mason Street Parking Facility opened today.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 13:26

A 10-week class about fire and emergency services.

The Forsyth County Fire Department is once again inviting citizens interested in learning more about Forsyth County's fire and emergency services to sign up for a free 10-week Citizens' Fire Academy. Participants in this program will gain an inside look at the profession of firefighters by learning about the variety of services offered by the fire department, learning about fire and firefighting equipment, and interacting with first responders.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:46

The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band will entertain you with songs of the Christmas season Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the Red Gym of the Central Park Recreation Center. No advanced tickets. Admission will be $10 at the door. Visit our website at www.soundsofsawnee.com for more information. The park is at 2300 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming, Georgia 30040. Bring the family and enjoy the music of the season.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:14

The Toys for Tots at O’Charley’s event will take place this Saturday, December 13, from 8 to 10:30 am at O’Charley’s, 920 Buford Road in Cumming.

"Bring an unwrapped toy and get a free buffet and a photo with Santa", said Alyssa Spence, a manager at the restaurant. "Santa’s workshop will be set up with elves and the man himself."

There is a need for items for teenagers and 2 to 3 year olds but toys for any age are appreciated. "A registration fee is required that will be reimbursed in the form of a restaurant gift card", Spence said. Registration is $25 for two adults and one child, with $5 for each additional child and $10 for each additional adult. Contact: (770) 888-3880.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:18

The Forsyth County Fire Department is seeking the assistance of citizens in helping to make this holiday season special for children in need through the department’s twelfth annual Aerial’s House toy collection. “Through the years and thanks to the generous support of this community, the Aerial’s House toy collection has helped brighten the holiday season for many local children.” Fire Chief Danny Bowman said. “It is something our Fire Department personnel look forward to each and every year.”

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:50

CUMMING — Northside Hospital-Forsyth will hold its annual Celebration of Lights at 6 p.m. Friday and it is expected to draw from 3,000 to 5,000 people.

It features a winter holiday event that ends with the lighting of a 65 foot tall tree decorated with 15,000 holiday lights. In addition, they will feature entertainment from local schools and children.

Other than the tree lighting and fireworks we’re going to have arts and crafts” said Patricia Daniel of Northside Hospital. “We’re going to have some special things for the young and old attendees.”

“Of course, Santa is going to be there,” Daniel said. “So they’ll have their opportunity to take their picture with Santa. At the end, we’re going to have the lighting of the tree, and a fireworks display.”

Monday, 24 November 2014 09:45

Lanier Technical College teachers nominated 16 students for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership competition, a state program. The contest shows the outstanding accomplishments by students and in technical education. Administration officials at Lanier Tech reviewed each of the school's nominations and interviewed each nominee.

The students selected from the Forsyth County campus are:(left to right) Caitlin O'Hara, Tiffany Soto and Mike Funk. The winner will be the GOAL winner and move on to the regional and state competitions. Lanier Technical College

Friday, 07 November 2014 09:44

Sarah Bock was presented with a Resolution from the commissioners in recognition of earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, which represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting recognizing girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Bock is a member of Troop 13728 in the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and is a student at South Forsyth High School.

Friday, 07 November 2014 00:00
Senior Services offers Home-Delivered Meals Gift Certificate Program

Help brighten the holiday season for Forsyth County home-bound senior citizens by participating in the 2014 Home-Delivered Meals Holiday Gift Certificate Program. Meals purchased with a holiday gift certificate through Forsyth County Senior Services will be delivered through the Meals on Wheels program.  

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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:55

Half the voters turned out yesterday to pass the Forsyth county transportation bond. And over half of them voted yes. Voter turnout was 52.64% and ballots cast were 57,126. Results were 34,800 said yes and 20,039 said no. Property owners will have tax added to their property tax bill for the next 20 years to guarantee roads will be built.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

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Friday, 24 October 2014 11:05

 Transportation Bond on November 4 Ballot
The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has placed on the November 4 General Election/Special Election ballot a bond referendum to fund transportation projects. The proposed Transportation Bond would be an up to $200 million general obligation bond to finance a variety of transportation projects.

Friday, 24 October 2014 07:38

 Atlanta Hobby launched the Vortex, one of the world’s most advanced hexacopters, this week. Designed and built in America through an innovative partnership with MN Aerospace, the Vortex offers best-in-class flight times, unprecedented performance, and a unique color customization system to allow professionals and hobbyists the opportunity to design a drone that fits their look as well as their needs. Mated with a 3-axis-stabilized gimbal and GoPro camera, the Vortex is a stable, long-flying aerial filming platform.

Friday, 24 October 2014 07:32

At their October 16, 2014 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognized an employee for her years of service with Forsyth County government. Indigent Defense Administrator Connie Brooker was recognized for reaching 25 years of service with the county. Pictured left to right in the attached photo: District 5 Commissioner Jim Boff; Commission Chairman R.J. (Pete) Amos; Connie Brooker; District 2 Commissioner Brian R. Tam; and District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills

Friday, 24 October 2014 07:29

Deborah A. Martin, M.D., received the Medical Association of Georgia's (MAG) Jack A. Raines Humanitarian Award for 2014 during MAG's 160th House of Delegates meeting at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain on October 18 for her outstanding humanitarian contributions beyond the normal practice of medicine.

In nominating her for the award, the Medical Association of Atlanta (MAA) said that, "In addition to [providing excellent] clinical care for her patients and education for doctors in training, [Dr. Martin] demonstrates a strong sense of service to the community."

Monday, 06 October 2014 14:37

Please Join Us! Last weekend we asked you to 'Save the Date' for a Town Hall Meeting discussing Forsyth County Governance, hosted by Rep. Mike Dudgeon.  This week we are asking you to not just save the date, but to please find some way in your calendar to attend!!!

The folks at Sharon Springs Alliance know how hard it is to work one more thing into the family calendar. We all have school, work, and extra-curricular activities like Soccer, Lacrosse, Cheer, Dance, Football, Baseball, Church, Scouts, etc... and we know it isn't easy. But the October 14th Town Hall is very important to the future of the community and your family's way of life.

Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00
Friday, 26 September 2014 11:54

Eagle Scout Recognized by Forsyth County Commissioners At their September 18, 2014 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognized the accomplishments of an Eagle Scout. Jack William Rolland Flikeid was presented with a Resolution from the commissioners in recognition of attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Flikeid is a member of Troop 1099 in the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is a student at Lambert High School. Pictured in the attached photo (left to right): District 2 Commissioner Brian R. Tam; Chairman R.J. (Pete) Amos; District 5 Commissioner Jim Boff; Jack William Rolland Flikeid; John Flikeid; District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent; and District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:44

Join Family Haven as it celebrates 25 years of helping victims of domestic violence and their families’ transition to lives of hope, wholeness, and healing. 

The 1st Annual Purple Purpose Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 9 at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta.  The celebration features First Lady Sandra Deal and WSB-TV Channel 2 weekend anchor Wendy Corona.   A "Breaking the Silence" Designer Handbag Silent Auction and CHICO'S Fashion Show will be presented. 

Monday, 11 August 2014 08:11

When it comes to cleaning out your house or redecorating your rooms, the big question is, “what are you going to do with you  stuff?" Sadly, most people are looking for the easy, quick fix, which means they’re less likely to do their research before simply getting rid of everything in one place.  Long-story-short, some items might sell better at a garage sale, while others will fare better at a consignment shop.

Monday, 11 August 2014 08:06

A few months ago I solicited some ideas for future blog posts on my Facebook page. I received a question about the possibility of toxic chemicals in automobile upholstery. I watched an HBO documentary called "Toxic Hot Seat."It really upset me to learn that chemicals in my new couch could be poisonous. I'm about to buy a new car and I wondered if the chemical is in the

Monday, 11 August 2014 08:01

HouseBuilt by Ryland Homes, who is known for producing the nation’s first master-planned   community in 1967, ManorView features 71 homesites and is located off Hopewell Road in   the prestigious city of Milton, GA.

With easy access to Fowler Park, the Big Creek Greenway, Birmingham Park, and The Manor Golf & Country Club, this gated community features luxurious homes from the high $500’s     in seven unique floor plans (3,215-4,411 sq feet).

For potential buyers with young children, ManorView is close to Summit Hill Elementary,       Hopewell Middle, and Cambridge High Schools; however, for those families looking into higher education institutions, the neighborhood is within easy driving distance of Emory University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, and Georgia State University.

For buyers looking to truly make their home unique, they offer MyStyle® design consultants who work with each customer to make sure their house reflects not only their needs and personal taste, but their budget as well.  For exterior options, they offer finishes in brick, stone, stucco, and siding, as well as a variety of paint colors and design details that compliment the each home’s distinctive streetscape.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:38

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.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:28

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
programs provided.”
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.

Saturday, 17 May 2014 10:09

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.

Saturday, 17 May 2014 10:02

As American we have the dubious distinction of being the most overweight country in the world. Much of this can be attributed to a “toxic” lifestyle we have become accustomed to. We eat too much ( super sizing and unlimited buffets) yet we exercise too little (drive thrus and remotes). We worry too much (finances and appearances) yet we relax too little (overscheduling and forfeited vacations).

The net result of all of this is an increase in  obesity, diabetes ,hypertension and subsequently heart attacks, strokes and renal failure. We need to make a change! There are a lot of societal changes that can and should  be made such as improving food labeling, restricting salts, teaching children and rewarding healthy choices by adults.

However while these societal changes slowly evolve, each one of us has the ability to make changes within ourselves right now. There are two body measurement that one should be familiar with. The first is BMI (body mass index = your weight in pounds x 703 divided by your height in inches squared)  A BMI less that 18.5 is considered underweight, 18.5-25 is ideal, 25-30 is overweight, and greater than 30 is obese. The second measurement is WHR (waist to hip ratio = your waist size at the belly button divided by your hip size at the top of your pelvic bone).  Ideal in men is < 0.95 and in women < 0.80.  Ratios greater then 1 significantly increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Saturday, 17 May 2014 09:58

When Forsyth County government asked the community: ‘Tell us about YOUR Forsyth County,’ the community responded. Eight hundred and fifty eight responses were received to a brief online survey, which was conducted as part of a branding effort being undertaken by Forsyth County. The branding initiative is slated to include development of a new county logo.

“We really appreciate the community’s participation in this survey,” Director of Communications Jodi Gardner said. “Thank you to each and every person who took the time to provide their valuable input.”
Snapshot of the survey results:
• Of all of Forsyth County’s physical assets, the one ranked most valuable by the largest number of respondents was Lake Lanier.
• In a survey question about all that Forsyth County offers, ‘quality of life’ was ranked most important by the largest number of respondents.
• ‘Family-friendly’ was the term that the most respondents said was a perfect description of Forsyth County.
A work group will review all of the information gathered through the survey and continue forward with the branding and logo efforts. The county’s current logo was adopted in 1986.

Monday, 05 May 2014 12:24

Mia's story of weight loss and survivorship By the time Mia Tsirigos-Ferrell was 48 years old, she had two children, a heart attack and weighed 298 pounds.  The 5’4” registered nurse was faced with life and death decisions she often helped others deal with during her work. 

“I went to my doctor’s appointment with no idea what was going on inside my body,” Tsirigos-Ferrell recalled.  “I knew I was overweight and was being treated for high blood pressure.  But that I was within a week of atrial fibrillation...that I wasn't ready to for.”

Mia’s doctor performed a Cardiac catheterization (also called cardiac cath or coronary angiogram), an invasive imaging procedure that tests for heart disease by allowing your doctor to "see" how well your heart is functioning.  And Mia’s wasn’t doing too well.

“I was told I needed to change a few things in my life – less stress, exercise more, and lose weight.  Certainly, I thought,” Mia remembered thinking to herself.

Mia survived her heart attack and returned to life as usual.  Except things had changed a bit; realizing that she almost lost her life and that she needed to do something about her weight, Mia did what she often told her patients.

“I talked to my doctors and was told that basically my metabolism had shut down.”  Mia chose to attend an informational seminar about weight loss surgery with her husband and son.

Monday, 05 May 2014 08:07

A Community Recipe:  One beautiful Saturday.  Hundreds of tasty treats.  Thousands of people

Mix all the ingredients and you get – Flavors of Forsyth!  Tasty treats from Jim 'n Nicks, Mellow Mushroom, Cuoco Italian Table, Donut Depot, The Ridge, Tin Drum Asia Cafe, Kona Ice Alpharetta, Station House, Chef Kern, and other area restaurants will be available.

United Way’s one-day event, filled with fun activities for kids of all ages, music, and a large sampling of treats from area restaurants is North Georgia’s most tasteful event!

“This Festival of food benefits nonprofit organizations and programs throughout our community,” explains Ruth Goode, Executive Director of United Way of Forsyth County.

This year the event will be held at the Forsyth Conference Center, located on the campus of Lanier Technical College.

Monday, 05 May 2014 07:48

Thanks to a generous grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate, Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute will be able to continue its work to promote early detection of breast cancer, by providing funding for screening mammograms and other breast diagnostic procedures for women who cannot afford them.

“Through generous community support from groups like Komen Atlanta, Northside is able to increase the early detection of breast cancer by educating and screening more women,” said Patti Owen, director of oncology services, Northside Hospital.  “We are grateful to Komen Atlanta for their ongoing commitment to our Breast Care Program.”

Early detection saves the lives of thousands of women each year.  More cases of breast cancer are treated at Northside Hospital than at any other community hospital in the Southeast.  As a National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center, the hospital offers a complete range of services for patients including education, genetic counseling, imaging, radiation oncology, chemotherapy, surgery, support, rehabilitation and more – covering every aspect of breast care.

Monday, 05 May 2014 07:42

At their May 1, 2014 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognized the accomplishments of an Eagle Scout.

Brantley Charles Smallwood was presented with a Resolution from the commissioners in recognition of attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Smallwood is a member of Troop 39 in the Northeast Georgia Council, Etowah District of the Boy Scouts of America and is a student at West Forsyth High School.

Pictured: District 2 Commissioner Brian R. Tam; Chairman R.J. (Pete) Amos; Brantley Charles Smallwood; District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills; District 5 Commissioner Jim Boff; and District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:45

Forsyth County Job SeekersRecent years have been difficult on job seekers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment in the United States stands at 6.6 percent, the lowest it has been in five years. However, this statistic does not include those who have stopped seeking work altogether. Some contend that when those individuals are included, the figure actually falls between 13 and 14 percent.

It can be seen across the Internet; web sites like monster.com and indeed.com are frequently swamped with résumés, with any given job ads receiving between forty and sixty applications within a few days of posting. Many of these are never so much as glanced at, according to experts.

So in such times where finding a viable job can be an excruciating task, what can one do to be more active in his or her search, and more importantly, stand out among a mountain of applications?

Enter the Georgia Department of Labor, Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce and Lanier Technical College in Cumming. The three organizations collaborated to host a career expo on February 25th, with outstanding results, according to most of the participating employers we spoke to.

“We are a versatile event center for Forsyth and North Georgia,” said Sara Harrison, Forsyth Conference Center Director, expressing the variety of events that have been hosted at the facility since opening in 2010.

Sunday, 23 February 2014 15:00

senior expo logoForsyth County Senior Services is hosting the twelfth annual Forsyth Senior Expo Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College.


The Forsyth Senior Expo is an opportunity for senior citizens as well as their families and friends to learn about planning for the future. The free event provides a venue for information regarding a variety of topics including home care, senior living, legal services and more. Health screenings, door prizes and refreshments will be available.  Volunteers from the Forsyth County United Way will be on hand serving sandwiches, fruit, and goodies.


"The Senior Expo is always such a well-attended event that this year we decided to extend it from a three hour event to four hours," Senior Services Special Events Team Leader Julie Gruen said. "We look forward to our community’s seniors and their families, friends and caregivers attending and taking advantage of all of the information that will be available."


The Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College is located at 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming. To receive more information regarding the Forsyth Senior Expo, contact Forsyth County Senior Services at 770.781.2178.


For more information about being a vendor at the Forsyth Senior Expo or about sponsorship opportunities, call 770.781.2178.

Monday, 10 February 2014 19:20

As temperatures dropped and severe weather blanketed Forsyth County and most of the State of Georgia, the level of preparedness rose as Code White was called at Northside Hospital Forsyth. “As part of our daily operations, we have key personnel and directives in place to deal with urgent situations that arise from a snow storm and other weather related emergencies,” explained Skip Putnam, hospital CEO. 

Tuesday, January 28, has now become Snow Jam 2014.  At Northside Hospital Forsyth, it is an all hands on deck work day were the hospital and its staff provides healthcare, comfort, shelter and hope. “When severe weather was obviously fast approaching, our staff was called to what they do best – take care of everyone at our hospital and each other,” recalled Lynn Jackson, hospital administrator. Joining the hospital administrators were 15 doctors, 140 nurses and patient care team members, 20 cafeteria personnel, 6 security personnel, and 15 environmental services, to name a few.

Monday, 10 February 2014 19:18

Did you know that 4 out of 5 kids will try drugs and/or alcohol before their senior year of high school and over half of all kids will have tried an illicit drug prior to senior year? These are national statistics but this epidemic has infiltrated Forsyth county as well. We’re losing children to overdose and incarceration due to drug use. This has to stop!

For this reason, Forsyth County has recently created the Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council. This council is tasked with educating residents on drug use in the county, promoting prevention programs and providing lists of resources for residents on what do to when they suspect a loved one is abusing drugs or alcohol. Find more information at www.forsythcountydrugawarenesscouncil.org. The council started meeting in 2013 and is led by County Commissioner, Cindy Mills. This “task force” of sorts encompasses members from law enforcement, justice officials, non-profits, health care, Forsyth County Schools, parents, business owners, and other community groups. Their first Drug Summit was held in November 2013 with an overwhelming turnout of over 500 people! You can view the entire summit in full on you tube. Just search for Forsyth County Drug Summit.

The next drug summit will be held FEBRUARY 25TH AT 7PM AT FORSYTH CONFERENCE CENTER 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Cumming, GA .

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 19:03

Written by mother, Missy Wallen-Nichols, the Be Good Fairy brings to life a creative and magical way for parents to reward children for good behavior, achieving milestones in independence, and for academic achievement. The bookis a wonderful tool to help parents Be Good Fairy Bookenforce positive discipline and motivate independent behavior in young children.

The individual stories in the book inspire children to behave, work hard and reach goals in order to receive a visit from the “Be Good Fairy” who will reward them with a special gift for their achievement. The Be Good Fairy addresses behavioral issues such as potty training, going to bed, behaving at school, sharing, and much more.

The Be Good Fairy book and e-book are available in Spanish and English and can be purchased online at www.thebegoodfairy.com, Amazon.com or BookLogix Bookstore (shop.booklogix.com).

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 18:27

Throughout the nation many communities are suffering from rising levels of unemployment. However, although countless amounts of individuals are currently in search of employment opportunities, America’s manufacturing companies are straining to find qualified candidates with mechanical, robotics, and engineering experience.

In a recent article Vanessa Fuhrman of the Wall Street Journal maintains that “an estimated 600,000 skilled, middle-class manufacturing jobs remain unfilled nationwide, even as millions of Americans search for work.”Forsyth County Commissioners

In order to address this issue, several local resource providers have united to assist companies with gaining greater access to qualified workers.

"Our objective is to serve as a valuable resource and accessible partner in regards to recruiting, hiring, and training qualified job seekers” stated Danette Smith, Regional Coordinator at the Georgia Department of Labor’s Business Services Unit.  Smith and her team proactively engage businesses to provide them with a wide range of workforce development resources.

“We accomplish this goal by getting to know our employers and their specific needs, matching skilled applicants with their job openings, and hosting career expos and other customized recruiting events.  Then, we maintain and strengthen our relationship by providing essential support to the businesses and through collaboration with our many partners in the region" stated Smith.

In February of 2014 the Georgia Department of Labor, Lanier Technical College, the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, and the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce will host The North East Georgia Career Expo – a job fair for technically trained workers.

Forsyth County Schools has also taken a proactive role in addressing our nation’s void of technically trained workers.

In August of 2011 Forsyth County Schools opened the STEM Academy at Forsyth Central High School. The academy focuses on training students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculums. Students can enter the academy during their ninth grade year. The students gain real-world experiences through rigorous core classes and career-based technical training sessions. In October of 2013 the STEM Academy was ranked as the top High School STEM program in the State of Georgia.

“Forsyth County Schools has a long history of successful collaborations with the local business community in general and with Siemens in particular” stated Valery Hall, the Governance and Career Development Coordinator for Forsyth County Schools.

The school system has successfully partnered with Siemens to launch a pilot program that trains students in real-world manufacturing curriculums.

For more information about the initiatives mentioned in this article, contact the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development team at 770.887.6461.

Article by Randall Toussaint, VP of Economic Development, Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 08:40

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sawnee EMC) announced today that the Corporation’s Board of Directors has once again approved a reduction in the Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment (WPCA) factor, a component by which most of the Cooperative’s electric bills are calculated. This is the second such reduction in as many months and will affect the vast majority of Sawnee EMC members who currently receive electric service from the Cooperative.


This rate change, which goes into effect on October 31, 2013, will further reduce monthly Sawnee EMC bills by $7.50 for every 1,500 kWh used. Those members who use more electricity, will see even bigger savings… while those who use less, will see lower savings.


Tuesday, 29 October 2013 08:32

Cumming City Hall

The new episode of “Forsyth in Focus” is now airing on TV Forsyth, Comcast channel 23, and is also available online at www.forsythco.com. The episode highlights the groundbreaking for Forsyth County’s new courthouse and jail, the recent expansion of the county’s Water Treatment Plant, the opening of new Fire Station 3, and the new Post Road Library.

“Forsyth in Focus” airs on TV Forsyth, Comcast channel 23, every day at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Fridays at 8 p.m. The program can also be viewed online from the TV Forsyth section of the county Web site.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 08:27

Jack MurphyWhen you are surrounded by skyscrapers and the sounds of construction mixed with sirens in the background, the soundtrack to urban living, it’s easy to not recognize the significance of agriculture to the state. 

In truth, agriculture should be the No. 1 reason why Georgians are proud to call this state our home because we are ranked No. 1 nationally for production of poultry, peanuts, pecans and rye.  We come in second place for cotton, cotton seed, fresh market cucumbers and spring onions.  In fact, we are in the top 10 across the nation for 20 different agriculture products.

Agriculture contributes more than $71.1 billion annually to our economy with a total Farm Gate Value in 2011 of $13 billion.  Farm Gate Value is the net worth of agriculture products after subtracting marketing costs.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 16:04

Forsyth County Schools is proud to be one of the top districts in Georgia and the United States. We are graduating more students and posting higher test scores than ever before. School districts throughout North America are visiting our schools to learn how to utilize technology to increase student achievement and improve operational efficiency. And we are expanding our partnerships with local businesses to approach education differently and prepare the future workforce. Our success has been accomplished through dedication to our mission and a commitment to continuous improvement through the cooperative efforts of all stakeholders.


Tuesday, 06 August 2013 15:35

If your teen is about to begin high school, you may be concerned about the transition. High school, after all, brings higher academic expectations and is a significant time of change for most students as they grow into young adults. As a parent, how can you help your teen survive and thrive his or her first year of high school? Here are several tips:

Get to know the support staff
Establishing good advocacy relationships at the outset of high school will be important during the next four years. Encourage your teen to stop into the guidance counselor’s office early on. If he or she feels a connection with a teacher, seek that teacher’s advice and help. Your support will certainly be important throughout high school, but your teen should establish a team of individuals to whom he or she can turn throughout the high school years.

 Don’t wait for help
High school isn’t easy for everyone - be sure your teen understands the long-term consequences of falling behind and poor grades, and knows that he or she can and should ask for help. While high school teachers expect students to be more independent, don’t let your teen wrongly assume he or she shouldn’t seek assistance during tough times. He or she should visit the teacher outside of class and get outside tutoring help if needed. Let your teen know you are there to help when he or she feels overwhelmed by a difficult subject or issue.

Get organized
If your teen isn’t a naturally organized person, now is the time to improve those organizational skills. Help your teen set up a reliable system of keeping track of papers that come home. If he or she has a desk, teach him or her to keep it tidy and consistently put things in their proper place so that homework time is productive, not frazzled. Make sure your teen establishes a study routine and sticks to it.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 15:27

Dr. Charles Stanley

I remember reading a magazine article back in college that had a line that is now part of my missives: “Now and then someone shares with you a beautiful moment.”   The image that accompanied the quote was that of a young man standing at the top of a hill.I was recently afforded a great opportunity. I had a conversation with one of the South’s most trusted and beloved figures in the Baptist Church – Dr. Charles Stanley. Dr. Stanley is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Atlanta. He celebrated his 45th anniversary at the church in September of last year.  Dr. Stanley can be heard in every nation on earth via radio, shortwave or television broadcasts.

On Faith and Freedom “Folks lose faith by losing the Word of God. They move towards circumstances. God doesn’t change – we do. Read the Word of God.” Dr. Stanley then added, “The Spirit of God that is within you is still the same. He keeps His promises. We change our focus and therefore our relationship with Him wavers.Our first freedom is our relationship with God.”

Our conversation continued as we discussed how freedom is in jeopardy. The baritone voice of the 80-year old man began to share his concerns about the lack of knowledge of our history. “People don’t know history. Who we are and where we came from – these are things we are not taught anymore. In order to keep our freedom, we must have a sense of responsibility for our freedom,” Dr. Stanley asserted. “Without history you are in jeopardy for anything that comes along. Loyalty and devotion were part of the steps that got us here throughout history,” he added. “We’ve lost sight of those two key areas.”

As I continued listening, I was reminded of a quote by Dr. Stanley that I read when I walked into the In Touch building.

“Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.”

Monday, 29 April 2013 21:13

"Our experience in enforcing the Animal Welfare Act has led us to conclude that continuous confinement of dogs by a tether is inhumane. A tether significantly restricts a dog's movement. A tether can also become tangled around or hooked on the dog's shelter structure or other objects, further restricting the dog's movement and potentially causing injury." U. S. Department of Agriculture issued statement in the July 2, 1996, Federal Register

From the President of the Forsyth County Humane Society

Over the past few months a lot has been written and said about the tethering of dogs. I recently found myself the object of much scrutiny, commentary and at times threats.

I take pride in the work that Forsyth County Humane Society does every day to save the lives of dogs and cats in our county and neighboring communities. A host of volunteers, donors and hard working individuals make it possible for our work to continue. We work alongside various organizations in our County to promote the proper care of pets, while doing what we can to save those who need rescued.

Monday, 29 April 2013 21:01

With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to think about summer camp. While children might be interested in fun and friends, parents are also interested in a safe learning environment supervised by a qualified staff with age-appropriate activities. Believe it or not, it is possible to have it all. With so many options, here are some important things to consider as you make your decision.

What are the activities and is there a balance? Is there a balance between outdoor play and indoor activities, as you might not want your child exposed to the summer sun for eight hours a day? Do they go on field trips to cool locations? Do special visitors come to the camp for visits/activities?

Summer Learning. While your child might not want to hear this, a program with a curriculum and activities that will continue your child’s learning can help them retain what they’ve learned and even get ahead for when they return to school in the fall. A positive-learning environment filled with activities to nurture children’s self-confidence is key. Children should not stop learning just because it’s the summer.

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 08:06

At the April 4, 2013 Forsyth County Board of Commissioners meeting, 11-year old Abe Benkhaled presented   commissioners with copies of his book “The Greatest Country.” Before presenting his book, Abe addressed the board and shared his thoughts on what makes the United States of America the greatest country. Abe is a sixth grade student at Piney Grove Middle School. 

Pictured in the attached photo (left to right): B.K. Bhutta (Abe’s father); Commission Chairman R.J. (Pete) Amos; District 2 Commissioner Brian R. Tam; District 5 Commissioner Jim Boff; Abe Benkhaled; District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent; and District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 07:58

Members of the Lambert High School Key Club, along with Ms. Kim Raines Math Teacher and Key Club Sponsor recently presented Change4Georgia founder Remington Youngblood with oatmeal, food and other items for distribution to military families. Club members also collected funds for the purchase of toiletries.


CHANGE 4 GEORGIA (C4G) is a community service program that is inclusive to students and provides them with opportunities to thank our soldiers for their service, dedication and sacrifice in protecting our freedom and keeping our country secure. It was founded by a fifth grader in Forsyth County, Georgia and benefits our brave troops by collecting items from their "Wish List" that they need or want. These are items that are not readily available or not provided, but that add comfort and fit in their backpacks.

The program also benefits the children of our active military by providing back packs and school supplies to those who need assistance.
For more information visit www.change4georgia.org.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 07:51

With the current unemployment rate in the state of Georgia resting around 8.6%, new hire announcements seem to be few and far between, and multiple hires is almost unheard of. However, one locally owned business, Atlantahobby.com, a company that is known for it’s dedication to providing consumers with the latest technology driven remote controlled electric flight products including the exploding world of multi rotor UAV photography platforms would like to announce and welcome the two newest members to their team, Dan Halverson, and Kelley Mirynowski.


Dan Halverson is an 11 year, highly trained veteran of the hobby world. He is a husband and father of 3 girls, and credits them for “driving him into the hobby world”. Dan has spent the last 10 years specializing in RC Helicopters, and when he is not busy flying, he enjoys playing the piano and riding his bicycle. Dan is a highly motivated individual that brings tremendous assets to the team.


Kelley Mirynowski, a senior in college, is majoring in Public Relations and has an extensive background in advertising and marketing. She is relatively new to the “hobby world” but has been quick to learn and has already taken a successful interest in RC piloting including learning how to fly the various multi rotor drones that Atlantahobby.com is known for. Kelley is eager to learn more about the business and is excited at the opportunity to join the team.


Atlantahobby.com is a fast growing company in a extremely competitive field. Doing business since 1978  their product mix always changing, and this company is continually proving that it is possible to be successful even in hard economic times. In addition, Atlantahobby.com is always looking for driven individuals, that have an interest in the “hobby world”.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 07:42

According the most recent census, Forsyth County has over 12,000 adults who do not have a high school or general equivalency diploma (GED). Now, thanks to Literacy Forsyth, adults seeking their GED can do so a little closer to home.

Literacy Forsyth has partnered with Little Mill Middle School to offer the community free general equivalency degree (GED) classes. The classes began in February and are ongoing.


“We believe it’s important to help people get their GED because it improves our community overall,” Annaliza Thomas, executive director of Literacy Forsyth said. “With a GED, people have access to more of the things that keep families healthy, happy and safe.”


Thomas added that the program will also offer students help beyond the GED exam such as applying to technical school or assistance with job search and resume workshops.


Potential students can find out more about the program from 5 – 5:30 p.m.at Little Mill Middle School on Thursdays. Prior registration is not necessary and students can register and begin studying the same day. All the classes and materials are offered at no charge.


For more information, please contact Annaliza Thomas, Executive Director, Literacy Forsyth 770-876-2011 or via email [email protected].   Visit www.literacyforsyth.com for details and updates.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 19:03

FEBRUARY is Prevent-a-Litter Month and the Humane Society of Forsyth County (HSFC), your local no-kill rescue, is sponsoring FREE CAT spaying and neutering all month. Dr. Tracy Land of Pet Vet, Inc. in Cumming, has partnered with HSFC to help prevent littersand reduce overpopulation of cats.


HSFC is providing funding through SNAP, its low-income assistance program for Forsyth County residents. To register and schedule your cat, stop by HSFC (4440 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming, 30041) to complete an application. You will be asked to provide proof of financial need (e.g., welfare, food stamps, unemployment) and a current rabies vaccination. If needed, a rabies vaccine can be purchased at Pet Vet for $15 on surgery day. For more information, please call 770-887-6480 or email [email protected].


We are also accepting humanely trapped feral cats for spay/neuter and release. If you are an individual or group involved in the TNR of feral cats, please notify us if you would like to take advantage of this FREE offer.


Funding is made possible by a bequeath to SNAP from the late Maureen Mahoney, a former board member. Maureen’s donation allows HSFC to continue the work that was so important to her – reducing the number of kittens born into a world that doesn’t have enough homes to adopt them all.
The Humane Society of Forsyth County is a no-kill animal rescue dedicated to rehoming orphaned cats and dogs and preventing pet overpopulation. As a non-profit 501-c3, we receive NO government funds and operate solely on donations, fundraisers, and grants. Visit www.forsythpets.org for more information.  

Thursday, 24 January 2013 19:01

Andy Rodriguez, a sophomore at Pinecrest Academy, placed in the 93rd percentile in Round I of the Kennesaw State University Mathematics Competition, an annual competition for Georgia high school students, both public and private, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Science and Mathematics and Kennesaw State University.  Out of 1,749 students competing from 124 public, private and home school schools, Andy scored in the 93th percentile.  The maximum possible score on Round I was 150, and Andy scored 88.  The competition included 25 multiple choice questions, ranging in difficulty, covering all levels of pre-calculus mathematics included in the Georgia state high school mathematics curriculum.   Andy moves on to Round II on January 29, 2013.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 18:59

Tax reform legislation enacted by the Georgia General Assembly in 2012 created a new system for taxing motor vehicles registered in Georgia. Effective March 1, 2013, House Bill 386 removes both sales tax and annual ad valorem taxes for vehicles purchased March 1, 2013 and thereafter, replacing them with a single, one-time title ad valorem tax (TAVT). The new title ad valorem tax is calculated as a percentage of the vehicle’s fair market value (FMV), not the sales price, as determined by the Georgia Department of Revenue.


The new tax rate will be 6.5% of FMV for vehicles purchased March 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, increasing to 6.75% for vehicles purchased January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, and to 7% for those purchased January 1, 2015 and beyond.


Additional information regarding the new title ad valorem tax is available on the Georgia Department of Revenue’s frequently asked questions Web page at http://onlinemvd.dor.ga.gov/Tap/faqs.aspx.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 20:08

At their December 20, 2012 meeting the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognized the accomplishments of two Eagle Scouts Brothers Charles Lieb and Jason Lieb were each presented with a Resolution from the commissioners in recognition of attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.


Charles is a member of Troop 1099 of the Boy Scouts of America and is a senior at South Forsyth High School. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held April 26, 2012. Jason is also a member of Troop 1099 of the Boy Scouts of America and is a freshman at South Forsyth High School. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held April 26, 2012.


Troop 1099 of the Boy Scouts of America led the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the meeting.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 20:04


In a ceremony held December 20, 2012 at the Forsyth County Administration Building, two re-elected members of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and one newly elected commissioner were sworn in. Forsyth County Probate Judge Woody Jordan officiated.


District 2 Commissioner Brian R. Tam was sworn in to serve his third term. Jim Boff was sworn in for his second term as the District 5 commissioner. Cindy Jones Mills was sworn in as the newly elected District 4 commissioner.



The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners also recognized outgoing Forsyth County Commissioner Patrick B. Bell for his public service and presented him with a Resolution of appreciation. Bell took office on January 1, 2009, representing Commission District 4. He was elected by his fellow commissioners to serve as Secretary of the Board of Commissioners in 2009, and was elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners in 2011 and 2012.


During his tenure on the Board of Commissioners, Bell attained two levels of certification from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia: the Certified Commissioners’ Training Program and the Certified Commissioners’ Advanced Program.

Friday, 16 November 2012 09:29

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sawnee EMC) recently announced that the Corporation’s Board of Directors recently approved the funding of its 2013 energy efficiency rebates and incentives program commonly known as Demand Side Management (DSM). This program provides financial incentives to support members in reducing their energy consumption through energy improvement measures at their home or business. The 2013 program will total over $1.5 million.


Helping members conserve energy and keeping their bills low continues to be a priority for the staff at Sawnee. They feel that a major factor in support of this goal is the wise and efficient use of electricity by their members.


As a show of support towards efficiency and conservation, Sawnee’s Board has approved the allocation of $1.5 million to the cooperative’s 2013 DSM rebates and incentives program. This program offers targeted rebates and incentives to Sawnee members who deploy energy saving improvements or take other qualifying measures to reduce their energy consumption, which includes participation in Sawnee’s Load Management switch program for HVAC units.


“Our members have told us that they need financial help when making certain energy related improvements in their homes and businesses” states Blake House, V.P. of Member Services. He adds “we feel that our members benefit most from the efficient use of electricity and we want them to be able to make these improvements so they can save on their bill and we can save on power costs. We see it as a win-win partnership.”

Also, to further its mission of keeping members’ bills low, Sawnee has deployed a number of innovative mobile tools and applications to help members use less energy by allowing them to monitor their monthly, daily, and even hourly energy usage; the most significant is the completion of their new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system, which began installation in 2009. This system allows members access to the presentment of their detailed energy usage data online as well as on their smart phone or tablet.


To learn more about how Sawnee EMC members can reduce their energy bills visit Sawnee online at www.sawnee.com.


About Sawnee EMC  


Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to over 153,000 accounts in seven (7) counties in greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s assets exceed $487 million, with average annual energy sales of over 3.2 billion kWh and annual revenue of $330 million. With a team of approximately 300 dedicated professionals and over 10,000 miles of distribution facilities, Sawnee stands ready to meet the needs of its member/owners… “At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.

Friday, 16 November 2012 09:25

The Forsyth County Fire Department is seeking the assistance of citizens in helping to make this holiday season special for children in need, through the department’s tenth annual Aerial’s House toy collection.


"Thanks to the very generous support of residents and businesses alike, the Aerial’s House toy collection has helped brighten the holiday season for many local children over the years," Fire Chief Danny Bowman said. "Collecting the toys is something the Fire Department personnel look forward to every year. It is our honor to serve this community and we are humbled to be able to help give back to the community in this small way."


New, unwrapped toys for Aerial’s House may be dropped off now at Forsyth County fire stations, the Fire Department Headquarters located at 3520 Settingdown Road, or any of the county’s three library branches.


Beginning in December, toys for Aerial’s House may also be dropped off under the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Forsyth County Administration Building, located at 110 East Main Street in Cumming.


To receive additional information regarding Aerial’s House, call Fire Department Headquarters at 770.781.2180 ext. 0. For information regarding the distribution of toys collected through Aerial’s House, call the Forsyth County Family YMCA at 678.341.6337.

Friday, 16 November 2012 09:17






Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth have been named two of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.  The two hospitals were recognized by TJC for exemplary performance and achievement in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.


"We strive to provide the safest care that is based on best practices resulting in consistent quality outcomes " said Janis Dubow, chief nursing officer and vice president of Quality Improvement, Northside Hospital.  "Northside is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures."


TJC recognizes accredited hospitals that obtain and sustain excellence in accountability measure performance.  Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth are among 620 hospitals being recognized for 2011 (the most recent report), representing the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals.


For more information about the high-quality care available at Northside Hospital, visit http://www.northside.com.


The Northside Hospital health care delivery system, a not-for-profit health care provider, has served north Metro Atlanta for more than 40 years.  With more than 2,200 physicians and 7,400 employees, the hospital sees nearly 700,000 patient visits a year.  Staff provide a full range of health care services, including women’s health, cancer care, emergency care, surgery, specialty medicine and a wide array of outpatient services at many locations.  Northside Hospital offers high-quality health care at Northside Hospital-Atlanta in Sandy Springs, Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton and Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming.

Friday, 16 November 2012 09:14


Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth have been named two of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.  The two hospitals were recognized by TJC for exemplary performance and achievement in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.


"We strive to provide the safest care that is based on best practices resulting in consistent quality outcomes " said Janis Dubow, chief nursing officer and vice president of Quality Improvement, Northside Hospital.  "Northside is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures."


TJC recognizes accredited hospitals that obtain and sustain excellence in accountability measure performance.  Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth are among 620 hospitals being recognized for 2011 (the most recent report), representing the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals.


For more information about the high-quality care available at Northside Hospital, visit http://www.northside.com.


The Northside Hospital health care delivery system, a not-for-profit health care provider, has served north Metro Atlanta for more than 40 years.  With more than 2,200 physicians and 7,400 employees, the hospital sees nearly 700,000 patient visits a year.  Staff provide a full range of health care services, including women’s health, cancer care, emergency care, surgery, specialty medicine and a wide array of outpatient services at many locations.  Northside Hospital offers high-quality health care at Northside Hospital-Atlanta in Sandy Springs, Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton and Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming.


Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:31

The 2012 election is over.

Nationally, the nation reelected President Barack Obama, the Democrats retained control of the Senate, and the Republicans retained control of the House.

In Georgia, voters passed both the Charter School amendment and the Multi-Year Rental amendment.

US House Seats:
1Jack Kingston Republican Incumbent
2Sanford Bishop Democratic Incumbent
4Hank Johnson Democratic Incumbent
5John Lewis Democratic Incumbent
6Tom Price Republican Incumbent
7Rob Woodall Republican Incumbent
9Doug Collins Republican
11Phil Gingrey Republican Incumbent
12John Barrow Democratic Incumbent
13David Scott Democratic Incumbent
14Tom Graves Republican Incumbent
Georgia State House:
37Sam Teasley Republican Incumbent
41Michael Smith Democratic
46John Carson Republican Incumbent
54Edward Lindsey Republican Incumbent
58Simone Bell Democratic Incumbent
81Scott Holcomb Democratic Incumbent
86Michele Henson Democratic Incumbent
93Dar'shun Kendrick Democratic Incumbent
95Tom Rice Republican Incumbent
96Pete Marin Democratic Incumbent
101Valerie Clark Republican Incumbent
105Joyce Chandler Republican
111Brian Strickland Republican
Georgia State Senate:
6 Hunter Hill Republican
9 Don Balfour Republican Incumbent
17 Rick Jeffares Republican Incumbent
42 Jason Carter Democratic Incumbent
56 John Albers Republican Incumbent
Sunday, 26 August 2012 10:42

Through the Lens The Sawnee Artists Association presents the third annual "Through The Lens," a juried exhibit and sale of fine art photography by some of Georgia's most talented photographers, to be held September 8-16.  The show will be presented at Cumming's Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Road, and is free to the public.  As visitors walk through the exhibit, they will become immersed in the beauty of the Southern Appalachians through the lens of the photographers.

This year's juror is well-known Atlanta area editorial and corporate photographer, Michael Schwarz.  More information can be found at www.throughthelensphotoshow.org or call 770-664-5850.


"Through The Lens" is the first and continues to be the only fine art photography exhibit in Forsyth County.  Our purpose is to increase interest in photography as an art medium and  to inspire viewers to explore their own photographic creativity.

Show hours are Saturday, September 8, 10am - 6pm, Sunday, September 9, Noon - 5 pm,  Monday through Friday, September 10-14, 10am - 5 pm, Saturday, September 15, 10am - 6 pm  and Sunday, September 16 from Noon - 5 pm.

Sunday, 26 August 2012 10:36

At their August 16 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners proclaimed September 3-7, 2012 as Civic Participation Week in Forsyth County. Civic Participation week serves as a time to encourage residents to participate in their community by volunteering their time and talent, contributing to worthy organizations or causes, communicating their ideas, and voting.


“During this week, American democracy and civic participation will be showcased in honor of the courageous spirit of the American people, and tribute will be paid to those souls lost in the fight for freedom of the American people,” Commission Chairman Jim Boff read from the Resolution.


On September 7, United Way of Forsyth County is proud to host A Day of Service. Hundreds of United Way volunteers will help nonprofit agencies stock kitchen pantries, paint, clean, landscape and read to children. Day of Caring is an event that matches teams of volunteers from local businesses, schools, civic organizations and churches with nonprofit agencies serving the citizens of Forsyth  County.


For more information call 770.781.4110 or visit




Sunday, 26 August 2012 10:31

Help support animals in need – and have a fantastic evening -- at the 8th annual Bark & Boogie Ball on Saturday, October 20, 2012, 6:00 pm until midnight, at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming.  Sponsored by the Humane Society of Forsyth CountyNo-Kill Shelter, the black-tie invited event features a gourmet dinner by Chef Kern and an open bar, plus dancing and entertainment provided by Big Band Atlanta and Band X.  The purpose of this much-anticipated annual event is to raise funds to support the no-kill shelter through silent and live auctions which include trips to exotic locations, weekend getaways, jewelry, artwork, home décor/furnishings, themed gift baskets, professional services, pet-related products/services and more.  A sell-out-crowd of over 500 is expected, with tickets and tables selling quickly.


Businesses may support Bark & Boogie Ball through sponsorships, advertising in the event program, and donating products or services for the auctions (deadline September 20).  Individuals are also invited to donate auction items.  Contact Debbie Booth at 404-202-3077; [email protected]


Tickets are $90 per person or $800 for a table for 10.  To purchase tickets, or for more information, go to www.BarkandBoogie.com .  The Humane Society faces new challenges due to the economy, as foreclosures and job losses force families to give up their pets.  The number of homeless animals admitted into the program has increased substantially, but miraculously HSFC doubled the number of permanent adoptions last year, and that trend is continuing.  Proceeds from Bark & Boogie Ball fund shelter operations, veterinary care, education and community outreach, and programs to help low-income families feed and spay/neuter their pets.  Supporting Bark & Boogie Ball is one way you can give back to the community!


8th Annual Bark & Boogie Ball

Saturday, October 20, 2012

6:00 p. m. until midnight

Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center

7745 Majors Road

Cumming, GA 30041


Monday, 09 July 2012 22:02

A leader in providing state-of-the-art surgical services, Northside Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of its newest facility, the Northside-Forsyth Outpatient Surgery Center, located near Northside Hospital-Forsyth, at 1055 Haw Creek Parkway in Cumming.  The facility, which offers outpatient surgical care across multiple specialties including general surgery, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, GI, ENT and podiatry, saw it’s first patient on June 18.

The Northside Hospital Healthcare System performs more than 40,000 surgical cases annually at its locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming and Dunwoody.  In 2011, Metro Atlanta consumers ranked Northside number one in Outpatient Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Bariatric Surgery in the National Research Corporation’s annual Healthcare Market Guide.  The System is home to many of Atlanta’s finest surgeons, in a variety of specialties, and offers the latest technology available in health care today.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 20:52

Ready for some good family fun! Mark your calendars for the Family Fun Festival on Saturday, June 30th from 11 am to 4 pm at 450 Brannon Road in Cumming. There’ll be face painting, crafts for the children, numerous vendor selling their products, professional pictures, several food vendors and much more. Vendors include Trinkets & Treasures by MiMi ~ Fashionable Jewelry, Dennis Brown, Elaine Vickery Langley with Spilpada, American Family Insurance, Zija, In and Out Photo, Grasshopper Gifts and Cool Bees and Gifts, to name a few. For more information visit www.Facebook.com/FamilyFunFestival.

Friday, 15 June 2012 17:48

The Lonely Parrot, written by Lisa Kelley and illustrated by Charles Akins, has received a bronze medal from the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Published by BQB Publishing, The Lonely Parrot was recognized in the Best Children’s Illustrated E-Book category. The book is a colorfully illustrated children’s picture book inspired by the true-life events of JoJo, a moustached parakeet. It is a touching story about the joys of owning and loving a parrot, as well as the responsibilities that go along with it.

The IPPY Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to deserving but often unsung titles from independent authors and publishers. Medalists were chosen from over 5,000 total entries.

“I am extremely honored to have received a 2012 IPPY Award for the first book I have ever published!” says Kelley. “I’m immensely thankful to my husband, Richard Schindler, for introducing me to the joys of owning parrots, to Charles, who brought JoJo’s story to life with his gorgeous illustrations, and to Terri Leidich, who recognized that JoJo’s story was important and needed to be told. I truly hope that as a result of this award, JoJo’s story will spread and bring awareness to the emotional needs and care requirements of pet parrots.”

Author Lisa Kelley, JoJo’s “Momma,” is thrilled to be sharing his story with young and old alike. And Charles Akins, an amazing artist from South Carolina, has created beautiful illustrations that children will love. You can learn more about JoJo, Lisa Kelley, and Charles Akins on www.thelonelyparrot.net.


Friday, 15 June 2012 17:45

Beginning in July 2012, Sawnee EMC members should notice a “new” addition to their monthly billing statements – a “Quick Response Code” or “QR Code” that can be scanned with a smart phone or tablet. Users of the QR Code will be instantly routed to Sawnee EMC’s Customer Service Portal within Sawnee’s main corporate website www.sawnee.com Members will have immediate access to a wealth of online services and information – they can also view their detailed energy usage, learn about energy saving rebate programs, and even pay their bill online.

For members that do not use a smart phone, the same valuable information and services are available online at www.sawnee.com/account_access. This area of Sawnee’s website is a “one stop shop” for many of Sawnee’s most popular services.

Blake House, Vice President of Member Services states that, “We understand that QR codes are something that more of our members are using daily; the codes provide a quick and easy way to be immediately directed to a website.” He further states that “people are constantly on the go, and some members told us that a QR Code would save them valuable time… so, we listened to them.”

Sawnee EMC has recently deployed a smart device app for the iPhone and iPad that gives the user more tools to use, right in the palm of their hand. House added, “ The app gives our members a quick way to see where an outage is occurring, see their energy usage in near real time and even let us know when the see a street light that is not working properly”. The smart device app can also be downloaded at the Customer Service Portal at Sawnee’s website.

With the use of QR codes, the smart device app and other technologies… Sawnee EMC is delivering mobile tools and solutions to make its members lives easier and more efficient.

Questions about this new billing statement feature can be directed Sawnee EMC’s Customer Call Center at 770-887-2363 or via email to [email protected]

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 10:02

Northside Hospital-Forsyth has filed a Letter of Determination with the Georgia Department of Community Health to construct a new Medical Office Building (MOB) on its campus in Cumming, GA. The new three-story, 75,000-square-foot, MOB will be constructed on the south side of the existing Women’s Center and will connect to the Center via a glass enclosed corridor. The design of the MOB will compliment the look and feel (design) of the Women’s Center (see attached proposed rendering).

"We continue to have a great deal of interest in our campus among physicians who want to locate here and be associated with our hospital," said Skip Putnam, CEO of Northside Hospital-Forsyth. "Additionally, our women’s services continue to grow and expand and the need for additional obstetricians, gynecologists and other medical specialties continues to increase." The MOB will house a variety of physician specialties and practices and support the Women’s Center.

"We have received so many positive compliments about the Women’s Center since it opened in August 2008," said Russ Davis, director of Marketing and Public Relations for Northside. "Deliveries have surpassed projections every year since the Center opened."

Pending regulatory approval, Northside Hospital-Forsyth plans to break ground on the new MOB this fall. Construction is expected to take approximately eight months to complete (July, 2013).

Thursday, 31 May 2012 19:20

With a vision to educate, develop and inspire diverse individuals to actively participate in the betterment of our community, Leadership Forsyth has graduated the 2012 class.  As a part of their legacy, the class identified a need to implement an outdoor fitness trail on the property of one of Forsyth County’s senior community centers, the Hearthstone Lodge.  The outdoor fitness matches well with the Hearthstone Lodges desire to encourage 50+ adults to be active.  The facility includes an indoor fitness room and aquatic center with a heated pool and now will expand outside with the Life Trail Advanced Wellness System.  The trail includes two fitness stations with three exercises per station.  Some work upper body, some lower body, some balance and some flexibility.

The dedication and ribbon cutting was held on May 19, 2012.  The Leadership Forsyth Class of 2012 would like to thank Argos, LaFarge, North Georgia College & State University, Rotary International, Wilson Legal and other generous donors for their support of this project.

Thursday, 31 May 2012 19:06

Contributed By Senator Jack Murphy (R- Cumming)

This week we will take an in depth look at coming changes to the way motor vehicles are taxed as we continue our review of HB 386, the "comprehensive" tax reform bill we passed this year. This portion has probably been misrepresented more than any other part of the bill.

Currently when you buy a vehicle, you pay sales tax on the price of the vehicle at the time of purchase (6-8% depending on the county the vehicle is titled in) as well as an ad valorem tax (determined by your County Tax Commissioner) each year on your birthday when you renew your license or car tag. Under the provisions in HB 386, you will no longer pay sales tax or ad valorem tax on the newly purchased vehicle. Instead, you will pay a one-time title fee that in most cases is less than what you would have paid in sales tax alone. Here are the details:

Thursday, 31 May 2012 18:50

The 2012 Celebration of Hands Awards Banquet will recognize Forsyth County volunteers who give back by working with local organizations and agencies that serve the community.  It will be held at 6:30 pm, June 11, at the Windermere Golf Club.  It is sponsored by the Forsyth County Community Connection, the local non-profit organization committed to helping people link to appropriate resources that can meet their needs.

"This special event gives us the  opportunity to recognize and honor the volunteers that make our community great," said John Clark, 2012 president of the Community Connection.  "Every year volunteers spend hundreds, sometimes thousands, of hours mentoring young people who need role models, organizing food pantries, responding to vulnerable seniors, and helping families in need, just to name a few of the many they serve.


"We encourage the citizens of Forsyth County to join us at this year's awards banquet to celebrate volunteerism and help us say thank you the volunteers who devote so much time and effort helping others and making our entire community a better place to live.  It will be an inspiring and uplifting evening," Clark  said.


Friday, 18 May 2012 12:02

A commemorative book by author Donna Bowman, whose husband, Forsyth County Fire Chief Danny Bowman, is a survivor of the Luckie Street fire, was inspired to write the book after the 40th anniversary ceremony last year. The book gives firsthand accounts of the deadly fire.

On May 29, 1971, four Atlanta firefighters lost their lives when an explosion decimated a restaurant. On the 41st anniversary of what has now come to be known as the second worst loss of life suffered by the Atlanta Fire Department, Tragedy on Luckie Street remembers those who lost their lives trying to save the property of a stranger, and give firsthand accounts from those who survived.

“As I began gathering information from other firemen and their families it became evident this wasn't just Danny's story; this horrific event deeply affected everyone involved.”

Tragedy on Luckie Streetis the first collection of the oral, written, and photographic history of the life-changing event; a respectful tribute to those who bravely served and sacrificed their lives. The book also includes moving stories of the wives of those who lost their lives in the fire.

Tragedy on Luckie Streetis a memorial of a tragic event that changed the lives of many forever. This special book can be purchased through Amazon.com and the BookLogix BookStore (shop.booklogix.com). A portion of the proceeds from sales of Tragedy on Luckie Street will go to The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and The Atlanta Fire Foundation.

Friday, 18 May 2012 11:32

With over 30 restaurants featuring their tasty fares to a variety of musical performances and children’s activities, the 3rd Annual Flavors of Forsyth is the place to be on Sunday, May 20.  From Noon to 6 pm, at the Forsyth Conference Center on the campus of Lanier Technical College, there’ll be something “cooking” for everyone to enjoy. 


This Festival of food, hosted by United Way of Forsyth County, will benefit nonprofit organizations and programs throughout our community. Last year, the organization provided $1,291,154 in funds to 60 programs and initiatives in the community, with the help of sponsors, volunteers, donors and campaigns.

Various chefs will participate in contests for Best Appetizer/Salad, Best Fast Dining Entrée, Best Casual Dining Entrée, Best Fine Dining Entrée, Best Dessert and Best Booth. Guests can also vote for their favorite restaurant to be the Flavors of Forsyth People’s Choice winner.  New this year – Kid’s Choice Award! Visit the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta tent for your child to cast a vote for their favorite flavor of the day.

Meander through the Artists Market and enjoy the beautiful work by talented local artists or catch the beats from local performers on the main stage. This year’s lineup includes Audio Candy, Cumming sensation Riley Biederer and Last Five Standing. 92.9 Dave FM will also be at this year’s event.

Have children? Don’t miss out on the Kids Zone which will include balloon artists, inflatables and more!

Admission to the event is FREE. Food tickets are $.50 each and restaurants participating in Flavors will charge $1-3 per food sample.

Friday, 18 May 2012 11:06

At their May 17 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners presented a resolution of recognition to the Forsyth County 4-H Horse Club Quiz Bowl Team for placing first in the State Horse Quiz Bowl on January 14, 2012. The 4-H Horse Club Quiz Bowl Team will represent Georgia at the American Quarter Horse Youth Worlds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma this summer.

The members of the Forsyth County 4-H Senior Horse Quiz Bowl Team include team captain Madison Maavere, Natalie Fisher, Alyssa Pawlik, Rachel Grieco and Lindy Foster.


Thursday, 22 March 2012 17:03

The Spring Book Sale will be held at the Cumming Library this weekend!  The Member Preview Sale will be held Friday, March 23 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.  The Book Sale will be open to the public Saturday, March 24 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, March 25 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:45

Daniela Cordona and Konnor McDonald, were recognized for their winning art entries in a juried “Inspire Life” exhibition at A Beacon of Hope’s annual Gala at The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta on Friday, February 24. A Beacon of Hope is a pregnancy and relationship resource providing life affirming counsel and care for young women and men who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Daniela Cordona won “Best of Show for Digital Photography” and a $200 scholarship for her digital photograph entitled, “Inspirare: To breathe life into (Latin).This work was selected to receive the top honor by professional artists.

 Konnor McDonald’s, “I Do” charcoal drawing with hand-written wedding vows in the background, won the “People’s Choice Award,” voted on by those attending the Gala, several of whom inquired about purchasing her work.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:41

Forsyth County officially opened the new Fowler Park Recreation Center on Monday, February 20, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new facility was funded by a combination of the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond approved by Forsyth County voters in February 2008 and Impact Fees.

“I would like to say thank you to both the voters of Forsyth County and to the development community for the funding sources that made this new facility possible,” County Commission Chairman Jim Boff said. “Forsyth County has an outstanding park and recreation system and this new recreation center will no doubt be a wonderful addition to it.”

The Fowler Park Recreation Center is located inside Fowler Park at 4110 Carolene Way. The approximately 40,000-square foot center includes two basketball gymnasiums, an indoor walking track, cardio/weight membership room, fitness studio, multi-purpose/art studio, dance studio, and a community room with a warming kitchen.

The center will offer a variety of athletic programs, summer camps and recreational activities including basketball, fitness, dance, art, martial arts, gymnastics, and special interest classes. New programs are slated to begin at the Fowler Park Recreation Center in mid-March and will include a variety of fitness classes, Jujitsu, jump rope clinics, home school gymnastics and creative art programs for all ages.


Thursday, 02 February 2012 13:38

Thursday, 02 February 2012 11:41

Forsyth County SheriffThe Sheriff's Office occasionally holds a Self Defense Class for Women.  Participants will be taught how to physically defend themselves when confronted by an attacker. Contact Deputy Courtney Spriggs at 770-205-4547 [email protected] for more information.

Thursday, 02 February 2012 11:18

A week of activities centered on reading is the focus of student development for elementary grades.


The elementary students at Friendship Christian School in Suwanee are developing a passion for reading through activities centered on books. The week-long event called “Book Week” began with a “Luau” celebration and picnic. Students played field day type games and had a surprise visit from Clifford, the Big Red Dog. Chick-fil-a restaurant at the Avenue Forsyth and in Dawsonville along with Publix Grocery at Mathis Airport Road, Jim-n-Nicks and Slopes Barbeque contributed to the event with donations of food, paper goods and decorations.


The week's events included:


Tuesday: “Storybook Character” Day. Students dressed up as their favorite storybook character and shared the book with their classmates. The day ended with a character parade through the school.



Wednesday: “Celebrity Reader” Day. “Celebrity” guests will visited the school throughout the day to read to the students and share about themselves. A few “celebrities” included Commissioner Brian Tam, Elizabeth Buursema from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Lynn Jackson from Northside Hospital Forsyth, Julie Brennan from My Forsyth magazine and other local business members.


Thursday: “Read and Rotate” Day. Students rotated through the classrooms visiting other “lands”. Each class had a session of reading and activities.



Friday: Pajama “Relax and Read” Day. Students wore their favorite pajamas and slippers so they could “relax and read” with their classmates.



This annual event grows each year with greater community support and donations,  building a generation of excellent readers.


Thursday, 02 February 2012 11:10

Pinecrest Family LifeThe Pinecrest Academy Family Life Program is one of our school's "hidden treasures," and we hope that you will take advantage of the many programs available: faith building resources, marriage and parenting enrichment, and rewarding apostolic opportunities.  There is something for everyone - discussion clubs and book studies, spirituality and fellowship opportunities, men's and women's retreats, devotions, casual social events, and regular access to the sacraments.

The new Spring 2010 schedule is out - and some of the events kicked off this week.  The Family Life Program offers:

Faith Building Resources

  • Raising kids is hard work!  Parents need spiritual "time outs" and opportunities to recharge, gain perspective and feel refreshed.  These faith building resources help parents grow in their own knowledge and love of God.

Marriage and Parenting Enrichment

  • A strong and loving marriage is the best gift parents can give their children.  We provide opportunities to enrich and strengthen marriages and, as a Christian community, offer compassion and healing to those families touched by divorce or separation.  The parenting resources serve to help navigate the joys and pitfalls of parenting, especially during these challenging times.

Faith in Action

  • The Family Life Center provides a network of information and activities to help families put their faith into action through campus and community service projects.


Email Pinecrest Academy for more information ([email protected]).


We hope you'll join us soon and often for Family Life.  Bring friends and neighbors, as these programs are open to all!

Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:21

The 2012 Forsyth County Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Celebration of Excellence on February 17. 2012, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center. Here are the finalists.

 2012 Elementary School Teacher of the Year:

Antoinette “Toni” Sullivan, Coal Mountain Elementary School, Art Teacher

Ms. Sullivan received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Coal Mountain in 2009, she worked at Chattahoochee and Silver City elementary schools. In 2010, Ms. Sullivan received special recognition for her charitable service from the Commander of the Cumming VFW Post 9143. She also serves as a parent volunteer with the North Forsyth High School robotics team, and lent her artistic talents to the high school’s production of the Wizard of Oz .

2012 Middle School Teacher of the Year:

Tracey Heffelfinger, Little Mill Middle School, Math Teacher

Ms. Heffelfinger received her Bachelor’s degree from Furman University and her Master’s degree from Walden University. Prior to joining Little Mill Middle School in 2007, she worked at Liberty Middle School. Ms. Heffelfinger, who worked in the computer field for close to 20 years before transitioning to education, is active in her community.  She has participated in productions at the Holly Theatre in Dahlonega, knitted 1,200 items for Neonatal Intensive Care Units in two states, and has volunteered over 500 hours at the Georgia Aquarium.

2012 High School Teacher of the Year:

Anna Aigner-Muehler, Forsyth Central High School, Foreign Language Teacher

A graduate of Forsyth County Schools, Ms. Aigner-Muehler received her Bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College and her Master’s degree from Leslie University. She started her teaching career as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Austria, and joined Forsyth Central High School in 2000. In 2009 she became a teacher leader at the district's Academy @ Night. Ms. Aigner-Muehler, a 2009 STAR teacher, serves as the sponsor of her school’s German Club, manages the Instructional Focus (IF) program and is the Foreign Language Department Chair. 

The 2012 Forsyth County Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Celebration of Excellence on February 17. 2012, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center.

Monday, 16 January 2012 11:14

Georgia is one of the 13 original colonies. The state web site will help you find all agencies and services, many available online.

Friday, 13 January 2012 16:38

GT president G.P. “Bud” Peterson visited South Forsyth High School at the request of Morgan Westbrook, a SFHS student.  Her birthday card to President Peterson back in September was the prompted the visit.

Peterson visited Morgan’s classroom and special education teacher Ann Kohler, and saw first-hand how technology is being incorporated into the teaching.  “He’s very giving and caring and a generous person who would come and see a special education student who invited him to come,” Kohler said. “He’s not just about the students who can come to Georgia Tech; he’s about all the students and everyone learning math and science.”

After visiting Kohler’s classroom, Peterson visited with a class of technology students in Nick Crowder’s class.  These students were able to show their work in architecture modeling, construction renovation, biotechnology and robotics, among other fields.

Peterson schedule doesn’t allow him the opportunity to visit local schools as much as he’d like.  “It’s great to come out and see what kids are doing and talk to them a little about college and their aspirations,” he said.

It was quite the contrast going from the special needs classroom to the engineering room, with some of the most advanced math and science students in the school. But in the end, Peterson said they’re more alike than they know.

“There’s really not that much of a difference. These are kids. They’re trying to figure out what to do with their life,” he said. “They’re all thinking about their future and it’s just great.”

Friday, 13 January 2012 15:26

In the first Forsyth County Board of Commissioner’s meeting of 2012, District 5 Commissioner Jim Boff was voted in as Chairman of the BOC. This action removed District 2 Commissioner Brian Tam from the chairman position. Many of the rules that gave power to the chairman were also removed at the January 5th meeting. District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent was voted in as Secretary, replacing District 1 Commissioner Pete Amos. The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners is a scheduled to be held on January 19th at 5:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Board room, located at 100 S. Main Street, Cumming.

Friday, 13 January 2012 12:35

Forsyth County has the distinction of being one of the fastest growing and wealthiest counties in the state and nation.

Friday, 13 January 2012 12:13

County seat for Forsyth County is the city of Cumming. The town square has most of the city and county government offices.

Saturday, 10 December 2011 18:53

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents "A Beethoven Romance For Valentine's Day" gala concert on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.