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One memorable trip to Missouri — and back

We recently traveled to Fort Leonard Wood to see our son graduate from U.S. Army basic training.

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Miss Elinor’s thanks harkens to the South

It often amazes me how many words of kindness and encouragement I receive for the stories I tell. Often, a reader will write, “You don’t know me, but I feel that we are friends.”

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Ashway: Annual Ode to College Football


Guest column: Responding to ‘talk governance’

Guest column: Responding to ‘talk governance’

The “Time to talk governance” column by Mike Dudgeon (Opinion section, Forsyth County News, Aug. 17) was very interesting. He raises three major concerns: 1) improving local county government; 2) ensuring checks and balances; and 3) efforts to create a new city or improve county governance.

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Why do athletes pay so much?

I would like for someone to help me understand why it costs $750 for a freshman student junior varsity and varsity student in Forsyth County Schools to play football, in addition be required to sell $500 worth of coupon that will give the buyer of the coupon book a discount at businesses in Forsyth County. If you do not sell the coupon books, you are required to buy them. Plus other fundraisers held throughout the year. Does all of this money go into the school system budget? Where does it go and who is responsible for all of it?

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Regarding office space for sheriff’s department

It has come to my attention that the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department is currently without permanent office space. It is also my understanding that there is office space that will be available in the new Forsyth County Courthouse, as well as in the old Courthouse, when the current tenants move to their new locations in the former.

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Williams’ death calls attention to mental illness

We were watching the news Monday when they broke in to alert us to the death of Robin Williams.

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Lindsay helped change beloved publication

A few years ago, the magazine I have long loved — Southern Living — changed.

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Ashway: Deciphering SEC Media Daze

SEC Media Days? That’s a misnomer.

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Guest column: It’s time to discuss local governance structure

Guest column: It’s time to discuss local governance structure

There is an old adage in the Georgia Legislature that long predates my four years under the Gold Dome: “Local politics will get you beat.”

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Charm of Winnie the Pooh endures

As a child, I absolutely adored Winnie the Pooh. I read the books and watched the cartoons about the sweet, loveable teddy bear and his cute and funny friends.

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The American dream still thrives today

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with that disagreement.

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Ashway: Great golf, and the luck of the Irish

For the first time ever, golf saved its best major till last.

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Expansion of facility a concern

Regarding the Forsyth County News article regarding opposition to Advanced Disposal’s recycling center expansion, I believe the below information should be major considerations when considering approval.

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Write down your legacy for loved ones

When I cleaned out a closet in our basement, I came across an old box that belonged to my grandmother, Vevia, my father’s mother. We always called her “Mom.”

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I’ve learned to appreciate landscape for what it is

Sometimes, I look across our yard and sigh somewhat woefully, “Too much of that stubborn red Georgia clay shines through.” I think, “Oh, one day…”

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Ashway: Braves have looked woeful on West Coast trip

Alright, everyone, gather ‘round the Festivus Pole! Time for an Airing of Grievances.

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Election turnout not strong

The July 23 edition of the FCN states “Turnout strong at polls.” A closer look identifies the opposite is true.

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Downtown Cumming becoming unattractive

As the new parking deck rises from the ground, the picture is coming clear, downtown Cumming is officially ugly.

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Import/export business down

It was reported recently that 3 million containers moved through the port of Savannah in the past fiscal year. We imported mostly consumer goods and exported kaolin, wood chips and chicken. We also imported and exported domestic and global poverty.

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Need to oppose recent rezoning application

The citizens of Forsyth County need to be aware of rezoning application request No. ZA3696 (submitted May 9, 2014) for rezoning from A1 to Res3, that concerns property along Byers and Dr. Bramblett Roads.

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Clemency ruling was wrong

In response to the Tommy Lee Waldrip story, I tried to call Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. All I got was “Birdy.” She didn’t know or care. Kept asking how to spell Waldrip and what was his first name. How many on death row have been commuted?

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Seeds of freedom

Any holiday weekend finds me catching up around home. July Fourth found me not at parades or fireworks but mowing the lawn and plowing my small garden filled with tomato plants, peppers and other summer treats.

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Citizens must join together

For years, America has been a country of hope. It has been a country of freedom: freedom of speech and freedom to worship as we please.

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