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Cumming Greek Festival turning 10

I love fall weather and all of the fun festivals that happen at this time of year.

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There is much wealth in being poor

My people, as I have long said, were raised up on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don’t know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a $100 bill in hand.

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Church didn’t protest English translation

Regarding the recent series of articles on the Payette Bibles, which are very interesting, some light needs to be brought upon any implication that the Catholic Church prohibited the Bible in English.

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Meal planning can ease family dinners

If you polled our four children about their fondest memories of home, eating dinner together would likely be toward the top of the list.

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When time melts away, memories remain behind

It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know. A childhood friend, the red-headed, freckle-faced girl with laughing eyes and the brightest sense of humor possible, was sitting vigil with her husband as death crept close.

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The Children’s Rights Movement has begun

I am not sure what started the discussion, but I was in trouble — big, big trouble.

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Observations on 2014 and ’16 elections

In 2014 Republicans will increase their control of the House, and gain control of the Senate, because our country still has enough people who recognize that freedom and capitalism provide a better environment than socialism. The majority of the news media supported [President Barack] Obama during the past election, [but] I think the real political power came from what can only be described as a racial bias voting by Americans who happen to be black/brown.

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Purple Purpose Luncheon benefits Family Haven

If you’ve lived in Forsyth County for a while, you probably know all about Family Haven and the wonderful work it does. In case you’re not familiar with the organization, let me offer an introduction.

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Tink finally got the chainsaw he wanted

My husband is like a relentless teenager. When he wants something, he persists until it’s easier for me to say “yes” just to get him out of my hair.

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Ashway: First-and-dumb sealed Georgia's loss to South Carolina

First and dumb.

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Is the BOC our county’s best interest?

As a resident of Forsyth County, I have seen the growth of our county go from near zero to 120 mph in 23 years.

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Fire destroys more than just a building

We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was — my sister and I — and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

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Some advice to moms with young children

I recently had coffee with one of my young mom friends and I could immediately tell she was stressed out.

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Ashway: Not too early to write off Big Ten football

Sorry, Jim Delaney, you’re full of malarkey.

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Thank you for non-violent response

In repsonse to Mr. Vince Coyner’s column dated Aug. 31.

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Don’t let anyone make you believe the lies

Part of the joys of homeschooling is seeing my child's face light up during our discussions, the animated way he gets excited and can sit and talk about certain subjects for 45 minutes - which he said he didn't have the opportunity to do before. The heartbreak is hearing my child's fears of failure.

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My dogs are more spoiled than others

When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.

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Education is anything but elementary

I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.

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Being in the former wives club

Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.

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There is no such thing as perfect

Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.

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Sometimes a little white lie can save the day

"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.

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Rediscovering the brilliant da Vinci

For months, I have immersed myself in research for the Forsyth County News’ 12-week series on the Payette Bibles, as seen below.

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Husband’s adventure with a chainsaw

To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw. The one farm accessory that has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.

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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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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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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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