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This Week in Forsyth County History: July 23-29
History July 23-29

This Week in Forsyth History is presented by Gracemont Senior Living

July 29, 1964

Cattle rustling was apparently still an issue in 1964 as 64 Black Angus owned by local farmer went missing. The article states law enforcement was having a tough time finding the bovine. 

July, 29 1964

In 1964, Forsyth County News took a look at the history of Vann’s Tavern, formerly owned by Cherokee Chief James Vann, including a visit by President James Monroe.



July 28, 1965

After several days of surveillance, sheriff’s deputies and federal agents took down a distillery in Suwanee in 1965 capable with a capacity of 700 gallons and “capable of producing 80 gallons of whiskey daily.” The illegal liquor contained 90 percent lead salts, a deadly poison.


July 26, 1975

In 1975, a survey called “Pulse of the People” by the Forsyth County News found locals wanted metro-Atlanta phone service but did not want an airport. One respondent said they wanted telephone service but $30 a month was too pricey, and many answered the county needed an animal shelter, which was not included on the survey.


July 26, 1987

Political cartoons have not changed much in 30 years. This cartoon features then-President Ronald Reagan “talking” about the Iran-Iraq war that lasted from 1980 to 1988.



July 26, 1992

Construction in Forsyth County seems to never end. Twenty five years ago, Peachtree Parkway (Hwy. 141) and Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9) were scheduled to be widened in a 2.5-mile area.


July 26, 2000

Almost two decades ago, current Coroner Lauren McDonald III won the election after a recount found he beat the incumbent with 50.48 percent of the vote. He remained coroner until 2012, when he ran for sheriff and lost. He was reelected in 2016.


July 23, 2006

Eleven years ago, the school board purchased land for what are now Haw Creek Elementary and Lakeside Middle schools, which opened in 2009. The land totals 74.5 acres for the two schools.