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This week in Forsyth County History: July 9-15
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District 5- Hist

July 15, 2016

Last year, Justin Hawkins and now-Commissioner Laura Semanson were battling for the District 5 seat. Now, it’s been six months since she and District 2 Commissioner Rick Swope have taken office


July 13, 1994

Though the Cumming fireworks are a Fourth of July staple, they weren’t always. More than two decades ago, in 1994, the tradition was started.

water- hist

July 13, 2001

No one wants to hear about lead in their water, but in 2001, the Environmental Protection Division warned county and city residents their water might be contaminated.


July 10, 1985

Did you know the first full-time firefighters were not hired in Forsyth County until 1998? Before that, the county relied on volunteers to fight blazes.


July 10, 2005

Traffic seems to be a never-ending constant in the county. Twelve years ago, “Xpress” placed an ad encouraging residents to take public transportation.

Mary Alice- Hist

July 15, 1964

Now one of the most popular parks on Lake Lanier, in 1964, work was ongoing at Mary Alice Park, spelled “Mary Allice” in the article. The article said plans for the park originated seven years earlier and included “at least 20 picnic tables, grills, well-lighted camping areas, as well as a playground.”

biker- hist

July 10, 1969 

A member of the Huns motorcycle gang was charged with “assault with intent to murder” after firing “a .30/.30 caliber high-powered rifle” at the car of a Cumming man in 1969. “About 35 to 40 cyclists” were traveling through the county before shots were fired from a truck traveling with the bikers at the intersection of Hwy. 141 and “Duluth Alpharetta Road.”

Parade Hist

Parade hist

July 10, 1969 & July 9, 1970

The Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade rode through Cumming for the 60th year last week, and over the years many locals have been involved. In 1969, Pamela Puckett, Donna Beard, Salene Evans and Shelia Holtzclaw rode on the Cumming Shrine Club’s float for the parade, and Richard and Ralph Webb rode on the “littlest engine” in 1970.