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Who we are
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The Forsyth County News is a local news outlet focused on serving readers in one of the fastest-growing counties in Georgia.

Local news is available on several platforms, including through our website,, email newsletters, social media and an app. The print edition is published twice weekly and delivered via U.S. Mail on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Our ePaper includes a digital representation of those print editions plus one more digital-only edition on Fridays. Subscriptions are offered for our digital and print products. View our current subscription offers here. Advertising options for local businesses to reach our audiences are also available.    

The Forsyth County News is located at 327 Dahlonega St., Suite 903a in Cumming and led by Publisher Stephanie Woody and Group Editor Nate McCullough.

The newspaper is operated locally as part of Metro Market Media, a Gainesville-based company that also owns The Times in Gainesville and the Dawson County News

Our values

Forsyth County News reporters are dedicated to covering issues of development, education, crime and other local topics important to the residents of Forsyth County. As professional journalists, their role is to report as completely and impartially as possible verifiable facts so readers can, based on their own knowledge and experience, determine what they believe to be the truth. That is often an ongoing pursuit as journalists work to uncover stories and follow those stories wherever they lead, regardless of preconceived ideas.

The news they report is separate from the opinions shared in the Forsyth County News, which include those by columnists, political cartoonists and readers who submit letters to the editor.

The presentation of both news and opinions is designed to educate, entertain and foster community conversation. Readers are encouraged to challenge and sharpen their perceptions based on that presentation. 

And we encourage readers to do the same for our staff, offering news tips, criticisms and questions.

Our history

The Forsyth County News was founded in Cumming in 1908 by Joe Patterson, who sold the newspaper to Roy P. Otwell in 1927. Otwell combined the Forsyth County News with the North Georgian newspaper. He remained chief editor and owned the newspaper for 27 years. 

Charles Smithgall Sr. purchased the Forsyth County News in 1954. He operated the paper for several years before selling it to News Corp in 1970. At that time, News Corp published the Gwinnett Daily News, the Winder News and the Forsyth County News. Robert Fowler sold News Corp to The New York Times for $103 million in 1987. 

By 1994, Swartz-Morris Media had acquired both the Forsyth County News and the Forsyth Forum newspaper, merging the two into today's Forsyth County News. In 2018, Metro Market Media, owned by Charles Hill Morris Jr., purchased the Forsyth, Dawson and Gainesville papers. 

As Forsyth County’s only paid circulation local newspaper and most visited local media website, the Forsyth County News remains committed to informing and entertaining readers as Forsyth County’s premier media outlet.