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About the Forsyth County News

Ways to connect with the Forsyth County News

More than just a newspaper, the Forsyth County News reaches Forsyth’s largest media audience through digital and mobile platforms, as well as through video, magazines, social media and more. 

The official news source of Forsyth County since 1908, the Forsyth County News serves Georgia’s fast-growing, most-affluent and healthiest county. 

With Forsyth County’s only paid circulation local newspaper, the most-visited local media website and a host of niche magazines and publications, the FCN remains committed to informing and entertaining users across north Atlanta as Forsyth County’s premier media outlet. In 2018, the Forsyth County News joined with Local Media Outdoor to offer billboard and outdoor advertising options for our clients. 

The Forsyth County News is printed every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and its website,, is updated with the latest local news and information throughout each day. 

The Forsyth County News is owned by Metro Market Media, along with the Gainesville Times and the Dawson County News. 

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Founded by Joe Patterson in downtown Cumming in 1908, the FCN has grown with the county it represents. 

In 1927, Roy P. Otwell purchased the Forsyth County News and the North Georgian, combining them as The Forsyth County News. Otwell remained chief editor and owner of the newspaper for 27 years. 

Charles Smithgall Sr. of Gainesville purchased the paper in 1954, and soon relocated the newspaper office to Dahlonega Street. It subsequently was operated from two different Dahlonega Street locations. In December of 1998, the FCN was relocated to its current site, the renovated building of the former Cumming Hardware at 302 Veterans Memorial Boulevard. 

The News Company, headquartered in Gwinnett County, owned the Forsyth County News from the early 1970s until 1987, when The New York Times purchased the Forsyth County News, The Winder News and the Gwinnett Daily News from The News Company. Swartz-Morris Media purchased the Forsyth County News in 1994.  In 2018, the Forsyth County News was purchased by Metro Market Media, along with the Gainesville Times and the Dawson County News. 

For most of its history, the FCN was a weekly newspaper, but in the early 1980s it became twice-weekly publication, adding a Sunday edition to the Wednesday publication. A Friday edition was later added, and a complete website came online in 2009. 

In 2018, the Forsyth County News added a digital replica edition of the print newspaper to the online component.