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To our readers: Forsyth County's pain is our pain — and we need your support
FCN Editorial 123018

Now more than ever, residents of our community need credible, unbiased news coverage upon which they can base personal decisions on how to react to the threat posed to us all by Covid-19.

Here at the Forsyth County News, we are well aware that the information we are providing to you may literally prove to be the difference between life and death. We are very much aware that you depend on the FCN to be honest and factual in its reporting, and we take that responsibility to heart, as we have since 1908.

Over the past few weeks, we have covered this health crisis from a variety of different angles, with stories on everything from the latest recommended precautions, to businesses adapting to changes, along with positive, heartwarming things being done in our community to make things better. 

The majority of those stories have been made available at no cost, because they were important to us all.

Remember that we also live here, work here and raise our families here. We are beset with the same worries and concerns that keep you awake at night, and fully understand why having a credible source of information is important. That’s one reason we work so hard to make sure we are delivering to you news upon which you can make intelligent decisions.

We are a small but devoted staff working in Forsyth County and the North Georgia area. Beyond being reliable professionals who work extremely hard to keep you up to date, they are your friends and neighbors. The same is true for all of our employees, whether they run our printing presses, maintain our web sites, or help our advertisers to grow their businesses.

But the process of doing so is not cheap, and like many other small local businesses, the crisis has had a substantial negative impact on our business operations by stopping the flow of advertising dollars upon which we depend for support.

Our commitment to you is to provide you with as much information as we possibly can about what is going on around us during this unbelievably difficult time. All of that information that has a direct impact on public health and welfare will be made available at no charge to all who visit our digital news site.

But we need your support to continue. If you are already a subscriber, we thank you for your support. If not, we hope you will consider subscribing to help finance our news gathering and reporting efforts. You can do so for as little as 99 cents for the first month online. Our subscription offers are available at

We are providing news to you about the coronavirus for free because it’s the right thing for a newspaper to do. We are asking for your financial support because we can’t keep doing it and survive as a business.

Please subscribe so we can keep doing what we do best, which is serve our readers.

Norman Baggs

General Manager