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Heroin’s hold -- Nationwide rise in overdoses hits close to home in Forsyth County

FORSYTH COUNTY -- One night. One fulfilled temptation, after remaining cleaner than she had been in a year.

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South Forsyth student honored for SAT score

SOUTH FORSYTH -- In a room of perfect, Akhil Kota was a star.

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Forsyth County Public Library launches history research tool online

FORSYTH COUNTY -- Local students will soon be able to research through time and supplement their history homework, thanks to a new set of databases at the Forsyth County Public Library.

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Variance clears way for Aldi store along Ga. 400

Variance clears way for Aldi store along Ga. 400

DAWSONVILLE — Dawson County's planning board has approved a variance that could make way for a new grocery store on Ga. 400.

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Taste of Forsyth returning Saturday to Cumming Fairgrounds

CUMMING -- On Saturday, the Cumming Fairgrounds will feature egg hunts, trucks and live music, but most importantly food.

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Homestead exemption deadline approaching in Forsyth

FORSYTH COUNTY -- The Forsyth County Tax Assessors Office will be opening earlier this week for homestead exemption applications, but the deadline is quickly approaching.

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Regional job fair Tuesday at Lanier Tech's Forsyth Conference Center

Regional job fair Tuesday at Lanier Tech's Forsyth Conference Center

FORSYTH COUNTY -- If you’re looking for a job, a job might be looking for you.

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Young orators recognized by Optimist Clubs in Forsyth

Young orators recognized by Optimist Clubs in Forsyth

FORSYTH COUNTY — Four young middle school orators have been selected to represent Forsyth County in the 2015 Optimist International Oratorical Contest.

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North Forsyth Middle School teacher resigns in wake of drug charges

North Forsyth Middle School teacher resigns in wake of drug charges

GAINESVILLE — A North Forsyth Middle School chorus teacher resigned earlier this week after her arrest on Sunday in Gainesville for drug charges, authorities said.

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Forsyth County weighs pay hike for government workers

Forsyth County weighs pay hike for government workers

FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth County government employees could be in line for a pay raise in 2015, their first in two years, though the specifics have not been determined.

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State honors Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies in courthouse shooting

State honors Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies in courthouse shooting

ATLANTA —A state Senate resolution sponsored by a local lawmaker commends 14 deputies for their actions in response to the June attack on the Forsyth County Courthouse.

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Forsyth, Johns Creek strike deal involving McGinnis Ferry Road

Forsyth, Johns Creek strike deal involving McGinnis Ferry Road

SOUTH FORSYTH — Forsyth County used a routine agreement to settle some longstanding issues with its neighbor to the south.

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Sawnee Artists Association show opens

CUMMING — Forsyth County is full of artists, though that may not be common knowledge. One group is trying to change that.

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Vickery Creek Middle student competes in geography bee

Vickery Creek Middle student competes in geography bee

SOUTH FORSYTH — On Friday, an eighth-grader at Vickery Creek Middle School will be asked questions such as: Disney’s blockbuster movie “Frozen” is set in the fictional land of Arendelle, which was largely inspired by the country of Norway. Norway is located on which European peninsula?

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Bill introduced in state House for new south Forsyth city

Bill introduced in state House for new south Forsyth city

SOUTH FORSYTH — A local lawmaker has introduced a bill in the Georgia General Assembly that will initiate the process for creating a city in south Forsyth, a move made about three weeks after results of an independent study deemed the county’s potential second municipality feasible.

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Planning board approves 33 homes off Gilbert Road south of Cumming

SOUTH FORSYTH — Forsyth County’s planning board approved a 33-home rezoning application Tuesday night to the dismay of a would-be neighbor.

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Forsyth County remains healthiest in Georgia

Forsyth County remains healthiest in Georgia

FORSYTH COUNTY — It may be Forsyth County’s worst-kept secret at this point. After all, it’s one of the main reasons people keep moving here.

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Forsyth schools’ campus climates top average in state

Forsyth schools’ campus climates top average in state

FORSYTH COUNTY — The state Department of Education released its first rating system that determines the quality and character of school life, and Forsyth County’s schools all scored at or above average.

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Heart screening event Saturday at Pinecrest Academy

Heart screening event Saturday at Pinecrest Academy

SOUTH FORSYTH — Athletes in middle and high school are expected to put their hearts into sports, but one local school wants to make sure their hearts can take it.

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Georgia DOT launches new-look website

Georgia DOT launches new-look website

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Transportation has launched a redesigned website, www.dot.ga.gov, that officials say is easy to navigate on computers and mobile devices.

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Forsyth County woman heads super PAC for GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz

Forsyth County woman heads super PAC for GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz

FORSYTH COUNTY — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced Monday he would seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. However, the road from Cruz’s Texas to Washington, D.C., will have to run through Georgia.

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Civil Air Patrol honors South Forsyth eighth-grader

Civil Air Patrol honors South Forsyth eighth-grader

SOUTH FORSYTH — An eighth-grader at South Forsyth Middle School was recently commended for his efforts with an auxiliary military patrol.

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Spring charity sale at Belk in Cumming benefits nonprofits

Spring charity sale at Belk in Cumming benefits nonprofits

CUMMING — Belk leaders are looking for nonprofits and other organizations in need of funds to take part in the retailer’s spring charity sale from 6 to 10 a.m. May 2.

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Open house for future students Tuesday at UNG-Cumming

Open house for future students Tuesday at UNG-Cumming

CUMMING — Prospective University of North Georgia students can tour its Cumming campus and learn about the educational opportunities there during an open house Tuesday.

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West Forsyth DECA wins first state title

West Forsyth DECA wins first state title

WEST FORSYTH — More than 400 students from Forsyth County high schools competed in the recent state DECA conference, but the winner pulled off an upset.

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Forsyth homeschool robotics team invents way for teaching beginner’s braille

Forsyth homeschool robotics team invents way for teaching beginner’s braille

FORSYTH COUNTY — It’s so simple, they said. A redesigned songbook with tiny, raised dots in patterns of the alphabet in braille.

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Construction begins at three Forsyth County high schools

Construction begins at three Forsyth County high schools

FORSYTH COUNTY — Three Forsyth County high schools should start seeing the beginning phases of extended construction projects after the Board of Education approved bids for construction managers Thursday.

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Forsyth sustainability program still searching for support

Forsyth sustainability program still searching for support

FORSYTH COUNTY — Jamie Rife was having dinner with her husband two Saturdays ago when her cell phone rang. A mother called because she had nowhere she and her eighth-grade daughter could sleep.

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Expo Tuesday at North Forsyth to address parenting obstacles

Expo Tuesday at North Forsyth to address parenting obstacles

NORTH FORSYTH — Raising a child has always come with challenges, so those with school-aged children are invited to get together Tuesday night to discuss what those obstacles are in the 21st century.

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‘Big Fibber’ from Forsyth taking part in storytelling festival

‘Big Fibber’ from Forsyth taking part in storytelling festival

NORTH FORSYTH — Tracy Walker says she’s seen a herd of cows walk into a library and come out reading books, but don’t take her word for it.

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