The official news source of Forsyth County since 1908, the award-winning Forsyth County News serves Georgia’s fast-growing, most-affluent and healthiest county.
Boasting 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.
The Forsyth County News is printed every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and its website, ForsythNews.com, is updated with the latest local news and information throughout each day.
The Forsyth County News is owned by Swartz-Morris Media, Inc., which purchased the FCN from the New York Times Company in 1994.
Vince Johnson was named publisher in January 2014, and is joined on the management team by Ryan Garmon, advertising director; Kevin Atwill, editor; Lisa Salinas, circulation director; Jim Dean, online editor; and Sebrena McKee, office manager.
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 Old Buford Road.
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 and owns the FCN to this day.
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.
Throughout its recent history, the Forsyth County News has repeatedly been recognized for excellence within the journalism community. It has won numerous advertising and editorial awards in annual competitions sponsored by the Georgia Press Association.