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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Patriot Day, September 11

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Patriot Day, September 11
The United States flag will be displayed at half-staff at Forsyth County government facilities on Tuesday, September 11, 2019, in recognition of Patriot Day following a proclamation by President Donald J. Trump and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. By a joint resolution approved 12/18/2001, Public Law 107-89 has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day" which also directs flags be lowered to half-staff for the entire day on September 11.

VIDEO: Play at the Park Family Fun Festival to be Hosted at Fowler Park

VIDEO: Play at the Park Family Fun Festival to be Hosted at Fowler Park
Family-friendly event to be held on Sept. 28   Forsyth County Parks & Recreation is proud to present the 17th annual Play at the Park Family Fun Festival Saturday, Sept. 28 at Fowler Park. The event is free to attend and offers family-friendly activities and entertainment.   “The annual Play at the Park event is a great opportunity for families to spend time together at the park for a day of fun,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jim Pryor. “There are exciting activities for everyone to enjoy and we are looking forward to another great turnout.”   From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be kids’ activities, family entertainment, food trucks, ...

Forsyth County Recognized by the National Weather Service for Storm Preparedness

Forsyth County Recognized by the National Weather Service for Storm Preparedness
County recognized as a StormReady® community   The National Weather Service (NWS) and the Georgia StormReady Advisory Board have recognized Forsyth County as a StormReady® Community, a designation reflecting the county’s high level of severe weather preparedness. Forsyth County was first recognized as StormReady® in 2007.   To be certified as StormReady®, a community must: -           Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center -           Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public -           Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally -           Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars -      Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency ...

VIDEO: Watch the New Episode of ‘Your Forsyth’

VIDEO: Watch the New Episode of ‘Your Forsyth’
Fowler Park prepares for the annual Play at the Park Family Fun Festival, the Fire Department breaks ground on Station 11 on Pittman Rd. and residents are invited to a community workshop to help shape the identity of southeastern Forsyth County! We cover these topics and more in this month’s episode of ‘Your Forsyth,’ a monthly short-segment video series recapping Forsyth County government highlights from the previous month.  Your Forsyth airs all month long on TV Forsyth (Comcast channel 23, AT&T channel 99 and TV Forsyth Live at forsythco.com). The program is also available to watch anytime on the county government’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/ForsythCountyGovernment – and TV Forsyth On ...

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month
Residents encouraged to plan and prepare for emergencies   September is National Preparedness Month and the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) urges residents to take time during throughout the month to plan and prepare for disasters and emergency situations.   “There is never a wrong time to prepare for how you and your family will respond to an emergency situation,” said Forsyth County EMA Director Chris Grimes. “With school back in session and families returning to their routines after the summer break, September is a great opportunity to put an emergency plan in place or review and update emergency procedures.”   The theme for National Preparedness Month 2019 is “Prepared, Not Scared.” Throughout the ...

VIDEO: Volunteers Sought for Annual Waterway Cleanup Event

VIDEO: Volunteers Sought for Annual Waterway Cleanup Event
Event will be held Sept. 14   Residents can make a positive impact on local waterways by joining Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB), the city of Cumming and the Lake Lanier Association for the 31st annual Shore Sweep/Rivers Alive litter cleanup event. The cleanup is part of the Lake Lanier Association’s 2019 Lake Lanier Shore Sweep event and will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.   Families, co-workers, organizations, scout troops and individuals are encouraged to volunteer for the annual waterway cleanup event on Lake Lanier and its tributaries. KFCB will be providing leadership at the Bald Ridge Marina and Port Royale Marina sites in Forsyth County. Forsyth ...

Forsyth County Fire and State Agencies Discuss River Water Safety

Forsyth County Fire and State Agencies Discuss River Water Safety
During a media briefing on Aug. 27, representatives from the Forsyth County Fire Department, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the National Parks Service and the Army Corps of Engineers addressed topics surrounding river water safety ahead of the upcoming Labor Day weekend.   The primary focus of the briefing, which was held at Buford Dam’s Lower Pool West Park, was safety on the Chattahoochee River, particularly near the dam.   “The flow of the river changes rapidly during a release,” said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resource Manager Nicholas Baggett. “If you hear the (water release warning) horn, you need to get out of the water as soon as ...

Judge T. Russell McClelland Elected President of the Council of State Court Judges

Judge T. Russell McClelland Elected President of the Council of State Court Judges
Chief Judge of the State Court of Forsyth County T. Russell McClelland has been elected to serve as President of the Council of State Court Judges of Georgia.   “When 129 of your peers ask you to serve, it’s an honor. I deeply appreciate it and accept this honor on behalf of the people of Forsyth County,” said Judge McClelland. “Without their faith and support, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to serve. I will continue to be an ambassador for my home county and to represent all State Courts to the best of my ability.”   The Council of State Court Judges of Georgia is made up of more than ...

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