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With summer in full swing, several area cities have opened their pools to the public, but with an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, governments are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of their residents. 

The June 9 general primary election narrowed the field for several federal and state seats representing Forsyth County, but some candidates are headed for the Aug. 11 primary runoff. 

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County’s Splash Pad at Old Atlanta Park opened for the season June 5 and will operate through Sept. 7.

CUMMING, Ga. — The City of Cumming will hold its annual Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade July 4, but the celebration will be somewhat different in its 63rd year. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the city will take measures to ensure social distancing is maintained at the event that regularl…

In addition to the roster of candidates for federal, state and local office, Forsyth County residents who claim party affiliation will also be presented with a series of ballot questions. The questions are posed to give state and local party leaders an indication of support for issues ranging from environmental regulations to gun control.

NORTH METRO ATLANTA — Georgia Department of Public Health figures show there have been over 30 residents and 23 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 at 17 large senior care facilities in North Fulton and Forsyth County. The cumulative figures, which cover cases up to May 19, i…

With classrooms set to open in three months, school leaders in Fulton and Forsyth counties are tackling budget issues that may present the next great challenge. Last month, Georgia legislators directed all agencies, including the Georgia Department of Education, to prepare for a 14 percent cut in Fiscal Year 2020-21 spending.

There is around $675 billion in federal funds that will be doled out based on the 2020 census, and every region wants its fair share of the pie. But getting an accurate portion of the funds depends on census figures, which is contingent on every member of a city or county participating. 

Forsyth County has launched an investigation into an incident in which a member of the county commission allegedly secured electronic information, including emails, from another commissioner without their knowledge. In a 5-0 vote Thursday evening, the Board of Commissioners agreed to hire an outside counsel to lead the probe. Thursday’s discussion did not include the names of the commissioners involved in the incident.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced on April 27 that he has created an Absentee Ballot Fraud Task Force to ensure no one undermines the integrity of the vote in Georgia during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Raffensperger has selected experts in election administration, investigation, and prosecution from around the state as part of the task force. 

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — For the second time in a year, many Halcyon businesses are opening their doors to customers. Most restaurants and retailers at the 135-acre mixed-use development had their grand openings last fall, but the coronavirus pandemic forced those companies to lock their doors …

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Cumming Goodwill Store and Donation Center unlocked its doors Wednesday after a month-long closure. The Ga. 9 store is one of 20 locations included in a “measured” reopening of Goodwill of North Georgia’s 65 stores and 55 donation centers. The Cumming location will …