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Cumming Patch Celebrates One Year!

It's been a great first year getting to know you; here's to many more!

 

It's hard to believe, but one year ago today (Dec. 16, 2010) Cumming Patch launched — sharing hyperlocal coverage of Cumming and Forsyth County and providing a forum where neighbors could convene, dialogue and share with the community.

Since that time we have posted more than 2,000 stories, videos, photo galleries and other pieces of content to the site. Wow!

A year ago you may never have heard of Cumming Patch—you may not have stumbled upon our site until a few months ago or this letter may be the first thing you've ever read on our site and that's OK. No matter when you discovered us, we want to be your source for all things to do with Cumming and Forsyth County from this day into the future.

In honor of our anniversary, we included our video (shot December 2010) and compiled a list of the 10 most read articles in 2011.

1. : Feb. 1, 2011

2. : Nov. 21, 2011

3. : April 12, 2011

4. : June 22, 2011

5. : Nov. 29, 2011

6. : June 6, 2011

7. : May 21, 2011

8.: Nov. 29, 2011

9.: Sept. 6, 2011

10. : July 28, 2011

Thank you Cumming for welcoming us into the community and for your support this year.

Wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas and a fantastic 2012.

Onward!

Liz Kennedy
Editor, Cumming Patch

Also let us know which Cumming Patch article you found most interesting this year. Tell us in the comments.

Liz Kennedy (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 03:37 PM
We've received a few nice comments via e-mail I'd like to share with you: Congratulations on your one year anniversary! - Julie Liz. Congratulations on your 1year anniversary. I review the Patch every day to get the latest news in Forsyth County and the surrounding area. Wishing you continued success with the Patch for many years to come. Have a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. - God Bless. Natt
Kirk Nelson December 16, 2011 at 04:50 PM
I have enjoyed seeing Forsyth centric news on my laptop everyday. Thanks, Kirk
Liz Kennedy (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Thanks Kirk! Here are a few more comments from the Cumming Patch Facebook Page: Thanks for all you do...you are my go to in the morning with my cup of tea. - Terry Guthrie Wallace Happy Birthday! You guys do such a great job covering the local news! Thank you! - Liz Barkley Bartling
Kevin Madigan (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Nice job, compadre. Congrats!
Marc March 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Liz, I am grateful for the opportunity the Patch offer the people of Forsyth County to voice their opinions. But I will ask you this. lets not spend so much time and space boasting about the sheriffs department. It is almost like you are campaigning for him. Level it with stories about other department like our Fire and EMS. I have yet to see a story questioning the extremely large budget our Sheriff enjoys compared to other jurisdictions. How the overall increase in his budget was far greater than any other department. How the Fire and EMS budget was actually cut at the same time. The obscene monies made on the amount of tickets written in this county. Try to be more investigative reporter and less cheerleader. Thank you
Liz Kennedy (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Greetings Marc, Thank you for your comments in this string and on the Deputy of the Month story on the homepage. I will address what you have written in both articles here. While it is your opinion that I am a "cheerleader" for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office that is not my intent. But rather I believe in acknowledging the accomplishments the deputies do in our community by highlighting the 'Deputy of the Month' when the information is released from the FCSO. The other content published here has to do with the crimes that take place, traffic accidents, etc. In regards to the sheriff's office budget I will be reaching out to Sheriff Paxton to discuss with us in our Q&A series as we move through this election season - stay tuned for that. As for the Forsyth County Fire Department, they do not have a Firefighter of the Month, (perhaps you can suggest to Fire Chief Danny Bowman) but we have reported on stories where firefighters were acknowledged for their good deeds and other community efforts the department has been involved in - please do a search here on Cumming Patch for those stores. Again thanks for your comments. Liz Kennedy, Editor
Marc March 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Liz, I do believe you are correct in that accomplishments should be acknowledged but a reporter should seek out stories not just wait for them to fall into their lap. I look forward to your grilling of the Sheriff on many topics. He has a lot of explaining to do,. As well as the commissioners who refused to put a leash on him, and set him free to run a muck with our tax monies. Again I enjoy the format you give myself and other to vent. Well done on that part.
SOGTP March 24, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Marc and Liz - you both make excellent points and this is what I want to add. At one time a reporter and editor made their name and reputation by outing bad government and bad politicians to the public. It now seems like all media is on the side of government and protecting politicians. I'm not accusing the Patch of this and I recognize the economics of staffs of investigative reporters. I rarely read the Forsyth County News precisely because they are in the bag for the government, the Sheriff, Mayor Gravitt, and all the vestiges of the administrative state. This is why I read the Patch and Cumminghome.com.
Hal Schneider March 25, 2012 at 01:36 AM
While discussing the Sheriff's budget with the Sheriff might seem interesting, it would be far more useful to have an objective third party analyze it for your readers.
Marc March 25, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Hal, I second that motion. And compare it to our neighboring counties. Compare it to crime verses monies spent

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