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U.S. Dissolution of INF Treaty

In 1987, the United States and Russia entered into a treaty to end the Cold War, a treaty which started the process of nuclear disarmament for both countries. Now, U.S. leaders are considering backing out of the treaty in the light of Russia’s continued disregard for its terms and conditions. (Photo Credits: left, from NPR; right, from DefenseNews.)

Emily Stocksdale, Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2019

On Friday, Feb. 1, President Donald Trump issued a statement announcing that the U.S. was officially withdrawing from a long-time treaty with Russia, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.  Signed in December 1987 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the treaty p...

Puerto Rico Crushed by Hurricane Aftermath

The streets of Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, were once crowded with tourists for most of the year, but now the city lays mostly emptied of tourists.  The island has struggled to right itself in the wake of the two hurricanes which hit it hard in September of this year.

Emily Stocksdale, Literature Editor

November 6, 2017

It has been almost two months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico, and the island continues to flail in the aftermath of those storms.  There has been drastic decline in the Puerto Rican economy and 80 percent of its population is still without electricity.  Water is contaminated in...

The Clown Apocalypse Is Here

Ronald McDonald, the official face of McDonald’s fast food chain, is “on hiatus” until the clown craze settles. The company made a statement on Oct. 12, saying that they intend to be “thoughtful” when planning public appearances for Ronald McDonald. (Picture from Flickr)

Holley Murray, Staff Writer

November 7, 2016

By now, it is hard for one to not be aware of the rumored sightings of clowns stalking around sidewalks and terrorizing communities. Reports have been made of people dressing in baggy and colorful “clown” clothing and chasing or threatening people (specifically children and teenagers). There is plenty...

Man Hijacks EgyptAir Flight, No Passengers Injured

Mustafa, an Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir flight, surrenders himself to police after releasing passengers and crew.  Photo courtesy of CNN.

Matthew McFadden, Staff Writer

April 27, 2016

On March 29, 2016, Seif El Din Mustafa took control of EgyptAir Flight MS181 and changed the aircraft’s course to Cyprus, causing confusion and fears of terrorism when the plane began to fly over the Mediterranean Sea.  However, the plane landed safely, and all passengers and crew were released b...

Chocolate: The Tasteful Treat that the World may soon Lose

Chocolate was first discovered by the Aztecs in South America in 1900 B.C. Now, chocolate may run out in 2020 AD- only five years away. Bitter tears may meet the delectable treat’s demise.

Daniel Snodgrass, Staff Writer

January 30, 2015

You may want to get your sweet tooth removed: the world is running out of chocolate—fast. Two of the world’s top chocolate producers, Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut, have announced and warned about the decreasing supply of chocolate that is unable to meet the demands of the increasing population. The predicted run-out date is 2020—only 5 years away. Why is this happening? There are many v...

Enterovirus D68 Enters Forsyth Georgia

Enterovirus D68 Enters Forsyth Georgia

Jessica Prouty, Staff Writer

November 13, 2014

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is a respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe respiratory dysfunction, such as an extreme difficulty breathing, and is one of more than 100 types of non-polio enteroviruses (any virus grouped within the category of RNA affecting viruses). EV-D68 has created an increasing...

Faith in Simple Charity

Senior Tessa Carley and University of North Georgia student Katie Pruitt shined the light on global poverty as they enjoyed a brisk October night at the annual Cumming Fair. At the fair, the members sell home-made t-shirts for $15 and provide different incentives for each dollar donated. They also strum melodies on a guitar to draw attention to the booth and give those walking by enjoyable music to listen, providing a pleasant contrast to the loud screams echoing from the rides in the distance.

Erin Dickman

October 10, 2014

Simple Charity began with a dream for a solution. Senior Brian Grasso, the founder of Simple Charity, saw the potential in North Forsyth to raise $100,000 before the end of the school year for the poverty-stricken delivered through Christian-based organizations. The group has hosted several events to...

Friday Links: Barack Obama and Pope Francis Discuss Global Issues

President Obama sits across from Pope Francis at the Papal Desk in order to discuss politics, social issues, and the modern world in general.

Lacy Hamilton, Editorials Editor

March 28, 2014

President Barack Obama visited Pope Francis on Thursday at the Vatican bearing a cinder box of seeds as a gift. This gift was inspired by the Pope’s decision to make the gardens at the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo open to the public. The Pope returned the favor by gifting President Obama two...

Pride, Disease, Information, and You

Delaying disease response, whether intentional or not, is hardly a new occurrence, but it is a risky one. Half the battle of disease treatment is responding to an outbreak quickly enough.

John Scott, Staff Writer

November 18, 2013

Back in 2003, the People’s Republic of China was accused of undercounting severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) cases in Beijing military hospitals and being slow to deal with the growing epidemic. Both of these could be the primary reasons of the worldwide spread of SARS. However, China’s reaction...

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