Alexander Popp

Alexander Popp is an award-winning crime reporter with the Forsyth County News in Cumming, Georgia. Popp previously worked for The Gainesville Times, Flagpole Magazine, University of North Georgia Vanguard, and graduated from UNG's mass media communications program in 2016. He can be reached at apopp@forsythnews.com or 770-205-8973.  

'Welcome home': How the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering comes together

The gathering begins with a seed. Just a dozen or so people enter the woods like explorers, searching out campsites, kitchen locations and mountain springs, in preparations for the horde of yearly revelers following behind them. And in the coming days and weeks, thousands of people travel from all over the nation to the Bull Mountain area of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, a quick 10-minute drive outside of Dahlonega, to live, love, pray, heal, serve and witness the creation of a community at the Rainbow Family National Gathering.

Safety measures proposed by Forsyth County residents following traffic fatality

Just days after 42-year-old, Siriam Sundaram was killed in a wreck along Peachtree Parkway in south Forsyth, the local community has sprung into action, mobilizing in the thousands to raise funds the grieving family and petitioning local elected officials to affect change in the county. According to a news release from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, at about 6:20 p.m. Thursday night, deputies and firefighters responded to the scene of a wreck between a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2012

'He just never came back': First responders commit to serve their community, but the job can take a psychological toll

For the longest time, all Matthew Jones wanted out of life was to be a firefighter. From a young age, Jones was inspired by the men of his family to help, serve and protect others. His grandfather was a firefighter. His dad was a medic in the Vietnam War. “As a kid, most want to be a policeman, astronaut or fireman. I only wanted to be a firefighter, the others meant nothing to me,” Jones said. “The big red trucks, the sirens, the way they helped anyone in need, knowing my grandfather was one and what he meant to me.”
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