News Line for Helen

Memorial to John Kollock taking shape in Helen
A memorial to artist John Kollock, who helped transform Helen into the tourist mecca that it is today, is in works.
Source: Access North Georgia

Helen getting 84-room hotel with conference area
The Helen City Commission received good news Tuesday: an 84-room hotel soon will begin construction in the city.
Source: Access North Georgia

Helen approves $2.75-million general fund budget
The Helen City Commission has approved the city's 2014-2015 budget, starting with more than $2.75 million in the general fund.
Source: Access North Georgia

City of Helen says no to helicopter
A request to consider allowing a helicopter to operate from within the Helen city limit, was quickly quashed by commissioners at the Helen City Commission meeting May 20.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Helen approved for state loan for new well, other water system improvements
Helen is one of several places in Georgia approved recently for state financing of water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.
Source: Access North Georgia

Helen facing repair of exposed sewer line on riverbank
The City of Helen will proceed with the costly repair of a city sanitary sewer line on an eroded bank of the Chattahoochee River.
Source: Access North Georgia

Tubing company notified it can't use one site in Helen
A Helen tubing company won't be able to use one of its locations during the 2014 season. Following a closed session Tuesday, the Helen City Commission voted to instruct City Attorney Carl Free to notify Water Park Properties LLC that, in accordance with previous court rulings, they will not be allowed to use their Escowee Drive location this year.
Source: Access North Georgia

Merchants fill Helen commission meeting
In what they said is attempt to "wipe the slate clean" between merchants and government, more than two dozen Helen merchants packed the Helen City Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Source: Access North Georgia

Artist who crafted Helen's Alpine look dies at 85
Artist John Kollock, the man responsible for crafting the look of Helen’s Alpine-themed architecture with his sketches, died Monday. He was 85.
Source: Gainesville Times

Helen City Commission considers additional fire truck
The Helen City Commission agreed Tuesday to explore purchasing a second fire truck for the city.
Source: Access North Georgia

Helen City Commission approves sign ordinance
After months of discussion - including heated comments from some merchants and even the threat of a lawsuit against the city by the owner of multiple businesses - the Helen City Commission has approved a new sign ordinance.
Source: Access North Georgia