City of Helen 100 years

Cancellation of Commission Meeting

The March 7, 2017 Commission Meeting has been cancelled due to no items on the agenda. The next meeting will be March 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Notice of Openings on Helen's Planning and Design Review Board

The City of Helen would like to announce two open seats on the Planning and Design Review Board (PDRB). The PDRB meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 9:00 a.m. The term will be for two years. Qualifications are as follows:

The planning and design review board shall be comprised of seven members appointed by the city commission. Members of the board must be residents of the city, or a resident and registered voter of the county who either owns property within the city and has done so for one year or more, or has held a city business license and has done so for two years or more, or is an officer of a corporation which either owns property within the city and has done so for one year or more, or holds a city business license and has done so for two years or more.

A full copy of Ordinance 34-52 can be viewed at Go to Government, then City Ordinances, then Chapter 34, Article II, Division 2. You may notify the City Manager or the Building/Zoning Director if you have interest in the position or with any questions at 706-878-2733. Deadline is March 3, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

White County Fire Ban Lifted

Effective immediately, and until conditions change, the burn ban has been lifted in White County with the following restrictions:

  • Outdoor burning must be in compliance with state law and regulations.
  • Persons must obtain a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission by calling 1-877-652-2876.
  • Burn Permits are not required for cooking or heating type fires.
  • All fires must be attended at all times.
  • All fires must have a water source available to assist in controlling.
  • All fires must be completely out by dark, except cooking and heating.

However, there is a total fire ban on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. This means building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire (including charcoal based fire whether contained in a grill or not) is prohibited. Commercially available fuel stoves (camp stoves) are excluded from this restriction.

Thank you for your support of this measure and complying with the burning restrictions.                               -David Murphy

2016 Restaurant Golf Challenge

November 4, 2016, Innsbruck Resort & Golf Club will once again host the annual charity golf tournament. All proceeds go to the Helen Police Community Relations fund, which buys Christmas for White County children and families in need. There are many cash prizes including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, longest drive, and closest to the pin. So make plans now to help support the local community. For more information, call Innsbruck Golf Club at 706-878-2100.

FEMA Floodplain Map Meeting

Changes are being made to the White County FEMA floodplain map. The White County Commissioners and the City of Helen Building and Zoning Department would like to invite you to the 2016 FEMA floodplain map open house meeting which will discuss the upcoming changes to the FIRM maps and how it will affect residents of the County. The meeting will take place Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the White County Commissioner's Office meeting room at 1235 Helen Hwy, Cleveland, GA. For more information, call Larry Krul at 706-878-2733.

2016 Yaarab Shriner's Parade

Join us for the annual Yaarab Shriner's Parade, Saturday June 11 at 2:00 p.m. in downtown Helen. This event is fun for kids and adults as the shriner's make their way down Main Street in their mini cars and trucks.

2016 Bavarianfest

May 28 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. the Helen Chamber of Commerce will honor our Military Servants at the Festhalle. Experience a live Oompah band, dancing, and a festive German atmosphere. There will be imported and domestic beers and wines, soft drinks, wurst on a bun with sauerkraut, hot dogs and snack available for sale. There will be free admission for all active and retired military and veterans (IDs are required). For more information, call 706-878-1908 or go to