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4th of July Events


Annual 4th of July Fireworks –  July 4, 2017 – 9:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Event Description:
Come see Helen’s annual display of fireworks! View the beautiful show from the south side of Helen near the tubing companies. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Location: Alpine Village Shoppes 8016 S. Main St. Helen, GA 30545

Commissioners adopt new land use fee schedule


From left Commissioners Terry Goodger, Craig Bryant, Travis Turner, Sr. Center Director Bonnie York, Lyn Holcomb and Edwin Nix

CLEVELAND, Ga. – During Tuesday’s called meeting, the White County Board of Commissioners adopted a Land Use Fee schedule for the first time that will apply to future zoning applications. The fee will be $250 and will become effective Jan. 1.

Meeting for the final time before the new year, commissioners unanimously approved a request to apply for the 2018 Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) in the amount of $1,382,174 for the Town Creek Bridge rehabilitation project. Town Creek is the oldest bridge in the county. Commissioner Lyn Holcomb said, “It is also in the worst shape of any bridge in the county.”

Commissioners also awarded bids for prep work on Sam Craven Road to Nelson’s Grading ($86,584). Crumley Creek received the bid for prep work on Joe Franklin Road ($41,870).  Bids were also awarded to Stratton Construction for paving of Sam Craven ($181,777), Stanley Nix ($185,532), Joe Franklin ($71,997) and Mauldin Road ($38,480).

Commissioners unanimously agreed to purchase a dump truck from Gainesville-based Rush Truck Center for $135,395 and a 4-door Ford crew cab from Jacky Jones Ford for $28,895.

The county will make some badly-needed improvements to the Senior Center in 2018 after commissioners agreed to spend $129,223.45 to add parking spaces, improve the entrance way and construct steps leading to the Administration Building.

Prior to Monday’s meeting, the county honored Bonnie York, the woman whose devoted leadership has guided the county’s Senior Center the past 32 years. York is retiring.

Commission Chairman Travis Turner read a proclamation in her honor then added, “The proclamation says, Bonnie, you have made a difference, that’s all well and good. I feel that pales in comparison to what you’ve done in ministering to our community for over 32 years. We can’t say it enough; we greatly appreciate you serving our parents and grandparents over the years.”

Commissioners took turns expressing their heartfelt appreciation for the leadership York has provided.


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