Helen Police Plan Two Events to Protect Citizens


BRIAN STEPHENSHELEN, Ga. — The Helen Police Department will hold two events aimed at protecting its citizens.

During Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, Helen Police Chief Brian Stephens announced his department will hold a class aimed at preventing identity theft on Monday May 8 at 6 p.m. inside City Hall. The class will last about 90 minutes.

Stephens said a lot of information will be provided along with handouts followed by a question and answer session for those who attend.

Issues covered will include how to protect yourself, knowing what to do and what not to do. Stephens said it will also cover the latest scams being used to gain your identity. The class is free and open to all Helen and White County residents. To reserve a seat, call the Helen Police Department at 706-878-2722.

On June 26 and 27 at 10 a.m. in the Helen Library Stephens said his department will conduct an event aimed at helping to identify missing children.

Stephens said parents can bring their child to the library to be finger printed and submit a DNA sample, “In case, God forbid, something did happen to the child. It’s aimed at protecting the children.”

Stephens said the DNA sample can be provided by the parent taking a clipping of the child’s hair. The clipping would then be put together with the fingerprints and kept in a safe place.


Helen Alpine Coaster Hits a Roadblock


HELEN, Ga. — The Alpine coaster proposed for the City of Helen wasn’t completely derailed by the Helen Planning, Design and Review Board (PDRB) this week, but it did hit a temporary roadblock.

With three members absent and another ineligible to vote, the board couldn’t reach a consensus on recommending a conditional use permit to the facility which would be located on a 10-acre tract next door to City Hall.

Area residents have expressed opposition to the attraction, citing diminished property values, the loss of the peace and tranquility they now enjoy and increased traffic on the narrow mountain road.

Alpine coasters are popular throughout the United States, but this would the first of its kind in Georgia.

Once the PDRB makes a recommendation, the city commission will make the final decision on the rezoning request.


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