Helen First Baptist Church Pastor Jim Holmes speaks to the congregation during an outdoor service Sunday, June 28, in which Holmes was thanked for 20 years of service at the church. (Photos/Wayne Hardy)

Helen First Baptist Church celebrates Pastor Jim Holmes’ 20 years of service

Special to the News   As a young man playing professional golf, Pastor Jim Holmes never imagined he would pastor a church someday. However, the Lord had other plans, and Holmes, who has spent his career driving home the truth of the gospel instead…

Caretakers of the Coffeehouse


When Ben and Betsy Dockins purchased Sweetwater Coffeehouse in 2017, they knew it was more than owning a business – they became caretakers of a Sautee Nacoochee institution.

Celebrating 50 Years of Alpine Helen, Georgia – David Wilkins

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The White County News interviews David Wilkins. In 2019, the city of Helen, Georgia, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its transformation from a small lumber town into the Bavarian-styled Alpine Helen, one of the most visited areas in Georgia. This is the first video in a series of conversations with locals who shared their experiences about Helen's changes and the people who made a lasting impact.