partlycloudy
Sunday February 14th, 2016 3:12AM
5:24PM ( 9 hours ago ) Weather Alert

Memorial to John Kollock taking shape in Helen

By Ken Stanford Reporter
HELEN - A memorial to artist John Kollock, who helped transform Helen into the tourist mecca that it is today, is in works.<br /> <br /> Kollock, a man synonymous with art and history in northeast Georgia, died in March at the age of 85. He is credited with the vision for modern-day Helen.<br /> <br /> The Helen Arts & Heritage recently earmarked $5,000 to implement the first phase of the John Kollock Memorial Project, according its President, Nancy Ackerman in a posting on the organization's website, which goes on to say that the effort is expected to lead to a museum of history and culture in Helen. The goal is to bring the past alive with "a new and exciting enthusiasm that ensures the stories of the past will forever be told and never lost or diminished."<br /> <br /> In 1968, Kollock was approached by Helen businessman Pete Hodkinson, who asked him if he had any ideas to dress up the rows of concrete buildings in that city.<br /> <br /> Kollock visited Helen and photographed the business district and, about a week later, presented a series of watercolor renderings showing what Helen would look like as an Alpine village.<br /> <br /> He gleaned the designs from being stationed in Bavaria while in the Army.<br /> <br /> After Kollock's designs were given the go-ahead by businessman Jim Wilkins of Orbit Manufacturing, modern-day Alpine Helen was born.<br /> <br /> Ackerman says the Helen Arts & Heritage says it hopes to do its part "as a pillar of this area's arts and heritage community, to present to the Kollock family, to the state of Georgia and beyond, our appreciation and respect due the man who contributed so much. We hope to provide a visible opportunity, a window to the past, to the millions of visitors that come to Helen annually, to discover who we are and how we came to be, not only here in Helen but Northeast Georgia as well." <br /> <br /> Contributions to help fund the initiative are being accepted ,are tax deductible and go directly to fund the John Kollock Project, according to Ackerman. They may be mailed to Helen Arts & Heritage, John Kollock Project, P.O. Box 390, Helen, Ga. 30545.<br /> <br /> Jerry and Gayle Murdock are hosting the kick-off fundraiser for the John Kollock Project Sept. 19 at 6:00 at their home in the Innsbruck Golf Club Community. Details can be found on the Helen Arts & Heritage Center's Website.<br /> <br /> (AccessNorthGa.com's Rob Moore contributed to this story.)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US stocks post sixth straight year of gains
U.S. stocks ended a strong 2014 with moderate declines Wednesday.
4:43PM ( 1 year ago )
Palestinians push ahead in pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel
Stung by a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.
1:57PM ( 1 year ago )
Business News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 1 year ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 1 year ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died
WASHINGTON (AP) — Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an id...
9:37PM ( 5 hours ago )
Chance of wintry mix prompts Winter Storm Watch for northeast Georgia
The chance of a wintry mix of snow, rain and freezing rain Sunday night and Monday has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Watch for northeast Georgia.
5:47PM ( 9 hours ago )
Gainesville considers funding boost for Keep Hall Beautiful, Elachee Nature Center
More funding could be on the way for a couple of Hall County agencies from the city of Gainesville, with a final vote planned this week.
1:00PM ( 14 hours ago )
Gainesville Police warns of dangers on social media
The Gainesville Police Department is reminding parents to be aware of the activities their children are engaged in online.
12:00PM ( 15 hours ago )
Mother, daughter perish in Stephens County fire
UPDATED: Improper use of a space heater is being blamed for the fire that claimed the lives of two women at a home in Toccoa Friday night.
12:00PM ( 15 hours ago )