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Great Falls Reporter

  • Movie at ‘The Falls’ for Christmas

    Santa was in Great Falls last month for an early visit. The jolly old man in the red suit made a guest appearance at the Great Falls Christmas Parade on Nov. 21.

    And next week, he is returning to greet children.

    Santa will make a “celebrity” appearance at “Christmas in the Falls” on Friday, Dec. 16. His visit will give children an opportunity to present Santa their Christmas wish lists. Photos with Santa will also be available.

  • Residents alarmed by last week’s siren blast

    The sirens blasting last Wednesday evening caused concern and anxiety for residents who heard the blasts around 5:30-5:45 p.m.

    Great Falls Fire Department Public Information Officer Dana Greenleaf said Mayor Lee Montgomery received a substantial number of calls from concerned residents wanted to know what the warning was for.

    The fire department was notified by the Chester County Emergency Management Agency because of an approaching storm and a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service, Greenleaf said.

  • Prayers of blessing
  • She plays the drums in 'Harmon-y'

    Sitting on the left side of the stage at the Great Falls Church of God are two bright, shiny red conga drums. A red drape covers the heads of the drums when they’re not being played.

    The congas blend with the sounds of the piano, organ, keyboard and steel guitar that are also seated on the raised platform. Occasionally a tambourine echoes from the audience.

    The musical instruments provide the beat for the often 20-member vocalists in the choir.

    Seated on a wooden stool behind the congas is Dori Harmon.

  • Bar owner is ‘stirring the pot,’ Rice says

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said police are having problems with a bar on Chester Avenue.

    In his report to Great Falls Town Council on Nov. 21, Rice said he sees a problem with excessive attendance and overflow parking at The Last Call.

    He said the owner put up a “nice” fence in front of the business but the fence cut back on the parking area for patrons.

    “Now they’re starting to park in the park area,”  Rice said.

  • No burning in town limits

    Great Falls Fire Chief Scott Boyd reminds residents that the State of South Carolina is under a burning ban.

    The S.C. Forestry Commission issued the ban as a precautionary measure because so many of the agency’s personnel and resources are currently deployed to the Pinnacle Mountain Fire at Table Rock State Park in Pickens County.

  • Walk a mile (to school) in their shoes

    David Watts started four-year-old kindergarten this year.

    He loves school and looks forward to his time in Tami Price and Henry Wilmore’s kindergarten class at Great Falls Elementary.

    “He loves school,” his mother, Kristina Kos, said. “He can write his name!”

  • You better be good!
  • Duke Energy warns customers of phone scam

    Duke Energy – South Carolina Community Relations Vice President Rick Jiran said U.S. Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) introduced a resolution designating Nov. 16 as Utility Scam Awareness Day. It is part of a weeklong campaign focused on identifying the tricks scammers use to steal money from customers, and how customers can guard against this. 

  • TSO Christmas tour comes to Greenville, Columbia

    Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has announced the dates of its 2016 Winter Tour, once again featuring one of the group’s beloved stories performed in its own renowned audio visual manner. In its platinum anniversary year, TSO is bringing back its treasured tale, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” to 61 cities across North America including Greenville and Columbia.

    Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville will host two spectacular shows on Friday, Dec. 9, at 4 and 8 p.m.