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Great Falls Reporter

  • Man arrested in dog dragging incident

    A Great Falls man has been arrested in connection with an alleged case of ill treatment to animals.

    According to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Billy Ray Huskey, 48, of Forest Lakes Circle in the Mitford Community, was arrested on Jan. 30. He was booked at the Fairfield County Detention Center and released the same day on a $5,000 surety bond.

    Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery said the arrest stems from an investigation involving an injured dog that was found on Camp Welfare Road near Carolina Adventure World on Dec. 13, 2015.

  • Fight at bar leads to shooting

    A fight inside the Last Call turned violent after the disagreement moved down the street and a man was shot around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said the owner of the Last Call hired two Chester County deputies to work security at the bar.

    “To the best of my knowledge, they broke up the fight and got it disrupted but it flowed to the outside,” Rice said.

  • Postal worked remembered for her smile

    Patrons at the Great Falls Post Office could always expect to be greeted by a smiling face as they entered the lobby on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

    Estelle Williamson grinned and chatted briefly with customers as she cleaned the glass on the door, wiped the counter or picked up trash in the entranceway to the Post Office.

    Williamson, 79, lost her life in a car accident on Tuesday morning, Jan. 26.

    Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the accident happened about two miles from Richburg.

  • Filing for council seats opens Friday

    Filing for three seats on the Great Falls Town Council opens Friday, Feb. 5, at 8:30 a.m. and closes on Friday, Feb. 19, at noon.
    The seats of Councilmen Charles Dixon, Dean Runion and H.C. Wright are up for re-election.

    Dixon said he is not planning to run again but he also said there is a slight possibility he will file.

    Runion also said he did not think he would file for  re-election.

    Wright, on the other hand, plans to seek office again.

  • First Citizens to end its history in town

    The only bank in Great Falls and an icon in town for almost five decades will close its doors on April 20.

    First Citizens Bank announced on Jan.15 that it plans to close the bank and consolidate it into its Lewisville branch. Employees were told of the planned closure on Jan. 14.

  • You can’t park here, you can’t park there

    There is a parking problem in Great Falls.

    And there is no easy fix to the problem, Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice told Great Falls Town Council during the regular monthly meeting on Jan. 19.

    “I’m not sure how to fix the parking problem with our small infrastructure,” Rice said. “The town was built a certain way years ago.”

    Rice said motorists park vehicles everywhere – on the sidewalk, in the street, in a curve, pointing in the wrong direction.

  • Fairfield County failed to pay town

    Great Falls Town Councilman Charles Dixon presented several questions to council during the regular monthly meeting on Jan. 19.

    Dixon first asked for an update to the sewer agreement the town has with Fairfield County.

    The early 1990’s agreement says Fairfield County will pay the Town of Great Falls 25-percent tax revenue for sewer treatment provided to Grand Central at Interstate 77.

    Town Clerk Julie Blackwell said the town has not received any money from Fairfield County.

  • Three council seats up for re-election

    Three seats on the Great Falls Town Council are up for re-election this year.

    The seats of Councilmen Charles Dixon, Dean Runion and H.C. Wright will expire.

    Dixon said he is not planning to run again but also said there is a slight possibility he will. He rates his decision at 90-percent no and 10-percent yes.

    Runion said he does not plan to run again.

    “I love this town and I think it’s fixing to bust out,” Runion said. “But my wife said she’d divorce me if I run again,” he laughed.

  • A bionic arm with a billion dollar ‘tat’

    Henry “Bubba” Stevenson Jr. has a unique tattoo on his left arm.

    The “ink” could be referred to as a billion dollar ‘tat.’

    Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump autographed Stevenson’s prosthetic arm at a Trump rally at Winthrop University on Jan. 8.

    Stevenson, 25, is not the bionic man Lee Majors was when he starred as Steve Austin in “The Six Million Dollar Man” series that aired in 1973 but he is often referred to as the bionic man of Great Falls.

  • One less chair under the Cedar tree

    There is an empty chair underneath the Cedar Tree.

    The chair occupied by Nathaniel “Kruchev” Wilmore for more than 20 years sits empty.

    Wilmore passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the home of his mother, Janie Mae Cunningham, in the Georgetown Community. He was 59.

    Wilmore, in an article that ran on Sept. 9, 2015 in the Great Falls Reporter, said he had been congregating at the tree on the side of U.S. Highway 21/Chester Avenue for 20 years or longer.