Great Falls Reporter

  • Price takes the lead as GRASP director

    A new face sits behind the desk assigned to the executive director of GRASP.

    Shelley Price, 37, began her role as director of the non-profit organization on June 1.

    “I’m real excited,” Price said. “I jumped on the opportunity to try to help my community.”

    Price earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2008 from Winthrop University. In May 2016, she was awarded a master’s degree in Social Work.

  • Lions Club receives Healthcare grant

    The Chester Healthcare Foundation has announced a grant award to the Great Falls Lions Club for eye care and community support.

  • Sheriff gives update on child car seat laws

    In an effort to encourage the best practices for child safety in vehicles and to make the public aware of recent changes to child car-seat laws in South Carolina, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office seeks to make the public aware of the changes that went into effect on May 19. Key changes include: 

    Prior law- Children, birth to one-year-old and weighing less than 20 pounds, had to be in a rear-facing child seat.

  • Summer Food Service is underway

    Columbia — The South Carolina Department of Education has announced the kickoff for the annual Summer Food Service Program, which serves free nutritious meals to any child under the age of 18 at community sites across the state. 

  • Complaint leads to OSHA investigation at GFFD

    The S.C. Occupational Safety & Health Administration is investigating a complaint related to personal protection equipment (PPE) at the Great Falls Fire Department.

    “S.C. OSHA is investigating a complaint related to structural firefighting gear,” said Lesia Kudelka, communications director with the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.

  • Perk permit delays center opening

    The Mitford Community and Lake Wateree residents are closer to having a venue that can be used for family reunions, wedding receptions, community meetings, after-school, summer and Senior Citizens’ programs.

    Fairfield County officials broke ground for the Mitford-Wateree Community Center at the junction of Wateree Road and Camp Welfare Road in May 2016.

    Initial hopes were to have the center opened by January 2017.

    But that didn’t happen.

  • School board election is Tuesday

    A special election to fill the District 2 unexpired term of Dr. Laurens W. Fort Jr. on the Chester County School Board will be held on Tuesday, June 20.

    Fort passed away unexpectedly on March 23.

    Kena Lucas Funderburk of Richburg and John L. Smith of Great Falls will face off in the election.

    In her announcement, Funderburk said it is time for a new perspective, a younger perspective and a parent perspective.

  • No more tall beers, tall tales at Hambone’s

    There have been a lot of tears.

    And there have been a lot of beers.

    And if walls could talk, there wouldn’t be enough pages in this newspaper to tell all the tales that have been told by patrons sitting on a barstool inside Hambone’s Place.

    Many of those stories, like the paint on the wall, have changed over the last four decades and some of those remaining tales will fade in time as the last standing poolroom in town closed its doors on Wednesday, May 31.

  • School district listens to parent concerns at Great Falls listening session

    Chester County School District presented some options for school facilities and heard parent and citizen concerns about topics such as consolidation and moving 7th and 8th grades to the elementary school at the first of three listening sessions, held last week in the Great Falls attendance area at the Great Falls Complex Little Theater.

    Chester County School Board chair Denise Lawson thanked the audience for attending this first session and said there was a lot to tell them, a lot to discuss and a lot for the board and school district to listen to.

  • GFHS class valedictorian