Great Falls Reporter

  • A slow ride to look at a fast future

    The rain did not stop a group of eager people from hopping aboard one of two pontoon boats to travel from the Debutary Creek access area to Stumpy Pond on Sunday.

    The boaters, members of the Great Falls Town Council and Great Falls Home Town Association, wanted to see the areas Duke Energy plans to focus on as part of recreational upgrades included in their relicensing agreement.

    The rain lasted about 10 minutes, just enough time to get the travelers wet. After the laughter, the boaters were excited to continue the tour.

  • Lathan celebrates 80th birthday

    Carl George “Pete” Lathan of Georgetown, formerly of Great Falls, celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.

    He celebrated with a family luncheon on Sunday, Aug. 16. As a special surprise, Lathan learned he is going to be a great-grandfather…again.

    Born on Aug. 17, 1935, Lathan is the son of the late George Randall Lathan and Martha Morgan Lathan of Great Falls.

  • Grangers ‘cast’ from their home

    Duke Street was filled with energy last Thursday as Duke Energy’s hydroelectric station continued its generation of electricity on the road below.

    The normally quiet neighborhood became an area of peak interest as people tried to catch a glimpse of what was going on.

    Why all of the commotion?

    Hollywood was back in Great Falls!

    A production crew was in town to film segments of a 10-episide Cinemax drama series, “Outcast,” based on Robert Kirkman’s and artist Paul Azaceta’s comic series of the same name.

  • Dixon said he’s fed up with the lies

    Great Falls Town Councilman Charles Dixon vocalized that he’s upset with accusations at Monday night’s town council meeting.

    “I’ve had lies told on me for three years and I’m fed up with it,” Dixon said.

    Dixon expressed his feelings after Councilman Dean Runion brought up holding another community meeting to allow citizens to voice their concerns to council.

  • Prayer for school
  • 31 miles for 31 heroes: A 'ruck' to remember

    Every time the tone is sounded, Brad Good puts his life on the line.

    An engineer with the City of Florence Fire Department, Good, 28, knows the danger he faces when he responds to a fire call.

    Good grew up in fire service. His father, Mike Good, is chief of the Mitford Volunteer Fire Department. Good has worked alongside his father and other volunteers at wrecks and structure fires. On his days off, he often comes to Great Falls. If the volunteer department needs help, he’s ready to roll.

  • Scrambled eggs on the ‘I’

    Dozens of cartons of cracked eggs covered Interstate 77 most of the day last Wednesday.

    The eggs, dairy items and some produce were thrown from the trailer after a tractor-truck wrecked about 10 miles from Great Falls.

    The driver of the tractor-trailer truck hauling the grocery items from Charlotte, NC is fortunate to be alive after crashing the rig near exit 46 early Wednesday morning.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said the accident happened around 4:28 a.m. Aug. 5.

  • Dominque’s determination

     “God made me this way for a reason,” Dominque Gaston. “I had nothing to do with it and if you have a problem with it, it’s your problem, not mine.”

    “God made me this way for a reason,” Dominque Gaston said.

    “I had nothing to do with it and if you have a problem with it, it’s your problem, not mine.”

    Gaston, 18, was born with Cerebral Palsy.

  • Several more months
  • Shriner poker run is Saturday

    The Great Falls-Kershaw Shrine Club will hold a poker run, “Rollin’ on the River,” on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    Boats and bikes are welcome.

    Participants will pick up their cards at Creekside at Beaver Creek, Clear Water Cove Marina, Colonel Creek Boat Landing, 97 Kickstand, Wateree Creek at the mouth/red bank (boat on the water) and Dutchman Creek Marina.

    Registration is available at any stop and participants must be at Dutchman Creek by 4 p.m.  Cards can be drawn at one stop if you wish.