Great Falls Reporter

  • Community Center in Mitford’s future

    Fairfield County plans to provide residents of the Mitford Community with a venue that can be used for family reunions, wedding receptions, community meetings, after-school and summer programs and programs for Senior Citizens.

    The county, according to Fairfield County District 3 Councilman Larry Stewart, has authorized funding to build a Community Center in the Mitford Community.

    Stewart met with members of the Mitford Community Club on Nov. 5 to discuss plans for the center. He also proposed that the club lease property to the county.

  • Man robbed in home invasion

    Great Falls Police are looking for three subjects who allegedly robbed a male senior citizen at gunpoint last week.

    Police Chief Steven Rice said the robbery/home invasion on the No. 1 mill village took place between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Nov. 16. He said 911 was called at 6:03 p.m., police were dispatched at 6:05 p.m. and police arrived on the scene at 6:09 p.m.

    Rice said police received information that three subjects involved in the robbery were walking on Holly Street.

  • Clarification

    In the Wednesday, Nov. 18 issue of the Great Falls Reporter, a story regarding the Nov.16 Great Falls Town Council meeting stated David Dutton appeared before council and asked who is responsible for the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department. Council did not provide Dutton with an answer to his question. Town Attorney Brian Grier said he would find out and send Dutton a letter.

    The story stated Dutton said he talked to Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart and Stuart did not know who was responsible for the volunteer fire department.

  • You better watch out!
  • Sunday parade to usher in season

    The Great Falls Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Line-up begins at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at the Great Falls Post Office and end at First Citizens Bank.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice advises all participants to follow the guidelines listed:

    • Enter Brooklyn Road from Chester Avenue/Ridgeway Road at Old Winnsboro Road. Follow Brooklyn Road down until staff members are observed.

    • Arrive on time to allow staff members time to arrange participants in the line-up.

  • Man asks who is over volunteer department

    David Dutton wants to know who is responsible for the actions of volunteers with the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department.

    He asked Great Falls Town Council the question at their monthly meeting on Monday but he left without an answer to his question.

    “I'm trying to find out who is responsible and who is over it,” Dutton said.

    Town Attorney Brian Grier said the town is not.

    “I don't know,” Mayor Lee Montgomery added.

    “Can we find out?” Dutton asked.

  • Music, artisans part of Christmas in the Park

    Music from the Great Falls Complex School Chorus and dancing from Ruthie’s School of Dance are just two of the features planned for the 2015 Christmas in the Park. A number of crafters and artists will also be featured.

    “Christmas in the Park” will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the grounds of and in the park around the War Memorial Building. 

  • FCSO warns of scams, burglaries

    The holiday season is upon us and nationally; there is often a spike in certain types of crimes this time of year, particularly thefts and burglaries, according to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.

    Deputies are asking everyone to be vigilant for any suspicious activity. If you see any unusual activity in your communities, you are asked to immediately report it to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. 

    Fairfield County has also seen a drastic increase in “phone scams.”

  • These sticks are made for walking

    Little boys play with sticks. Big boys do too.
    Jimmy “The Stickman” Reid creates sticks.
    Dressed in two layers of denim clothing and wearing thick Kevlar gloves, safety glasses and a respirator, Reid puts his imagination and skills to use by creating walking sticks and canes.
    “It started about two years ago,” Reid said. “I was sitting by a campfire in the backyard and started whittling a stick with a buck knife. I just kept going, stepping up to different type tools.”

  • Great Falls Elementary receives state accolade

    The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has announced Great Falls Elementary as a finalist for a Reward School for Progress, one of three South Carolina schools to receive such recognition and a $5,000 grant that allowed them to attend the 2015 South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators (SCATA) Fall Conference in Myrtle Beach, Oct. 28-30.