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Great Falls Reporter

  • Senator pledges dedication to ‘bring town back’

    S.C. Sen. Creighton Coleman, a member of the Catawba-Wateree Bistate Commission, pledged support to the town during council’s monthly meeting on April 18.

    “I am dedicated to Great Falls,” Coleman said.

    Coleman said the town has a lot of resources and possibilities within a six-seven mile radius.

    “We need to pull a plan together,” Coleman said. “We need to get ready to go.”

    Coleman said a plan has been secured and urged council to establish its own plan and move forward quickly.

  • Cancer in Chester County: A report on DHEC’s Community Cancer Assessment

    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has recently released the report on their community cancer assessment for Chester County. In addition to assessing the county as a whole, the reports also break down the incidences of cancer and the mortality rates for each of the zip codes within Chester County, namely Chester, Blackstock, Edgemoor, Great Falls, Richburg and Fort Lawn.

  • Give to GRASP in May 3 campaign

    GRASP will participate in GIVE LOCAL LANCASTER – GRASP on May  3 by going online to www.GiveLocalLancaster.org and make your donation and mark it for GRASP. 

    GRASP now in its new building at 802 Dearborn St. in Great Falls, is able to distribute food to families and the elderly on a monthly basis. Families can receive food once a month. Food given to the families generally lasts about four to five days.  

  • Lancaster event to benefit Great Falls

    Sponsored by the J. Marion Sims Foundation, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the City of Lancaster and Lancaster County Partners for Youth, the first Give Local Lancaster 24-hour on-line giving event will begin at midnight on May 3 and will end 24 hours later, raising money for 36 non-profit organizations in Lancaster County, Fort Lawn and Great Falls.

  • Recovering from surgery, man loses home

    Doug Sumner remains optimistic in the face of physical struggle and personal loss.

    “You’ve got to push on,” he said.

    On Feb. 10, Sumner underwent neck surgery. He was released to come home from the hospital on Feb. 25 and was recently given medical clearance to make short drives.

    He is fitted in a neck brace and was receiving in-home physical therapy.

    He was also trying to spend a few hours at his convenience store, Sumner’s Deli, on Ridgeway Road.

  • Standing room only at the ‘Big Bad Musical’

    From staff reports

    There was standing room only in the Great Falls Middle/High School Little Theater.

    “It was a huge event,” Shannon Mills said. “I could not believe how many people attended. There were no seats left and people were standing around the sides of the Little Theater and then outside of the theater. I guess the folks around Great Falls appreciate the arts!”

  • Town to enforce garbage ordinance

    Due to health and safety issues of garbage in bags only, the Town of Great Falls is informing residents that in the very near future, all household garbage must be in an enclosed container.

    “The ordinance will be strictly enforced for those not in compliance,” a written statement from Councilman Dean Runion, chairman of the sanitation and wastewater committee said.

  • GFHTA to sponsor paddle for festival

    Stumpy Pond is beautiful in the morning when the sun is glistening on the rippling water. The reservoir is just over the tree line from downtown Great Falls, but not everyone knows its beauty and serenity.

    The Great Falls Home Town Association is sponsoring a kayak/canoe paddle on Saturday, morning, May 28, as part of the festivities for the 33rd Annual Flopeye Fish Festival.

    GFHTA Board member Mike Vaughn, an experienced paddler, will be the guide.

  • CCSO Student Camp set for July

    The Annual Chester County Sheriff’s Camp will be held this summer from July 11 – July 29.

    The three-week long camp is for Chester County students ages 10 – 14 who live in Chester County.

    The camp’s hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The camp is conducted in a military style fashion and the goal of the camp is to promote good citizenship through education and law enforcement.

  • Lyles sweeps election to win council seat

    In a more than 2-1 vote, Bradd Lyles claimed the top spot in the April 5 Great Falls Town Council election to fill three seats.

    Lyles, a newcomer to town politics, collected 193 of the 240 votes cast.

    In second place was former Councilman Kenny Mobley with 99 votes.

    Councilman H.C. Wright gained the third spot with 80 votes.

    Coming in at a close fourth place was David Dutton with 78 votes. In fifth place with 76 votes was Jarrod Skinner. Sixth place went to Jonathan Adams with 68 votes and Christopher Dewitt ended with 36 votes.