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Great Falls Reporter

  • It’s going to be a ‘booming’ festival

    You might describe this year’s Flopeye Fish Festival as “booming.”

    The festival will “boom” in more ways than one.

    A Civil War cannon, known as The Chester Gun, will sound as the 33rd annual Flopeye Fish Festival kicks off opening ceremonies around 9 a.m. Saturday. The cannon will blast at other times during the day.

    Then Saturday around 8:30 p.m., loud booms will sound and bursts of light will be visible during the 100th birthday celebration of Duke Energy’s Fishing Creek Dam.

  • Fire destroys Porter’s home

    The cause of a fire that destroyed a woman’s has not been determined, according to Great Falls Fire Chief David Galloway.

    Galloway said his department was called to the home of Diane Porter, 5797 Golf Course Road, on Wednesday, May 18, at 5:34 a.m.

    “It was fully engulfed when I arrived,” Galloway said. “The roof was already coming in.”

    Galloway said it appears the fire started in an upstairs bedroom of the two-story, wood siding with vinyl covering house.

    Porter was able to escape the house without injury.

  • Festival to feature Civil War Cannon

    The 33rd annul Flopeye Fish Festival is not going to start quietly. There’s going to be a loud boom!

    The Civil War Cannon located on the hill in Chester will make a trip down S.C. Highway 97 to kick off the festival with a thunderous boom.

    Everyone  is invited to come check out the cannon and other Civil War items. The canon will be fired a few more times throughout the festival.

  • Raising a stink: Hopkins wants action

    “I’m sick of it,” Kay Hopkins said.

    Hopkins is tired of seeing raw sewage from a town manhole spill onto her front yard after a heavy rain.

    Hopkins is concerned about the health hazards it poses to her two granddaughters, ages three and six-years-old, who live beside her.

    “It’s sad my grandchildren call my yard a ‘poo poo yard,’” Hopkins said. “I don’t know what all is in the stuff that overflows.”

  • FCSO makes arrest in Wateree thefts

    The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection to several thefts in the Lake Wateree area.

    Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery said Dalford Mitchell “D.J.” Wilson Jr., 30, of 204 Duke St., Great Falls has been charged with two counts of grand larceny and one  count of petit larceny.

  • You’ve invited to the dam birthday party!

    There’s going to be a spectacular birthday party! And you’re invited!

    The party is being held to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Fishing Creek Dam, also known as Nitrolee Dam.

    Sponsored by Duke Energy, a fireworks show by Pyrotecnico will be held to commemorate the dam’s birthday during the 33rd annual Flopeye Fish.

  • Restaurant offers affordable family dining

    Bobby and Julie Dutton know how much it costs to take a family out to dinner. They have seven children.

    “It’s expensive to take a family of nine out to eat,” Julie Dutton said.

    The Duttons want to offer families an opportunity to go out to dinner that won’t break their bank.

    The couple bought the Great Falls Family Restaurant at 514 Chester Ave. from Arturo Gomez and opened under new ownership on April 24.

  • Unhealthy dog seized by Animal Control, owner charged with cruelty

    A dog seized by Chester County Animal Control appeared to have weighed about one third of its normal weight, a Great Falls Police Department report said.

    The dog’s unhealthy condition led to the arrest of Timothy Bryan Messer, 24, of 55 Circle St. Messer was charged with animal cruelty and was released on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said police contacted Messer and he turned himself in, leading to the judge issuing the personal recognizance bond.

  • Lake Wateree area targeted by thieves

    Over the past two weeks, several thefts have occurred in the Lake Wateree area, specifically Rockbridge Road and Bluebird Lane in Fairfield County.

    Suspects have taken items ranging from jet skis, utility trailers and tools. It is believed that most of these thefts have occurred on the weekends and appears that some construction sites may be targeted also.

  • Adult Ed, celebrating victories together

    Patricia “Patti” Self is determined to show other people she can do what they said she could not.

    Self, 48, said she has been told all of her life that she cannot meet her goal but she is relentless to prove she can.

    A two-year student and the oldest in the Great Falls High School Adult Education program, Self has always served as a caregiver for others and never had the time or determination to do things she wanted to do.

    She took care of her parents and grandparents when they were sick and is now a caregiver to her husband who has COPD.