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Great Falls Reporter

  • Robotics team advances to state competition

    On Saturday Dec. 2, the Great Falls Middle School Robotics team, also known as the Red Devils Bots, participated in the First Lego League York robotics qualifier.

    The team is led by David Taylor and Emily Darstein and is composed of seventh and eighth graders. The seventh graders are Emma Suthard, Valerie Harrison and Zachary Langley. The eighth grade students are Jimmy Thornton, Cameron Munn, Ubi Ferrufino, Harley Mitchell and Ally McKeown.

    The FLL York qualifier had 22 other participating teams from all over the Carolinas.

  • Phone scam shows police department number

    Mitford Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Good was at a convention in Myrtle Beach last week when he received a couple of unexpected phone calls.

    Good said the first call was from a woman who stated a warrant had been issued for his arrest and he had until 4 p.m. to resolve the issue or he would be arrested the following day.

    The woman told Good he owed $1,844 and if the claim had to be settled in court, the cost would climb to $3,000 the next day.

  • Former Great Falls editor passes away

    BY HANNAH L. STRONG

    Landmark News Service

    Jim McKeown Jr., owner, editor and publisher of the Kershaw News Era for three decades, was found dead Thursday in his home. He was 66.

    McKeown, who came from a newspaper-industry family, was known for his columns and hard work at the paper. He once served as editor of The Great Falls Reporter.

    “He was the paper,” said Kim Roberts, a 16-year freelancer for the Kershaw News Era. “He had ink in his blood.”

  • Paying it back with over 200 wheels

    Robert Rainey of Kershaw remembers how excited he was when he received a new bicycle. It was a Christmas he’s never forgotten.

    “When I was 10, there was seven boys and one girl…and Daddy died,” Rainey said.

    As a child, young Rainey had no idea of the responsibilities that had fallen into his mother’s lap.

    Seeing the need in the family, a special angel, Rainey’s cousin J.E. Rainey, stepped in to make Christmas brighter for his young cousin.

    J.E. Rainey gave a bicycle to young Robert.

  • Local boys to play in Youth Shrine Bowl

    The Youth Shrine Bowl Battle of the Border’s All Star Football Game was designed to offer a high school level experience for 70 of  the best football players from South and North Carolina.

  • An empty rocking chair, bench and business

    If the rustic, wooden bench inside Great Falls Feed & Seed could talk, it could tell many tales.

    The bench has been a key piece of furniture inside the store for 25 years. Beside the bench is a worn rocking chair that joined the bench about 20 years ago.

    Both of the wooden pieces of furniture will soon sit empty. There will be no more tall tales shared in their presence.

    After 36 years in business, Great Falls Feed & Seed will close its doors on Dec. 30.

  • Santa to visit town on Saturday

    You better be good, you better watch out! Santa Claus is coming to town!

    The jolly old man in the red suit will make an early visit to Great Falls on Saturday during Christmas in the Falls. You can use your camera or phone to have a photo made with Santa.

    Santa will give out toys that were collected at the Flopeye Fish Festival in May until his toy bag runs empty. Festival organizer Todd Wright said he hopes the toy distribution will encourage people to bring a toy to next year’s festival in May.

  • Roberts honored as honorary lifetime member by GRASP

    GRASP recently honored Dollie Roberts by naming her an Honorary Lifetime Board Member of GRASP. 

  • Extrication grant
  • State park will not be ‘traditional park’

    It’s not going to be your typical state park.

    There will be no campers on the island because there will not be vehicle access.

    The park, however, will appeal to a certain group of outdoor enthusiasts.

    Great Falls Town Council was briefed on plans for a planned state park on Dearborn Island during the Nov. 20 meeting.

    Great Falls Home Town Association Executive Director Glinda Coleman said the GFHTA met with Duke Energy on Nov. 16 to get updated on Duke’s relicensing agreement and recreational plans for the area.