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Great Falls Reporter

  • Nibbling fish, shrimp, donkey burgers

    “我是老师” or “I am a teacher,” Dale Hinson and Alison Howe told olive toned children with dark brown eyes during their 27-day trip to China last month.

    Hinson, a first grade teacher; and Howe, a 4-K teacher at Great Falls Elementary, visited China July 2-29 as part of the Chinese Cultural and Education Center through the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg.

    Fellow teacher Cheri Collins participated in the program two years ago and told Hinson and Howe about the program.

  • Police begin issuing garbage citations

    Great Falls Police have started issuing citations for improper garbage containers.

    Fifteen citations have been issued as of Aug. 1, Police Chief Steven Rice told Great Falls Town Council during the monthly meeting on Aug. 15.

    Rice said police officers have been following the trash truck and spotting the worst offenders. He said they would begin random street checks for garbage ordinance violations.

    “One house had eight cans,” Rice said.

    “Our goal is to get people to get cans with hinged lids,” Rice said.

  • Tammy Taylor aims to keep the ‘Great’ in Great Falls Elementary

    Tammy Taylor is used to overseeing a lot of special projects as the former director of them for the Chester County School District; now she’s got just one special project – leading Great Falls Elementary School as its new principal.
    The N&R caught up with the newly-minted principal on her first day at school Monday.

  • Harvey Ammons has a farm, E-I-E-I-O

    “Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O, And on his farm he had a pig, E-I-E-I-O, With a oink oink here, And a oink oink there, Here a oink, there a oink, Everywhere a oink oink,
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.”

    “Old MacDonald,” the children’s song/nursery rhyme tells of a farmer, his animals and the noise each animal makes.

    Old MacDonald is not a local farmer but Harvey Ammons is.

    Ammons has his own animal farm on Old Winnsboro Road.

  • Propane tank blows windows out of house

    Firefighters consider it fortunate that no one was injured in an Oak Street house fire last Wednesday.

    A propane tank in the living room exploded during the fire and blew out the windows on both sides of the house.

    The fire department was dispatched to 64 Oak St. for a structure fire at 11:57 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 and arrived on the scene three minutes later at midnight.

    “The fire was about 50-percent involved when I arrived,” Great Falls Fire Chief David Galloway said. “The front half of the house was burning.”

  • The dog and the lion
  • Councilmen say ‘no’ to proposed change

    The Great Falls town council is divided on a proposed ordinance relating to the form of municipal government the town operates under.

    At the July 18 monthly meeting, council gave first reading approval to an ordinance relating to council committees.

    The ordinance passed in a 4-2 vote but requires a second reading before it can be acted on.

    Councilmen Kenny Mobley and Earl Taylor voted against changing the way council handles business.

    Councilman Marty Henson did not attend the meeting.

  • Program to rid town of blighted houses

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said he is working to remove blighted houses within the town limits.

    Rice, at the July 18 monthly council meeting, told council he met with Catawba Regional Council of Governments Community Development Planner Jason Vance to discuss the Neighborhood Initiative Program.

    According to Rice, if a citizen has a structure (house) that is dilapidated and needs to be torn down, the program will pay the owner the tax accessor’s listed value of the property and will demolish the house.

  • CMD to replace meters

    Contractors for Chester Metropolitan District are in the process of replacing water meters in Great Falls, according to a release from CMD.

    “In an effort to provide superior service to our customers, the Chester Metropolitan District will replace all ¾-inch and one-inch residential meters and the radio-read system in the Town of Great Falls,” the release said.

  • Making progress