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Great Falls Reporter

  • General Assembly honors Dr. Laurens Fort Jr.
  • Chief pledges to ‘fix’ fire department issues

    There is no Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department, according to Police Chief Steven Rice.

    “There has always been a misunderstanding with the volunteer department,” Rice said.

    “The Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department is not a separate entity from the Great Falls Fire Department,” Rice told town council at the April 17 meeting.

    Rice has been appointed by Great Falls Town Council to oversee the fire department in the absence of a fire chief.

  • Two file for school board seat

    Two Chester County residents have filed as candidates in the special election for the District 2 unexpired term of Dr. Laurens Fort Jr. on the Chester County School Board.

    Fort passed away unexpectedly on March 23.

    Kena Lucas Funderburk of Richburg, a compliance officer, was the first candidate to file on April 12.

    Funderburk faces opposition from former Athletic Director, Coach and Great Falls High School teacher John Smith of Great Falls. Smith filed on April 13.

    Filing for the seat closed on Monday, April 17.

  • Chester’s York Tech is ‘your center’

    The Chester Center of York Technical College “is your center,” York Technical College Operation and Academics for Off Campus Centers Director Stacy Scott said at the April 17 Great Falls Town Council meeting.

    “We welcome visits and inputs on what we can do at the center,” Scott added.

    York Tech’s Chester Center, 525 College Place, Chester, opened in 2009.

    “We try to be a one-stop shop for people in Chester County,” Scott said.

  • CMD to replace water line

    In an ongoing effort to provide quality service to the residents of Chester County, the Chester Metropolitan District has embarked on a new water line replacement project in the Great Falls area.

    Due to a series of water main breaks which have resulted in numerous service outages for the residents on Magnolia Street, CMD will replace approximately 700-feet of the 50-year-old 6” main. The section of water main to be replaced stretches from Sunset Avenue to St. Michael Avenue.

  • GRASP joins in Give Local Lancaster

    On Tuesday, May 2, GRASP in Great Falls will participate in Give Local Lancaster, a day of local giving.

    The event strengthens the foundation of the community through a 24-hour crowd-funding event that provides critical funding for and celebrates the work of our community partners.

    GRASP is encouraging everyone in the community to be a philanthropist.

    “A lot of people think you have to be rich to give back, but even the smallest donation can make a big difference,” said Sallie Hudson, president of GRASP.  

  • Parker’s senior project aids Wounded Warrior Amputees

    Great Falls High School senior Austin Parker wanted to find something close to his heart for his senior project.

    He has always had a passion for baseball and had his career goal set for the Army since he was in the seventh grade.

    When it was time for Parker to choose a subject for his essay, he chose “Respecting our Military.” Then he decided he would like to incorporate baseball into his project.

    Parker was researching different charities for veterans when he came across the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST).

  • Benefit to aid Hunter McManus

    Family members and friends have joined forces to hold a fundraiser for Great Falls High School student Hunter McManus.

    McManus, 17, was seriously injured on Saturday, Feb. 12, in an accidental shooting. He was airlifted to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital where he was stabilized and is now recovering.

    The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 29, at the Great Falls Shrine Club and will include a day of fun, music and fellowship.

  • Town website finally gets updated

    The Town of Great Falls is finally getting an updated website.

    The website, www.greatfallssc.org, hasn’t been updated since it was created in 2013.

    The website listed the former mayor, councilmembers and department heads. But that has changed, thanks to Roy Brunson.

    Brunson has agreed to update the website and keep the site current.

    Brunson, at the April 3 called council meeting and at the request of Mayor Lee Montgomery, updated council on his progress with the website.

  • Fairfield Electric honors its linemen

    America’s electric cooperatives have designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

    On Monday, April 10, Fairfield Electric Cooperative honored its hard workingmen who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on.

    The full text of the resolution, which the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Board adopted unanimously, follows: