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Great Falls Reporter

  • 'Family glue' passes away at 14

     

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    He was the glue that held the family together.

    Monica Eagle described her son, Jeramie Coleman, as a good Christian boy who set an example for his younger siblings.

    But five days after his 14th birthday, Jeramie was gone.

    Jeramie was with his mother, some of his siblings and a friend at Lake Wateree State Park last Friday when the unimaginable happened.

  • Young mother drowns at quarry

     

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    Brooke Huffstetler's eyes sparkled when she talked about her children, Chloe, 8; and Ryder, 2.

    “I can't get those bright eyes and that infectious smile out of my thoughts,” Barbara Looper said. “She always made me smile.”

    Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said Brooke Lynn Huffstetler, 26, of 20 Duke St. drowned Wednesday, July 23, around 7 p.m.

  • Supreme Court rules in Mitford case

     

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    In a decision handed down on July 16, the majority of the S.C. Supreme Court upheld the summary judgement of the circuit court that instructed the Fairfield County School district to pay the Chester County School District for educating students from the Mitford area.

  • House fire claims one life

     

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    A Fairfield County woman was fatally injured and her husband is listed in critical but stable condition at a Georgia burn center after their house was destroyed by fire around 11 p.m. Friday night.

    Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said Diana Wood, 53, of 2051 Great North Road, Winnsboro, died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal injury. She celebrated her birthday three days before the fire that claimed her life.

  • Mitford VFD offers safety plan, CPR class

     

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    If you're not sure where the safest exit point in your house is in case of a fire, the Mitford Volunteer Fire Department may be able to help you.

    The department is offering free home surveys to provide guidance in emergency situations that require you to leave your home as quickly as possible.

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  • Marcus Ray, former police chief, mayor passes away

     

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    There was a certain sternness in Marcus Ray's eyes.

    But behind those serious, fixed eyes was a man who loved to joke, laugh and help others.

    The eyes that had a way of sizing you up, closed Saturday, July 5, for the last time.

    Ray, the town's first police chief and a former mayor, passed away at Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster.

  • Children’s drama workshop planned

     

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    The Great Falls Home Town Association, in partnership with the Chester Little Theatre, will sponsor a children’s theater program this summer for young people ages seven to 18.

    Sign-ups will begin on Wednesday, July 16, and continue through Thursday, July 24.

  • FCSO to hold Citizens' Academy

     

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    The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is planning to start its next Citizens’ Academy, Class No. 5, on Monday, Sept. 8.

    There will be six sessions that run every Monday from 7 until 9 p.m. through Oct. 13.

    Residents are asked to pass the information on to anyone they think would be interested in participating.

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