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Great Falls Reporter

  • Sun on his toes
  • House under contract catches fire

    Great Falls Town Councilman Jamie “Pudge” Simpson lived in his house on 51 Circle Street for almost 14 years. In December, he married Jada Suthard and moved into her home on Hillcrest Avenue.

    Last Monday night, Simpson got a call that no one wants to receive. His house was on fire.

    “I got a phone call saying flames were coming out of the house,” Simpson said. “It didn’t feel real.”

    Simpson said the tragedy brought back memories of a fire at his home when he was young.

  • Driver charged in trash truck wreck

    The driver of the town’s trash truck has been charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol following a wreck last Monday.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said James Harrison Banks, 56, of Great Falls has been charged with driving too fast for conditions.

  • Parsons brings home four press awards

    Great Falls ReporterEditor Nancy Parsons brought home two writing awards and two photography awards from Saturday's annual S.C. Press Association Awards Luncheon held at The Marriott in Columbia.

    In the photography division, Parsons won third place in Photo Series or Photo Story for her coverage of Great Falls Elementary School’s “Honoring Dr. Seuss: Read Across America.”

    Parsons also claimed second place for Online Photo Gallery for “Fun at the 33rd annual Flopeye Fish Festival.”

  • Date changed for Great Falls Riversweep

    Because of inclement weather, the Great Falls Riversweep date has been changed to Saturday, April 8. Volunteers are still needed for the event which will be held from 9 a.m. until noon. The cleanup will primarily focus on the islands in Stumpy Pond and some of the bank area around the reservoir. Volunteers will meet at Debutary Landing or Stumpy Pond Landing (Lancaster side).

     

  • Community leaders seek to empower community voice

    BY ELIZABETH J. HOWE

    Communications Associate

    J. MARION SIMS FOUNDATION

     

    LANCASTER –  On March 15, more than 150 members of the Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn communities gathered at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster to learn about an opportunity to increase and empower community voice in decision-making.

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation brings Community Heart & Soul and the Orton Family Foundation to the region as part of its commitment to supporting and building a healthy community.

  • In the creek
  • River cleanup to be held Saturday

    The Great Falls River sweep will be held on Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cleanup will primarily focus on the islands in Stumpy Pond and some of the bank area around the reservoir.

    Volunteers will meet at Debutary Landing or Stumpy Pond Landing (Lancaster side).

    This is the second river sweep that the Great Falls Home Town Association has held.

  • Council gives gazebo a second look

    Great Falls Town Council is pondering whether or not it wants to restore a piece of local history.

    Council, at a called meeting on March 7, discussed restoration of an old gazebo.

    The gazebo sits in the center of a pond on town owned land adjacent to the old No. 2 mill parking lot.

    Councilman Glenn Smith brought the idea to the table.

    “We’ve been talking about it for several years,” Smith said. “I don’t know what we want to do. That is a historical figure in town.”

  • Howe wants a ‘big splash’ for Smithsonian exhibit

    There’s a twinkle in her eyes as Elizabeth Howe tells about her role as the City of Chester’s marketing consultant for the Smithsonian Institution’s “The Way We Worked” traveling exhibit.

    Howe, 22, started working on the project on Jan. 12.

    “This job fell into my life,” Howe said. “I was hired in January and I’m contracted with the city through May.”