Great Falls Reporter

  • To the finish line
  • Council gives first reading to $1 million budget

    Great Falls Town Council gave first reading approval to a $1,064,172 general fund budget on May 15.

    The budget passed in a 4-2 vote with Councilmen Kenny Mobley and Earl Taylor opposing. Councilman H.C. Wright abstained from voting because his son is chairman of the Flopeye Fish Festival and the budget contains a $6,000 line item for the festival.

    Taylor asked if a finance committee meeting could be held prior to the second reading of the budget.

    The $385,000 wastewater budget gained first reading approval in a 6-1 vote with Taylor opposing.

  • The ups and downs of a balanced budget

    Great Falls Town Council will hear the second reading of the proposed 2017-2018 general fund budget at the June 19 meeting.

    The proposed budget, set at $1,064,172 is down $33,500 from the 2016-2017 budget of $1,097,672.

  • Nationally acclaimed band to perform at festival

    Before last year’s Flopeye Fish Festival was over, organizers Todd Wright and Kathy Hinson were already planning this year’s event.

    The brainstorming never ends, the two agree.

    Wright and Hinson took over planning the festival three years ago when long-time organizer Sallie Hudson decided to step down. This year’s festival will be their fourth event.

    The two are excited to incorporate some new ideas into the 34th annual Flopeye Fish Festival on Saturday, May 27.

  • Confederate Railroad to take the stage at festival

    With their high-energy combination of honky-tonk rockers, sensitive ballads and offbeat humor, Confederate Railroad has created a unique identity that has brought them chart success, multi-platinum sales and continued popularity as a road band.

    The band will take the stage at the 34th annual Flopeye Fish Festival at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Everyone is asked to bring a toy to be donated to the Christmas Stocking Fund.

  • Handmade with love: by Dollie Roberts

    Dollie Roberts fell in love with threads of cotton when she was a little girl.

    Her love for cloth carried into her adulthood and now she uses products of her love to bless others.

    “When I was a child, my grandmother made yo-yo quilts. She had one on her bed and I loved it,” Roberts said, adding that she lived with her grandmother until she was six-years-old.

    “When I was naughty, I would get under her bed and would reach and feel the quilt,” she said.

  • Man burns building with kittens inside

    A man was arrested on May 9 after he set two sheds on fire behind a house on Sunset Avenue.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said additional charges are pending.

  • J. Marion Sims Foundation embraces a new direction


    Special to the Reporter

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation is continuing a journey that we started in 2016 – listening to the people we serve, reflecting on what we hear and acting collaboratively with partners to strengthen our community.

    Last year, we focused on listening, through a comprehensive community engagement effort. We heard your views about the assets of our region. We heard that being close to family, a “small town feel” and the faith community make this place special.

  • Correction

    A story about a Great Falls Town Council budget workshop that ran in the May 10 issue incorrectly listed the amount of the proposed 2017-2018 general fund budget. The story listed the budget at $267,012, the amount of the administration department budget. The proposed budget is set at $1,064,172.

  • See my garden grow!