Great Falls Reporter

  • Town leaders asked to help with reading project
  • Neighbor arrested in Stephanie Roof’s murder


    Courtesy of The Morning Call

    Seven months after a Lower Macungie Township mother was found slain in the driveway of her home, authorities have charged a neighbor who was an "angry" ex-boyfriend with killing her with a homemade air rifle.

    District Attorney Jim Martin announced the arrest of 35-year-old Josef C. Raszler, who lived directly across the street from Stephanie (Spinks) Roof, 46, (formerly of Great Falls). Investigators said he had a relationship with her that ended a year before her death.

  • Husband, wife lose lives in Lancaster crash

    A former Great Falls resident and graduate of Great Falls High School and her husband lost their lives in a motorcycle accident in Lancaster Saturday night.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis said the accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, approximately one-half mile south of Lancaster.

  • Man drowns at CAW

    The Fairfield County Coroner’s Office, along with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, is investigating the drowning death of Steven Bradford Armfield of Spartanburg.

    Armfield, 35, was riding an ATV when the ATV overturned as Armfield attempted to cross a rain-swollen creek at Carolina Adventure World near Great Falls. Armfield drowned when he became trapped under his vehicle, the Coroner’s Office said.

    “The accident remains under investigation by the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office,” the statement said.

  • The Crucifixion
  • A toilet, a snake, a broom and some poison

    Karen Lawson wasn’t feeling well but agreed to go into work after her boss called and told her that his wife was sick.

    After what happened next, Lawson was more than happy to go to work.

    Lawson said she got out of bed, took a shower, dried her hair and was preparing to curl her hair when she heard a strange noise in the bathroom.

    “I had just gotten out of the shower when I heard something,” Lawson said from her Hightower Road home.

  • GRASP has hope through Harvest Hope partnership

    Columbia ­– Harvest Hope Food Bank has added Great Falls Referral and Assistance Service Project (GRASP) to its list of partner agencies. Harvest Hope’s partner agencies are non-profits who help the food bank distribute food across its 20-county territory. GRASP, located in Great Falls, has been serving the community for over 40 years by providing immediate service to families and individuals in need. 

  • Garage owner fatally injured in Lancaster wreck

    A Great Falls man was fatally injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Lancaster last Friday.

    Jennifer Collins of the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said 56-year-old Randolph Edward “Eddie” Lee of Great Falls was a victim of the fatal wreck.

    Lee was the owner and operator of Lee Automotive on Great Falls Highway.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the wreck happened around 2:08 a.m. Friday, March 31, on S.C. Highway 200, approximately two miles south of Lancaster.

  • Bridge on Highway 34 to remain open during repairs

    The Little River Bridge on S.C. Highway 34  in Fairfield County will remain open during repairs, S.C. Department of Transportation Resident Construction Engineer Jeremiah Bradley said.

    Bradley said DOT bought a new right of way and construction repairs will take place at the site.

    “We’re ironing out environmental problems now,” Bradley said. “Construction should begin soon.”

  • ‘Molar mechanic,’ Dr. Fort is remembered

    News spread quickly last Thursday morning of the sudden and unexpected passing of longtime dentist Dr. L.W. Fort Jr.

    Dr. Fort’s death on March 23 came as a shock to the community he served for decades.

    Brenda Fort said her husband woke up Thursday morning complaining of shortness of breath. He had been nursing a cold for a couple of weeks. Dr. Fort told his wife to call an ambulance but he passed away before the ambulance reached the hospital, Mrs. Fort said.