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Great Falls Reporter

  • Clean up won’t happen overnight, Rice says

    Steven Rice is the town’s police chief and also serves as nuisance abatement officer.

    He has been charged with enforcing the law and town ordinances related to nuisance abatement.

    “As enforcer of nuisance abatement, can you give us an update on houses to be torn down and on the trailer at the intersection?” Councilman Earl Taylor asked Rice during the April 18 meeting.

    Rice said $8,000 is included in the town budget to demolish houses and he wants to know how many houses the town wants to bid out for demolition.

  • Eat a pizza, support an athlete

    Nick Pappas, owner of the Great Falls House of Pizza, said the town has been supportive of his business and now it’s his turn to return the favor.

    Pappas has partnered with the Great Falls High School Athletic Department and pledged to donate a percentage of the income at his restaurant between 6 and 9 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month to the athletic program.

    The first sports fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, May 30, from 6 until 9 p.m.

  • Fanning inducted in FCSD Hall of Fame

    Mike Fanning, candidate for South Carolina Senate from District 17, was inducted into the Fairfield County School District Hall of Fame on April 30.

    The Fairfield County School District Hall of Fame was established in 2013 to honor people whose activities have resulted in significant contributions to the betterment of the school district, the community, state or nation.

  • A final lock
  • Senator pledges dedication to ‘bring town back’

    S.C. Sen. Creighton Coleman, a member of the Catawba-Wateree Bistate Commission, pledged support to the town during council’s monthly meeting on April 18.

    “I am dedicated to Great Falls,” Coleman said.

    Coleman said the town has a lot of resources and possibilities within a six-seven mile radius.

    “We need to pull a plan together,” Coleman said. “We need to get ready to go.”

    Coleman said a plan has been secured and urged council to establish its own plan and move forward quickly.

  • Cancer in Chester County: A report on DHEC’s Community Cancer Assessment

    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has recently released the report on their community cancer assessment for Chester County. In addition to assessing the county as a whole, the reports also break down the incidences of cancer and the mortality rates for each of the zip codes within Chester County, namely Chester, Blackstock, Edgemoor, Great Falls, Richburg and Fort Lawn.

  • Give to GRASP in May 3 campaign

    GRASP will participate in GIVE LOCAL LANCASTER – GRASP on May  3 by going online to www.GiveLocalLancaster.org and make your donation and mark it for GRASP. 

    GRASP now in its new building at 802 Dearborn St. in Great Falls, is able to distribute food to families and the elderly on a monthly basis. Families can receive food once a month. Food given to the families generally lasts about four to five days.  

  • Lancaster event to benefit Great Falls

    Sponsored by the J. Marion Sims Foundation, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the City of Lancaster and Lancaster County Partners for Youth, the first Give Local Lancaster 24-hour on-line giving event will begin at midnight on May 3 and will end 24 hours later, raising money for 36 non-profit organizations in Lancaster County, Fort Lawn and Great Falls.

  • Recovering from surgery, man loses home

    Doug Sumner remains optimistic in the face of physical struggle and personal loss.

    “You’ve got to push on,” he said.

    On Feb. 10, Sumner underwent neck surgery. He was released to come home from the hospital on Feb. 25 and was recently given medical clearance to make short drives.

    He is fitted in a neck brace and was receiving in-home physical therapy.

    He was also trying to spend a few hours at his convenience store, Sumner’s Deli, on Ridgeway Road.

  • Standing room only at the ‘Big Bad Musical’

    From staff reports

    There was standing room only in the Great Falls Middle/High School Little Theater.

    “It was a huge event,” Shannon Mills said. “I could not believe how many people attended. There were no seats left and people were standing around the sides of the Little Theater and then outside of the theater. I guess the folks around Great Falls appreciate the arts!”