Great Falls Reporter

  • Three badges: A county law enforcement dynasty

    He knew what it was like for his father to miss birthday parties, holidays and other special occasions at home.

    He understood that when the telephone rang, his dad had to go.

    His father had no choice – he was the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in the county.

    Will Montgomery is now walking in the same footsteps that his father, Leroy “Bubba” Montgomery, and his grandfather, Samuel Leroy Montgomery, each walked for over a decade.

  • Councilmen want to hear from the citizens

    Great Falls Town Councilman Dean Runion wants to hold a second Town Hall meeting.

    Runion wants to hold the informal session to give citizens an opportunity to voice their concerns, ideas, complaints, suggestions or questions to the council.

    Councilmen Runion and Charles Dixon moderated the first informal session on March 16. Fourteen people attended.

    Runion said he would like to schedule another meeting in August.

    Town Attorney Brian Grier suggested holding the session prior to the council meeting, like a budget hearing is held.

  • An unwelcome visitor shows up at revival

    A few months ago, my co-worker Brian Garner wrote a column about the day a bat visited our office. The creature caused quite an uproar. Not only were the ladies upset by the unwelcome visitor, but Editor Travis Jenkins also showed his displeasure with the fly-in guest. Thankfully he and Brian rid the office of the winged creature.

    A month or so ago, my pastor led a revival in a small, community church. Several members of our congregation accompanied him to the services.

  • ‘Eat more chicken,’ barbecue that is

    There’s a new restaurant in town.

    Chick-N-Que has opened at 635 Dearborn St. across from Spratt Savings & Loan.

    Owner J.R. Thomasson recently moved back to Great Falls from Charlotte, NC. He said he got his start by selling barbecue chicken at the Flopeye Fish Festival on Memorial Day weekend.

    On July 2, he opened his first restaurant.

    Thomasson has a degree in marketing and business. He said he moved back to Great Falls to take care of his daughter, Chloe.

  • Officer faces dangerous July 4 call

    The July 4 holiday quickly turned unnerving for a Great Falls Police officer when he was dispatched to an assault call on Seaboard Street.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said Maj. Scott Case was dispatched by 911after a juvenile called and said he was inside a house where his mother had been assaulted.

    Upon arrival, Case saw the suspect running out of the door and into the yard, wearing minimal clothing, upper body armor and carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle.

  • Deputies talk jumper off bridge

    The Fourth of July was far from normal for the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.

    The Sheriff’s Office was called to respond to a report of a suicidal individual on the Taylor’s Creek Bridge in the Lake Wateree area of Fairfield County shortly before noon on July 4.

    Upon arrival, deputies observed a distraught male individual seated on the retaining wall of the bridge with his legs hanging over and threatening to jump. 

    The Sheriff’s Office patrol supervisor established contact with the individual and began talking to him.

  • Health Fair to offer free services

    How is your vision? Do you know if you have high blood pressure? How is your blood sugar level? Do you know the signs of kidney disease?

    These are just a few of the questions you might can find an answer to at a health fair.

    The Great Falls Home Town Association is sponsoring a health fair on Thursday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Great Falls War Memorial Building. 

    The Lion’s Club SPOT camera will be part of the fair among other services and information booths. Services at the fair will be free.

  • Nine claims the win!
  • Break-in gives ammunition in chief's request

    A burglary at a convenience store is pushing Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice even more to rally for jurisdiction within a three-mile radius of the Town of Great Falls.

    Crossroads II (Exxon), 508 Chester Ave., was broken into around 1:35 a.m. June 28.

    Rice said a metal object was thrown threw the glass door, allowing the suspects to enter the business. Once inside, the two suspects spent 41 seconds inside the store and took cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco related products valued between $300 and $400, Rice said.

  • 'Christmas in June' for town employees

    It wasn't “Christmas in July” but it was “Christmas in June” for 25 Town of Great Falls employees.

    Employees received a welcome surprise on June 30 after Great Falls Town Council agreed to give employees a bonus.

    The town's 13 full-time employees were issued $500 bonuses and 12 part-time employees were given a $250 bonus.

    Councilman Glenn Smith, chairman of the finance committee, made the motion to award bonuses. He said employees did not get a raise this year and raises were not factored into the 2015-2016 budget.