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Great Falls Reporter

  • Fairfield County failed to pay town

    Great Falls Town Councilman Charles Dixon presented several questions to council during the regular monthly meeting on Jan. 19.

    Dixon first asked for an update to the sewer agreement the town has with Fairfield County.

    The early 1990’s agreement says Fairfield County will pay the Town of Great Falls 25-percent tax revenue for sewer treatment provided to Grand Central at Interstate 77.

    Town Clerk Julie Blackwell said the town has not received any money from Fairfield County.

  • Three council seats up for re-election

    Three seats on the Great Falls Town Council are up for re-election this year.

    The seats of Councilmen Charles Dixon, Dean Runion and H.C. Wright will expire.

    Dixon said he is not planning to run again but also said there is a slight possibility he will. He rates his decision at 90-percent no and 10-percent yes.

    Runion said he does not plan to run again.

    “I love this town and I think it’s fixing to bust out,” Runion said. “But my wife said she’d divorce me if I run again,” he laughed.

  • A bionic arm with a billion dollar ‘tat’

    Henry “Bubba” Stevenson Jr. has a unique tattoo on his left arm.

    The “ink” could be referred to as a billion dollar ‘tat.’

    Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump autographed Stevenson’s prosthetic arm at a Trump rally at Winthrop University on Jan. 8.

    Stevenson, 25, is not the bionic man Lee Majors was when he starred as Steve Austin in “The Six Million Dollar Man” series that aired in 1973 but he is often referred to as the bionic man of Great Falls.

  • One less chair under the Cedar tree

    There is an empty chair underneath the Cedar Tree.

    The chair occupied by Nathaniel “Kruchev” Wilmore for more than 20 years sits empty.

    Wilmore passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the home of his mother, Janie Mae Cunningham, in the Georgetown Community. He was 59.

    Wilmore, in an article that ran on Sept. 9, 2015 in the Great Falls Reporter, said he had been congregating at the tree on the side of U.S. Highway 21/Chester Avenue for 20 years or longer.

  • Election set for three council seats

    The Town of Great Falls will hold a municipal election on Tuesday, April 5, to fill the office of three council seats.

    The seats of Councilmen Charles Dixon, Dean Runion and H.C. Wright are up for re-election.

    Persons residing in the town limits of Great Falls who wish to register to vote in this election must do so no later than Saturday, March 5.

    Candidate filing opens Friday, Feb. 5, at 8:30 a.m, and closes Friday, Feb. 19, at noon. 

  • Injured dog appears to have been dragged

    The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into an alleged case of ill treatment to animals.

    Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery said the investigation stems from an incident where an injured dog was found by patrons at Carolina Adventure World on Camp Welfare Road in Fairfield County.

    The incident occurred on or before Dec. 13, 2015, a release from the Sheriff’s Office said.

    The injured dog was taken to a veterinarian in Winnsboro.

  • Three face heroin possession charges

    Great Falls Police arrested three people on Jan. 3 and charged them with possession with intent to distribute schedule I narcotics/heroine 1st offense.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said he received a call from 911 around 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, in reference to an altercation at 25 Center St., the residence of Blake Horton and Cathy Horton. Rice said Blake Horton called 911 and told them there were people at his house that were causing a problem and threatened him with a gun.

  • Man killed, doctor injured in crash

    A Great Falls man was killed and a Chester doctor was injured in a head-on collision around 6:15 a.m. Sunday.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Kevin L. Bowden, 25, of 113 Edwards Circle, Great Falls was ejected from the vehicle he was driving and died from blunt force trauma. He was pronounced deceased at the scene, Tinker said.

  • Brooklyn Road Bridge to close in February

    ​The S. C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to United Infrastructure Group, Inc. for the replacement of the bridge over Rocky Creek on Brooklyn Road (S-12-141) in Chester County.

    At this time, construction is scheduled to begin Feb. 4. This date could change if any issues arise during the development of the project.

    Barring any unforeseen delays, the bridge is estimated to reopen to traffic in October 2016.

  • A ‘cold’ Christmas arrives early for GRASP

    Christmas came nine days early for the Great Falls Referral Assistance Service Project.

    But that was all right with GRASP board members and volunteers.

    The group was thrilled to receive two commercial refrigerators and freezers for its Crisis Relief Center.

    The $16,000 gifts were delivered on Dec. 16, GRASP President Sallie Hudson said.

    Hudson said the J. Marion Sims Foundation and the Springs Close Foundation bought the appliances for the organization.