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Great Falls Reporter

  • Columbia College announces 2016 Savory Award Winner

    Columbia College senior Elizabeth Howe is the recipient of the 2016 Savory Award, one of Columbia College's highest student honors.

    Howe is earning a degree in communication studies with a minor in public relations. She is a member of the Columbia College Communication Club, president of Student Alumnae Ambassadors and president of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. She is from Great Falls and will graduate Dec. 18, 2016.

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  • Fifteen transported after school bus wreck

    A Lancaster County School District school bus collided with a pick-up truck near Wildwood Road in the Mitford Community around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said Bryon Albertus Wollinsky, 21, of Great Falls was driving a 1998 Chevrolet pick-up truck and attempted to turn left off S.C. Highway 200 when he failed to yield the right of way and was struck by the school bus.

    There were no passengers in the pick-up truck, Miller said. Wollinsky was charged with failure to yield right of way, according to Miller.

  • Grants, groceries and goodness found at GRASP

    The motto “Help is within your GRASP” is becoming stronger day-by-day.

    The local Great Falls Referral And Assistance Service Project continues the same commitment now as it had when it was organized in the early 1970s.

  • Four file for open council seat

    Four candidates have filed for the open seat on Great Falls Town Council.

    Chester County Elections & Registration Director Terry Graham said David Dutton of 1 Farrow St. was the first candidate to file for the seat vacated by Marty Henson. Henson resigned on Sept. 23. His resignation cited personal reasons.

    Dutton was followed by Randy Beckham of 48 Circle St., Jarrod Skinner of 33 Circle St. and James “Pudge” Simpson of 51 Circle St.

    All of the candidates have previously filed for a seat on town council but were not elected.

  • Christmas spirit comes alive in annual parade

    For many children, the most anticipated day of the year is quickly approaching. Christmas is less than eight weeks away!

    Stores are already displaying holiday decorations and shoppers are out buying Christmas gifts.

    To boost the Christmas spirit locally, the Town of Great Falls will hold its annual Christmas Parade in a couple of weeks. The parade, sponsored by the town, is always held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, making it the first Christmas parade in Chester County.

  • Stumpy Pond River sweep is Saturday

    Volunteers are needed for the Stumpy Pond River sweep which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, with the goal of cleaning up Pickett Island and other islands in the area. Organizers are also calling it the Pickett Island Pickup.

    The islands have been abused over the years with people leaving huge amounts of trash.

    Mike Vaughn, board member with the Great Falls Home Town Association, is organizing the event with the support of the GFHTA and other sponsors.

  • Mayor cuts Wynne off after two minutes

    Darla Wynne wants to be removed from the town’s garbage collection service.

    She said there is a town ordinance stating she does not have to use the service. She also said Town Clerk Julie Blackwell refuses to discontinue garbage collection at her house.

    “I would like to be removed from sanitation and garbage,” Wynne said.

    The town ordinance relating to sanitation fees, dated July 18, 2016, states, “If a business contracts with someone other than the town for pickup, then that business will not pay a sanitation fee.”

  • Because we care
  • Fire chief requests turnout gear for paid personnel

    Newly hired Great Falls Fire Chief Scott Boyd made his first public appearance before Town Council at the Oct. 17 meeting.

    After providing the monthly fire report, Boyd told council the fire department needs three jackets and three pair of pants for the paid personnel.

    “I know the county provides but they don’t have them nor the funds to buy them,” Boyd said.

    He said the county’s turnout gear is almost 10-years-old.
    Boyd said the fire department is “basically bringing on three new men.”