Great Falls Reporter

  • Stolen items recovered in Fairfield County


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    The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in connection with a number of thefts and burglaries in the Lake Wateree area.

    Ridgeway and the Longtown Community were also targeted in the crime spree.

  • Padgett appointed interim sheriff


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    S.C. Governor Nikki Haley has appointed Fairfield County Sheriff's Office Capt. Dunstan Christopher Padgett as interim sheriff following the resignation of Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young.

    Young resigned in July due to health issues.

  • Councilman wants mill area cleaned up


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    Nuisance abatement was the most talked about topic at the July 21 Great Falls Town Council meeting.

    Councilman Dean Runion, chairman of the streets and buildings committee, questioned the town's policy of sending registered letters and then giving property owners 15 days to clean up a nuisance.

    Town Attorney Brian Grier recommended the town continue enforcing the policy.

  • Pull over...it's Pop's Produce!


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    William Hipp is a young entrepreneur.

    The 15-year-old started his own business.

    “I wanted to have a job,” Hipp said.

    In July, Hipp opened “Pop's Produce,” a roadside produce stand at 5168 Great Falls Highway, just past the former Hoke Lumber Company.

  • Young steps down as neighboring sheriff


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    After 22 years of service as the county's top law enforcement official, Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young is stepping down.

    “It is with mixed emotions that we announce Sheriff Herman Young has decided to resign as sheriff of Fairfield County,” a release from the Sheriff's Department said.

  • Football, cheerleader registration announced


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    The City of Chester Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for tackle football, ages nine-10 and 11-12; and cheerleaders ages seven to 12.

    This is a county-wide program including Chester, Lewisville and Great Falls.

    Registrations can be done at:

    • Great Falls Town Hall, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

  • 'Family glue' passes away at 14


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    He was the glue that held the family together.

    Monica Eagle described her son, Jeramie Coleman, as a good Christian boy who set an example for his younger siblings.

    But five days after his 14th birthday, Jeramie was gone.

    Jeramie was with his mother, some of his siblings and a friend at Lake Wateree State Park last Friday when the unimaginable happened.

  • Young mother drowns at quarry


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    Brooke Huffstetler's eyes sparkled when she talked about her children, Chloe, 8; and Ryder, 2.

    “I can't get those bright eyes and that infectious smile out of my thoughts,” Barbara Looper said. “She always made me smile.”

    Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said Brooke Lynn Huffstetler, 26, of 20 Duke St. drowned Wednesday, July 23, around 7 p.m.

  • Supreme Court rules in Mitford case


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    In a decision handed down on July 16, the majority of the S.C. Supreme Court upheld the summary judgement of the circuit court that instructed the Fairfield County School district to pay the Chester County School District for educating students from the Mitford area.

  • House fire claims one life


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    A Fairfield County woman was fatally injured and her husband is listed in critical but stable condition at a Georgia burn center after their house was destroyed by fire around 11 p.m. Friday night.

    Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said Diana Wood, 53, of 2051 Great North Road, Winnsboro, died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal injury. She celebrated her birthday three days before the fire that claimed her life.