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Great Falls Reporter

  • Police officers to take the plunge

    Everyone is invited to join the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and Winnsboro Public Safety at the 3rd Annual Lake Monticello Polar Plunge to benefit South Carolina Special Olympics and athletes on Saturday, Feb. 18.

    Registration begins at 10 a.m. followed by a costume contest at 11 a.m. and the Lake Monticello Polar Plunge at Monticello Lake Recreation Center at noon.

    You can plunge with a team or on your own. Raise a minimum of $50. The fee includes a t-shirt and lunch for those who take the plunge.

  • Heart attack, heart surgery, happy for second chance

    Sandra Collins has a new appreciation for life.

    It has been almost three years since she suffered a heart attack.

    Collins, 61, was at work at the Great Falls Elementary School cafeteria when she suffered the heart episode.

    “I wasn’t feeling good,” Collins recalled. “I thought it was just anxiety or I was having a panic attack.”

    Collins said she felt a heavy pressure on her chest, like an elephant was sitting on her.

  • Dancing down Memory Lane
  • Give Local opens 2017 campaign

    LANCASTER – The J. Marion Sims Foundation announces the 2017 Give Local Lancaster campaign that will take place on Tuesday, May 2. Registration for participating nonprofit organizations in Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn opened Wednesday, Feb. 1, and will close Friday, Feb. 24.

  • For Rawls, Double R spells rustic designs

    A love of art, the outdoors and creating custom leather jewelry and accessories are three driving forces in Randi Rawls desire to start her own business.

    Rawls, owner/designer of Double R Designs, LLC, said the story of her venture actually began when she was a child.

    “I loved art. I loved to make things, to create and design doll clothes but I also loved the outdoors,” she said from her home (the former Hunter Farms on Great Falls Highway).

  • Tickets still available for dance

    Tickets are still available for “Dance Down Memory Lane” on Saturday.

    The dance, sponsored by the Great Falls Home Town Association, will give people a change to relive some memories from their high school days. Don't miss out on the fun!

    To reserve your tickets, call the Hometown office at 482-2370. Tickets are $10 each.

    The dance will be held from 7-11 p.m. at the old “Youth Center,” now named “the ballroom” at the War Memorial Building.

  • Get out your boogie, get out your boogie shoes

    Get out your boogie shoes and get ready for a night of fun and reminiscing.

    An event planned for Saturday, Feb. 4, will provide an opportunity to renew old friendships, make new ones and dance the night away.

    It will also act as a fundraiser for the Great Falls Home Town Association.

    The GFHTA will host “Dance Down Memory Lane” to give people a chance to relive some memories from their high school days.

    “We  were trying to think of something to get more people involved,” said GFHTA Board Member Pam Nunnery.

  • Police department gets approval for another vehicle

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice has the okay to order a new vehicle for the department.

    Rice, at the Jan. 17 town council meeting, said it has been four years since the department bought a vehicle. The department has four Chevrolet Tahoes, two are 2012 models and the others are 2013 models. He said the Tahoes replaced the Ford Crown Vics.

  • GRASP pushing forward with its goals

    GRASP announces the hiring of a new executive director, Kim Moore; and a food pantry manager, Cindie Waters. 

    GRASP has grown so much over the past year, volunteers are not able to handle all the work.

    A J. Marion Sims Foundation grant was received to help pay salaries. Other grants were received for client services and with the help of donations from churches and GRASP fundraising projects, the organization is able to go forward with new things and ideas. 

  • ‘The General’ rules the roost at DG

    He doesn’t wear a uniform or carry a weapon but “The General” stands guard at the Dollar General on Chester Avenue from sunup to sundown.

    His post is centered around the door and shopping cart area but “The General” is often seen strolling through the parking lot.

    He has been spotted sitting on the shopping cart drop-off or on the guardrail between the parking lot and the woods.

    “He was in his push buggy coupe when I went by,” Kim Hope Moore said. “He was quite content.”