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Great Falls Reporter

  • More volunteers needed
  • Bridge on S.C. Highway 200 to close

    The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced plans to replace the bridge on S.C. Highway 200 (Great Falls Highway) over Wateree Creek in Fairfield County.

    Construction is anticipated to begin Sept. 26 and the estimated completion date is May 26, 2017, weather permitting, according to Lynda Monroe, marketing manager/public relations coordinator for Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering in Columbia.

    During construction, S.C. Highway 200 to Winnsboro will temporarily be closed to through-traffic near the bridge site.

  • Council indecisive on form of government

    Councilman Kenny Mobley doesn’t like the term “CEO” or chief executive officer associated with the mayor.

    Mobley voiced his disapproval of the term during an Aug. 30 called council meeting to discuss council committees.

    “I would like to see the term ‘CEO’ tweaked if we go this direction,” Mobley said. “I think it’s something we need to look at.”

    Mobley asked what title, other than CEO, could be given to the mayor.

  • There are three beds to choose from

    There’s just something about having nice, golden brown skin, even during the fall and winter.

    In the summer, sun worshippers hit the beach or lake to achieve their tan. Others visit tanning salons for a quicker tan.

    Some people use tanning beds to help with skin conditions such as psoriasis.

    In the winter, tanning beds are popular devices. Some say the warmth from the ultraviolet lights help sooth achy bones.

  • Tammy Taylor aims to keep the ‘Great’ in Great Falls Elementary

    Tammy Taylor is used to overseeing a lot of special projects as the former director of them for the Chester County School District; now she’s got just one special project – leading Great Falls Elementary School as its new principal.
    The N&R caught up with the newly-minted principal on her first day at school Monday.

  • Harvey Ammons has a farm, E-I-E-I-O

    “Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O, And on his farm he had a pig, E-I-E-I-O, With a oink oink here, And a oink oink there, Here a oink, there a oink, Everywhere a oink oink,
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.”

    “Old MacDonald,” the children’s song/nursery rhyme tells of a farmer, his animals and the noise each animal makes.

    Old MacDonald is not a local farmer but Harvey Ammons is.

    Ammons has his own animal farm on Old Winnsboro Road.

  • Propane tank blows windows out of house

    Firefighters consider it fortunate that no one was injured in an Oak Street house fire last Wednesday.

    A propane tank in the living room exploded during the fire and blew out the windows on both sides of the house.

    The fire department was dispatched to 64 Oak St. for a structure fire at 11:57 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 and arrived on the scene three minutes later at midnight.

    “The fire was about 50-percent involved when I arrived,” Great Falls Fire Chief David Galloway said. “The front half of the house was burning.”

  • The dog and the lion
  • Councilmen say ‘no’ to proposed change

    The Great Falls town council is divided on a proposed ordinance relating to the form of municipal government the town operates under.

    At the July 18 monthly meeting, council gave first reading approval to an ordinance relating to council committees.

    The ordinance passed in a 4-2 vote but requires a second reading before it can be acted on.

    Councilmen Kenny Mobley and Earl Taylor voted against changing the way council handles business.

    Councilman Marty Henson did not attend the meeting.

  • Program to rid town of blighted houses

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said he is working to remove blighted houses within the town limits.

    Rice, at the July 18 monthly council meeting, told council he met with Catawba Regional Council of Governments Community Development Planner Jason Vance to discuss the Neighborhood Initiative Program.

    According to Rice, if a citizen has a structure (house) that is dilapidated and needs to be torn down, the program will pay the owner the tax accessor’s listed value of the property and will demolish the house.