Great Falls Reporter

  • Ready for Santa
  • Christmas giving and Christmas memories

    Christmas Day is only four days away. 

    For children, it is one of the most awaited days of the year. They have trouble falling asleep on Christmas Eve as their minds race with visions of what they’ll find underneath the tree on Christmas Day.

    Christmas is a time for making and remembering memories so I thought I’d gather some special memories for this year’s Christmas story.

    I hope you enjoy!

  • New councilman elected on Tuesday

    A new Great Falls town councilman was elected Tuesday.

    Results of the election are not in today’s paper because of the 5 p.m. Monday deadline.

    The special election was held to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman Marty Henson. Henson resigned on Sept. 23, citing personal reasons.

    Randy Beckham, David Dutton, James “Pudge” Simpson and Jarrod Skinner filed for the open seat.

  • Pharmacy intern awarded student grant

    Epic Pharmacies Inc., a national network of more than 1,400 independently-owned pharmacies, has announced the winners of its 2016 student grant program. Grants were awarded to 12 pharmacy students who plan to practice in an independent pharmacy upon graduation.

    Zauri Bradley, a student at USC College of Pharmacy, was recommended by Pete Milhorn, owner of Great Falls Pharmacy, and was awarded a $1,000 grant after consideration of academic achievement, recommendations and essay answers.

  • A spider, a lion and Senator Fanning

    After a long, hard fought political battle, Mike Fanning was sworn in on Dec. 6 as the first known senator from Great Falls.

    Following the swearing in ceremony at the S.C. Statehouse, Senator Fanning gave his first speech from the Senate floors.

    “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion,” Fanning said.

  • Special election for council seat is Tuesday

    A special election to fill an open seat on the Great Falls Town Council will be held Tuesday, Dec. 20.

    David  Dutton, Randy Beckham, Jarrod Skinner and James “Pudge” Simpson have filed for the seat vacated by Marty Henson.

    Henson resigned on Sept. 23, citing personal reasons.

    All of the candidates were mailed candidate profile questioners for information to be included in the newspaper. None of the forms were returned.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on election day.

  • Santa is coming to town on Friday

    Santa Clause is coming to town!

    The jolly old man in the red suit will be in downtown Great Falls Friday night as part of the first “Christmas in the Falls.”

    For those willing to sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas wishes, photos will be available.

    Flopeye Fish Festival organizers Todd Wright and Kathy Hinson, at the last minute, agreed to organize a Christmas event in town after the Great Falls Home Town Association announced they would not be sponsoring “Christmas in the Park” this year.

  • Founders presents Mad City Money at GFHS

    Founders Federal Credit Union presented Mad City Money, a real life money simulation, to students at Great Falls High School on Dec. 9.

  • Movie at ‘The Falls’ for Christmas

    Santa was in Great Falls last month for an early visit. The jolly old man in the red suit made a guest appearance at the Great Falls Christmas Parade on Nov. 21.

    And next week, he is returning to greet children.

    Santa will make a “celebrity” appearance at “Christmas in the Falls” on Friday, Dec. 16. His visit will give children an opportunity to present Santa their Christmas wish lists. Photos with Santa will also be available.

  • Residents alarmed by last week’s siren blast

    The sirens blasting last Wednesday evening caused concern and anxiety for residents who heard the blasts around 5:30-5:45 p.m.

    Great Falls Fire Department Public Information Officer Dana Greenleaf said Mayor Lee Montgomery received a substantial number of calls from concerned residents wanted to know what the warning was for.

    The fire department was notified by the Chester County Emergency Management Agency because of an approaching storm and a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service, Greenleaf said.