Great Falls Reporter

  • Kelly wants to be next mayor

    Debra Kim Kelly wants to serve as the next mayor of Great Falls.

    Kelly, 62, said she is retired and has “plenty of time to devote to doing whatever is necessary to make Great Falls the place for anyone who loves being out-of-doors.”

    “With lodging available within minutes in Richburg and a host of travelers passing through the outskirts of our town on the way to Carolina Adventure World, we are poised and ready to be ‘discovered,’” Kelly said.

  • Proud Momma Day

    It was an exciting, fun day – just the way the senator planned it.

    S.C. State Senator Mike Fanning, his secretary Debra Cooper and myself emailed and sent text messages for a couple of weeks prior to our Feb. 28 meeting at the State House.

    I invited my son Josh to go with me to Columbia for what I told him was “an appointment.” I provided very little details, other than telling him that I wasn’t seriously ill and wasn’t meeting with a doctor to schedule surgery. We have had one of those not-so-good appointments in the past.

  • Absentee voting begins Friday

    In-House absentee voting for the April 10 mayoral and town council election will open Friday, March 9, at 8:30 am. Anyone who is interested in voting absentee can vote at the Voter Registration Office at 109 Ella St., Chester, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Absentee voting will continue through April  9.

  • Duke Energy to offer free energy products

    Duke Energy plans to offer a few ways for its utility customers to lower their energy costs.

    Duke Energy Residential Energy Efficiency Program Manager Sue Dinnsen gave Great Falls Town Council a brief overview of the project during the Feb. 19 monthly council meeting.

    “It’s a free program Duke is bringing to Great Falls,” Dinnsen said.

  • Get a glimpse of town from the water side

    Strategic planning and recreational plans are progressing.

    That’s the message a Clemson University team gave Great Falls Town Council during the Feb. 19 meeting.

    “We’re moving forward with the project related to strategic planning as part of Duke’s recreational plan,” Dr. Lauren Duffy from Clemson University said.

    Duffy said the team will conduct surveys this summer, possibly during the Flopeye Fish Festival in Great Falls and during the Rocky Shoal Spider Lilly Festival at Landsford Canal State Park.

  • ‘The kids lost out,’ Smith says about referendum

    A $38 million bond referendum that included $4.3 million for maintenance to the Great Falls schools was shot down by voters on Feb. 13. The referendum failed in a 990 to 863 countywide vote.

    In Great Falls, 107 people voted against the referendum and 10 voted in favor of it. In the Beckhamville community, 133 people said no and 27 voted in favor of the referendum.

    “I’m disappointed,” Chester County School Board Member John Smith said. “We’ve lost $4.3 million to improve our schools.”

  • Eight candidates file for council seats

    As of Friday evening, two individuals have joined Incumbent Mayor Lee Montgomery in filing for the office of mayor of Great Falls.

    Dean Runion and Debra Kelly have filed letters of intent with the Chester County Elections Office.

    The seats of Councilmen Jamie “Pudge” Simpson, Glenn Smith and Earl Taylor are also up for grabs in the April 10 election. All have filed for re-election.

    Joining them in vying for a seat on council are David Dutton and Maria Chaplin.

  • Providence Health to open Fairfield County ER

    Winnsboro – On Feb.15, Providence Health, part of LifePoint Health®, broke ground on a new emergency room in Winnsboro. Community leaders, elected officials, healthcare providers and hospital supporters gathered to watch the first dig marking the beginning of construction for the facility, which will help ensure the continuation of access to high quality care in Fairfield County. 

  • Railroad Riversweep set for Saturday

    It's almost time to finish up the Great Falls Home Town Association Railroad Riversweep.

  • Milhorn: the flu is the worst I’ve seen in 25 years

    You have a fever or feel feverish and experience chills. You may have a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and tiredness. Vomiting and diarrhea are often present in children.

    These are symptoms associated with influenza (the flu virus).