Great Falls Reporter

  • Man files lawsuit, claiming injury in cemetery

    A civil lawsuit filed at the York County Courthouse by Randy Harris of Lancaster on Nov. 25, 2015 lists Greenlawn Cemetery Association, Great Falls Cemetery Association and Dantzler-Baker Funeral Home, Inc. as defendants.

    The lawsuit claims that on Dec. 15, 2014, “Harris was a patron at Greenlawn Cemetery when he fell in a hole, in which the hole was not reasonably visible to the naked eye, near a retaining wall and was injured.”

    Plaintiff suffered a broken ankle as a result of the fall, the lawsuit claims.

  • Garbage fees to increase by $1

    Residents and businesses in the Town of Great Falls can expect to see a $1 increase in their garbage fees in August.

    Great Falls Town Council gave first reading approval to the increase at the June 20 monthly meeting.

    The motion to increase the fees passed in a 5-2 vote with Councilmen Kenny Mobley and Earl Taylor opposing.

    “The town hasn’t had an increase in eight years,” Councilman Glenn Smith said while presenting the proposal.

    “We were not meeting budget,” Smith added.

  • Girl drowns while learning to swim

    No mother should have to witness the death of her child. But on Saturday, Ericka Blackmon watched as her 11-year-old daughter, Emilee Jo Britt, struggled to get above water.

    Blackmon, another woman and Emilee were enjoying a break from the heat and were swimming in Rocky Creek off U.S. Highway 21. The area, known as the sandbar near the entrance to the Carolina Thread Trail, is a favorite gathering spot for swimmers.

  • House burns while owner in hospital

    Linda Trent was in the hospital and her husband Norman was with her when their home was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning, according to Great Falls Fire Chief David Galloway.

    Galloway said the call for a structure fire at 5435 Old Winnsboro Road came in at 2:54 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters were enroute at 2:56 a.m. and arrived on the scene at 2:59 a.m.

    “It was fully involved,” Galloway said. “The roof was already falling in and most of the second floor was falling in.”

  • Decision time
  • Surprise visitor pledges $100K to town

    It’s always exciting when good news walks in the door, especially when it’s unexpected.

    Sen. Creighton Coleman arrived at the Great Falls Town Council meeting as committee reports were being given on June 20. As soon as Police Chief Steven Rice completed the police department report, Mayor Lee Montgomery welcomed Coleman and invited him to the podium.

  • Great Falls residents spell groceries I-G-A

    Seven days after one door closed, another opened.

    Had it not, Great Falls would be without a grocery store.

    An icon in the community for over 50 years, Piggly Wiggly closed its doors on June 12, 2014. Seven days later, IGA opened its doors. On Sunday, Great Falls IGA celebrated its second anniversary.

    When news of Piggly Wiggly’s planned closure surfaced, the Gibson Family Partnership (Marvin Gibson and sisters Donna Gibson Stricker and Rhonda Gibson Cato) began negotiations with W. Lee Flowers & Co., Inc. to open an IGA in town.

  • Two men arrested in suspected arson

    Great Falls Police have arrested two men in connection with a house fire on June 9.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said Marcus Cornelius Reed, 37, of Chester and Corey Lendle Wilmore, 33, of Charlotte, N.C. have been charged with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a house at 60 Holly St.

    Reed was charged with driving under suspension first offense, giving false information to law enforcement, fire department or rescue department, arson second degree and violation of ABC laws.

  • Taylor named GFES Principal

    There have been additional personnel changes within the Chester County School District. According to a Monday afternoon announcement, Tammy Taylor, who has been serving as district Director of Accountability and Special Projects, has been named the Principal for Great Falls Elementary School. Taylor is in her 19th year in education.

  • Lyles joins council