Great Falls Reporter

  • Mayor, three council seats up for grabs

    The office of mayor of Great Falls and three town council seats will be up for grabs on April 10

    The seats of Mayor Lee Montgomery and Councilmen Jamie “Pudge” Simpson, Glenn Smith and Earl Taylor will be decided in the April 10 election.

  • Take the plunge for Special Olympics

    The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual SC Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Lake Wateree State Park on Saturday, Feb. 17.

    Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by a costume contest and awards at 11 a.m.

    Those who are willing to brave the chilly waters in the 2018 Fairfield County Polar Plunge will enter the water at 11:30 a.m.

    Lunch will be served at noon.

    You can plunge with a team or on your own!

  • No longer the president, but continuing to serve

    A need to help people in Great Falls is what Sallie Hudson said compelled her to first become involved with GRASP.
    Hudson, past chairwoman of the board of directors for GRASP (Great Falls Referral and Assistance Service Project), started out by serving as a representative for Mt. Dearborn United Methodist Church. She has served on the board of directors as assistant treasurer and for the last five years, she led the group as president.

  • Learn about school bond referendum on Thursday

    The Great Falls Home Town Association will sponsor a school referendum informational meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Great Falls War Memorial Building.

    The meeting will begin with a presentation by the school district to outline what will be on the school referendum on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Citizens will then be allowed to ask questions about the referendum, school district plans and other material contained within the presentation.

  • Lake Wateree associations merge memberships

    After a combined 55-plus years of service to the communities surrounding Lake Wateree, the Wateree Home Owners Association of Fairfield County and the Lake Wateree Association are merging their memberships.

  • Frigid temperatures didn’t stop fire training



    GFFD Public Information Officer

    The recent cold weather did not stop members of the Great Falls Fire Department from conducting training under extreme conditions.

    The training, conducted on Four Tower Hill on the night of Jan. 18, required firefighters to correctly connect a water supply line from a hydrant to an engine and then pump water through a hose and nozzle onto a simulated fire. 

  • Clarification

    In an article that ran Jan. 24, it was stated that Chester County School District Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain said the district is presenting a listening session in each attendance area to explain the proposed bond referendum. The listening sessions were held in all three attendance areas during the summer of 2017. No more listening sessions are planned. Presentations, however, are being made around the district prior to the Feb. 13 referendum.

  • Bain briefs council on school referendum

    Chester County School District Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain appeared before Great Falls Town Council at their meeting on Jan. 16.

    Bain asked to explain to council the proposed $38 million bond referendum the Chester County School Board is presenting. The referendum will go for a vote on Feb. 13.

    “I can educate you but I cannot advocate for the referendum,” Bain said.

    School Board Member John Smith was present but did not address council.

  • District Chief Operations Officer says Great Falls Elementary roof is under repair

    Chester County School District Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner said the district is moving ahead with repairs of the Great Falls Elementary gymnasium roof.

    Gardner made his report Monday night to the members of the Chester County School Board. He told the board that following the winter break, an 8x8 inch piece of roof deck made from reinforced concrete was found on the gym floor. The gym was closed to students and faculty immediately and the district called in an engineering firm to inspect the roof.

  • Love of outdoors dampened by unsightly debris on trail

    Mike Vaughn loves the outdoors. He enjoys hiking on trails and canoeing.

    But he doesn’t like the trash he has seen on his excursions, especially in his hometown.

    Vaughn, chairman of the Great Falls Home Town Association board of directors, has been a key player in water and land cleanups in the area.

    “We’ve done three cleanups at Stumpy Pond and we expanded our focus when we cleaned up the Carolina Thread Trail,” Vaughn told Great Falls Town Council at the Jan. 16 meeting.