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Great Falls Reporter

  • Ladies, it’s time to get gussied up

    Ladies, here’s your chance to get gussied up for a night.

    GRASP will sponsor a ladies only (21 and older) night of glamor, good fun and entertainment for women in Great Falls.

    GRASP will sponsor the Winter Wonderland Gala from 7 until 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the War Memorial Building.

    Tickets are $25 each and will include dinner, a live auction, games and music provided by a disc jockey. The Edwards Scott House will cater dinner.

  • Fundraiser planned for Louise Collins

    Family members and friends are working together to organize a fundraiser for recently diagnosed cancer patient Louise Collins.

    Collins is the wife of Richard Collins. She is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments and travels back and forth to Levine Cancer Institute in Rock Hill.

    A hot dog plate with baked beans and slaw will be served for lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Mt. Dearborn United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

    Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to help the Collins family with expenses.

  • Phone scam, fraud surface over holidays

    During the holidays, there is often an increase in scam activity.

    Modern scam artists use increasingly sophisticated and intimidating tactics. The only way to protect yourself is to be vigilant, stay informed and guard your personal information. 

    “Scammers posing as utility representatives use a variety of email, in-person and phone tactics to target families and businesses to steal money,” said Duke Energy Vice President of Community Relations Rick Jiran.

  • No rooms available? Consider a yurt

    Overnight lodging may be an option but it’s not going to be the typical “room for the night.”

    Great Falls Home Town Association Executive Director Glinda Coleman has said from the onset that the state park planned in the future of Great Falls will not be your “traditional” state park.

  • An ‘official’ guest shows up for military graduation

    Great Falls High School student Austin Parker began early making career plans. By the time he was 17-years-old, he was steadfast in his decisions.

    Three days after turning 18-years-old on Feb. 6, Parker was sworn into the U.S. Army.

    A senior at Great Falls High, Parker enlisted in the military through the delayed entry program. He chose Military Occupational Specialty 31B (military police), a one-station unit training, meaning he had to complete basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) all together.

  • Kerosene heater may have caused trailer fire

    The American Red Cross was called to assist a Great Falls man after the mobile home he was living in was destroyed by fire on Thursday, Dec. 14.

    Great Falls Firefighter Caleb LeGrand said the Great Falls Fire Department received the call at 5:32 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 5:40 p.m. Upon arrival, LeGrand said he found the single wide trailer at 2219 McClinton Road was about 50-percent involved in flames.

    LeGrand said Nathaniel Means was leasing the mobile home.

  • Robotics team advances to state competition

    On Saturday Dec. 2, the Great Falls Middle School Robotics team, also known as the Red Devils Bots, participated in the First Lego League York robotics qualifier.

    The team is led by David Taylor and Emily Darstein and is composed of seventh and eighth graders. The seventh graders are Emma Suthard, Valerie Harrison and Zachary Langley. The eighth grade students are Jimmy Thornton, Cameron Munn, Ubi Ferrufino, Harley Mitchell and Ally McKeown.

    The FLL York qualifier had 22 other participating teams from all over the Carolinas.

  • Phone scam shows police department number

    Mitford Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Good was at a convention in Myrtle Beach last week when he received a couple of unexpected phone calls.

    Good said the first call was from a woman who stated a warrant had been issued for his arrest and he had until 4 p.m. to resolve the issue or he would be arrested the following day.

    The woman told Good he owed $1,844 and if the claim had to be settled in court, the cost would climb to $3,000 the next day.

  • Former Great Falls editor passes away

    BY HANNAH L. STRONG

    Landmark News Service

    Jim McKeown Jr., owner, editor and publisher of the Kershaw News Era for three decades, was found dead Thursday in his home. He was 66.

    McKeown, who came from a newspaper-industry family, was known for his columns and hard work at the paper. He once served as editor of The Great Falls Reporter.

    “He was the paper,” said Kim Roberts, a 16-year freelancer for the Kershaw News Era. “He had ink in his blood.”

  • Paying it back with over 200 wheels

    Robert Rainey of Kershaw remembers how excited he was when he received a new bicycle. It was a Christmas he’s never forgotten.

    “When I was 10, there was seven boys and one girl…and Daddy died,” Rainey said.

    As a child, young Rainey had no idea of the responsibilities that had fallen into his mother’s lap.

    Seeing the need in the family, a special angel, Rainey’s cousin J.E. Rainey, stepped in to make Christmas brighter for his young cousin.

    J.E. Rainey gave a bicycle to young Robert.