Great Falls Reporter

  • 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).

  • Five fire stations battle Seaboard Street fire


    Great Falls Fire Department PIO

    Over 30 firefighters from five stations battled a structure fire at 26 Seaboard St. on Monday, Feb. 5. 

    Great Falls Fire Department was dispatched by the 911 system at approximately 6:56 p.m. last Monday to a reported structure fire at 26 Seaboard St.

  • Officers to brave the cold waters Saturday

    Officers from The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office will show their bravery and endurance as they plunge into the cold water at Lake Wateree State Park on Saturday during the annual S.C. Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

    Spectators are welcome at the event.

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

    Anyone willing to brave the chilly waters in the 2018 Fairfield County Polar Plunge are invited to join others as they enter the water at 11:30 a.m. You can plunge with a team or on your own.

  • Dixie Youth baseball, softball are registering

    Great Falls Dixie Youth Baseball/Softball is holding registration this week.

    You can register at the David Lex Minors Park today and Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. or on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

    You can also register today through Friday at Great Falls Town Hall from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The office is closed for lunch from noon until 1 p.m.

  • Cabrey: ‘Not a perfect referendum, but a win/win’

    Chester County is experiencing an economic development boom and with the boom comes a need for better education and training for students, said Brenda Cabrey, a member of the Chester County School Bond Referendum Citizen’s Committee.

    “It’s an exciting time in Chester County,” Cabrey said during a school board referendum informational meeting held last Thursday in Great Falls.