Great Falls Reporter

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fundraiser for Collins is Saturday

    A fundraiser for Louise Collins will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Mt. Dearborn United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

    Collins was recently diagnosed with cancer. The wife of Richard Collins, she is undergoing chemotherapy treatments at 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.

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

  • Arrest made in Wateree area thefts

    Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery has announced the arrest of James H. Richardson, 39, of Lancaster, for burglary 2nd degree and grand larceny for an incident that occurred on Dec. 31, 2017 at a property on River Road in the Lake Wateree area of Fairfield County.

    According to the release, Richardson stole multiple items to include horse saddles and other related items.

  • Second Baptist to feed Railroad Riversweep volunteers

    The Great Falls Hometown Association 2018 Railroad Riversweep will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20.

    All volunteers have been invited to Great Falls Second Baptist Church for a good meal prior to the Riversweep. The church begins serving at 11  a.m., serving the whole community, which they do once a month.

  • GFHTA to sponsor school referendum informational meeting

    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, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13.

  • Engineers continuing to assess gym at Great Falls Elementary

    Engineers are continuing their assessment of the ceiling in the gymnasium at Great Falls Elementary School, according to a statement from the Chester County School District.

    School District Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner stated in the email statement that a portion of the ceiling in the gym broke off and fell to the floor during the holiday break.

    ‘Upon learning of this, the district took action and contacted a structural engineering firm to inspect the entire ceiling in the gym,’ Gardner said in the statement.

  • CMD announces disconnection notice

    All Chester Metropolitan District customers with past-due accounts (bills due in December 2017 or earlier) will be eligible for disconnection on Thursday, Jan. 11.

    To avoid disconnection, make arrangements to pay your bill by 5 p.m. today, Jan. 10. Payments can be made in person at Great Falls Town Hall or online at www.cmdcsd.com.

    Current bills are due Jan. 16 and are not included in this week's disconnection schedule.

  • EMS assistance calls top fire log for 2017

    The Great Falls Fire Department had a busy year in 2017 but ironically, almost half of the calls were for medical assistance.

    According to documented calls for the fire department, firefighters responded to 340 calls last year with 143 of the calls for EMS assistance.

    The number of calls almost equaled the number of days in the year.

    “We had more EMS calls as first responders,” Fire/Police Chief Steven Rice said.

    Rice took over as head of the fire department in February 2017.

  • A hidden treasure needs some real polishing

    “This is a hidden, in plain view kind of place,” Great Falls Home Town Association Board Member Mike Vaughn said.

    “Two groups know of this place. One loves its beauty; the other doesn’t. One group sees it as a key to the future of Great Falls, the other sees it as a dump.”