Great Falls Reporter

  • 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.

  • Local boys to play in Youth Shrine Bowl

    The Youth Shrine Bowl Battle of the Border’s All Star Football Game was designed to offer a high school level experience for 70 of  the best football players from South and North Carolina.

  • An empty rocking chair, bench and business

    If the rustic, wooden bench inside Great Falls Feed & Seed could talk, it could tell many tales.

    The bench has been a key piece of furniture inside the store for 25 years. Beside the bench is a worn rocking chair that joined the bench about 20 years ago.

    Both of the wooden pieces of furniture will soon sit empty. There will be no more tall tales shared in their presence.

    After 36 years in business, Great Falls Feed & Seed will close its doors on Dec. 30.

  • Santa to visit town on Saturday

    You better be good, you better watch out! Santa Claus is coming to town!

    The jolly old man in the red suit will make an early visit to Great Falls on Saturday during Christmas in the Falls. You can use your camera or phone to have a photo made with Santa.

    Santa will give out toys that were collected at the Flopeye Fish Festival in May until his toy bag runs empty. Festival organizer Todd Wright said he hopes the toy distribution will encourage people to bring a toy to next year’s festival in May.

  • Roberts honored as honorary lifetime member by GRASP

    GRASP recently honored Dollie Roberts by naming her an Honorary Lifetime Board Member of GRASP. 

  • State park will not be ‘traditional park’

    It’s not going to be your typical state park.

    There will be no campers on the island because there will not be vehicle access.

    The park, however, will appeal to a certain group of outdoor enthusiasts.

    Great Falls Town Council was briefed on plans for a planned state park on Dearborn Island during the Nov. 20 meeting.

    Great Falls Home Town Association Executive Director Glinda Coleman said the GFHTA met with Duke Energy on Nov. 16 to get updated on Duke’s relicensing agreement and recreational plans for the area.

  • Duke honors Simon during veteran appreciation


    Duke Energy Illumination Contributor

    Semper fi (Always faithful).

  • Cub Scouts to clean cemetery

    Cub Scout Damon Rajas of Cub Scout Pack 176 had an idea for a public service project.

    Rajas shared his brainstorm with other Scouts and they decided to join in the effort.

    Scoutmaster Brian Harper said Cub Scout Pack 176 will pick up trash and debris from Greenlawn Cemetery on Sunday, Dec. 3, beginning at 2 p.m.

    James Baker has agreed to provide trash bags for the cleanup, Harper said.

    “These boys are giving back to the community,” Harper said.

  • ‘The Polar Express’ awaits your arrival

    When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

    Come join others on the journey as “The Polar Express” is shown Friday night, Dec. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church Park.

    Greater Great Falls invites everyone to the family movie night with a holiday theme.

  • Police investigating shooting death near Great Falls

    The Chester County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting death outside the town limits of Great Falls.

    CCSO Chief Deputy Robert Sprouse said the shooting happened around 6:45 a.m. Monday on Circle Drive in the Youngstown Community.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker identified the victim as Lamario Lightner, 28, of 2328 Circle Drive, Great Falls. Tinker said the cause of death is listed as a gunshot wound.

    The S.C. Law Enforcement Division was called to assist with the investigation.