Great Falls Reporter

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Duke Energy’s recreation plan gets federal green light

    CHARLOTTE, NC – On Dec. 19, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave Duke Energy the green light to move forward on the Catawba-Wateree recreation management plan.

    The plan, submitted for FERC review and approval in November 2016, includes public recreation requirements and agreements included in the new 40-year license FERC issued in 2015 for the Catawba-Wateree’s Hydroelectric Project. The project encompasses nearly 1,800 miles of shoreline along 11 reservoirs in nine counties in North Carolina and five in South Carolina.

  • Christmas Eve fire destroys home


    GFFD Public Information Officer

    More than thirty firefighters from five stations battled a structure fire at Selena Mack’s home at 130 Washington St., Great Falls on Christmas Eve.

    Mack was not at home at the time of the fire.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.