Great Falls Reporter

  • 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.

  • Former Great Falls editor passes away


    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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.