Great Falls Reporter

  • Man loses life in logging truck accident

    A Fairfield County man lost his life Thursday morning, Sept. 7, in a two-vehicle crash near Great Falls.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the driver of a 1998 Ford Mustang was traveling east on S.C. Highway 200 when he attempted to turn left (north) onto U.S. Highway 21 and was struck by a southbound logging truck.

    The driver of the Mustang was not wearing a seatbelt, was entrapped and was fatally injured in the accident, Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol said. The driver of the car was pronounced deceased at the scene.

  • Rockin’ messages found in hidden places

    They can be spotted on park benches, in window sills or doorways of businesses or restaurants, on church steps, at libraries or school entrances, at ball fields, in flower pots, on the steps of residences and other locations. Some are easily spotted, others take a little effort to find.

    They are not bugs or no shoulders (snakes).

    They are rocks. Painted rocks!

  • Former JROTC cadet helping with hurricane relief

    U.S. Army Specialist Jonah Cunningham is currently serving in support of Hurricane Harvey efforts in Houston, Texas. 

    “I spoke to him and he said ‘It’s crazy down here. Everyone is working so hard in the rescue operation. It’s a surreal experience,’” 1st Sgt. (Ret.) Rick Greeno Jr. said.

    Greeno is a JROTC instructor at Great Falls High School.

    Greeno said Cunningham is stationed near the center of Houston.

  • GFFD collects water for flood victims

    The Great Falls Fire Department is a drop off point for water to be sent to Texas flood victims.

    The donated water will be turned in to Chester County for delivery. Edge Trucking has agreed to ship a 53’ tractor trailer load of non-perishable goods to Texas. Water and non-perishable items are needed. Used clothing, miscellaneous household items and perishable food will not be accepted.

    Churches, civic groups and other organizations are invited to participate.

  • A chief who wears more than one hat

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice wears multiple hats.

    He serves as the town’s top law enforcement officer and nuisance abatement officer.

    In February, Rice added another hat for rotation.

    Following the resignation of Fire Chief Scott Boyd, Rice assumed the duties of acting fire chief.

  • Former GFHS football coach passes away



    Coaches around the area reacted Monday to the death of Mike Martin, a longtime head coach and assistant throughout the state.

    Martin served a one-year stint as head football coach at Great Falls High School.

    Former Athletic Director John Smith said Martin came to Great Falls in the midst of a low spot in the football program.

    “He did a good job of making football fun in a losing time,” Smith said. “He made the game fun. He was a nice guy.”

  • No increase in taxes for the coming year

    Homeowners and business owners will be happy to learn there will not be a tax increase for the Town of Great Falls.

    Great Falls Town Council gave unanimous approval during Monday’s meeting to set the millage rate at 121 mills, the same rate as last year.

    Council also gave first reading approval to accept the revised Code of Ordinances and to place the ordinances online. Councilman Kenny Mobley did not attend the meeting.

  • You can’t spell Brunson without a ‘b’

    There are a lot of workers in Cam Brunson’s labor force.

    Unlike most workers, they perform their duties free of charge.

    They aren’t given instructions yet they know their assignments.

    They work constantly.

    The diligent workers are as “busy as bees” – that’s because they are bees.

    There are female worker bees and there are male drone bees.

    The independent workers are fascinating to Brunson.

  • If you want to keep it, lock it up!

    As the headline says, if it’s yours and you want to keep it, then you need to lock it up, Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said.

    Rice said people should not make it easy for criminals to take their belongings.

    “Unfortunately in this day and time, you’ve got people who steal and if you have things accessible, they’ll take it,” Rice said.

    “Lock your doors and lock your cars. Don’t leave things in the open.”

  • ‘Bat’ to school: School district moves to address bat problem at GFES

    Last year, students and faculty at Great Falls Elementary School had to contend with a bat problem. Over the summer, the Chester County School District has been addressing this problem. School district Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner responded to a question about their efforts at the recent meeting of the Facility Advisory Committee.

    The discussion about the bats came up when committee members saw an item for building envelope repairs at GFES on the draft facility investment plan.