Great Falls Reporter

  • The 2017 governing body
  • ‘Suspicious’ taxi draws attention

    Several residents became concerned after spotting a yellow taxi in and around the area recently.

    Great Falls does not have a local taxi service so seeing the taxi raised eyebrows.

    Several people reported to this newspaper and on Facebook posts that they spotted a yellow taxi with “Fort Jackson” markings on it.

    No one reportedly took a photo or got the taxi name or number for the service that was printed on the car.

  • Council talks budgets, sewer fees and employee hire

    Great Falls Town Council gave second reading approval to the $1,064,172 general fund budget for 2017-2018 during the June 19 regular monthly meeting. The budget passed in a 5-2 vote with Councilmen Kenny Mobley and Earl Taylor opposing.

    Council also approved the $385,000 wastewater budget in a 5-2 vote with Taylor and Councilman Jamie Simpson opposing.

    The second reading of an ordinance relating to an increase in sewer fees also passed with Mobley and Taylor opposing.

  • Smith wins school board seat

    John Smith of Great Falls will fill the vacant seat on the Chester County School Board.

    Smith was declared the winner in a special election last Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of the late Dr. Laurens W. Fort Jr., the District 2 representative.

    Smith defeated challenger Kena Funderburk of Richburg by 40 votes.

    Smith gained 396 votes (nearly 53-percent) of the votes and Funderburk tallied 356 votes or about 47-percent.

  • It’s got to fit!
  • Summer Food Service is underway

    Columbia — The South Carolina Department of Education has announced the kickoff for the annual Summer Food Service Program, which serves free nutritious meals to any child under the age of 18 at community sites across the state. 

  • Sheriff gives update on child car seat laws

    In an effort to encourage the best practices for child safety in vehicles and to make the public aware of recent changes to child car-seat laws in South Carolina, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office seeks to make the public aware of the changes that went into effect on May 19. Key changes include: 

    Prior law- Children, birth to one-year-old and weighing less than 20 pounds, had to be in a rear-facing child seat.

  • Lions Club receives Healthcare grant

    The Chester Healthcare Foundation has announced a grant award to the Great Falls Lions Club for eye care and community support.

  • Price takes the lead as GRASP director

    A new face sits behind the desk assigned to the executive director of GRASP.

    Shelley Price, 37, began her role as director of the non-profit organization on June 1.

    “I’m real excited,” Price said. “I jumped on the opportunity to try to help my community.”

    Price earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2008 from Winthrop University. In May 2016, she was awarded a master’s degree in Social Work.

  • Complaint leads to OSHA investigation at GFFD

    The S.C. Occupational Safety & Health Administration is investigating a complaint related to personal protection equipment (PPE) at the Great Falls Fire Department.

    “S.C. OSHA is investigating a complaint related to structural firefighting gear,” said Lesia Kudelka, communications director with the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.