Today's News

  • They were there when the world stopped turning

    Alan Jackson asked in song, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” Jeanine and Wesley Elliott can tell you exactly where they were; they were in Long Island, N.Y., close enough to see the smoke. From Long Island to New York City is about 50 miles away.

    Jeanine Elliott and Wesley are related to former Greenport, Long Island, N.Y. Fire Chief (now Fort Lawn resident) Richard Hulse.

    Jeanine said she had trouble processing what she was seeing on television that September day.

  • Taylor's Soul Food feeds evacuues in Chester, Rock Hill

    The Taylor’s Soul Food Restaurants in Chester and Rock Hill take the “soul” part of their name very seriously, as in “feeding the soul” and “a good soul.” They also take the words of Matthew 25:35 to heart.

    The restaurants normally do a brisk business on Tuesdays, but for this past Tuesday, they were closed to the general public as they provided some free hot meals to groups of Hurricane Irma evacuees from Florida.

  • Group gathers at FL Community Center to remember 9/11

    It was a brief ceremony, and sparsely attended, but that fact did not register on what Richard Hulse was trying to do, which was remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The former Long Island, New York fire chief led a special ceremony Sunday at the Fort Lawn Community Center.

  • And the fun continues...

    For the past couple weeks I have been out of pocket, but I well remember closing my last articles with this:

    "Get out, enjoy the summer, do something different, and just love what you're doing!"

    And believe it or not, I have been doing just that. 

  • I believe you!

    I know people are skeptical about what they see in the media these days and to a point that is understandable, but can we all just agree that if the wind is blowing 150 miles-per-hour and there are torrential downpours, we’re having a hurricane? That seems like a fairly logical conclusion, right?

  • Hall wins weekly football picking contest

    No tiebreaker was needed this week as Mary Ellen Hall of Chester emerged as the winner of the News & Reporter’s weekly football picking contest.

    Hall finished with a record of 17-3, the clear-cut best of the bunch. For her efforts, she wins the weekly $50 prize.

    Four contestants were a game back of Hall. Finishing with records of 16-4 were Mary Railey of Chester, Tommy Henson of Great Falls, Tim Grant Wright of Kings Mountain and Clyde Baker of Columbia.

  • S.C. Prep Media Football Polls for 9-12


    1. Fort Dorchester (13)

    2. Byrnes

    3. Dutch Fork

    4. T.L. Hanna

    5. Conway

    6. Spring Valley

    7. Greenwood

    8. Boiling Springs

    9. Irmo

    10. Sumter

    Receiving votes: Spartanburg, Socastee, Summerville, White Knoll, Gaffney


    1. South Pointe (13)

    2. North Myrtle Beach

    3. Hartsville

    4. North Augusta

  • Defense comes up big, but Devils fall at Ware Shoals

    The defense did more than its part, but a tough night offensively led Great Falls to a 20-6 loss Friday at Ware Shoals.

    The home-standing Purple Hornets got on the board early and did so thanks to a big special teams play. Ware Shoals was able to block a Great Falls punt, which Will Calvert scooped up and returned for a touchdown. A try for two failed, making it 6-0 early on.

  • Huge second half sends Cycs to victory

    For a half, it seemed more like a game of keep away than football.

    “We only had three possessions in the first half,” said Chester Coach Victor Floyd. “We had a three-and-out, an 80-yard score and a blocked field goal. That’s it. They opened up with a drive that was almost eight minutes long and didn’t score.”

    The second half was a different story. The 3-1 Cycs ignited for 36 second-half points on the way to a 43-22 win over Lancaster on Friday night.

  • Town approves dump truck purchase

    Great Falls Town Council met briefly last Thursday morning to review bids for a dump truck for the sanitation department.

    Two bids were submitted – one for a Chevrolet gas engine truck and the other for a 2005 Ford diesel engine truck.

    Councilman Jamie Simpson said he experienced trouble with the head gaskets on a diesel engine. He preferred a gasoline engine, he said.