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Great Falls Reporter

  • Dixon wants to see more faces and clubs on the course

    There’s a new face in the clubhouse at Republic Golf Course.

    Well, there’s actually two.

    Sloan Dixon has taken over lead role as manager of the golf course. Her Terrier mix dog Finn is close by her side.

    Dixon started to work as the manager of the nine-hole golf course on Oct. 3. She replaces long-time General Manager Monty Johnston who recently retired.

    Johnston stayed on for a week to train Dixon for the job. He  still pops in occasionally.

  • Search continues for missing store owner

    Family and friends of local store owner Doug Sumner are asking for help in locating him. Sumner has not been seen in over a week.

    According to a Facebook post by one of Sumner’s relatives, Sumner, owner of Sumner’s Deli & Grocery on Ridgeway Road outside the town limits of Great Falls, was last seen in his black 2014 Dodge Ram truck with a utility trailer on the back in Lancaster on Sunday, Oct. 21. He was said to be helping a friend.

  • Free cancer screening available for women

    Free breast and cervical cancer screenings will be offered to women in Great Falls on Wednesday, Nov. 14; and Thursday, Nov. 15.

    The screenings will be provided through MUSC and the South Carolina Best Chance Network Program for women who meet program eligibility requirements.

    You may qualify if you:

    * Are a woman who lives in South Carolina

    * Are 21 to 64-years-old

    * Do not have insurance or are under-insured

    * Have deductibles of $1,000 or higher and/or diagnostic services not covered at 100-percent

  • Riversweep set for Saturday

    The Great Falls Home Town Association will hold another Great Falls Riversweep on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet at Debutary Landing off U.S. Highway 21 on Pea Ridge Road just south of Great Falls.

    Check-in and distribution of supplies will be from 8:30-9 a.m. and the cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. Clean up will last until noon when boats will begin returning people to the landing.

  • Chief said his departments were ready for the storm

    “We were prepared,” Great Falls Police/Fire Chief Steven Rice told Great Falls Town Council at the Oct. 15 monthly meeting.

    Rice referred to the threats of Hurricane Matthew causing water and wind damage to the area as it passed through the state a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately Great Falls did not sustain any major damage from the hurricane, then turned tropical storm by the time it reached South Carolina

    “I wasn’t too much concerned about the water but I was concerned about the wind,” Rice said.

  • Boo Fun Fest just around the corner

    The highly anticipated annual event, Boo Fun Fest, is coming up Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 216 South Catawba St., Lancaster, Family-friendly activities are free of charge and include kids games, candy, music, costume and pumpkin decorating contests, popcorn, beverages, D.J. and more.

  • Harmon is "world famous," like the chicken he eats

    Homer Harmon loves fried chicken, especially Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    “I never get tired of it,” Harmon said.

    Harmon has been a face of Kentucky Fried Chicken since 2010.

    He said his claim to fame started after a win at a Church of God Senior Citizens contest when he won first place for his stunning likeness to the late Col. Harland Sanders, founder of the world-famous fast food fried chicken, Kentucky Fried Chicken.

  • Woman killed in freak accident on interstate

    County on Sunday.

    According to York County Coroner Sabrina Gast, the York County Coroner’s Office responded to Interstate 77 northbound Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, to investigate a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.  Gast said Vawn’Shieria Brown, 25, of Great Falls, was standing outside of her disabled car on the side of the interstate when she was struck by a passing car.

    Brown was pronounced dead at the scene, Gast said.

    Autopsy and toxicology results are pending, Gast added.

  • Florence didn’t visit Great Falls as expected

    Great Falls dodged the bullet…and thankfully so.

    Weather forecasters were projecting the Great Falls area would receive substantial rainfall (possibly up to 10 inches) and be affected by high winds as Hurricane Florence passed through the state over the weekend.

    The hurricane, fortunately, lost some of its punch and downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it arrived in the local area.

    The first effects of the storm came as early as Friday morning with wind gusts causing trees to sway, leaving leaves and small limbs scattered.

  • Man loses life in single vehicle accident

    A Lake Wateree man lost his life in a single vehicle accident about three miles from Great Falls on Sept. 11.

    According to Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill, Gary Alexander, 69, of 749 Shangri La Drive, Winnsboro, was traveling south on U.S. Highway 21 N. when the vehicle left the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a tree.

    Hill said the accident happened between Gibson End Road and Raintree Road in Fairfield County.