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Great Falls Reporter

  • Much more than just a marathon

    As a senior at Great Falls High School, cross-country runner Thomas Mills entered a marathon, only to find that not many 18-year-olds take part in them. His second marathon was much more important. It was a memorial of the WWII-era Bataan Death March where anywhere between 500-650 American prisoners of the Imperial Japanese Army lost their lives on the 60-mile march from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in April 1942.

  • Last call?

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice would like to see the town adopt an ordinance that places some restrictions on when alcohol can be sold.

  • In the senator's shadow

    The Great falls High School Student Council members spent a day last week at the S.C. Statehouse shadowing State Sen. Mike Fanning, who chronicled the day on his Facebook page.

    ‘Spent the day today with some phenomenal student leaders in Great Falls. While they shadowed me, I learned so much from them! Made my heart sing to hear them talk of their hopes, dreams, and plans for after high school.

  • Marino's war on litter

    Carson Marino has declared war on garbage.

    The 15-year-old Great Falls resident fronts a group he has named “The Great Falls Trash Warriors” and their objective is a simple one…to pick up the mountains of litter that are thrown on the side of the roads between his home and his maternal grandmother’s house. He has organized the effort as a service project through Teen Lead with 4-H of Chester and Lancaster, but said the real reason he decided to attack the problem is because litter strikes a nerve with him.

  • Graham rep tours Great Falls

    The roaring of the Great Falls of the Catawba could be heard in the distance as the group made their way to the edge of the spillway. The rushing Catawba was magnificent.

    The Great Falls Home Town Association and the Town of Great Falls hosted Teresa Thomas, Sen. Lindsay Graham’s Piedmont Regional Director last week for a tour of the exciting things are that coming to Great Falls in the next five years.

  • Great Falls, other area stations battle Center Street blaze

    Over 19 firefighters from three stations battled a structure fire at 22 Center St., Great Falls on Feb. 20, according to a press release from the Great Falls Fire Department.

  • Hikes draw big crowds to Great Falls

    If very early returns and small sample sizes are any indication, an extension of the Carolina Thread Trail could prove to be a huge boon to Great Falls.

  • County pledges $75,000 for Thread Trail proposal

    An extension of the Carolina Thread Trail that could serve as a natural pathway to coming whitewater rapids in Great Falls will have the financial support of Chester County.

  • Rice seeking three-mile jurisdiction extension

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice hopes the third time will be the charm when it comes to a three-mile extension of his department’s jurisdiction.

    At last week’s meeting of Great Falls Town Council, Rice was discussing a robbery and shooting that took place at the Last Call bar. He said his investigation of that incident would have been greatly aided by the ability to work just outside the town limits.

    “It would help us in the performance of our job here,” Rice said.

  • Council getting town-provided email accounts

    Very soon, all official Great Falls town business will take place on Great Falls Town email.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of Great Falls Town Council, Councilwoman Maria Chaplin brought up an issue she had previously brought to council, that being the need for the town’s elected officials to have their own, town-provided accounts to use for any official town business.

    “It is what people use to convey concerns and ideas. When you have something written, it adds a level of accountability,” Chaplin said.