Great Falls Reporter

  • Great Falls sewer, garbage fees increasing

    The Town of Great Falls will be increasing its sewer fee and the garbage fee by a total of $2.50. Council passed first reading of two ordinances at its August meeting that would increase those fees.

    Councilmember Glenn Smith explained Chester Metropolitan that does the billing for the town is increasing their fees for handling collections of the bill payments from $2.29 per customer per month.

  • CDBG grants will help Great Falls stabilize Belk Building, remove blighted structures

    The Town Council of Great Falls passed two resolutions at their August meeting to apply for Community Development Block Grants that would help stabilize the Belk Building and remove 30 blighted or burned structures in the town.

  • Possibly harmful algae found in Lake Wateree

    A potential harmful form of algae has been detected in Lake Wateree.

  • Whits End signs record contract, recording new single

    Local country-rock band Whits End can add another check to its bucket list – signing with a record label and prepping to record its first single.
    Justin Ray Williams, senior director of Pearl Street Records, came to Lancaster Monday night to sign the band and celebrate the occasion.
    “Whits End is the perfect fit for our portfolio at Pearl Street,” Williams said. “They have this passion.... Bands that work as hard as they do are going to make it big.”
    Pearl Street has studios in Nashville, Florida and Los Angeles.

  • Career Coach visits Great Falls, businesses follow

    The Career Coach, a mobile SC Works Center, rolled into Great falls on July 30. Along with the 10 workstations for job-seeking, the Coach carried in its wake opportunities for jobs from several companies, including Giti Tire and the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The state-of-the-art mobile SC Works Center was equipped with the 10 workstations, was wheelchair-accessible and comes with free Wi-Fi and printer capabilities. Staff was on hand to assist jobseekers.

  • "Bowl" games

    During Tom Butler’s senior year at Greenwood High School, things were really in the toilet. Literally…in the toilet.

  • Doctor Garrett Kent hangs out his shingle in Great Falls

    Back when the small office on Chester Avenue in Great Falls was called Great Falls Family Medicine, the health needs of the community were looked after by a nurse practitioner for many years, but there hadn’t been a doctor in residence for nine years since the retirement of “Doc”, Dr. Hollis P. Snead, the much-loved family doctor, who passed away in 2011 and served as the town’s doctor. Until now.

  • Great Falls council looks at ways to improve town appearance

    The Great Falls Town Council discussed some a couple of different issues at the work session in July but they were all designed to address the same thing – in light of the tourism opportunities that will be coming into the area, how can they improve the impression visitors will have of the town?

    Coming on the heels of the discussion of some possible projects for the latest round of penny sales tax funds, Councilmember Maria Chaplin asked if the funds could be used to address some of the houses that have been half burned down that are still standing?

  • Great Falls will get improvements, new wing in bond referendum

    The Chester County School District’s proposed referendum calls for some improvements and construction of a new wing at Great Falls High School.

    School district architect Ben Thompson with McMillan Pazdan & Smith presented a draft Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) and the master plan for the Great Falls facility improvements at the Chester County School Board’s July meeting.

    The components of the CIP for the Great Falls attendance area and their estimated costs were:

  • Great Falls Council looks at some one-cent sales tax projects

    The next round of one-cent sales tax money is about to become available in Chester County as the previous projects that were approved by the voters are either completed or shelved.

    Great Falls Town Council held a worksession on Monday to look at some possible projects for this upcoming round of one-cent funds.

    They were advised in this discussion by Kimberly Herndon with the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, by Chester County Councilman Mike Vaughn, in his capacity as a member of the Great Falls Hometown Association and by GFHTA President Glinda Coleman.