Great Falls Reporter

  • Parsons wins LCNI awards

    Great Falls ReporterEditor Nancy Parsons recently won two photography awards in the 2017 News/Editorial contest sponsored by The News & Reporter’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

    LCNI, based in Shelbyville, Ky., owns 51 community newspapers and dozens of other publications in 12 states, including the Chester paper.

    Parsons won second place for Excellence in News Photography and third place for Excellence in Feature Photography.

  • Your biggest fan and forever friend, your mother

    A mother is a protector, disciplinarian and friend. She is a selfless, loving person who sacrifices many of her wants and needs for the wants and needs of her children.

  • Johnson loses life in Lexington 10-vehicle crash

    A man known for his willingness to help others lost his life in a tragic automobile accident last Thursday morning.

    Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said Kenneth “Kenny” Johnson, 59, of Great Falls was fatally injured in a 10-vehicle collision on May 3 at approximately 11:10 a.m. on Interstate 20 westbound near mile marker 61.

    Fisher said Johnson was pronounced deceased at the scene due to injuries suffered in the collision.

  • F3= fitness, fellowship and faith

    The place: Great Falls. The time: The hour military people refer to as “0-dark-30.”

    The Great Falls Police Department received a call in the early morning hours. It was still dark outside. The caller told police there was a group of men at the Post Office who were hollering. The caller neglected to report that some of the men were standing on their hands and walking their feet up the wall.

  • Tornado rips through Lake Wateree area

    The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado ripped through the Lake Wateree area in Fairfield County between 2:46 and 2:50 p.m. Sunday.

    According to the NWS preliminary damage survey results, the EF-1 tornado on April 15 had estimated peak winds of 95 to 105 mph, had a 4.4 mile path length and was 100 yards wide.

    Fairfield County Deputy Administrator Davis Anderson said the tornado traveled from Ridgeway to the shores of Lake Wateree.

    “We had a lot of destructive winds,” Anderson said.

  • Smoke and fire but no meth lab

    The adage “Where there is smoke, there is fire” proved true last Wednesday evening.

    There was a fire but there was not a meth lab explosion as rumored around town.

    That’s the word from Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice following an incident last Wednesday evening that closed a well traveled street for a couple of hours.

  • Narcotics, cash taken in pharmacy break-in

    Police are looking for two suspects in connection with a break-in at the Great Falls Pharmacy early Monday morning.

    Great Falls Pharmacy Co-owner/Pharmacist Pete Milhorn said the break-in happened around 2:53 a.m.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said the suspects used mechanical means to break out a front window and gain entry into the pharmacy.

    Rice said he thinks the suspects were only inside the pharmacy for a couple of minutes.

  • Lucas hopes to hold on to District 2 seat

    Chester County Councilman Archie Lucas wants to keep his seat as the District 2 representative on Chester County Council.

    Lucas, a Democrat, was first elected to county council in 1980. He served 15 years before being defeated by Republican challenger, the late Mike Locklair, in 1994.

    Locklair served a four-year term before Lucas defeated him and returned to council in 1998.

    “I voluntarily sat out a term in 2002 until 2006,” Lucas said.

    He said the late Jim Bruce defeated Bobby Jones in that election.

  • Parsons wins seven press awards

    Great Falls ReporterEditor Nancy Parsons brought home five writing awards and two photography awards from Saturday's annual S.C. Press Association Awards Luncheon held at The Spartanburg Marriott.

    In the writing division, Parsons won first place for Business Beat Reporting for her stories “Cracked pots, flowers, gifts and artwork,” “No more tall beers, tall tales at Hambone’s,”

  • Proud Momma Day

    It was an exciting, fun day – just the way the senator planned it.

    S.C. State Senator Mike Fanning, his secretary Debra Cooper and myself emailed and sent text messages for a couple of weeks prior to our Feb. 28 meeting at the State House.

    I invited my son Josh to go with me to Columbia for what I told him was “an appointment.” I provided very little details, other than telling him that I wasn’t seriously ill and wasn’t meeting with a doctor to schedule surgery. We have had one of those not-so-good appointments in the past.