Great Falls Reporter

  • GFHTA to hold community meeting about downtown improvements

    There will be a lot of changes in Great Falls over the next five years and the Great Falls Home Town Association wants to do something to make the area look better.

    Using volunteers, the GFHTA wants to “spruce up” the downtown area with some paint, artwork and other improvements to buildings and different areas.

    On Thursday, July 19, there will be a meeting for people interested in volunteering, planning and giving ideas. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Great Falls War Memorial Building.

  • Backyard oasis provides ‘stay cation’ for Jackson

    To enjoy a vacation, all Lisa Jackson has to do is to step out the side or back door of her home. The doors lead to the Jacksons’ private oasis.

    “It’s my ‘stay cation,’” Jackson laughed.

    Phil, Lisa and Hunter Jackson moved into the two-bedroom home at 104 Woodland Ave. seven years ago.

    Lisa Jackson said when she was growing up, she spent a lot of time in swimming pools.

  • Harmon celebrates in red, white and blue

    Brenda Harmon is proud to be an American. And it shows.

    Drive past the house she and her husband, Homer Harmon, and daughter, Dori Harmon, live in on Great Falls Highway and you’ll see reflections of her patriotic spirit.

    “I have always been patriotic,” Brenda Harmon said. “I love to decorate at any season or holiday.”

    Harmon said she decorated their home in Lancaster before the family moved to Great Falls.

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  • Early news deadline for next week

    Due to the Wednesday, July 4 holiday, news items for The Great Falls Reporter must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 29.

    News articles can be submitted by email at gfreporter@onlinechester.com or by calling 385-3177, ext. 27.

  • Advocates rally for animal rights

    Alicia Schwartz of Project Safe Pet and Patty Mott, a resident of Chester County and a volunteer with South of the Bully, addressed Great Falls Town Council during the June 18 meeting.

    Mott is a social worker who often works in the Great Falls area and is a longtime animal advocate. During her service in the area, Mott said she has received a lot of animal cruelty complaints. She talked about tethering animals outside and having clean shelters and living space for dogs.

  • Council gets a visual ride down the rapids

    Great Falls Town Council got a visual glimpse of the future recreational water opportunities for the town in a PowerPoint presentation at the June 18 meeting.

    Great Falls Home Town Association Executive Director Glinda Coleman presented a PowerPoint of proposed water flows and the creation of whitewater rapids in the passage from the Nitrolee access area to the long bypass.

    The water opportunities are part of Duke Energy’s recreational plan included in the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing agreement.

  • ‘I have bad news,’ Senator Fanning tells town council

    David had a slingshot, Samson had a jawbone of a donkey, Rahab had a piece of string, Mary had a vase of oil, a little boy had five loaves of bread and two fish and Aaron had a rod.

    “They did some amazing things. They all conquered. They focused not on what they didn’t have but what they had,” Senator Mike Fanning told Great Falls Town Council at the June 18 meeting.

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  • Governor proposes tax elimination for retired uniformed personnel

    COLUMBIA – Governor Henry McMaster announced on Jan. 5 a bold tax reform proposal, included in the 2018-19 Executive Budget, that permanently and fully exempts military veterans and retired first responders, including state and federal law enforcement, firefighters and peace officers, from paying state taxes on retirement income.