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Great Falls Reporter

  • Former Chief's overtime pay goes back 3 months

    The Great Falls town council, last week, approved paying former police chief Mike Revels almost $5,100 for hours he worked prior to his departure.

    The council gave unanimous approval to the motion made by Mayor H.C. “Speedy” Starnes Jr. after meeting behind closed doors for almost an hour on Dec. 15.

    The council approved paying Revels for 214 overtime hours he worked when he filled in shifts that were open because of a shortage of officers.

  • Stove fire causes damage

    Two apartments at the Rock Hill Housing Authority complex were damaged last Wednesday evening when a fire started in one of the apartments.

    Great Falls Acting Fire Chief T.J. Martin said the fire appeared to have started at the stove in the kitchen area of apartment 5 in the old section of the apartment complex at 800 Chester Ave.

    Martin said Patrice Massey was cooking stew beef and left the pot on the stove when she went upstairs.

    The fire started around 3:13 p.m.

  • Town to pay former chief more than $5,000

    The former police chief of Great Falls will be paid almost $5,100 for hours he worked prior to his departure.

    The Great Falls town council gave unanimous approval Monday night to a motion made by Mayor H.C. “Speedy” Starnes Jr. to pay Revels 214 overtime hours he worked when he filled in shifts that were open because of a shortage of officers.

    Revels submitted his resignation, effective Dec.1, on Nov. 17.

    The Great Falls police chief is a salaried position that pays $32,990.

  • Clinic’s event was holiday gift

    Lowry’s Family Medicine, Great Falls, gave a Christmas gift to the community Saturday.

    Office Manager Patti Wishert said the office wanted to do something special for the Great Falls community and the open house celebration was the gift.

    “We love Great Falls and we’re here for the community,” Wishert said.

    About 300 people attended the holiday tree lighting and open house event at the office’s of Dr. H.P. Snead Jr. and Nurse Practitioner Terry Sims.

  • Mobile home destroyed

    A single-wide mobile home was destroyed by fire last Tuesday night.

    Great Falls Acting Fire Chief T.J. Martin said the fire department was dispatched at 8:47 p.m. to a trailer owned by Vanessa Holmes at 722-A Chester Ave.

    Martin said the mobile home beside McCoy’s Grill was totally destroyed by the fire.

    “It was a total loss,” Mar-tin said.

    Martin said no one lived in the mobile home and there were no utilities in service. He said the owner did not have insurance on the trailer.

  • 2 robberies, one armed, reported

    A Chester delivery truck driver was the victim of an armed robbery at the Great Falls Shrine Club around 1:41 p.m. last Thursday.

    The Shrine Club is at 3162 Lingail Acres in Chester County, just outside the town limits of Great Falls.

    According to Chester County Chief Deputy Bernie Cullpepper, the victim was getting into the delivery truck when someone came up from behind him, threw him on the ground and took an undisclosed amount of money out of his back pocket. The suspect ran into the woods after the robbery, Cullpepper said.

  • Women startled at the sound of gunfire

    Two women doing routine laundry at The Wash House beside the Piggly Wiggly were startled by the sound of gunfire last Wednesday night.

    Great Falls Acting Police Chief Steven Rice said the women heard the sound of gunfire but did not realize at first that a bullet had struck the window at the laundromat. No one was injured in the gunfire.

    The women inside the laundromat ran to the connecting Piggly Wiggly to call 9-11.

  • Police officer shortage will cost town money

    There seems to be some confusion as to who is providing police protection for the Town of Great Falls, and at what cost.

    Some rumors circulating say out-of-town officers are being paid $25 an hour for their services.

    The town’s police department is staffed by five officers including the chief but the department has for months, been two officers short.

    The department is currently staffed by Acting Police Chief Steven Rice, Sgt. Ricky Williford and Officer Scott Case. A reserve officer also mans some weekend shifts.

  • Police chief resigns to accept Fort Lawn job

    While one town in Chester County is losing, another is gaining.

    Great Falls is losing its police chief and the Town of Fort Lawn has named the replacement for the head of its law enforcement division.

    Great Falls Police Chief Mike Revels submitted his letter of resignation effective Dec. 1 to town council Monday night.

    Revels, 41, has accepted a top level law enforcement position with the Town of Fort Lawn.

    Revels will be replacing Fort Lawn Police Chief Richard Smith who will be sworn in as sheriff of Chester County in January 2009.

  • Customers treated to hot meal

    While Thanksgiving was traditionally celebrated last Thursday, Thanksgiving came early to a lot of people.

    Some were treated to a hot meal they would not have otherwise received.

    Rishi Vijay, owner of The Country Mart, began a tradition a few years ago and continued the annual show of support to customers last Tuesday.