Great Falls Reporter

  • Washington to offer motivational speaking

    Great Falls Town Councilman Darryl Wash-ington has more free time to devote to town business.

    Washington, a former Chester County deputy and school resource officer at Great Falls High School, resigned from his job on June 27.

    He is now unemployed, he said.

    "I'm just focusing on town business," Washington said.

    Washington said he is also focusing on motivational speaking engagements.

    "I write speeches all the time," Washington said. "It's just something I do."

  • Town adds to its needs list

    A priority needs list for the town was developed in March 2007. That list was revisited by Great Falls Town Council Monday night.

    The council also approved a 4 mill tax increase. The increase will be $8 on a $50,000 home.

  • Art class opens door of expression for students

    Students in Great Falls had an opportunity to express their artistic talent as participants in a summer arts camp last week.

    The first of its type locally, the camp included mask making, clay sculpting, recycled arts, portraits and painting and beginner shag lessons.

    Great Falls Elementary School Art Instructor Jayson Jones helped students create masks using basic and advanced paper mache' techniques. Students also learned about the use of masks in other cultures.

  • Washington resigns

    Darryl Washington resigned his position as a Chester County deputy last week, The N&R learned Tuesday.

    Washington won a seat on Great Falls Town Council in an April election, but put off for about two weeks his swearing-in to that seat, which was to take place June 2. Two unsuccessful candidates for the council questioned whether he could hold the office under the state's dual office ban.

  • Calls keep officer busy

    Great Falls Police were busy Monday night when several calls came in around the same time.

    Police Chief Mike Revels said Sgt. Ricky Williford was at the scene of a motorcycle accident about 1:30 a.m. when he got a call to respond to a structure fire on Seaboard Street.

    According to police reports, Mikey I. Small, 29, of 4015 Fairway Dr., Little River, was driving a Honda motorcycle and April D. Eubanks, 24, of 101 Old Stover Road, Blackstock, was a passenger on the motorcycle when the accident happened.

  • Autry feels comfortable with $1 million budget

    Great Falls Town Council-woman Joyce Autry, chairwoman of the finance committee, said preparing a household budget is nothing in comparison with working on a $1 million budget for a government entity.

    "It's nothing compared to a household budget," Autry said. "It's much more complicated."

    The Great Falls town council gave second reading and final approval to the proposed $1,001,1888 general fund budget for the 2008-2009 budget during the June 16 meeting.

    The council also approved a $301,000 waste water budget.

  • Free work is part of churches' outreach

    The churches are over 400 miles apart but they are linked in a special way.

    First Baptist Church of Great Falls and Grace Park Baptist Church in Spring Hill, Tenn. have partnered together to form a special missions team.

    The church members have not traveled abroad but are working as a team on home missions projects.

    Grace Park Senior Pastor Jason Davis said he met Great Falls First Baptist Church Pastor Greg Batch-elor four years ago at a youth camp in Canada. The two formed a special bond.

  • New courts ready for hoops

    From release

    The Town of Great Falls and Chester County government opened two new outdoor basketball courts at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 16. The courts were made possible by cooperation and support from Chester County, the Town of Great Falls, legislative delegation and the Department of Parks, Rec-reation and Tourism as well as some grant work by David Minors, who is helping with some recreation grants in Chester County.

  • Laptops stolen

    Great Falls Police are looking for the person or persons who broke into the Chester County Literacy Council and stole seven laptop computers and a digital camera.

    According to the police report, someone used a screwdriver to pry open the front door of the adult literacy center, 808 Dearborn St., between 2 p.m. June 23 and 10 a.m. June 24. A screwdriver was found in a flower bed in front of the building, the report said.

  • Great Falls hires outside attorney for mill issue

    The Town of Great Falls has hired a Chester law firm to handle negotiations involving the sale of the old J.P. Stevens Mill No. 2.

    At a special meeting Wednesday, Town Council voted unanimously to retain the law firm of Gaston, Gaston and Marion of Chester to represent the Town of Great Falls in issues involving the sale of the mill "upon such terms as previously discussed."

    Councilmen Todd Smith and Darryl Washington were absent from the meeting. Smith is in Florida on a mission trip and Washington is on duty with the Air National Guard in Charlotte.