Great Falls Reporter

  • Flopeye Fish Festival to celelbrate 25 years May 24

    The Flopeye Fish Festival will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 2534 James Baker Blvd. off S.C. Highway 21 north of Great Falls at the industrial park.

    This will be the 25th anniversary of the festival and is sure to be a day enjoyed by all. Festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m. and go until 5 p.m.

    Admission is free.

  • Red Devils gear up for spring practice

    When the Great Falls football team takes the field for spring practice starting on May 12, there will be some new faces and new rules.

    Head coach Kenneth Schofield announced recently that the defensive coordinator spot left open when Brett Blackmon accepted a job in Lancaster will be filled by Torri Barber. Barber played under Schofield and joined the coaching staff last year as linebackers coach.

  • UPDATE: Candidate who filed dual office complaint jailed on drug charge

    An unsuccessful candidates for Great Falls Town Council who filed an election protest against the top vote-getter was arrested on a drug charge Thursday.

    Randy Beckham, 47, of 48 Circle St., Great Falls, was released Friday from the Chester County jail on a $5,000 bond.

    Deputy Scott Thompson of the county's Drug Enforcement Unit said the DEU got some complaints and set up a sting, in which an undercover operative bought about 19 prescription pain pills from Beckham.

    The pills, Thompson said, were Lortab and Xanax.

  • Catawba River is endangered, group says

    Chester County's eastern border is endangered.

    The Catawba River has been listed as the most endangered river in the United States, according to a river advocacy group.

    American Rivers released a report late last week that listed the Catawba -- Chester County's entire easter border -- as the No. 1 most endangered river in the nation. Its main threat -- outdated water supply management, according to the report.

    River report

  • An iron resolve

    "Iron sharpens iron."

    That line from Proverbs has been adopted as a theme by the Great Falls baseball program this year. Coach Brett Blackmon got the idea from Justin Temple, a 2007 Great Falls graduate who came back to visit the team during an early-season practice.

    "It was amazing, he probably didn't say five words while he was here," Blackmon said. "But he's obviously matured since he left to go to college (Temple is a member of the baseball team at North Greenville College). He showed up and said he wanted to talk to the team. He told them that iron sharpens iron."

  • Great Falls woman sentenced for insurance frauld

    Nancy G. Keenan, 49, of 5226 Knopf Drive, Great Falls, pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of presenting a false claim for payment, less than $1,000, which carries a penalty of up to 30 days in jail or up to a $500 fine.

    The S.C. Attorney General's Office handled the plea. Keenan's case was a direct indictment from the Attorney General's office and had not been presented to the Chester County grand jury, according to the Chester County Clerk of Court's Office.

  • Local projects get grants, including Fifth Quarter

    Three projects in Great Falls received $55,000 grants Thursday from the Chester Healthcare Foundation.

    The foundation was established last year and has now gone through three gants cycles, distributing $1.5 million to projects designed to make Chester County healthier.

    The money comes from the proceeds of the sale of the Chester County Hospital to Health Mana-gement Associates in 2004. HMA gave $24 million to the county, and that money is an endowment from which the association draws about $1 million in interest a year, which it gives out in two grant cycles.

  • ELECTION UPDATE: Protest filed against top vote-getter, claiming dual office holding

    One successful candidate for Great Falls Town Council may face a big decision soon.

    If Darryl Washington takes the oath of office as a councilman, he technically gives up his position as Chester County deputy. That's how the S.C. Attorney General's Office has interpreted similar cases in the past over the years.

    Washington is assigned to be a school resource office for Great Falls High and Middle schools. But he is a deputy with the Sheriff's Office, and those are sworn officers, Sheriff Robby Benson said Thursday.

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION UPDATE: Three newcomers to Great Falls Council oust lone incumbent

    By Stephen Guilfoyle


    Four new faces will be on Great Falls Town Council after Tuesday's election.

    Only one incumbent ran for re-election, and she came in fourth.

    Darryl Washington was the top vote-getter in the regular election.

    Great Falls actually held two elections, one a regular election for three seats on the council with a four-year term, and a special election for one seat in which the winner will complete the final two years of a resigned councilman’s term.

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION: Candidate forum was GFHS students' idea

    During a recent meeting with Great Falls High School's student council, Principal Corey Murphy got up and walked out.

    He wasn't mad. Murphy wanted the group to come up with a way to get more involved in politics.

    "I told them to come up with something," Murphy said. "Then I just left. I didn't give them any ideas or any sort of guidance."