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Great Falls Reporter

  • Li'l Man is now known as the Big Dog

    Trey Tarlton, like most other boys his age, has big dreams.

    Trey wants to become a NASCAR driver.

    He said he would like to follow in the footsteps of NASCAR champions Jimmy Johnson or Jeff Gordon.

    If he manages to make the racing circuit, “Lil Man” Trey will already have experience in several facets of the sport.

    Almost every weekend, Trey, 11, suits up in his fire retardant gloves, clothing and shoes and takes to the track.

  • Storm slaps Great Falls

    A tree was downed at the intersection of Walnut Street and Underwood Avenue.

    The top of the tree broke and snatched down the power line.

    Lt. Tony Tomashot said there were downed trees on Birch, Calhoun, and Republic streets also. The storm started around 4:30 and included rain, hail and high winds.

    The Great Falls Police and Rescue Squad set up the barricades at the above intersection of Walnut and Underwood to divert traffic.

  • Changes are in store at police department

    Newly elected Town Councilman Darryl Wash-ington has ideas for improvement at the Great Falls Police Department.

    Washington tapped on some avenues for change during his police committee report during the town council meeting on July 21. Because his suggestions were not included as items for discussion on the agenda, the council could not talk about the proposals.

    Washington plans to have the proposals included on next month's agenda, he said.

  • Mayor wants mill sale stopped

    Great Falls Mayor H.C. "Speedy" Starnes Jr. said Monday he and the town council want to do whatever it takes to stop the sale of Republic Mill No. 2 to a Virginia man, but he didn't realize it would require the filing of a lawsuit, nor that it would be filed Friday.

  • 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.