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Great Falls Reporter

  • 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.

  • Washington says he is still on the job

    Great Falls Town Councilman Darryl Washington said he has not talked with Chester County Sheriff Robby Benson since he was sworn into office as a Great Falls town councilman on June 16.

    "He hasn't called me," Washington said.

    Washington is currently on military leave from the department. He began a two-week leave on June 16 and is fulfilling his military obligation at the N.C. Air National Guard base in Charlotte, N.C.

  • New owner begins clean-up at No. 3 mill

    A massive clean-up effort is underway at the old J.P. Stevens Mill No. 3. Since the June 6, 2006 fire that destroyed the mill, the site has resembled a war zone with massive brick beams, charred metal and other debris covering the ground.

    The fire burned for almost seven days and destroyed the mill. Toxic fumes containing hydrochloric acid filled the air and caused half the town's residents to evacuate their homes.

  • It may take time, but I'll have pep in my step again

    In case you haven't noticed, I'm back! My absence, it seems in the past year, has been nothing out of the norm. It started in June 2007 and has been a continuing saga since.

    I only missed a week from work after the first outpatient surgery. A second surgery in October kept me out of commission for four weeks. I thought the nightmare was over.

    In March, I was faced with another surgery that kept me in the hospital for several days. The surgeon told me I'd be out of work six to eight weeks.

  • EXCLUSIVE Washington takes seat on council

    It became official Monday night.

    Darryl Washington was sworn in as the newest member of Great Falls Town Council.

    Washington's mother, two sisters, an uncle, a niece and a friend attended the brief ceremony to show their support.

    Town Attorney Brian Grier administered the oath of office as Washington's mother, Birdell Washington, held the Bible for her son.

    Washington was the top vote-getter in the Great Falls municipal election in April.

  • Council approves $1 million budget

    Great Falls Town Council gave second and final approval to a $1,001,188 general fund budget during its regular monthly meeting Monday night.

    Councilwoman Joyce Autry, chairman of the finance committee, said some projected revenues were less than expected while some were more. Some expenses, she added, were also reduced.

    Councilman Darryl Wash-ington abstained from voting. Washington was sworn into office during the meeting but has not looked over the budget, he said.

    Also during the meeting, council members elected Councilman Kenny Johnson as mayor pro-tem.

  • MILL NO. 2: Developer makes plea for council support

    Husband and wife team, Bob and Nancy Harllee, and former resident Ray Douglas want the old J.P. Stevens Mill No. 2.

    And they want it bad.

    Their intentions, Harllee told the Great Falls town council Monday night, is to help restore Great Falls into the once prosperous South-ern charm and lifestyle that it was forced to leave behind.

    The Harllees and Douglas have joined forces to form what they call a visionary development company to become a catalyst between the Great Falls master plan and the community itself.