Great Falls Reporter

  • Johnson talks man from jumping off overpass


    Staff Writer

    Valencia County News-Bulletin

    LOS LUNAS, N.M. – With an open heart, a sympathetic ear and a compassionate spirit, one man was able to use his heartfelt words and reasoning to save another man’s life.

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donyé Johnson reached out to a suicidal man hanging from the Los Lunas I25 overpass last month, and saved the man’s life.

  • Council gives first reading approval to budgets

    A $1,142,172 general fund budget gained unanimous approval by Great Falls Town Council during the April 16 monthly meeting.

    The budget is $78,000 more than last year’s. The amount budgeted for current taxes, vehicle taxes and water collection fees contribute to the increase in funding.

    Councilman Glenn Smith, chairman of the finance committee, said the budget does not reflect a lot of changes from last year’s budget.

    He said a decrease in the contribution to the Rescue Squad was made.

  • Woman airlifted after accident

    The condition of a woman who was struck by a vehicle Saturday night was unavailable at press time Tuesday.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said Tammie Collins of Richburg Road was standing between her truck and the Pantry Express around 7:42 p.m. Saturday when a man from Union passed out due to a medical issue, ran off the road and struck Collins and her truck.

    Rice said the Great Falls Police Department, Great Falls Fire Department, Chester County EMS and the SC Highway Patrol responded to the accident.

  • Firefighters train in radiation exposure


    GFFD Public Information Officer

    Six members of the Great Falls Fire Department attended a class on radiation exposure and decontamination on Wednesday, March 14, at the Great Falls Fire Department. The class was conducted by members of the Chester County Emergency Management Administration and led by Eddie Murphy.

  • Tornado rips through Lake Wateree area

    The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado ripped through the Lake Wateree area in Fairfield County between 2:46 and 2:50 p.m. Sunday.

    According to the NWS preliminary damage survey results, the EF-1 tornado on April 15 had estimated peak winds of 95 to 105 mph, had a 4.4 mile path length and was 100 yards wide.

    Fairfield County Deputy Administrator Davis Anderson said the tornado traveled from Ridgeway to the shores of Lake Wateree.

    “We had a lot of destructive winds,” Anderson said.

  • Mayor, two incumbents keep seats on council

    Lee Montgomery will serve a second term as mayor of Great Falls. He won last Tuesday’s election with 123 votes or 57.2-percent of the votes cast.

    Former Town Councilman Dean Runion collected 82 votes, 38.1-percent of the votes cast and Debra Kelly had 10 votes or 4.7-percent of the ballots cast in her favor.

    There were no write-in candidates for the mayor’s seat.

    The election included three town council seats also.

  • Free, free, free from Duke Energy

    How would you like to save almost $100 a year on your utility bill?

    You can! Any it won’t cost you anything, other than an hour or so of your time.

    Calculate the cost of furnace filters for a year. Add to that the cost for a switch plate digital thermometer, window caulking and weather stripping, exterior door sweeps, foam sealant around plumbing pipes, a window unit air conditioner cover, a water heater wrap, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, a water saving shower head, a refrigerator and freezer thermometer and LED light bulbs.

  • Smoke and fire but no meth lab

    The adage “Where there is smoke, there is fire” proved true last Wednesday evening.

    There was a fire but there was not a meth lab explosion as rumored around town.

    That’s the word from Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice following an incident last Wednesday evening that closed a well traveled street for a couple of hours.

  • Fire at the IGA
  • GRASP to hold workshops, sidewalk sale

    GRASP will hold a Budget Buster workshop on Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m. at the Great Falls Church of the Nazarene, 12 Underwood Ave.

    A sidewalk sale will be held on Friday, April 13; and Saturday, April 14, beginning at 9 am. with new and gently used clothing for women, men and children, furniture, appliances, dishes, household items and books. There will be good buys at great prices. The sale will be held at 609 Dearborn St. across from the former Winn Dixie.