Great Falls Reporter

  • 2 arrested in Great Falls arsons

    2 arrested in Great Falls arsons

    By Stephen Guilfoyle


    Two women have turned themselves in on charges of arson in two house burnings in October, and a third is still being sought, according to the Chester County Sheriff's Office.

    Tera Carter, 34, and Dawn Daniell Neely, 20, both of 7289 Heritage Road, Winnsboro turned themselves in to investigators around 3 p.m., according to Maj. James McNeal of the Chester County Sheriff's Office. They are charged with two counts of arson in the burning of two dwellings on 5962 Richburg Road on Oct. 3.

  • Great Falls adds one to council

    One new member of Great Falls Town Council was sworn in Monday night, and three other newly elected members will be sworn in at a special ceremony tentatively scheduled for June 2.

    It's still up in the air what will happen with one of those three new members.

  • Battle of Beckhamville plans underway

    Have you ever seen a salt maker? Or watched someone make a broom? Or seen how tombstones were made from slate?

    You can if you want to soon in Great Falls.

    There will even be an 18th century lace maker, a refugee from France.

    All of this can be experienced at the seventh annual Battle of Beckhamville, which has been set for June 6, 7 and 8 in Great Falls on the original battlefield.

  • Blackmons leaving Great Falls ballfield behind

    As Great Falls prepared to battle Landrum Wednesday in the A baseball playoffs, Penny Blackmon was perturbed.

    Her consternation had little to do with the fact that the Red Devils were facing the defending state champions in an elimination game, though. During the previous night's contest against Tamassee-Salem, she had used up the last page in her scorebook.

    "This is pitiful," Blackmon said of the sheet on which she scored the Landrum game. "It looks like something from a little league game."

    After Wednesday, Blackmon wouldn't need any more pages anyway.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Wreck leads to injuries, stops traffic

    One emergency responder said everyone involved was lucky to be alive.

    "God was with them," said another.

    There were injuries, but reportedly no fatalities in a crash that occured on U.S. Highway 21 south of Fort Lawn Tuesday afternoon.

  • 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."