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Great Falls Reporter

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION: Candidates speak at forum

    Nine of 12 candidates running for four open seats on Great Falls Town Council participated in a forum Thursday at the Great Falls High School Little Theater presented by the school, the Great Falls Home Town Association and The News & Reporter and Great Falls Reporter.

    One of the open races is to fill an unexpired two-year term. One candidate for that seat, Donna Bryan, touted her military service and past job experience to show that she can work well with others. She said she hoped to see the town cleaned up.

  • Bridge restoration to close, detour Great Falls road

    A Great Falls road will be closed and detoured later this month because of a bridge replacement.

    The S.C. Department of Transportation plans to replace the bridge over Hodges Branch Road on Greystone Road.

    The bridge was ruled to be structurally deficient according to DOT State Bridge Maintenance Engineer Lee Floyd.

    "Our maintenance forces routinely inspect and replace small bridges that are structurally deficient," Floyd said.

    The problem with the bridge in Great Falls is its base.

  • Two killed in collision near Great Falls

    A pair of Great Falls men were killed in a head-on traffic collision on Tuesday.

    The accident occurred shortly after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday on S.C. 99, about two miles north of Great Falls. According to the incident report, 73-year old Frank Lathan was traveling northbound when his 1991 Dodge pick-up truck crossed the center line, striking the 2005 Kia that 25-year old Christopher Isenberg was driving head-on.

    The report states that Lathan was wearing his seatbelt, while Isenberg was not.

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS UPDATE: Candidate forum to be held Thursday night

    Most of the candidates for the two seats on Great Falls Town Council will be at a public forum Thursday night.

    The forum will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at the Great Falls High School Little Theater.

    The forum will be sponsored by the Great Falls High School and the school's student council, the Great Falls Home Town Association, the Great Falls Reporter and The News & Reporter.

    Each candidate will be given an opportunity to introduce themselves and make personal comments prior to a short round of questions from the panel.

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION: Wood hopes to retain seat

    Councilwoman Maxine L. Wood wants to retain her seat on Great Falls Town Council. Wood has served 18 months on the council. She filed for re-election in the April 8 election.

    Wood was elected to office in September 2006 to complete the unexpired term of the late Councilman Wayne Autry. Wood, 65, said her primary goal is to return Great Falls to the great town it was before industry left and the highway passed it by.

    "Great Falls has an opportunity to reverse the negative impact of progress while at the same time using progress to move us forward," Wood said.

  • Welcome speeders?

    A newly erected "Welcome to Chester County" sign located on U.S. Highway 21 leading into Great Falls was vandalized two weeks ago when someone painted "Speed trap" on top of the sign's "Welcome to Chester County" lettering. County Council members joked that the paint was a Clemson orange.

    The design of the sign is an amalgam of ideas by submitted by county residents and county staff. Ten signs have been placed at entrances leading into the Chester County.

  • GFR editor on leave

    Great Falls Reporter Editor Nancy Parsons is on an extended medical leave.

    She is recovering from a procedure performed this past Wednesday. While she is on leave, anyone wishing to get material into the newspaper should contact Stephen Guilfoyle, editor of The News & Repor-ter, at editor@onlinechester.com.

    News releases can also be e-mailed to newsdepartment@onlinechester.com.

    Anyone wishing to advertise in the Great Falls section can contact Fran Dodds at addepartment@onlinechester.com or Lisa Madden at lisa@onlinechester.com

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Smith files for two-year term

    Todd Smith said he wants to improve the Town of Great Falls.

    His desire to make improvements, he said, prompted him to file for a two-year term on the town council. The election will be held April 8.

    "My counseling and ministry background allow me to listen to the concerns of others and work toward finding practical solutions to their issues," Smith said.

    Smith has no previous political experience.

    Smith, 36, said he will work to improve the town's image, employment opportunities, services and activities and programs for young people.

  • Fire burns water's edge

    It was difficult determining just where the fire was as smoke could be seen behind TruVista down to the Post Office on Dearborn Street Thursday evening.

    According to Great Falls Fire Department reports, the fire was between the river and the old railroad bed between Seaboard Street and the old depot.

    The call came in at 3:56 p.m. as a grass and woods fire.

    Volunteers from Rossville, Fort Lawn and Mitford Vol-unteer Departments responded along with the SC Forestry Commission.

    Firefighters were able to contain the fire by soaking it with water.

  • Town stays with auditor

    The town will continue to use services of the accounting firm Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin after council approved a 4 to 1 motion presented by Mayor H.C. Starnes Jr. during the regular meeting Monday night.

    Councilwoman Maxine Wood cast the only dissenting vote.

    The council agreed to a three-year contract with the firm beginning in June.

    "The auditor has done a great job," Starnes said. "He knows our weaknesses and we've used him for several years."

    Wood said she thinks council should consider using a different firm.