Great Falls Reporter

  • 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."

  • Great Falls woman sentenced for insurance frauld

    Nancy G. Keenan, 49, of 5226 Knopf Drive, Great Falls, pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of presenting a false claim for payment, less than $1,000, which carries a penalty of up to 30 days in jail or up to a $500 fine.

    The S.C. Attorney General's Office handled the plea. Keenan's case was a direct indictment from the Attorney General's office and had not been presented to the Chester County grand jury, according to the Chester County Clerk of Court's Office.

  • Local projects get grants, including Fifth Quarter

    Three projects in Great Falls received $55,000 grants Thursday from the Chester Healthcare Foundation.

    The foundation was established last year and has now gone through three gants cycles, distributing $1.5 million to projects designed to make Chester County healthier.

    The money comes from the proceeds of the sale of the Chester County Hospital to Health Mana-gement Associates in 2004. HMA gave $24 million to the county, and that money is an endowment from which the association draws about $1 million in interest a year, which it gives out in two grant cycles.

  • ELECTION UPDATE: Protest filed against top vote-getter, claiming dual office holding

    One successful candidate for Great Falls Town Council may face a big decision soon.

    If Darryl Washington takes the oath of office as a councilman, he technically gives up his position as Chester County deputy. That's how the S.C. Attorney General's Office has interpreted similar cases in the past over the years.

    Washington is assigned to be a school resource office for Great Falls High and Middle schools. But he is a deputy with the Sheriff's Office, and those are sworn officers, Sheriff Robby Benson said Thursday.

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION UPDATE: Three newcomers to Great Falls Council oust lone incumbent

    By Stephen Guilfoyle


    Four new faces will be on Great Falls Town Council after Tuesday's election.

    Only one incumbent ran for re-election, and she came in fourth.

    Darryl Washington was the top vote-getter in the regular election.

    Great Falls actually held two elections, one a regular election for three seats on the council with a four-year term, and a special election for one seat in which the winner will complete the final two years of a resigned councilman’s term.

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION: Candidate forum was GFHS students' idea

    During a recent meeting with Great Falls High School's student council, Principal Corey Murphy got up and walked out.

    He wasn't mad. Murphy wanted the group to come up with a way to get more involved in politics.

    "I told them to come up with something," Murphy said. "Then I just left. I didn't give them any ideas or any sort of guidance."

  • 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.