Great Falls Reporter

  • 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.

  • Candidate forum set in Great Falls

    A public political forum is planned for candidates vying in the Great Falls Town Council election.

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

    The forum will be sponsored by the Great Falls Home Town Association, the Great Falls High School Student Council, 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 moderator.

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Wynne vows change, if elected

    Darla Kaye Wynne vows to make change in town government if she is elected in the April 8 election.

    Wynne is one of three people who filed for a two-year term on council.

    "I have the strength and convictions to follow through with anything that I start," Wynne said. "I am not a part of the local 'buddy' system so I am not representing anyone other than the people that would elect me."

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Bryan files for 2-year term

    Donna Abernathy Bryan has a new idea for lowering taxes for senior citizens.

    Bryan has filed as a candidate for a two-year term on the Great Falls town council. The election will be held Tuesday, April 8.

    Bryan suggests allowing senior citizens work off some tax money by volunteering at school or other incentives.

    "Cutting taxes would be nice but right now they are needed as they are," Bryan said. "As we attract more business and more homeowners, then taxes could come down."

  • Rescue Squad rodeo offers weekend fun

    Nationally televised horses and bulls will be bucking at the first annual Great Falls Rescue Squad Pro Rodeo from 7 until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, at the Gaston Farm Road Equestrian Center, 2717 Gaston Farm Road, Richburg.

    Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

    The stock contractor for the event, Cross Creek Rodeo Company, is owned by Ed and Vana Doolittle of Saluda.

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Kelly aims for town council seat

    Debra Kelly said she wants to represent townspeople with integrity.

    She has filed for a seat on the Great Falls town council. The election will be held April 8.

    "I have no political experience but I'm not too old to learn," Kelly said. "I am one to do something about things I dislike."

    Kelly, 52, said the town needs to return to its pre-cotton mill era prosperity.