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Great Falls Reporter

  • TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Twelve candidates running

    Twelve candidates will face off in the April 8 Great Falls town council election.

    The election will be held to fill the office of three four-year term council members and one two-year unexpired council member term.

    Incumbent Maxine Wood has filed for re-election. Wood is completing the term of the late Councilman Wayne Autry.

    The four-year term of Councilman Earl Taylor is also up for re-election. Taylor did not seek re-election.

  • He spreads fire, fights it: Minister shares spiritual fire while fighting fire

    Smoke fills the room and the way to safety seems difficult to find.

    The fear, uncertainty and fight for survival are emotions a person inside a burning structure may experience.

    "When you're in smoke everywhere and you can't find your own way, it's difficult," the Rev. Jim Allen said.

    Those same emotions, Allen said, can be compared to an individual searching for spiritual direction in their life.

    Allen, pastor of Second Baptist Church, said he often uses illustrations he experiences as a volunteer fireman in his sermons.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Drivers responsible for their actions

    To the Editor:

    I was appalled by the article in theWednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, Great Falls Reporter regarding Great Falls being a "speed trap."When will people take responsibility for their own actions? We have speed limits for a reason. Speed kills.

  • Filing ends Friday for April election

    Time is running out so if you're interested in seeking a seat on the Great Falls town council, you need to act quickly.

    Friday is the last day to file a letter of intent if you want to be a candidate in the April 8 election. Letters of intent must be filed by 5 p.m. Friday.

    The election will be held to fill the office of three four-year term council members and one two-year unexpired council member term.

    The four-year terms of Councilman Earl Taylor and Councilwoman Maxine Wood are up for election. Wood is completing the term of the late Councilman Wayne Autry.

  • Sims joins Lowry's Family Medicine

    The medical field is nothing new to Terry Sims. He has worked in emergency and critical care situations for years.

    Sims is now trying his hand at primary care while working as a family nurse practitioner at Lowry's Family Medicine in Great Falls. He joined Dr. H.P. Snead Jr. and Dr. Logan Gibbons on Jan. 2.

    Sims' addition to the staff allows the office to be open on Wednesday.

    Sims said he was performing clinical training when Dr. Sam Stone mentioned the idea of him joining the local practice.

  • Two others file in election

    The Great Falls town council election is drawing response from the community as two other candidates have filed letters of intent to run for office in the April 8 election.

    Town Clerk Julie Blackwell said Stanley Todd Smith of 213 St. Michael Ave. submitted his letter of intent last week to file as a candidate for the two-year unexpired term and Jimmy Williams of 38 Pinecrest Avenue filed his letter of intent Monday to file for a four-year term.

  • Mayor asks department heads to tighten budgets

    Great Falls Mayor H.C. Starnes Jr. named new committee appointments during Tuesday night's regular council meeting.

    The appointments were necessary after the resignations of former councilmen Toby Gladden and Jack Taylor.

    In making his selections, Starnes named himself as chairman of the finance committee. He will be joined by Councilmen H.C. Wright and Earl Taylor.

    Starnes said he moved some of the members around and tried to share the load.

  • Kartway's new management prepares for big weekend

    If the roar of engines, dust filling the air and the thrill of competition excites you, an afternoon at Rocky Creek Kartway may be a Saturday destination spot for you.

    Last March, owner and manager Joe Connell, formerly of Charlotte, N.C., took over Rocky Creek Kartway on S.C. Highway 97, a couple of miles from the town limits of Great Falls.

    The kartway is open on Saturdays only but Connell expects the track to get into "full swing" in the spring, opening on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Two more file for council seats

    Two additional people have filed letters of intent to run as candidates in the April 8 Great Falls town council election.

    Darryl B. Washington of 218 Chester Ave. and Marcus T. Ray of 14 Maple St. have submitted letters of intent, Town Clerk Julie Blackwell said.

    Jarrod H. Skinner of 33 Circle St. and Randy Beckham of 48 Circle St. last week submitted letters of intent.

    The election will be held to fill the office of three four-year term council members and one two-year unexpired council member term.

  • Elementary school seeks ways to improve state status

    Great Falls Elementary School has been identified for school improvement based on the Title 1 school improvement list released by the state Department of Education.

    A school is identified for school improvement based upon not meeting the state's definition of adequate yearly progress for two or more consecutive years.