Great Falls Reporter

  • 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.

  • Election to fill four council seats

    The Town of Great Falls will hold a general municipal election on Tuesday, April 8, 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.

    The four-year term left open by Toby Gladden's resignation is also up for re-election and the two-year term will fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Jack Taylor.

  • Brush truck will be asset to fire department

    Is it possible to get a vehicle road worthy for $500 or less?

    The 22 volunteers at the Great Falls Fire Department know it is.

    The department, according to acting Fire Chief T.J. Martin, has added another vehicle to its fleet, eliminating the need to rely on surrounding volunteer departments at certain fires.

    Volunteers managed to complete the project for less than $500.

    Firefighters can now use a 1977 Dodge pick-up brush truck to aid in fighting grass and pasture fires.

  • 2 assaulted Christmas morning

    An 18-year-old Kershaw woman and a 53-year-old Great Falls man were assaulted shortly after midnight on Christmas Eve.

    According to a Great Falls Police Department report, police responded to assist EMS at 12:26 a.m. Dec. 25. When the officer arrived on the scene, he spoke with the female complainant, who was also the victim.

  • Family celebrates Christmas with their miracle child

    Wayne and Jennifer Reeves think their little girl, Olivia, is a miracle child.

    Not only did she beat the odds when she was born prematurely, weighing 2 pounds, 7 ounces, but "Livy," almost 3, has shown her will to survive a second time.

    The Reeves, along with their sons, Bryan, 11; and Kevin, 5; were feeding their four horses on Dec. 20 when it happened.

    "She slipped by us," Mrs. Reeves said. "I turned and she came flying through the air."

  • Departures surprise remaining town leadership

    The resignations of two members of the Great Falls town council in five days has left two seats without name markers on the podium in council chambers.

    Jack Taylor was the first council member to vacate his seat. Taylor submitted a written letter to Mayor H.C. Starnes Jr. on Dec. 12, as the Great Falls Reporter and OnlineChester.com first reported last week.

    The resignation, the letter said, was to be effective immediately.

  • Collin to spend Christmas at St. Jude's

    Joey and Tessa Roberts and their children, Katie and Collin, won't celebrate Christmas at home this year. They won't be eating lunch with Tessa's family or supper with Joey's parents.

    But they will all be together, and for that, they are grateful.

    "It's tough," Joey's father, Richard Collins, said.

    Collins and his wife, Louise, are feeling the heartache grandparents never want to imagine. They have watched helplessly as their grandson, Collin, 2 1/2, suffers from the affects of a malignant brain tumor.

  • TO THE EDITOR: Family says thanks for support

    We wanted to express our sincerest gratitude for the love, prayers and monetary contributions provided to us during our recent house fire.

    We have been overwhelmed and so appreciative of the support and love of our community coming forward to offer any assistance we may have needed during this horrific time in our lives.

  • ANOTHER RESIGNATION: Mayor pro-tem Gladden vacates seat on council

    The Great Falls Town Council keeps getting smaller in number.

    Last week, the six-member council dropped to five members after Councilman Jack Taylor submitted his resignation Wednesday.

    The four-man, one woman council decreased again Monday night after Mayor Pro-tem Toby Gladden submitted his resignation prior to the regular monthly meeting.

    Mayor H.C. Starnes Jr. told council of Gladden 's resignation at the onset of the meeting.

    "I resign from the Great Falls town council as of Dec. 17," Gladden said in his written resignation. "I will be unable to serve."

  • Taylor relinquishes council seat

    Great Falls Town Councilman Jack Taylor has relinquished his seat on council.

    Taylor said he submitted a written letter to Mayor H.C. Starnes Jr. on Wednesday.

    The letter, addressed to the citizens, council members and Starnes, said the resignation is to be effective immediately.

    Taylor authorized release of the letter by Town Clerk Julie Blackwell.