Great Falls Reporter

  • 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.

  • Price to embark on European singing tour

    The defensive end of the Great Falls Red Devil football team said he enjoys playing sports but his dream career is not in the world of sports.

    It's in the music world.

    Aaron Price, 17, a junior at Great Falls High School, hopes he is taking the first step to reach his goal.

    Price considers himself a good dancer.

    "I've always danced," he said, "since I was little."

    In addition to dancing, Price is recognized by his friends as an excellent singer.

  • Fire displaces family of four during holidays

    Brenda Sumner said her daughter, Jeanette Roof, was at the Richburg on-ramp to Interstate 77, en route to her job at Springs Creative in Rock Hill, when she called her on her cell phone.

    Roof had dropped her sons off at school and was on her way to work when her mother called with alarming news.

    Sumner told her daughter that she needed to return home, her house was on fire. Within minutes, Roof was back at the brick house on Golf Course Road where she lived with her husband, Stacy, and their sons, Tyler, 12, and Trevor, 10.

  • Deli theme shows Devil support

    A stop at a rural convenience store about half a mile from the town limits of Great Falls lets you know you're in "devil country."

    Store owner Doug Sumner said he chose to remodel his business, Sumner's Deli and Grocery, in the Red Devil theme to recognize the athletes of Great Falls High and the fans who support the school sports.

    "It's the best thing in Great Falls," Sumner said. "Every-body has got their team and everybody agrees on that in Great Falls."

    Sumner bought the business on Ridgeway Road in October 2000.

  • Audit says town needs to improve its controls

    The Town of Great Falls needs to make changes in internal control matters, according to an audit report from the firm of Sheheen, Hancock & Godwin, LLP of Camden.

    Accountant Daryl Taylor told the Great Falls town council during its Nov. 19 meeting that the town's financial statements were the basis of recommended changes involving internal control.

    In an audit report, Taylor said certain matters involving internal control and operations were considered as reportable conditions.

  • Police gain substation

    The Great Falls Police Department has gained a satellite office at 800 Chester Ave.

    Police Chief Mike Revels said the Rock Hill Housing Authority has offered the department use of a furnished apartment in the housing complex.

    "We've gone into cooperation with the Housing Authority to help provide better communications with the residents and police department to increase safety for the residents," Revels said.

    "Once the substation is up and running, it will be open on a part-time basis," Revels added.

  • Reporter to merge with Chester office

    Because of the current economic environment, the Great Falls Reporter office will be merged into The News & Reporter office, effective January 1, 2008.

    Publisher Buddy Aultman said this week "like all Chester County businesses, The News & Reporter has felt the impact of plant closings and high unemployment and has found it necessary to merge the offices."

    Part of the changes will also affect the look of The Reporter.