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Great Falls Reporter

  • Interdepartmental training
  • Former mayor gives original art to town

    James Baker served the Town of Great Falls as mayor for eight years, from 1986-1994.

    He gave his knowledge, time, skills and professionalism.

    Now 24 years later, Baker is giving another gift to the town.

    Baker and his wife Barbara had an original piece of artwork painted by the late Elizabeth Abernathy, a former town councilwoman and wife of the late Town Attorney Harry Abernathy, hanging in the office of their home on Ross Dye Road.

    Abernathy painted the Great Falls town seal and presented it to Baker during his tenor as mayor.

  • Town hires new municipal judge

    Great Falls Town Council gave unanimous approval to hire Attorney Adrian E. Wilkes of the Law Office of Jonathan M. Goode, LLC in Winnsboro as the new municipal judge for the Town of Great Falls.

    Council voted to appoint Wilkes to a two-year term. He replaces longtime Municipal Judge Peter Lenzi.

    Also during the meeting, council gave unanimous approval for Roy Brunson to contact BC3 to check on the cost of setting up individual email accounts for council members. Brunson volunteers as IT coordinator and updates the town’s website.

  • New Medicare cards to be issued in September

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will automatically mail new Medicare cards to millions of people with Medicare in South Carolina next week.

    Everyone with Medicare in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina should receive their new card by the end of September and can begin using their card right away. 

    Key features of the new card and rollout process:

    • Social Security numbers have been replaced with new unique identifying numbers.

  • Performing Arts Series announces upcoming season

    See Lancaster's Performing Arts Series is well-known for its great variety of affordable live shows and the tradition continues with a brand new season of world-class entertainment and unmatched ticket prices.

  • Parents, preachers and teachers pray around the pole

    Prayers for students, teachers and administrators sounded around the flagpoles at all three schools in Great Falls around 5 p.m. Sunday evening.

    About 40 people including students, parents, grandparents, ministers and others who just wanted to join in prayer gathered at the schools to join in a prayer of faith.

    The music teacher at Great Falls Elementary School joined in the time of prayer.

    “I think it’s wonderful,” music teacher Eric Green said.

  • Garris will share her skills as artist-in-residence

    Traditional artist Beckee Garris will appear at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center as artist-in-residence through December, demonstrating pottery and basket making techniques and sharing Catawba oral histories and traditions. 

    A member of the Catawba Indian Nation, Garris will alternate weekends making pottery and two different types of basket forms from reeds and long leaf pine needles. Garris, who was first introduced to pottery making by her grandmother, says her art forms are inspired by her ancestors. 

  • Phone scam targets residents and officers

    The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be wary of recent telephone scams.

    The most recent trend involves the caller stating that the “Fairfield County Civil Process” has warrants on the intended victim and the intended victim needs to make arrangements to pay to “do away” with the warrants.

  • Emergency services building hope
  • Long celebrated as the ‘spark’ of Axis 1 achievements

    BY PUBLISHER LAURA J. MCKENZIE

    The People-Sentinel

    BARNWELL –  Cheryl Azouri Perry Long created the spark which would become Axis 1 44 years ago and fanned the flame which became a guiding light for those impacted by alcoholism, drug addiction, hunger, poverty, sexual issues and abuse.