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Great Falls Reporter

  • Veterans of Valor project enters second phase

    The Veterans of Valor project to decorate the graves of fallen veterans is moving forward. The initial phase of identifying the final resting place of Great Falls veterans has been completed. The second phase, gathering funding to purchase the needed flags and mountings, is now going on.

  • Two fatally injured in two-vehicle crash

    Two men lost their lives in a two-vehicle crash on S.C. Highway 200 Monday morning.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the driver of a 2013 Chrysler 200 four-door sedan was traveling east, drove left off center and struck a westbound 2015 Kia four-door sedan head-on.

    The accident happened around 11:52 a.m. near Patrick Road in Fairfield County, about five miles from Interstate 77.

    Both victims were the drivers of the vehicles, were wearing seatbelts, were entrapped and died as a result of their injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

  • Dollar General remodels, adds produce

    Dollar General announced it recently completed a remodel of its store at 516 Chester Ave., Great Falls. 

    With an updated layout and design, the store now offers a selection of produce and expanded frozen and refrigerated food offerings in addition to the same categories, brands and products customers trust Dollar General to carry. 

  • Narcotics, cash taken in pharmacy break-in

    Police are looking for two suspects in connection with a break-in at the Great Falls Pharmacy early Monday morning.

    Great Falls Pharmacy Co-owner/Pharmacist Pete Milhorn said the break-in happened around 2:53 a.m.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said the suspects used mechanical means to break out a front window and gain entry into the pharmacy.

    Rice said he thinks the suspects were only inside the pharmacy for a couple of minutes.

  • Voters to choose mayor and council on Tuesday

    Voters in the Town of Great Falls will head to the polls on Tuesday, April 10, to decide who will serve as mayor and who will fill three council seats for the next four years.

    Great Falls elects half of its council every two years to serve four-year terms. The mayor also serves a four-year term.

    Incumbent Mayor Lee Montgomery is being challenged by former Town Councilman Dean Runion and Debra Kelly.

  • Lucas hopes to hold on to District 2 seat

    Chester County Councilman Archie Lucas wants to keep his seat as the District 2 representative on Chester County Council.

    Lucas, a Democrat, was first elected to county council in 1980. He served 15 years before being defeated by Republican challenger, the late Mike Locklair, in 1994.

    Locklair served a four-year term before Lucas defeated him and returned to council in 1998.

    “I voluntarily sat out a term in 2002 until 2006,” Lucas said.

    He said the late Jim Bruce defeated Bobby Jones in that election.

  • Rescue Squad is ‘getting on the road’ again

    The Great Falls Rescue Squad has new leadership.

    Captain-elect Charlie Timmons told Great Falls Town Council at the March 19 monthly meeting that he is ready to take the lead role of the volunteer emergency organization.

    “There have been some issues with the Great Falls Rescue Squad and civic organizations in the past but that’s over,” Timmons said. “We are here to assist when possible.”

  • Parsons wins seven press awards

    Great Falls ReporterEditor Nancy Parsons brought home five writing awards and two photography awards from Saturday's annual S.C. Press Association Awards Luncheon held at The Spartanburg Marriott.

    In the writing division, Parsons won first place for Business Beat Reporting for her stories “Cracked pots, flowers, gifts and artwork,” “No more tall beers, tall tales at Hambone’s,”

  • Proud Momma Day

    It was an exciting, fun day – just the way the senator planned it.

    S.C. State Senator Mike Fanning, his secretary Debra Cooper and myself emailed and sent text messages for a couple of weeks prior to our Feb. 28 meeting at the State House.

    I invited my son Josh to go with me to Columbia for what I told him was “an appointment.” I provided very little details, other than telling him that I wasn’t seriously ill and wasn’t meeting with a doctor to schedule surgery. We have had one of those not-so-good appointments in the past.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Three incumbents, one newcomer win in Great Falls election

    There will be a new face on Great Falls Town Council when the body holds its next meeting.

    In Tuesday’s municipal election, Lee Montgomery defeated two challengers to retain his seat. Montgomery garnered 123 votes to 82 from challenger Dean Runion and 15 for Debra Kelly.