Great Falls Reporter

  • Florence didn’t visit Great Falls as expected

    Great Falls dodged the bullet…and thankfully so.

    Weather forecasters were projecting the Great Falls area would receive substantial rainfall (possibly up to 10 inches) and be affected by high winds as Hurricane Florence passed through the state over the weekend.

    The hurricane, fortunately, lost some of its punch and downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it arrived in the local area.

    The first effects of the storm came as early as Friday morning with wind gusts causing trees to sway, leaving leaves and small limbs scattered.

  • Man loses life in single vehicle accident

    A Lake Wateree man lost his life in a single vehicle accident about three miles from Great Falls on Sept. 11.

    According to Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill, Gary Alexander, 69, of 749 Shangri La Drive, Winnsboro, was traveling south on U.S. Highway 21 N. when the vehicle left the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a tree.

    Hill said the accident happened between Gibson End Road and Raintree Road in Fairfield County.

  • Pharmacy to hold second Medicare Part D seminar

    The Great Falls Pharmacy will sponsor its second free Medicare Part D (prescription coverage) seminar on Monday, Sept. 24, from 10-11 a.m. at Greater Great Falls, 503 Chester Ave., Suite D.

    Great Falls Pharmacy Co-owner/Pharmacist Chris Kennington said it used to be simple for people who are 65 or older to choose a Medicare plan. There were two choices – Plan A or Plan B.

  • Bags packed Become an ‘Ultimate Outsider’

    Chris and Wanda Harris have a 29055 zip code but they don’t live in the town limits of Great Falls. They are “outsiders.”

    The Harrises have now become “Ultimate Outsiders.”

    The Harrises “outsider” status did not come from living three miles from Great Falls. The couple earned their status from South Carolina State Parks.

  • Duke Energy updating customer equipment

    Duke Energy is in town and their arrival has some residential customers concerned.

    One lady was alarmed when a man representing himself as a Duke employee told her that he was changing out her meter box and breakers. She was unaware of the service being offered by the utility company.

    Duke Energy is working on a project to replace some outdated equipment at homes, according to a communications officer.

    “The project  has been ongoing for a couple of years,” said Ryan Mosier, Corporate Communications with Duke Energy.

  • FCSO says residents should prepare for hurricane

    The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office wants to encourage everyone to take some precautions regarding Hurricane Florence as it makes its way toward the eastern coast.

    Because it is still a couple of days from making landfall, there are many factors that could determine exactly where it will directly hit the U.S.

    “We strongly encourage everyone to prepare for some extreme weather conditions that may accompany this weather event,” said Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery.

  • Medicare Part D enrollment: what you need to know

    It used to be simple for people who are 65 or older to choose a Medicare plan.

    There were two choices – Plan A or Plan B. And if they were eligible, they could take out a supplemental plan that would pay the 20-percent that Plan A or Plan B would not pay.

    “And for the person that didn’t qualify for any kind of assistance with medications, they paid the full price at the pharmacy,” explained Great Falls Pharmacy Co-owner/Pharmacist Chris Kennington.

  • 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.