Great Falls Reporter

  • More than 30 firefighters battle Ridgeway Road fire Sunday

    Over 30 firefighters from five stations battled a smoky structure fire at 3230 Ridgeway Road, Great Falls on Sunday afternoon. 

    According to a release, the Great Falls Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Ridgeway Road address at 1:01 p.m. The first responding engine was on scene within four minutes and reported smoke coming from the structure. Great Falls Fire fighters laid the initial 1 ¾” hose line into the house and started the process of knocking down the fire.

  • A good week for Torrey Craig

    His team won its first-round playoff matchup, it has taken a 1-0 lead against its second round opponent and he got a shout out (eventually) from the best player in the world. It’s been a good couple of days for Great Falls’ Torrey Craig.

  • Firefighters respond to report of smoke at GFES

    Firefighters from four stations responded to a report of smoke at Great Falls Elementary School on Thursday morning, April 18.

    According to the news release, Great Falls Fire Department was dispatched by the 911 system at approximately 9:40 a.m. to a call of smoke on the roof of the gymnasium at Great Falls Elementary School.

    According to the Chester County School District, as part of the repair of the A/C unit, workers had removed six windowpanes in the gym.

  • Goats and TV

    The Town of Great Falls is discussing the possibility of using a work crew to clean roadsides and public land, but it will cost a lot of green…grass and kudzu, mainly.

  • Home improvement

    The story of how the ospreys at the Dearborn Hydroelectric Plant in Great Falls got a new nesting place is all to do with a utility company that cares about the environment they work in, outdoorsmen who climb poles for a living and the story begins with a walking osprey watcher who asked for something to be done.

    While their feathered “supervisors” circled overhead, Duke Energy linemen fixed up a new nesting place for a pair of ospreys at the Dearborn Hydroelectric Plant in Great Falls this week.

  • Focusing on the falls

    Great Falls Mayor Pro-Tem Glenn Smith and County Councilman Mike Vaughn, who represents Great Falls on Chester County Council, put in their two-cents on what hopes their community has for economic development at a recent kickoff meeting on the Chester County Economic Development Strategic Plan.

  • Back to Baatan (sort of)

    Editor’s note: Last week, we told you the story of Great Falls High alumni and cross-country runner Thomas Mills taking part in the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The story continues with some of his firsthand impressions of the experience, including meeting and marching with 101-year old Bataan Death March survivor, fellow Clemson graduate and professor, Col. Ben Skardon.


  • Council has trashy discussion

    Great Falls Town Councilman Bradd Lyles talked some trash last week. Or, trashcans, at least.

    Lyles brought up the idea of having the town provide trashcans for trash pick up to residents when the council met last week. Lyles said the issue had been discussed before (he said it was “shot down” once and “went nowhere” a second time) and mentioned that a cost estimate for cans had actually been obtained. Those estimates are usually only good for 60 to 90, though, so he said those numbers are likely outdated and no good at this point.

  • Much more than just a marathon

    As a senior at Great Falls High School, cross-country runner Thomas Mills entered a marathon, only to find that not many 18-year-olds take part in them. His second marathon was much more important. It was a memorial of the WWII-era Bataan Death March where anywhere between 500-650 American prisoners of the Imperial Japanese Army lost their lives on the 60-mile march from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in April 1942.

  • Last call?

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice would like to see the town adopt an ordinance that places some restrictions on when alcohol can be sold.