Great Falls Reporter

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    Duke Energy is working on a project to replace some outdated equipment at homes, according to a communications officer.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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.