Great Falls Reporter

  • 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 Those estimates are usually only good for 60 to 90, though, so he said those numbers are likely outdated and no good at this point.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.

  • In the senator's shadow

    The Great falls High School Student Council members spent a day last week at the S.C. Statehouse shadowing State Sen. Mike Fanning, who chronicled the day on his Facebook page.

    ‘Spent the day today with some phenomenal student leaders in Great Falls. While they shadowed me, I learned so much from them! Made my heart sing to hear them talk of their hopes, dreams, and plans for after high school.

  • Graham rep tours Great Falls

    The roaring of the Great Falls of the Catawba could be heard in the distance as the group made their way to the edge of the spillway. The rushing Catawba was magnificent.

    The Great Falls Home Town Association and the Town of Great Falls hosted Teresa Thomas, Sen. Lindsay Graham’s Piedmont Regional Director last week for a tour of the exciting things are that coming to Great Falls in the next five years.

  • Marino's war on litter

    Carson Marino has declared war on garbage.

    The 15-year-old Great Falls resident fronts a group he has named “The Great Falls Trash Warriors” and their objective is a simple one…to pick up the mountains of litter that are thrown on the side of the roads between his home and his maternal grandmother’s house. He has organized the effort as a service project through Teen Lead with 4-H of Chester and Lancaster, but said the real reason he decided to attack the problem is because litter strikes a nerve with him.

  • Great Falls, other area stations battle Center Street blaze

    Over 19 firefighters from three stations battled a structure fire at 22 Center St., Great Falls on Feb. 20, according to a press release from the Great Falls Fire Department.

  • Hikes draw big crowds to Great Falls

    If very early returns and small sample sizes are any indication, an extension of the Carolina Thread Trail could prove to be a huge boon to Great Falls.

  • County pledges $75,000 for Thread Trail proposal

    An extension of the Carolina Thread Trail that could serve as a natural pathway to coming whitewater rapids in Great Falls will have the financial support of Chester County.