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Great Falls Reporter

  • Healthcare U.S. Co., Ltd. launching new Fairfield County operations

    Healthcare US Co., Ltd., a venture of China-based Healthcare Co., Ltd., announced plans this week to establish new operations in Fairfield County. The company’s $45 million investment is projected to create 250 new jobs.

    Founded in Jiangsu, China in 2003, Healthcare Co., Ltd. is the first publicly-traded, memory-foam mattress manufacturer in China and is now the largest such manufacturer in that country. Becoming a global industry leader, the company has established production operations in both Serbia and Spain, with approximately 3,600 workers worldwide.

  • Department of Ed.: Great Falls schools need improvement, support

    The South Carolina Department of Education recently released the first list of Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools as required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

    In Chester County, Great Falls Elementary has been identified as a CSI school, meaning they need additional support and improvement, according to the S.C. Department of Education.

    Great Falls Middle School was named as a Priority School also needing support and improvement.

  • CDA offers town a deal on strategic planning

    On Monday night, Mike Enoch offered the Town of Great Falls an opportunity and a deal.

    Enoch appeared before Great Falls Town Council in his capacity as a member of the Chester Development Association (CDA). He told the council that in 2008, the CDA approached Chester County and offered to pay half the cost of a strategic plan. The county took them up on the offer and completed it by 2010.

    “It involved certifying sites, making sure the county understood (fee-in-lieu-of-tax) agreements…then in 2011, they did a little more,” Enoch said.

  • Cash reward offered for tips to locate Sumner

    The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and Midlands Crime Stoppersneed your help in locating Douglas William Sumner, II of Angel Drive in the Great Falls area of Fairfield County.

     The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with neighboring agencies and have asked the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to assist with the investigation.

    Sumner, the owner of Sumner’s Deli on Ridgeway Road outside Great Falls, was last seen in Rock Hill at approximately 12 p.m. on Oct. 22.

  • Keeping her son's spirit alive by giving to others

    In 2014, Monica Eagle lost a part of her heart.

    Her son, Jeramie Wayne Coleman, lost his life in a drowning accident at Lake Wateree State Park. Five days prior, Jeramie had celebrated his 14th birthday. His mother said he used part of his birthday money to buy things his younger siblings wanted.

    Eagle and five of her nine children watched as Jeramie went under in about six-eight feet of water. Eagle said Jeramie and a friend were racing to a buoy in the water when the accident happened.

  • Winter Wonderland Gala planned by GRASP

    GRASP will sponsor the second annual Winter Wonderland Gala on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 from 7-11 p.m. at the War Memorial Building.

    The gala will include dinner, an auction and gifts.

    Tickets are $30 each and will make great Christmas gifts!

    To buy a ticket or for information on sponsorship, call the GRASP office at 482-4407.

  • Great Falls Council briefed on email accounts

    VC3 representative Lynn Kenyon briefed Great Falls Town Council on the positives of council members having government email addresses at the Nov. 19 monthly meeting.

    Kenyon said VC3 partners with the Municipal Association of South Carolina and maintains the town’s website.

    In her address to council, Kenyon pointed out that some council members are using their personal email accounts to do town business.

  • Search continues for missing store owner

    Family and friends of local store owner Doug Sumner are asking for help in locating him. Sumner has not been seen in over a week.

    According to a Facebook post by one of Sumner’s relatives, Sumner, owner of Sumner’s Deli & Grocery on Ridgeway Road outside the town limits of Great Falls, was last seen in his black 2014 Dodge Ram truck with a utility trailer on the back in Lancaster on Sunday, Oct. 21. He was said to be helping a friend.

  • Dixon wants to see more faces and clubs on the course

    There’s a new face in the clubhouse at Republic Golf Course.

    Well, there’s actually two.

    Sloan Dixon has taken over lead role as manager of the golf course. Her Terrier mix dog Finn is close by her side.

    Dixon started to work as the manager of the nine-hole golf course on Oct. 3. She replaces long-time General Manager Monty Johnston who recently retired.

    Johnston stayed on for a week to train Dixon for the job. He  still pops in occasionally.

  • Riversweep set for Saturday

    The Great Falls Home Town Association will hold another Great Falls Riversweep on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet at Debutary Landing off U.S. Highway 21 on Pea Ridge Road just south of Great Falls.

    Check-in and distribution of supplies will be from 8:30-9 a.m. and the cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. Clean up will last until noon when boats will begin returning people to the landing.