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Great Falls Reporter

  • "Speedy" Starnes gets Lifetime Education Award

    Former Great Falls Mayor, Town councilman and Great Falls High Principal Dr. H.C. “Speedy” Starnes Jr. was awarded the Duke Energy Lifetime Education Award at the 61st annual Chester County Chamber of Commerce banquet recently.

    Presenter Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s VP of Community Relations, said in his remarks, “tonight’s winner holds a special place in my heart and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present this award on behalf of Duke Energy.”

  • Rice seeking three-mile jurisdiction extension

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice hopes the third time will be the charm when it comes to a three-mile extension of his department’s jurisdiction.

    At last week’s meeting of Great Falls Town Council, Rice was discussing a robbery and shooting that took place at the Last Call bar. He said his investigation of that incident would have been greatly aided by the ability to work just outside the town limits.

    “It would help us in the performance of our job here,” Rice said.

  • Council getting town-provided email accounts

    Very soon, all official Great Falls town business will take place on Great Falls Town email.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of Great Falls Town Council, Councilwoman Maria Chaplin brought up an issue she had previously brought to council, that being the need for the town’s elected officials to have their own, town-provided accounts to use for any official town business.

    “It is what people use to convey concerns and ideas. When you have something written, it adds a level of accountability,” Chaplin said.

  • International I-77 megasite is ready for business
  • Vaughn prepared to tackle council duties

    Mike Vaughn has officially been a member of Chester County Council for just over a week. He’s been preparing to become a member of council for several months.

    Vaughn is the new representative for District Two, replacing long-serving councilman Archie Lucas. Vaughn actually had the benefit of winning the seat in the Democratic Primary runoff last June, meaning he had almost seven full months to prepare for his new role. He used that time wisely.

    “Anything I ever undertake, I try to educate myself on it as best I can,” Vaughn said.

  • Big week starts today for Red Devils

    For one day only, the Red Devils will call somewhere other than Great Falls home.

  • Council chipping in for possible Thread Trail proposal

    A possible extension of the Carolina Thread Trail in Great Falls could serve as pathway to the whitewater rapids comings to the area soon.

    Matt Covington and Bret Baronak from the Carolina Thread Trail (a network of greenways and trails for hiking, biking and outdoor activities that stretches nearly 300 miles through 15 counties in the Carolinas) addressed Great Falls Town Council. The two detailed that they been involved in negotiations with CSX to obtain a 22-mile segment of abandoned rail lines to add to the trail.

  • 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.