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Great Falls Reporter

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  • Early news deadline for next week

    Due to the Wednesday, July 4 holiday, news items for The Great Falls Reporter must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 29.

    News articles can be submitted by email at gfreporter@onlinechester.com or by calling 385-3177, ext. 27.

  • Advocates rally for animal rights

    Alicia Schwartz of Project Safe Pet and Patty Mott, a resident of Chester County and a volunteer with South of the Bully, addressed Great Falls Town Council during the June 18 meeting.

    Mott is a social worker who often works in the Great Falls area and is a longtime animal advocate. During her service in the area, Mott said she has received a lot of animal cruelty complaints. She talked about tethering animals outside and having clean shelters and living space for dogs.

  • Council gets a visual ride down the rapids

    Great Falls Town Council got a visual glimpse of the future recreational water opportunities for the town in a PowerPoint presentation at the June 18 meeting.

    Great Falls Home Town Association Executive Director Glinda Coleman presented a PowerPoint of proposed water flows and the creation of whitewater rapids in the passage from the Nitrolee access area to the long bypass.

    The water opportunities are part of Duke Energy’s recreational plan included in the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing agreement.

  • ‘I have bad news,’ Senator Fanning tells town council

    David had a slingshot, Samson had a jawbone of a donkey, Rahab had a piece of string, Mary had a vase of oil, a little boy had five loaves of bread and two fish and Aaron had a rod.

    “They did some amazing things. They all conquered. They focused not on what they didn’t have but what they had,” Senator Mike Fanning told Great Falls Town Council at the June 18 meeting.

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  • Governor proposes tax elimination for retired uniformed personnel

    COLUMBIA – Governor Henry McMaster announced on Jan. 5 a bold tax reform proposal, included in the 2018-19 Executive Budget, that permanently and fully exempts military veterans and retired first responders, including state and federal law enforcement, firefighters and peace officers, from paying state taxes on retirement income.

  • Supporting Republic is par for the course

    Tucked away on 90+ acres on Evans Vaughn Drive and bordered by Rocky Creek is Republic Golf Course.

    Construction on the nine-hole course began in 1926 when Republic Cotton Mills President and golf enthusiast R.S. Mebane had a small six-hole course, mostly for private use, constructed. Only three or four people played in the beginning but soon the “golf bug” bit more people and before long, several others bought clubs and began to play.

  • Boyfriend charged in woman’s death

    A Great Falls woman’s 19-year-old daughter was killed in a shooting incident in Camden on Saturday morning, June 2.

    Katelin Jordyn Crocker, daughter of Johnnah Dixon Crocker of Great Falls and Harold Ray Crocker, has been identified as the victim of a fatal gunshot wound.

    According to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, Alexander Francis Harmon, 28, of 575 Cleveland School Road, Camden, was charged with murder around 2:45 a.m. Saturday after he allegedly  shot and killed his girlfriend (Katelin Crocker).

  • A little girl gives away her toys

    “Cinderella,” “Belle,” “Rescue Squad Bear,” “Hello Kitty” and “Pikachu” were among the stuffed animals laying on the table at the Great Falls Rescue Squad.

    There was also a gorilla, a hen, a bear, a frog, a donkey and a puppy.

    The stuffed animals were once favorites of their donor, three-year-old Olivia Jones.

    Olivia’s mother, Kriss Jones; and Olivia’s grandmother, Barbara Lyles, said they had been teaching Olivia about giving to other people.