Great Falls Reporter

  • Where there is water, people will come

    Put on your old clothes, grab a paintbrush and ladder and get ready to make a difference.

    Your time and skills are needed.

    The Great Falls Home Town Association is looking for volunteers to help spruce up the downtown area.

    “We’re trying to get prepared for tourists coming here and they are going to come whether we’re prepared or not,” GFHTA Executive Director Glinda Coleman said.

    “And we want them to come,” GFHTA Board Chairman Mike Vaughn added.

  • ‘Blitz’ to give away, install fire alarms


    PIO at GFFD

    On Saturday, July 28, the Great Falls Fire Department along with the American Red Cross will team up with the SC State Fire Marshall’s Office, the SC State Guard and other volunteers to install smoke alarms in residences in and around Great Falls.

  • Woman passes away after car accident

    Eight days after she was seriously injured in a hit-and-run automobile accident, a local woman has passed away.

    Sara Fort Ferguson died Monday, July 16, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill. She was 81.

    Her son Charlie and daughters Lynn and Laura were with her when she passed away.

    “She loved hearing all the kind comments from those of you on Facebook and appreciated the calls and visits,” her son wrote on social media.

  • Two men arrested in Rock Hill shooting incident

    Two Great Falls men have been arrested in connection with a shooting incident that occurred in York County on Sunday, July 15.

    According to the York County Detention Center and York County Sheriff’s Office, Austin Reed Pearson, 22, of Great Falls was arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy. He is being held on a $52,500 bond.

  • Council wants to give downtown buildings a makeover

    Great Falls Town Council took a short walk after the July 16 meeting.

    Councilmembers, Great Falls Home Town Association Executive Director Glinda Coleman, Bill Norman and Lauren Duffy, associate professor with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University; strolled up the street from Town Hall to look at the facades of four town owned buildings.

    The buildings are side-by-side on Dearborn Street and only one has a stable roof. The fronts of three of the buildings have been boarded up.

  • GFFD joins Red Cross efforts to reduce home fire fatalities and injuries

    On Saturday, July 28, the Great Falls Fire Department will join the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, a nationwide effort to work over the next several years to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from the most common disaster people face in this country – home fires.

  • Weather alert: It’s snowing in July

    The weather is hot and an unusual weather phenomenon is happening in Great Falls.

    It’s snowing!

    You can’t go outside and touch the snow but you can visit the vacant lot beside Montgomery’s E-Z Mart and taste it.

    Palmetto Snow of Chester is bringing a mobile cart filled with flavored shaved ice to Great Falls three days a week.

    Christian music echoed as a line of varied ages formed in front of the mobile cart last week, waiting to sample the cold treat.

  • Ten minutes saved Duke customers some money

    It took less than 10 minutes for three Duke Energy employees to complete energy saving improvements at the home of Daryl and Linda Goings on North Street.

    The men arrived in a truck marked “Duke Energy.” After knocking on the door, the employees presented photo identifications to Linda Goings.

    “They showed their IDs. They were very good,” Goings said. “I was impressed.”

  • GFHTA to hold community meeting about downtown improvements

    There will be a lot of changes in Great Falls over the next five years and the Great Falls Home Town Association wants to do something to make the area look better.

    Using volunteers, the GFHTA wants to “spruce up” the downtown area with some paint, artwork and other improvements to buildings and different areas.

    On Thursday, July 19, there will be a meeting for people interested in volunteering, planning and giving ideas. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Great Falls War Memorial Building.

  • Backyard oasis provides ‘stay cation’ for Jackson

    To enjoy a vacation, all Lisa Jackson has to do is to step out the side or back door of her home. The doors lead to the Jacksons’ private oasis.

    “It’s my ‘stay cation,’” Jackson laughed.

    Phil, Lisa and Hunter Jackson moved into the two-bedroom home at 104 Woodland Ave. seven years ago.

    Lisa Jackson said when she was growing up, she spent a lot of time in swimming pools.