Great Falls Reporter

  • Free cancer screening available for women

    Free breast and cervical cancer screenings will be offered to women in Great Falls on Wednesday, Nov. 14; and Thursday, Nov. 15.

    The screenings will be provided through MUSC and the South Carolina Best Chance Network Program for women who meet program eligibility requirements.

    You may qualify if you:

    * Are a woman who lives in South Carolina

    * Are 21 to 64-years-old

    * Do not have insurance or are under-insured

    * Have deductibles of $1,000 or higher and/or diagnostic services not covered at 100-percent

  • Chief said his departments were ready for the storm

    “We were prepared,” Great Falls Police/Fire Chief Steven Rice told Great Falls Town Council at the Oct. 15 monthly meeting.

    Rice referred to the threats of Hurricane Matthew causing water and wind damage to the area as it passed through the state a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately Great Falls did not sustain any major damage from the hurricane, then turned tropical storm by the time it reached South Carolina

    “I wasn’t too much concerned about the water but I was concerned about the wind,” Rice said.

  • Boo Fun Fest just around the corner

    The highly anticipated annual event, Boo Fun Fest, is coming up Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 216 South Catawba St., Lancaster, Family-friendly activities are free of charge and include kids games, candy, music, costume and pumpkin decorating contests, popcorn, beverages, D.J. and more.

  • Harmon is "world famous," like the chicken he eats

    Homer Harmon loves fried chicken, especially Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    “I never get tired of it,” Harmon said.

    Harmon has been a face of Kentucky Fried Chicken since 2010.

    He said his claim to fame started after a win at a Church of God Senior Citizens contest when he won first place for his stunning likeness to the late Col. Harland Sanders, founder of the world-famous fast food fried chicken, Kentucky Fried Chicken.

  • Woman killed in freak accident on interstate

    County on Sunday.

    According to York County Coroner Sabrina Gast, the York County Coroner’s Office responded to Interstate 77 northbound Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, to investigate a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.  Gast said Vawn’Shieria Brown, 25, of Great Falls, was standing outside of her disabled car on the side of the interstate when she was struck by a passing car.

    Brown was pronounced dead at the scene, Gast said.

    Autopsy and toxicology results are pending, Gast added.

  • Pharmacy to hold second Medicare Part D seminar

    The Great Falls Pharmacy will sponsor its second free Medicare Part D (prescription coverage) seminar on Monday, Sept. 24, from 10-11 a.m. at Greater Great Falls, 503 Chester Ave., Suite D.

    Great Falls Pharmacy Co-owner/Pharmacist Chris Kennington said it used to be simple for people who are 65 or older to choose a Medicare plan. There were two choices – Plan A or Plan B.

  • Man loses life in single vehicle accident

    A Lake Wateree man lost his life in a single vehicle accident about three miles from Great Falls on Sept. 11.

    According to Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill, Gary Alexander, 69, of 749 Shangri La Drive, Winnsboro, was traveling south on U.S. Highway 21 N. when the vehicle left the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a tree.

    Hill said the accident happened between Gibson End Road and Raintree Road in Fairfield County.

  • Florence didn’t visit Great Falls as expected

    Great Falls dodged the bullet…and thankfully so.

    Weather forecasters were projecting the Great Falls area would receive substantial rainfall (possibly up to 10 inches) and be affected by high winds as Hurricane Florence passed through the state over the weekend.

    The hurricane, fortunately, lost some of its punch and downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it arrived in the local area.

    The first effects of the storm came as early as Friday morning with wind gusts causing trees to sway, leaving leaves and small limbs scattered.

  • FCSO says residents should prepare for hurricane

    The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office wants to encourage everyone to take some precautions regarding Hurricane Florence as it makes its way toward the eastern coast.

    Because it is still a couple of days from making landfall, there are many factors that could determine exactly where it will directly hit the U.S.

    “We strongly encourage everyone to prepare for some extreme weather conditions that may accompany this weather event,” said Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery.

  • Duke Energy updating customer equipment

    Duke Energy is in town and their arrival has some residential customers concerned.

    One lady was alarmed when a man representing himself as a Duke employee told her that he was changing out her meter box and breakers. She was unaware of the service being offered by the utility company.

    Duke Energy is working on a project to replace some outdated equipment at homes, according to a communications officer.

    “The project  has been ongoing for a couple of years,” said Ryan Mosier, Corporate Communications with Duke Energy.