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Great Falls Reporter

  • 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.

  • Harmon celebrates in red, white and blue

    Brenda Harmon is proud to be an American. And it shows.

    Drive past the house she and her husband, Homer Harmon, and daughter, Dori Harmon, live in on Great Falls Highway and you’ll see reflections of her patriotic spirit.

    “I have always been patriotic,” Brenda Harmon said. “I love to decorate at any season or holiday.”

    Harmon said she decorated their home in Lancaster before the family moved to Great Falls.

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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.