Great Falls Reporter

  • 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.

  • Standing tall in their daughter’s eyes

    A father – a pillar of strength, support and discipline.

    His work is endless and oftentimes, thankless. But in the end, it shows in the sound, well-adjusted children he raises. A good father loves his children and can make all the difference in a child’s life.

    He strongly disapproves of his children’s misdeeds, using tough love to prove a point. He does this through the power of his words.

  • Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program returns

    The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) returns this summer with the goals of supplementing the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and supporting South Carolina's small farmers. 

    The seasonal USDA grant program allows low-income, senior citizens, age 60 and older, to purchase unprocessed fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs May through Oct. 15.  

  • Arrest made in church burglaries

    An individual has been identified as a suspect in several burglaries of churches in Fairfield County.

    Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to five church burglaries in the western portion of Fairfield County, mostly in the Blair and Jenkinsville areas. Miscellaneous items, including electronics, were taken during the burglaries.

  • Biscuits, bacon and ‘shooting the bull’

    “You know what I want,” Fish Pate told waitress Breezy Baker at Tiffany’s Diner.

    “I got you in already,” Baker replied.

    Baker said she, more often than not, knows what a select few of her regular morning diners want to eat before they put in their orders.

    Thomas Black, 85, said he joins the breakfast crowd most weekdays. The group hangs around for an hour or so, he said.

    Often called “Paw Paw” by Baker, Black said he is the oldest member of the men’s breakfast crew.

  • Students learn about careers through chamber members

    The Chester County Chamber of Commerce board of directors held the first of several meetings away from the chamber office in the Great Falls Complex Media Center at Great Falls Middle/High School on Monday, May 14. 

    When Abby Brunson took over as board chair in January, she stated that one of her goals was to rotate some of the board meetings around the county. 

  • Council approves $1.1 million budget

    In his last meeting as a councilman, Great Falls Town Council Earl Taylor applauded Councilman Glenn Smith, chairman of the finance committee; and Town Clerk Julie Blackwell on their efforts to prepare the 2018-2019 budgets.

    During the meeting on May 21, council gave unanimous approval to a $1,142,172 general fund budget.