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Great Falls Reporter

  • Eight candidates file for council seats

    As of Friday evening, two individuals have joined Incumbent Mayor Lee Montgomery in filing for the office of mayor of Great Falls.

    Dean Runion and Debra Kelly have filed letters of intent with the Chester County Elections Office.

    The seats of Councilmen Jamie “Pudge” Simpson, Glenn Smith and Earl Taylor are also up for grabs in the April 10 election. All have filed for re-election.

    Joining them in vying for a seat on council are David Dutton and Maria Chaplin.

  • ‘The kids lost out,’ Smith says about referendum

    A $38 million bond referendum that included $4.3 million for maintenance to the Great Falls schools was shot down by voters on Feb. 13. The referendum failed in a 990 to 863 countywide vote.

    In Great Falls, 107 people voted against the referendum and 10 voted in favor of it. In the Beckhamville community, 133 people said no and 27 voted in favor of the referendum.

    “I’m disappointed,” Chester County School Board Member John Smith said. “We’ve lost $4.3 million to improve our schools.”

  • Officers to brave the cold waters Saturday

    Officers from The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office will show their bravery and endurance as they plunge into the cold water at Lake Wateree State Park on Saturday during the annual S.C. Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

    Spectators are welcome at the event.

    Registration will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a costume contest and awards at 11 a.m.

    Anyone willing to brave the chilly waters in the 2018 Fairfield County Polar Plunge are invited to join others as they enter the water at 11:30 a.m. You can plunge with a team or on your own.

  • Dixie Youth baseball, softball are registering

    Great Falls Dixie Youth Baseball/Softball is holding registration this week.

    You can register at the David Lex Minors Park today and Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. or on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

    You can also register today through Friday at Great Falls Town Hall from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The office is closed for lunch from noon until 1 p.m.

  • Five fire stations battle Seaboard Street fire

    BY DANA GREENLEAF

    Great Falls Fire Department PIO

    Over 30 firefighters from five stations battled a structure fire at 26 Seaboard St. on Monday, Feb. 5. 

    Great Falls Fire Department was dispatched by the 911 system at approximately 6:56 p.m. last Monday to a reported structure fire at 26 Seaboard St.

  • Milhorn: the flu is the worst I’ve seen in 25 years

    You have a fever or feel feverish and experience chills. You may have a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and tiredness. Vomiting and diarrhea are often present in children.

    These are symptoms associated with influenza (the flu virus).

  • Take the plunge for Special Olympics

    The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual SC Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Lake Wateree State Park on Saturday, Feb. 17.

    Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by a costume contest and awards at 11 a.m.

    Those who are willing to brave the chilly waters in the 2018 Fairfield County Polar Plunge will enter the water at 11:30 a.m.

    Lunch will be served at noon.

    You can plunge with a team or on your own!

  • Mayor, three council seats up for grabs

    The office of mayor of Great Falls and three town council seats will be up for grabs on April 10

    The seats of Mayor Lee Montgomery and Councilmen Jamie “Pudge” Simpson, Glenn Smith and Earl Taylor will be decided in the April 10 election.

  • Great Falls Elementary roof is repaired

    Chester County School Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain and Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner said on Monday night following a called board meeting that the roof of the gymnasium at Great Falls Elementary School has been repaired. Students are expected back in classes regularly held in the gym later this week.

    Gardner said the contractors have been working on the roof for about five days and it is near completion. There was one more spot to repair and students would be back in the gym after he and Maintenance Director Bob Roddey look it over.

  • Cabrey: ‘Not a perfect referendum, but a win/win’

    Chester County is experiencing an economic development boom and with the boom comes a need for better education and training for students, said Brenda Cabrey, a member of the Chester County School Bond Referendum Citizen’s Committee.

    “It’s an exciting time in Chester County,” Cabrey said during a school board referendum informational meeting held last Thursday in Great Falls.