Great Falls Reporter

  • Arson not suspected in weekend fires

    WINNSBORO – Officials with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Forestry Commission do not believe any of the wildfires in Fairfield County over the weekend were the result of arson.

  • Fire chief targeted by phone scam…again

    Apparently the Mitford Volunteer Fire Department chief is in the top spot for scam callers.

    On Dec. 6, 2017, MVFD Chief Mike Good reported to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office that he received a couple of unexpected phone calls.

  • Meet the candidates at Tuesday forum

    The Town of Great Falls will hold an election on Tuesday, April 10, for the office of mayor and three council seats.

    Mayor Lee Montgomery and Councilmen Glenn Smith, Jamie “Pudge” Simpson and Earl Taylor have filed for re-election.

    Joining Montgomery is the race for mayor is Dean Runion and Debra Kelly. Also vying for a seat on council are David Dutton and Maria Chaplin.

  • Handing the store over, part by part

    Great Falls Auto Parts has been a constant for over three decades.

    So has the face that has served as manager of the store since it opened on April 1, 1987.

    Things have changed. The store remains open but the familiar face behind the counter will not be as visible as it once was.

    The man filled with tons of knowledge about automotive parts and ways to fix vehicle problems isn’t around as much as he once was.

    After serving as manager of Great Falls Auto Parts for 31 years, Steve Case has made the decision to enter retirement.

  • Absentee voting begins Friday

    In-House absentee voting for the April 10 mayoral and town council election will open Friday, March 9, at 8:30 am. Anyone who is interested in voting absentee can vote at the Voter Registration Office at 109 Ella St., Chester, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Absentee voting will continue through April  9.

  • Kelly wants to be next mayor

    Debra Kim Kelly wants to serve as the next mayor of Great Falls.

    Kelly, 62, said she is retired and has “plenty of time to devote to doing whatever is necessary to make Great Falls the place for anyone who loves being out-of-doors.”

    “With lodging available within minutes in Richburg and a host of travelers passing through the outskirts of our town on the way to Carolina Adventure World, we are poised and ready to be ‘discovered,’” Kelly said.

  • Runion wants to serve as mayor

    Former Great Falls Town Councilman Larry “Dean” Runion said his belief that Great Falls’ pride and quality of life can be improved greatly for everyone are the reasons he decided to file for office of mayor.

    Runion previously served on council in 2008 and in 2014 for a total of three years. He has completed courses through the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

  • Senior to sponsor election forum

    Great Falls High School Senior Matthew Trent and the Great Falls Home Town Association will sponsor an election forum for candidates in the upcoming Town of Great Falls election.

    The forum will be held on Tuesday, March 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Falls High School Little Theatre.

    Trent’s senior project is an election forum, which will highlight the candidates who are running for mayor and town council in the April 10 election. The forum will give community members the chance to listen to questions that will be presented to the candidates.

  • Get a glimpse of town from the water side

    Strategic planning and recreational plans are progressing.

    That’s the message a Clemson University team gave Great Falls Town Council during the Feb. 19 meeting.

    “We’re moving forward with the project related to strategic planning as part of Duke’s recreational plan,” Dr. Lauren Duffy from Clemson University said.

    Duffy said the team will conduct surveys this summer, possibly during the Flopeye Fish Festival in Great Falls and during the Rocky Shoal Spider Lilly Festival at Landsford Canal State Park.

  • Duke Energy to offer free energy products

    Duke Energy plans to offer a few ways for its utility customers to lower their energy costs.

    Duke Energy Residential Energy Efficiency Program Manager Sue Dinnsen gave Great Falls Town Council a brief overview of the project during the Feb. 19 monthly council meeting.

    “It’s a free program Duke is bringing to Great Falls,” Dinnsen said.