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Great Falls Reporter

  • Chaplin makes first-time bid for office

    Maria Chaplin has filed as a first-time candidate for Great Falls Town Council.

    “I decided to file for office because I grew up in a small town in Sweden that reminds me of Great Falls but without the signs of struggle that Great Falls have. I think my sales and marketing experience I can help the town move in the right direction.”

    “It seems to me that Great Falls have had its label of ‘a mill town that lost its mills’ for far too long. It’s time for a rebranding and some new strategies,” Chaplin said.

  • Montgomery seeks second term as mayor

    Great Falls Mayor Lee Montgomery is seeing a second term as the head of the governing body of Great Falls.

    Serving as mayor for the last four years influenced his decision to file for the position again, Montgomery said.

    “I’ve seen Great Falls progress and would like to continue to help Great Falls grow and move forward,” Montgomery said.

    Montgomery said one of the biggest issues he sees facing the town relates to the schools.

    “I’ll do whatever I can to keep our schools in our town,” he said.

  • Candidates share their thoughts at public forum

    In  less than two weeks, voters in the Town of Great Falls will go to the polls to elect a mayor and three council members.

    Great Falls elects half of its council every two years for four-year terms. The mayor’s seat is also a four-year term.

    To offer residents an opportunity to learn more about the candidates, the Great Falls Home Town Association and Great Falls High School senior Matthew Trent sponsored a “Meet the Candidates” political forum on March 20.

  • Veterans want to honor fallen comrades

    A group of Great Falls veterans are making plans to honor their fallen comrades on Memorial Day this year.

    The Veterans of Valor plans to place an American Flag on the grave of each veteran in the town’s three cemeteries.

    Formed by Dana Greenleaf and Millard Smith, the group’s purpose is to recognize the men and women of Great Falls who have served their country in uniform. Both men agreed that honoring the fallen veterans on Memorial Day was an appropriate way to begin what they hope would become a tradition in the community. 

  • Parsons wins seven press awards

    Great Falls ReporterEditor Nancy Parsons brought home five writing awards and two photography awards from Saturday's annual S.C. Press Association Awards Luncheon held at The Spartanburg Marriott.

    In the writing division, Parsons won first place for Business Beat Reporting for her stories “Cracked pots, flowers, gifts and artwork,” “No more tall beers, tall tales at Hambone’s,”

  • Smith seeks third term on council

    Great Falls Town Councilman Glenn Smith isn’t ready to call it quits. He wants to continue to serve his town.

    Smith has served two four-year terms on town council and hopes voters will re-elect him to a third term.

    His believes in the community and thinks he has the skills needed to move the town forward, he said.

    Smith was first elected in 2010. He is chairman of the town council finance committee.

  • JROTC students smart their way to Washington

    BY 1st SGT. CLARENCE GREENO JR.

    Special to the Reporter

    Congratulations to the Great Falls High School JROTC program!

    Cadets qualified to advance to the 2018 Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., June 22-26. 
    The competition began in November 2017 with 1,389 teams across the United States, Germany, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Only 32 teams will advance to the National Championship in Washington, D.C.

  • 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.