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Great Falls Reporter

  • Council gets a visual ride down the rapids

    Great Falls Town Council got a visual glimpse of the future recreational water opportunities for the town in a PowerPoint presentation at the June 18 meeting.

    Great Falls Home Town Association Executive Director Glinda Coleman presented a PowerPoint of proposed water flows and the creation of whitewater rapids in the passage from the Nitrolee access area to the long bypass.

    The water opportunities are part of Duke Energy’s recreational plan included in the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing agreement.

  • ‘I have bad news,’ Senator Fanning tells town council

    David had a slingshot, Samson had a jawbone of a donkey, Rahab had a piece of string, Mary had a vase of oil, a little boy had five loaves of bread and two fish and Aaron had a rod.

    “They did some amazing things. They all conquered. They focused not on what they didn’t have but what they had,” Senator Mike Fanning told Great Falls Town Council at the June 18 meeting.

  • New council sworn in
  • 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.