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Great Falls Reporter

  • Sponsors lend support to annual festival

    To put on a festival takes money and festival organizers say “thank you” to the Town of Great Falls and local and county businesses who are supporting the annual event. Sponsors include:

    • Town of Great Falls

    • Perry Slayton/State Farm, Great Falls

    • Cremeans Family Dentistry, Chester

    • Chester County Natural Gas

    • Montgomery's EZ Market, Great Falls

    • Spratt Savings & Loan, Chester

    • Founders Federal Credit Union, Chester

  • Flopeye Fish Festival schedule

    Friday

    Opening time – 3 p.m. Carnival rides, music by disc jockey, entertainment, food and craft vendors

    Saturday

    Opening time – 9 a.m. with carnival rides, car show, music by the Great Falls Red Devil Band

    9:15 a.m. –       Ruthie’s School of Dance

    10  a.m.  –        Revelation Band

    11:30 a.m. –     Carolina Country Dancers

  • Festival offerings to include toys, jewlery, pet items

    Vendors will offer a variety of items during the 35th annual Flopeye Fish Festival. Some of the items include:

    • Carolina Home Remodeling: Information.

    • Shuckasoapo: Handmade soaps, handmade lotions, bubble bath, scrubs, candles, other bath and body products, pet shampoo and liquid and bath bombs.

    • Christ Family Center: Monogram letters (single and circle), T-shirts, plaques, flags, stands and wreath holders.

    • Kids Play: Sand art, duck pond, high striker, spinning wheel and a basketball game.

  • Wings, burgers, fish, pizza and more

    There will most certainly be something to suit your appetite at the 35th annual Flopeye Fish Festival. Vendors will offer hamburgers, chicken, fish, pretzels, shrimp and much more. Check out the listing below:

    • Fresh-N-Ready: Chicken wings, hamburgers, nachos, hot dogs, fries, pulled pork, lemonade, water and sodas.

    • Aloha Sno: Shaved ice, cotton candy, popcorn and pretzels.

  • Flags to honor fallen veterans

    The Veterans of Valor project to decorate the graves of fallen veterans is coming into the home stretch.

    Dana Greenleaf and Millard Smith have identified the graves of over 500 veterans in the cemeteries in Great Falls. They are now in the process of placing a small piece of pipe at each grave to hold the flags on Memorial Day.

  • Fish, fries and fritters at 35th Flopeye Fish Festival

    It’s festival time!

    The 35th annual Flopeye Fish Festival in on tap for this weekend.

    Festivities will kick off around 5 p.m. Friday with carnival rides and a dance.

    The dance will feature a disc jockey playing a variety of music.

    Organizers Todd Wright and Kathy Hinson said they asked Great Falls High School seniors what they wanted for entertainment at the festival and they chose a disc jockey.

  • Parsons wins LCNI awards

    Great Falls ReporterEditor Nancy Parsons recently won two photography awards in the 2017 News/Editorial contest sponsored by The News & Reporter’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

    LCNI, based in Shelbyville, Ky., owns 51 community newspapers and dozens of other publications in 12 states, including the Chester paper.

    Parsons won second place for Excellence in News Photography and third place for Excellence in Feature Photography.

  • Bier, brewery best out others at competition

    The legendary bier crafted by Bryan O’Neal of Benford Brewery Agri-brewer in Lancaster and artwork by local visionary artist Ray Douglas has gained attention at the New York International Beer Competition, the only international beer competition judged by real trade buyers.

    Benford Brewery was chosen “South Carolina 2018 Weiss Beer Brewery of the Year,” competing amongst over 600 entries from 14 countries, 50 categories. Old Nitrolee Hefeweizen Bier also received first place Hefeweizen Beer in this years’s annual2018 Beer Army, Beer Wars.

  • F3 to sponsor 2nd annual boot camp

    The MEN of F3 The Falls will sponsor the second annual F3 boot camp and fun run as part of the events included in the 35th annual Flopeye Fish Festival.

    The workout will begin on Saturday morning, May 26, at the Great Falls War Memorial Building. The F3 Nation experience will begin with a free men’s workout from 7-8 a.m.

    The workout begins with prayer and The Pledge of Allegiance. Henry “Granddaddy Long Legs” Stevenson and Mike “Rabbit” Snipes will lead the workout.

  • In less than a minute, more air is available

    The Great Falls Fire Department has received a much-needed piece of equipment that will benefit firefighters in their efforts to fight fire.

    The department was given a Bauer Compressors cascade system that will be used to fill firefighters’ Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBAs) while fighting fires.

    Great Falls Fire Department Assistant Chief Josh Cauthen compared the cascade system to a giant air compressor.

    “It will fill an air tank  in less than a minute,” Cauthen said.