Great Falls Reporter

  • Frigid temperatures didn’t stop fire training



    GFFD Public Information Officer

    The recent cold weather did not stop members of the Great Falls Fire Department from conducting training under extreme conditions.

    The training, conducted on Four Tower Hill on the night of Jan. 18, required firefighters to correctly connect a water supply line from a hydrant to an engine and then pump water through a hose and nozzle onto a simulated fire. 

  • Lake Wateree associations merge memberships

    After a combined 55-plus years of service to the communities surrounding Lake Wateree, the Wateree Home Owners Association of Fairfield County and the Lake Wateree Association are merging their memberships.

  • Learn about school bond referendum on Thursday

    The Great Falls Home Town Association will sponsor a school referendum informational meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Great Falls War Memorial Building.

    The meeting will begin with a presentation by the school district to outline what will be on the school referendum on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Citizens will then be allowed to ask questions about the referendum, school district plans and other material contained within the presentation.

  • No longer the president, but continuing to serve

    A need to help people in Great Falls is what Sallie Hudson said compelled her to first become involved with GRASP.
    Hudson, past chairwoman of the board of directors for GRASP (Great Falls Referral and Assistance Service Project), started out by serving as a representative for Mt. Dearborn United Methodist Church. She has served on the board of directors as assistant treasurer and for the last five years, she led the group as president.

  • Love of outdoors dampened by unsightly debris on trail

    Mike Vaughn loves the outdoors. He enjoys hiking on trails and canoeing.

    But he doesn’t like the trash he has seen on his excursions, especially in his hometown.

    Vaughn, chairman of the Great Falls Home Town Association board of directors, has been a key player in water and land cleanups in the area.

    “We’ve done three cleanups at Stumpy Pond and we expanded our focus when we cleaned up the Carolina Thread Trail,” Vaughn told Great Falls Town Council at the Jan. 16 meeting.

  • Hands, tractors, trucks all used to cleanup railroad bed

    It was a beautiful day to pick up trash! The Great Falls Hometown Association’s Railroad Riversweep was a success. Saturday, Jan. 20, was the workday and a hardworking group of people turned out to help.

     “Great Falls volunteers of all ages worked hard to remove a 30-cubic yard dumpster full of trash, tires and all sorts of junk left by folks who just don’t care,” Mike Vaughn, GFHTA board chairman said. 

  • District Chief Operations Officer says Great Falls Elementary roof is under repair

    Chester County School District Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner said the district is moving ahead with repairs of the Great Falls Elementary gymnasium roof.

    Gardner made his report Monday night to the members of the Chester County School Board. He told the board that following the winter break, an 8x8 inch piece of roof deck made from reinforced concrete was found on the gym floor. The gym was closed to students and faculty immediately and the district called in an engineering firm to inspect the roof.

  • Bain briefs council on school referendum

    Chester County School District Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain appeared before Great Falls Town Council at their meeting on Jan. 16.

    Bain asked to explain to council the proposed $38 million bond referendum the Chester County School Board is presenting. The referendum will go for a vote on Feb. 13.

    “I can educate you but I cannot advocate for the referendum,” Bain said.

    School Board Member John Smith was present but did not address council.

  • Fundraiser for Collins is Saturday

    A fundraiser for Louise Collins will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Mt. Dearborn United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

    Collins was recently diagnosed with cancer. The wife of Richard Collins, she is undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Levine Cancer Institute in Rock Hill.

    A hot dog plate with baked beans and slaw will be served for lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to help the Collins family with expenses.

  • Arrest made in Wateree area thefts

    Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery has announced the arrest of James H. Richardson, 39, of Lancaster, for burglary 2nd degree and grand larceny for an incident that occurred on Dec. 31, 2017 at a property on River Road in the Lake Wateree area of Fairfield County.

    According to the release, Richardson stole multiple items to include horse saddles and other related items.