Great Falls Reporter

  • Prepare for ‘Thrifting in the Falls’

    Great Falls is getting a thrift store.

    And if all goes as planned, the store will be open to customers in the fall.

    The GRASP Thrift Shop is part of the vision the GRASP board of directors has for the future of the community service project.

    GRASP Volunteer Jennifer Shelton will serve as the thrift store manager. In March, Shelton and husband Lonnie Shelton began working on the buildings GRASP purchased in late 2017.

    GRASP owns three buildings, a lean-to and a lot at 601, 602, 603 and 604 Dearborn St.

  • A roof, a floor and a smiling senior

    Christine McManus is accustomed to welcoming guests to her Wildwood Road home. She has housed a young teenage boy who had nowhere to go and once opened her spare bedroom so a newly married couple could stay with her.

    McManus, 96, exemplifies Southern hospitality and a caring, compassionate Christian heart.

    The Bible, in Galatians 6:7-9 says “whatsoever a man soweth, that shallhe also reap.”

    McManus is now reaping rewards for the good deeds she has done for others.

  • Where there is water, people will come

    Put on your old clothes, grab a paintbrush and ladder and get ready to make a difference.

    Your time and skills are needed.

    The Great Falls Home Town Association is looking for volunteers to help spruce up the downtown area.

    “We’re trying to get prepared for tourists coming here and they are going to come whether we’re prepared or not,” GFHTA Executive Director Glinda Coleman said.

    “And we want them to come,” GFHTA Board Chairman Mike Vaughn added.

  • ‘Blitz’ to give away, install fire alarms


    PIO at GFFD

    On Saturday, July 28, the Great Falls Fire Department along with the American Red Cross will team up with the SC State Fire Marshall’s Office, the SC State Guard and other volunteers to install smoke alarms in residences in and around Great Falls.

  • Woman passes away after car accident

    Eight days after she was seriously injured in a hit-and-run automobile accident, a local woman has passed away.

    Sara Fort Ferguson died Monday, July 16, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill. She was 81.

    Her son Charlie and daughters Lynn and Laura were with her when she passed away.

    “She loved hearing all the kind comments from those of you on Facebook and appreciated the calls and visits,” her son wrote on social media.

  • Two men arrested in Rock Hill shooting incident

    Two Great Falls men have been arrested in connection with a shooting incident that occurred in York County on Sunday, July 15.

    According to the York County Detention Center and York County Sheriff’s Office, Austin Reed Pearson, 22, of Great Falls was arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy. He is being held on a $52,500 bond.

  • Council wants to give downtown buildings a makeover

    Great Falls Town Council took a short walk after the July 16 meeting.

    Councilmembers, Great Falls Home Town Association Executive Director Glinda Coleman, Bill Norman and Lauren Duffy, associate professor with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University; strolled up the street from Town Hall to look at the facades of four town owned buildings.

    The buildings are side-by-side on Dearborn Street and only one has a stable roof. The fronts of three of the buildings have been boarded up.

  • GFFD joins Red Cross efforts to reduce home fire fatalities and injuries

    On Saturday, July 28, the Great Falls Fire Department will join the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, a nationwide effort to work over the next several years to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from the most common disaster people face in this country – home fires.

  • Weather alert: It’s snowing in July

    The weather is hot and an unusual weather phenomenon is happening in Great Falls.

    It’s snowing!

    You can’t go outside and touch the snow but you can visit the vacant lot beside Montgomery’s E-Z Mart and taste it.

    Palmetto Snow of Chester is bringing a mobile cart filled with flavored shaved ice to Great Falls three days a week.

    Christian music echoed as a line of varied ages formed in front of the mobile cart last week, waiting to sample the cold treat.

  • Ten minutes saved Duke customers some money

    It took less than 10 minutes for three Duke Energy employees to complete energy saving improvements at the home of Daryl and Linda Goings on North Street.

    The men arrived in a truck marked “Duke Energy.” After knocking on the door, the employees presented photo identifications to Linda Goings.

    “They showed their IDs. They were very good,” Goings said. “I was impressed.”