Today's News

  • Three earn all-state recognition

    Three Chester County baseball players were named to the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association A All-State Team on Tuesday.

    Gaither Bumgardner and Kyle Heffner, both of Great Falls High School, were named to the team. Bumgardner, a junior, collected 52 hits in 102 at-bats (a .509 average) with four homers, three triples, 11 doubles and 28 RBI. He scored 39 runs and had 12 steals. He was also one of his team's top pitchers and earned Region III-A Player of the Year honors.

  • EXCLUSIVE: 2nd group wants Mill 2 for hotel, senior living

    A group of investors has made an ambitious proposal to turn the old Republic Mill No. 2 into a senior assisted living center and a hotel complex.

    But the Chester County Forfeited Land Commission has told the group no, saying it already made an agreement, in 2006, to sell the mill to another group.

    The mill is now an eyesore on Dearborn Street. The mill has housed a couple of other manufacturing operations since closing in the early 1980s but has sat vacant since the '90s.

  • On Memorial Day

    We won't have a chance Friday to wish you a safe Memorial Day weekend.

    We're not sure how it became the start of summer holidays and the start of the big summer movie season and the grilling and cookout weekend.

    We're also not sure how it became a time to "Support the troops" and to honor veterans.

    For the latter, we have a Veterans Day, every year. It is intended to honor those who served our country and got back.

  • EXCLUSIVE Group wants No. 2 mill

    See related stories in the Great Falls Reporter:

    Second group wants Mill 2 for hotel, senior living

    Council: Commercial only zoning for mill

    Forfeited Land Commission says mill already under contract

  • EXCLUSIVE: Council: Commercial only zoning for mill

    The Great Falls Town Council doesn't want No. 2 to be a repeat of No. 3.

    The council voted Monday to ask that the No. 2 mill property be rezoned from Industrial (I-1) to Commercial (C-1).

    Mayor H.C. Starnes said the switch would protect the town from having a small company come in and set up shop in the No. 2 mill. Two years ago the No. 3 mill caught fire, forcing an evacuation of much of the town. A small company that recycled plastics was using the building.

  • Taking a lap at Relay

    Relay for Life,the annual walk for a cure for cancer is there to honor those who survived cancer and for those left behind to remember those who have succumbed to it.

    Families and friends and community leaders of all stripes were on hand Friday at Lewisville High School.

    People walked all night long, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., but just one lap around the track shows people of all kinds.

    Just comes

    Micky Gentry always comes to Relay for Life, he said as he got out of his car and headed immediately to the field.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Taste of Spring was successful

    To the Editor:

    We would like to thank those who attended our first Taste of Spring Home and Garden Tour. Thank you to The Potting Shed Garden Club for co-sponsoring this event with us.

    A special note of appreciation to Vivian Ayers Allen, Jim and Gloria McGee and Jack and Beatrice Young for providing the homes and gardens on the tour.

    We are most appreciative of the volunteers who assisted the owners of the homes on tour: Betty Sue Bagley, Coleystein Beane, Irene Carayannis, Judith Hare, Suzanne Hunter, Jean Little and Martha Taylor.

  • Great Falls, Chester libraries to host e-parenting workshops

    \The Chester County Library and the Great Falls Community Library are holding free E-Parenting workshops from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday. The workshops will introduce parents to social networking sites such as myspace.com, xanga.com, facebook.com and others. Parents will also be given the opportunity to sign up for free e-mail accounts and to sign up for these sites as well. By signing up for these sites, parents will be able to better understand the attraction they hold and have a better understanding of what is happening on them.

  • Rex coming to Adult Ed graduation

    State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex will be the special guest at the Adult Education commencement ceremony to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 at the Chester Middle School Auditorium.

    Chester County Adult Education Director Ron Westbrook says the public is invited to attend the ceremony.

    Westbrook has been working for several weeks to get Rex to commit to come.

    Rex's son works in the Adult Education program at the state level, so his interest in the program isn't just professional.

  • 2 arrested in Great Falls arsons

    Two women have turned themselves in on charges of arson in two house burnings in October, and a third is still being sought, according to the Chester County Sheriff's Office.

    Tera Carter, 34, and Dawn Daniell Neely, 20, both of 7289 Heritage Road, Winnsboro turned themselves in to investigators around 3 p.m., according to Maj. James McNeal of the Chester County Sheriff's Office. They are charged with two counts of arson in the burning of two dwellings on 5962 Richburg Road on Oct. 3.