In this small Chester County town of about 2,000 along the Catawba River, the only news is supposed to be the top-ranked high school boys' basketball team.
On Wednesday, though, instead of slam dunks and jump shots, folks were talking about gunshots and the death of beloved shopkeeper Alfreda Wertz Hinson in her home just outside the town limits.
"I've known Alfreda for more years than I can remember - her husband Larry, too - and this is just awful," said Archie Lucas, who represents Great Falls on the Chester County Council. His family, like the Hinsons, runs a retail business in Great Falls.
"A fine lady was murdered in her own home, and nobody knows who did it yet."
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The death of Hinson, 57, in a home invasion came just three weeks after a similar home invasion into the rural home of a woman roughly the same age in York County just north of where Hinson died. Police have not linked the crimes.
After an investigation that started late Monday after the shooting and continued Tuesday and Wednesday, police still do not have any suspects, Sheriff Richard Smith said.
Investigators and deputies canvassed the neighborhood on Wednesday and passed out fliers asking residents to call if they saw or heard anything about Hinson's killing.
The Hinsons own and run a small store, Little Convenience, on Chester Avenue in Great Falls. The store is not far from the Hinson home on Old Winnsboro Road just outside the town limits.
Hinson was found around 8:45 p.m. Monday after she had come home from the store and her husband was still at work, police said. Deputies responded after a neighbor heard a loud noise, only to find Hinson shot in the face with a shotgun.
Police said it appears someone broke in using a side door.
"We are looking at every angle we can, talking to people all over," Smith said. "We need anyone who knows anything, heard anything, to call us."
The Hinsons were known as amiable shopkeepers with a regular clientele who came through each day for the basics.
The Rev. Mike Sollers, pastor at Evangel Temple Assembly of God where the Hinsons are longtime members, said he will handle the funeral services Saturday.
"We can just try and comfort people right now as the investigation goes on," Sollers said.
Robert Wertz said his sister was a generous person and the family is devastated.
She took care of their brother, Johnny, who is in a wheelchair, and worked hard at the store. She had a loving way of treating people.
"She was a beautiful, amazing person," Robert Wertz said.
The killing has upset many people who have the understandable expectation that a person should feel safe - and be safe - at home.
Especially, said Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey, in a place like Great Falls where the Hinsons are well-known, respected and loved.
"It is a shame - and unacceptable - that someone cannot go home and be safe," Roddey said. "This crime is a terrible crime."
Although Hinson's slaying is unsolved, Lucas said, Great Falls seems more angry than scared.
"People have been saying all day how this doesn't happen here," County Council member Lucas said. "How this doesn't happen in Great Falls. Not supposed to happen in Great Falls. Well, it did happen.
"Murder came to Great Falls, and people are mad."