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The traditions of the Christmas season gets passed down from generation to generation, sometimes without any thought at all. Each year, we deck the halls with lights, bake cookies for Santa, hang our stockings and erect a holiday masterpiece of pine draped in ornaments, but do we know how these traditions were formed?

Arguably the most recognized Christmas tradition, Christmas trees have become a staple of the holiday season, from the individual trees in our homes, to the annual lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York. We all do it, but why?

 

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Macon County Register of Deeds Todd Raby warns citizens to beware of a “Deed Processing Notice” being sent to local homeowners from a company with a Washington, DC address called Secured Document.

“We are appalled that a company would try to collect such exorbitant fees from our citizens,” says Raby. “The notice looks official and contains public information about the property. In the instances seen across the state, the notice stated that 11/30/2012 is the Compliance Response Date and lists a ‘Regulatory Document Number.’ It instructed the homeowner to respond by 11/23/2012 and if a reply was received after the requested date, an additional fee of $35 would be required before processing. For this fee, the company would provide to the homeowner a copy of ‘their current Grant Deed’ and ‘Property Profile.’ We have yet to see any instance of this in Macon County; however we want to see the public being on alert before the problem presents itself in our area.

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Authorities in Macon County are investigating an incident of simple physical assault which occurred on Monday.

At approximately 5 p.m., Macon County Sheriff’s Officer Blake Buchanan responded to the solid waste facility in Otto in reference to an assault reported by Pamela Keyser. According to reports, Keyser, 63, was conscious and breathing, but not alert.

Upon arrival, Buchanan found Keyser hiding under the counter of the center’s office where she was reportedly “too afraid to come out.” Keyser was holding a pair of scissors and a can of pepper spray, fearful that someone was after her.

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After years of court rulings and investigations, former Moody Funeral Home employee Reginald Moody Jr., 49, was arrested on Dec. 18.

Detective Daniel Peoples has been leading the investigation and on Dec. 17, five arrest warrants were issued after evidence revealed that Moody had taken money from several victims under the false pretense that he would provide a service, when in fact he did not.

The Moody family had operated the Sylva funeral home since 1922, when it was opened by P.E. Moody, great-grandfather of Reginald Moody Jr.

 

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