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Newsmakers and Top Headlines of the Year - Part One

National news headlines affected us all in 2012, whether it was nail biting down-to-the-minute news when President Barack Obama put another stamp on history when he defeated challenger Mitt Romney and was elected to a second term; or watching the Powerball lottery figures hit $550 million, the highest figure ever; or news that devastated the nation as Superstorm Sandy pounded the East Coast in October, leaving ruins that are still being cleaned up; or senseless tragedies such as the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida or most recently, the unfathomable mass murder of 26 in Newtown, Conn.


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?



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.


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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