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Just after midnight on Friday, Nantahala Volunteer Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the Topton Community of Macon County. The dispatch received a call of a structure fire on Briartown Church Road in Topton. When firefighters arrived, they found the house was fully engulfed in flames and as they began to extinguish the flames, then discovered something else.

The fire they were battling was at the home of one of their own, 36-year-old Bradley McCoy. As firefighters made their way into the house, they found McCoy’s body. McCoy was pronounced dead on the scene.

At the time of the fire, McCoy was home with his wife and two children. McCoy’s nineyear- old daughter was airlifted from the scene to the Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., with severe injuries, while McCoy’s wife and other child received treatment at the scene. McCoy’s wife was later admitted to the hospital for further treatment.

The residence endured heavy fire damage and the family’s personal belongings were close to a total loss.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but investigators in Macon County are looking at a wood stove that was inside the home.

The first Highlands fire substation came one step closer to becoming reality on Thursday, Nov. 6, with an official ground breaking ceremony at the intersection of Cherrywood Drive and Highway 64E.

A group of interested individuals listened to opening comments from Diane Riddle, president of Cullasaja Homeowners’ Association. She praised fellow HOA board member and chairman of the Fire Substation Task Force, Deane Briggs, for his diligence in the past two years.

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On Thursday, Nov. 20, between the hours of 6 and and 11 p.m., SCC’s Public Safety Training Center in conjunction with Franklin Fire Department and other local Fire Departments will be conducting a training exercise at 11 First Street. This exercise will allow local fire departments an opportunity to train in realistic firefighting scenarios. This exercise will culminate in the demolition of a structure by fire.

During this training evolution flames and smoke will be visible and at times prevalent in the area of Downtown Franklin, around East Franklin School and the Highlands Road.

Also fire apparatus and other emergency service vehicles will be utilizing these roads as part of the training drill so minor traffic delays are possible.

The Macon County Board of Elections has released the official voting results for Macon County.

Board of Commissioners District I
Jim Tate 7,735
Michael David Rogers 3,597

Board of Commissioners District II
Gary Shields 7,722
Ronnie Beale 6,085
Ron Haven 4,248
John Martin 1,356

Clerk of Superior Court
Vic Perry 8,180

Register of Deeds
Todd Raby 6,469
Jamie Cochran 5,086

County Sheriff
Robbie Holland 9,538

Board of Education District II
Tommy Cabe 5,751
Bill Taylor 4,109
Write-In 33

Board of Education District IV
Fred Goldsmith 6,218
Carroll Poindexter 3,793
Write-In 26

Macon County Department of Social Services (DSS) will accept applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program known as LIHEAP on Monday, Dec.1, 2014. LIHEAP provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible households with heating expenses.

December 1 – December 31:

To be eligible a household must have either:

  • An elderly person ages 60 and above OR;
  • A disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS)
  • In addition income guidelines must also be met.

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Friday morning, Franklin Police Chief David Adams as well as other deputies will be gathering at Main Street Coffee and Yogurt for the first annual, “Coffee with a Cop” meeting.

“We hope that this builds better community relations and that through talking with the public first hand, we can improve our department,” said Chief Adams. “We want to listen to what citizens have to say about our community and the police department and we see this as an excellent way to do that.”

A local officer brought “Coffee with a Cop” to the attention of Chief Adams. The idea originated out of California and has since swept the nation as an opportunity for law enforcement agencies to work more closely with the community. From answering questions, to seeking advice on procedures and protocol, Chief Adams said no topic is off limits.

"We want to know how the public thinks we are doing, and what we can do to get better,” he said.

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North Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker spent last Friday afternoon touring a handful of the “homegrown” businesses in Macon County.

Starting at Drake Software, Decker met with business owners and employees to discuss what makes living in Macon County so great.

After Drake Software, Decker, who was accompanied by Macon County Commission Chair Kevin Corbin and Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins, Decker stopped at Duotech to receive a tour of the manufacturing facilities from Engineer Rich Peoples.

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It has been more than a week since Alec Lansing walked away from a camping trip in Jackson County. That means it has been more than a week since his mother Pamela, or any friends and family have heard from the teen.

The camping trip Alec was on hosted by Trails Carolina Wilderness Therapy Program in Lake Toxaway, was intended to be a wilderness therapy camp for the group of high-risk teens. Alec, a slim young man at 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 140 pounds, the 17-year-old was last seen wearing a red, long-sleeve fleece and boots, before he walked away from the camp last Monday.

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Winner won’t be eligible for state pageant until 2016.

Most of the residents of Franklin don't realize that there was once a Miss Franklin pageant. Local women would vie for the chance at the title and then they were able to move on to the Miss North Carolina pageant. According to Cindy Cavender of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, those pageants ended in the early 1990s but now they're about make a comeback.

“We just thought that this would be a really good thing for the Franklin area and the people that live here. Something fun to bring back and take pride in,” she said.

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More than 108,000 QOV quilts made since 2003.

Recently, two veterans were presented with Quilts of Valor by the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild and Susan Gordon, executive director of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Ed Holcomb was honored for his Army service in Vietnam and Susan Jones was honored for her Air Force service as an Operating Nurse in Iraq. Both quilts were made by members of the Quilts of Valor Bee of the Guild, and made with patriotic colors. Both recipients were visibly moved as the quilts were wrapped around them in the final minutes of the presentation. The act of wrapping a recipient in their quilt symbolizes the respect, care, and love that the quilters feel for the servicemen and women to whom these quilts are presented.

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