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Original predictions for Macon County’s property tax revaluation reported that the average homeowner in Macon County would experience an estimated 20 percent decline in property value. With the process wrapping up and the Macon County tax office finalizing information, County Manager Derek Roland is reporting that homeowners won’t be taking as big of a hit as expected.

“Revaluation results currently are showing around a 14 percent decline in property values in the aggregate,” said Roland. “At the beginning of the budget year we were expecting this percentage to be as high as 20 percent, but as the economy has continued to recover during this time period, our tax base values have shown improvement as well.”

During an address at the League of Women Voters forum, Roland reported that the revaluation is on track to be completed this month and county tax administrator Richard Lightner will be presenting to the board in December the final results.


Alec LansingMid-day on Saturday, Nov. 22, a body which is believed to be that of Alec Lansing, was found in the Nantahala National Forest.

On Saturday, Nov. 22, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office along with multiple volunteers coordinated by the Jackson County Emergency Management Office conducted further searching of the forest where Lansing was last seen. The body was found in a remote portion of the forest by searchers.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigators along with investigators with the United States Forest Service Law Enforcement are working together to continue to investigate the death. An autopsy has been requested by investigators to determine the cause of death.

Lansing has been missing since Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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