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The Macon County Planning Board met last Thursday to consider whether a noise ordinance is needed in the county. After hearing some complaints from members of the public – some of them brought to tears in their pleas – the commissioners tasked the planning board with making the decision.

In the first meeting upon taking up their new task, members of the public turned out to discuss issues they had with neighbors. One in particular stressed how close her and her family were to just calling it quits all together.

“My husband came to me the other night and said 'this is it, we have to list the house,” she said about the late night noises that are regularly produced by her neighbor.

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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.

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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.

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