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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.

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.

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