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How the Douglas DC-3 changed the world is the topic of the Tuesday, Jan. 20, Aviation Historical Society meeting. Following a video, Jim Geary will moderate a discussion by pilots and passengers who also knew the plane as the C-47 or Gooney Bird. From game changing 1930s airliner, WWII workhorse, to Vietnam gunship, the reliable, efficient plane did — and still does — perform remarkably.

The program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Macon County Airport near Franklin. There is no charge and the public is welcome.

For more information, contact Fred Alexander at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)506-5869.

As part of an annual tradition, Christmas bags were distributed to veteran residents of Franklin’s Macon Valley Nursing Center on Tuesday, Dec, 16. Volunteers of the VAVS (Veterans Administration Voluntary Services) not only presented a canvas tote bag filled with Christmas gifts and Christmas wishes to each veteran as a small token of appreciation for their service to our country, but had the opportunity to spend time with each veteran and personally say “thank you” to each one that had so gallantly served our nation in times of war and peace.

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Jim and Mary Ann Kinsey of Otto, N.C., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 28, with their children, Karyl Scott and Jim Kinsey II, at a luncheon at The Boiler Room with 28 family members including their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

They were married Dec. 29, 1954, in Lakeland, Fla.

MountainTop Rotary members recently received their Paul Harris Fellow Awards.

As pictured left to right: Trisha Wheeler, Paul Harris Fellow, Bill Zoellner, President of MountainTop Rotary, Pamela Harris, Paul Harris Fellow, Karen Armor, Paul Harris Fellow, Dr. John Baumrucker, President - Elect of MountainTop Rotary, Ann Greenlee, Paul Harris Fellow, and Nick Bazan, Second Time Awarded - Paul Harris Fellow.

The Mountaintop Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30 am at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital lower level dining room.

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