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Each November, Macon County paramedic Joey Gibson joins other local residents on a medical mission trip to Honduras through New Beginnings Baptist Mission. The team spends a week providing desperately needed medical services to residents of Honduras who walk for hours for the chance to be seen by a professional.

"The kids are always the best part of the trip," said Gibson. "They love the attention and getting to play with the Americans. Also, the 98-year-old lady that walked a long distance to be seen in the clinic that would pray for each person she came in contact with was very uplifting and heartwarming."


Four men bound together as brothers, not by blood, but joined by their shared experiences in the Vietnam War recently reconnected in Rockland, Maine, to pay respects to Jim McClure, a fellow infantryman who had passed away 10 years ago in 2005. Jerry Vinson, squad machine gunner and Macon County native from Otto, N.C., participated in the pilgrimage along with Chuck Robinson from Ventura, Calif., squad leader Robert Kelly from Ballston Lake, N.Y., and Pat Carroll of Crestwood, Ky.

These men, all decorated soldiers and recipients of purple hearts, came together nearly a half-century after their Vietnam deployment...


Smoky Mountain Chevrolet held its annual Cruise-In Benefit for Toys for Tots on Saturday.

The event tallied 367 toys, 10 books, and 471 stocking stuffers for a total of 848 gifts.

At right, Tiffany Tallent and general manager Bob Crawford present a check for $3,760 to Toys for Tots coordinator Randy Hughes.


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