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A “baby boomer’s” spine tingles and shivers with awe as the deep-throated rumble of a muscle car roars into life, bringing memories of the golden age of these great American high powered rockets of the road. Nostalgia draws throngs of enthusiasts to car shows, cruise-ins, and auctions featuring these remnants of the simpler, teenage and young adult years of a past generation.

All the cars have a story to tell, and a journey to recount bringing it to its present condition. Many such cars are around Western North Carolina and spectators gaze in appreciation as they are driven by.

Macon County native Doug Welch is one such owner of a classic automobile. His Bolero Red, 396 cubic inch, four-speed 1967 Camaro Sport Coupe is a power-house star. In 1967, General Motors rated this model at 375 horse power, but, more realistically, it is more in the 425-450 hp range.

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North Carolina is home to six living CAP members.

This Memorial Day is special for a few living veterans who volunteered their lives during World War II. Legislation just passed last week in Congress honors Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) earliest members with the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) in recognizing their contributions during World War II when many used their own aircraft to conduct volunteer combat operations and other emergency wartime missions under hazardous conditions.

The State of North Carolina who has six CGM recipients is second only to California (who has nine) in being home to the last living CAP veterans of World War II and what has come to be known as “the greatest generation.” These recipients and their fellow CAP comrades were pioneering members and ahead of their time in devoting themselves to serving their communities and their country as volunteers.

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Only a challenging obstacle course stands in his way.

After months of physically and emotionally demanding training that pushed him to his limits, 32-year-old Franklin native Clinton Taylor found himself on the ultimate platform to test his strengths: The starting gate for NBC’s American Ninja Warrior.

To finally see a 10-year dream come to fruition, Taylor recently traveled to Miami, Fla., after being invited to participate on the show. “I’ve been a fan of the show since I first saw the original Japanese version, Ninja Warrior or Sasuke (in Japanese) around 10 years ago,” said Taylor. “Climbing things has always been an act of mine and I loved ninjas growing up, so I immediately took to the show and always wanted to attempt the course. Once the show came to America, it seemed like I was always making excuses to myself for why I couldn’t try out.”

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John and Lillian Evans of Otto, N.C., will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary on June 1.

John Marvin Evans, formerly of Mt. Airy, Ga., and Lillian Marie Carpenter, of Otto, were married in Clarksville, Ga., immediately following John’s discharge from the Navy.

The couple has lived their entire married life in Otto with the exception of about five years when John worked away.

The couple has three children, Evelyn Henson of Otto, Lester Evans of Otto, and the late Larry Evans; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

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published: 10/18/2013
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