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Christmas shoppers at Jamison Jewelers on Main Street in Franklin signed up for a drawing for a $1,000 store gift certificate.

M.W. Thompson from Cherokee was the lucky winner in the drawing held Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Pictured from left are Cheryl Pullium, Joyce Stewart, Sara Dills, Lawson Pulium who chose the winning ticket, Michael Stewart and Joette Haller.

The store closed for business on Saturday, Jan. 10. Photo by Vickie Carpenter

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.

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