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Franklin native Dan Collins will be at Books Unlimited on Saturday, Oct. 12 to sign copies of his book, "The ACC Basketball Book of Fame," a book praising the greatest players in conference history.

As a longtime sports columnist for the Winston- Salem Journal, Collins has covered every ACC tournament since 1974. Throughout his career, he has been exposed to some of the greatest players to enter college and professional basketball. Collins' history with the ACC also makes him the perfect person to develop the first ever ACC Hall of Fame. To start, Collins developed an objective system by collecting and assigning numerical values to All-ACC voting and other awards and accolades. But what resulted is more than just a list of players. Each player profile is filled with fun facts and stories that will surprise and delight even the most devout ACC fan. Collectively, the profiles provide a wellrounded history of the conference, celebrating its past while setting the scene for its newest additions.


The Hospice House Foundation (HHF) continues to get closer to its goal of raising $3.8 million. This past weekend, a fundraiser was held to benefit the Hospice House that will be located on Maple Street here in Franklin in hopes of achieving the goal that would allow them to match the $1 million challenge grant that the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation has given the organization.


Working with Mickey and Minnie Mouse to the admiral commanding the Pacific Fleet are just a few of the career highlights Capt. Betsy Bird, USN (Ret.) will share at the Tuesday, Oct. 15, Aviation Historical Society meeting.

She was at the Pentagon when terrorists crashed an airliner into it on 9/11.



Macon County Aero Modelers held a Fun-Fly Fundraiser and BBQ for REACH last weekend. The event raised $750.

A variety of planes were flown with some that included full aerobatics complete with smoke. Macon County pilots and guest pilots from surrounding states put on an all day entertainment show.

The OTX Aerodrome (flying field) is located in Otto off of Tessentee Rd. Photo by Vickie Carpenter

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