February 22, 2017 Edition

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Unforgettable Nicola Vaccari

Lawrence County lost one of its most interesting residents on Feb. 10 with the passing of Nicola "Nick" Vaccari. Born and raised in Italy, he received a degree in accounting from a university in Rome. He joined the Italian Air Force and was chosen for NATO Pilot Training in Canada.

An excellent "Postscript" feature by Neal Embry in Monday's Jonesboro Sun shared additional details of his exceptional life.

In Italy, Vaccari often flew old planes for the air force that had a major problem: the servo trim tab would "stick" causing the nose of the plane to either go straight up or straight down. Nick's son, Neil, explained that this happened to Nick during training over the Adriatic Sea.

Pictures of the Past

This photo shows the aftermath of a train derailment two miles south of Imboden. Around midnight on May 27, 1912, the Southeastern Limited fast mail train derailed at a speed of 50 miles an hour. The engineer, named Crawford, received a few slight scratches; otherwise no one was hurt. The engine, mail car, baggage car and smoker car were overturned, but train traffic was delayed only a short time. The cause of the accident was not definitely determined. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo courtesy of James Whitlow

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