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On the morning of June 18, more than a hundred kilted and painted lads and lasses will gather on Main Street preparing to run like “Braveheart” William Wallace through the Town of Franklin. The masquerade will all be part of Franklin’s first annual Braveheart 5K benefit run.

“Proceeds from the run will benefit the museum and help fund its general operations,” explained Ronan MacGregor, of the Scottish Tartans Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to the history and traditions of Scottish Highland culture. The museum features exhibits of the Scottish migration to North Carolina, as well as information about clan ancestry and customs.

“So far, we’ve had entries submitted from people in Raleigh and as far as Texas,” he said.

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Exceptional Franklin High School student athletes were recognized at the annual athletic awards banquet held Wednesday, May 25. Scheduled speakers reminded the students of the importance of their role in school sports programs and that the experience of competing as a high school athlete would last for the rest of their life.

The athletes were awarded for their outstanding performance throughout the year.

“We salute you,” said Macon County Public Schools superintendent Dan Brigman to the FHS athletes and parents that supported them. “Sports are the best dropout prevention, and you all have served as role models… We’re here to honor you and each of your contributions.”

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As the number of soccer players in the USA nears 20 million, the number one soccer company in the United States & Canada, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold three of their highly regarded “British Soccer Camps” right here in the growing soccer community of Macon County.

Macon County Soccer Club has teamed up to host the week long “British Soccer Camp” during the week of July 11-15 at the Macon County Industrial Park Soccer Fields.

The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s team of 1,000 British soccer coaches flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs.

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A phenomenal season for the Franklin High School Lady Panther’s softball came to an end on Tuesday when the team met Fred T. Foard High School in the third District round of the state playoffs. They did not go quietly, however, and it looked as though junior pitcher Chelsea Stanfield would continue her extraordinary streak, throwing a near shutout game, until in the tenth inning, when the other team took advantage of some defensive mistakes and pulled a 3-0 win.

Until that game, the team had gone undefeated in the regular season and went on to become the undefeated champions of the conference tournament.

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published: 10/18/2013
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