25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Western Carolina University’s award winning Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been selected to perform at the Carolina Panthers’ home opener on Sunday, Sept. 18.

WCU’s marching band will provide entertainment during the half-time show of the game in which the Carolina Panthers will be competing against defending Super bowl champions, The Green Bay Packers.

“The Pride of the Mountains considers this invitation a great honor, and we are eager to prove ourselves worthy of being invited,” said WCU band director, David Starnes.

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Franklin Panthers send Murphy Bulldogs home with a loss

The Franklin Panthers varsity football team had another dominating performance last Friday night, beating the 1A Murphy Bulldogs 38-21 in the team’s home opener. Franklin’s offense executed consistently, accumulating an impressive 474 total yards. Meanwhile, the Panthers’ defense stifled Murphy’s passing game, allowing just 7 of 16 completions for a trivial 34 yards. The win gives the Panthers their second victory of the season, and makes them one of 13 unbeaten teams in Western North Carolina.

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Students working tirelessly to raise remaining $25,000

Franklin High School’s band as been chosen as 1 of the 15 bands that will perform at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida on January 2. The band will leave December 27 to make the trip to Jaguar Stadium. The band had to audition and competed with 286 other bands to secure their slot at the Gator Bowl. This will be FHS’ second appearance in the Gator Bowl, their first came in 2005. In 2005, the FHS band received first place out of the bands in attendance dubing them an “honors band.”

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Franklin High School senior, Lindsay Simpson was recently named Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in the individual division of the distinguished “The Little Pigs Award” from the Mountain Amateur Athletic Club of Asheville. Simpson beat out nominees from all 3A schools across Western North Carolina.

Simpson was recognized for her excellence as a dual sport athlete, earning, “Player of the Year” in two varsity women’s sports: volleyball and basketball, as well as district “Player of the Year.”

Simpson’s additional accomplishments include being recognized for four consecutive years as an “All Conference” player in both volleyball and basketball; “All WNC” in two sports, and “All district selection, and all-state honors.

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