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Newman and Biffle claim final two spots on points.

RICHMOND, Va. - The car and driver to beat in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup identified themselves emphatically on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.

Brad Keselowski led all but 17 of 400 laps in winning the Federated Auto Parts 400, the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season. In the process, he won his fourth race of the season and secured top seeding for the 10- race Chase, which starts Sunday, Sept. 14 at Chicagoland Speedway (2 p.m. ET on ESPN).

Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle secured the final two of 16 Chase spots on points, Newman with a solid ninth-place run, Biffle with a much shakier 19th-place finish, two laps down.

But it was Keselowski who made the statement in securing the 400th victory across all racing series for team owner Roger Penske.


The Franklin High School band has built quite the reputation over the years, marching in parades all across the eastern seaboard and competing in national competitions. Now, as the fall season approaches, anybody passing the high school may be able to hear the sounds of drums echoing from the school grounds as the members carry out practice drills in their attempt at perfection.

Not only does the band hammer out tunes every Friday night in support of the school's football team, they also strive for their own goals. This year, they are definitely competing in two national events with perhaps something bigger in the works according to band director, Buddy Huckabee. For now however, he will focus on the 74 members of the band and their immediate future.


Franklin High School's volleyball team saw its three-game win streak come to an end last Thursday when they hosted the Brevard Blue Devils at the Panther Den. After beating the likes of Hayesville twice and Swain County, the Lady Panthers couldn't maintain their momentum against the 4-1 Brevard team. They took the first set, but was unable to hold on, eventually losing the game, 3-1.

The Lady Panthers hit the road on Tuesday to avenge the loss against the Pisgah Sugar Bears. Their next home game will take place tonight when they host the Smoky Mountain Mustangs.


The Southwestern Community College Foundation has just a few more spaces for teams to enter this year’s Fall Foursome on Sept. 16 at the Balsam Mountain Preserve.

The golf tournament, which is in its 26th year, raises funds that support SCC and its students. Most of the proceeds will go toward scholarships and the student emergency fund.

“Balsam Mountain Preserve is an absolutely gorgeous golf course, and we’ve had a great response so far with people signing up,” said Mary Otto Selzer, director of the SCC Foundation. “It will be a fun-packed day featuring a challenging course, in a breathtaking setting, and delicious food provided by the SCC Culinary Department.”

Entry fee for the captain’s choice tournament is $150 per player, which includes green fees, a golf cart, breakfast, lunch and a buffet meal afterward. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. Mulligan packages are available.


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