11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

- published 3/27 (Larry) - unpublished ?

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The Franklin High School Panther's capped off their undefeated season when they travelled to Waynesville Friday night to take on a tough Tuscola football team. The Mountaineers entered the contest with a 8-2 record and proved capable of making the game close when the first quarter ended with a 7-6 score, Franklin in the lead.

By the second quarter, the visitor stands were able to take a sigh of relief as the Panthers went ahead 21-6. The second half of the game would prove to be a defensive showdown with neither team scoring on offense.

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Competitions, concerts and fruit keep band busy.

Last Friday night, the Franklin High School Marching Panther Regiment travelled alongside the football team to Tuscola to offer support and encouragement on the football team's journey to a perfect season. In addition to organizing both pre-game and half-time entertainment at all home football games, the marching band works all year long to represent Franklin High School in regional band competitions.

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Ten years ago, Dina Picou came to Franklin while her husband Dwain finished up his 30-year teaching career in Florida. While she began to coach the swim team, he taught his daughter who attended Franklin High School, to dive from afar.

“Dina would bring Jamie to Florida for a long weekend and we would practice her diving,” said Dwain. “When I finished teaching down there, I moved up to Franklin with my family and was able to coach her full-time. She became Franklin's first State Champion in diving.”

Now, almost ten years later, Dwain has a full diving team to work with. In fact, all but one of the divers from last year have returned.

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AVONDALE, Ariz. – Jimmie Johnson survived a close call and a succession of less-than-stellar restarts.

Matt Kenseth couldn't overcome handling problems that kept his car mired in traffic.

And Kevin Harvick, meanwhile, took advantage of Carl Edwards' fuel shortage to win his fourth race of the season in Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, keeping alive his faint hopes of winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in his final season with Richard Childress Racing.

The net result? Johnson, who finished third, widened his lead over the struggling Kenseth, who ran 23rd, and took a giant step toward his sixth series championship.

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