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CONCORD, N.C. — The Closer finally closed the deal, and the door swung almost shut on Dale Earnhardt Jr., six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and 2012 champion Brad Keselowski.

With the dominant car in Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick led 162 laps and survived a wild two-lap dash to the finish after the final caution en route to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the season and a free pass into the Eliminator Round of the Chase.

In a race that ended with battered cars, bruised egos, boiling tempers and physical confrontations in the garage, Harvick pulled away after a restart on Lap 333 of 334 and beat Jeff Gordon to the finish line by .572 seconds. Jamie McMurray ran third, followed by Joey Logano and polesitter Kyle Busch.



Franklin High School Homecoming Queen will be crowned Friday, Oct. 24, at half time of the football game against E. Henderson.

Student advisor groups completed nomination sheets, then the athletes were given a final ballot to elect the court.

Selected for this year's homecoming court are, (front row, L-R): Morgan Maslin, Madison Shuler, Heidi Shope, Charidy Ledford, Ashlyn Carruthers; (back row, L-R) Sydney Gooder, Ivy Hawkins, McKenzie Hayles, Sydney Shope, Vanessa Agrusa, Avery Graham, Payton Burrell, Adrienne Holland and Alia Chovanic.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter

The FHS varsity soccer team continued to show its dominance and the reason behind its number one conference ranking on Monday when they took on rival Smoky Mountain Mustangs.

The Panthers shot to a quick lead when they went up 2-0 in the first half. They sealed the win with one more goal in the second and took home the win with a score of 3-0.

The win moved the Panthers to a 7-0 record. They traveled to North Henderson yesterday to take on the 3-5 Knights.

FHS soccer will take the home field again on Monday when they host the East Henderson Eagles.


The 5-5 Franklin High School varsity volleyball team hosted the 4-5 TC Roberson Rams on Monday evening at the Panther Den.

The Lady Panthers opened the contest strong taking the first set by a score of 25-19.

They were unable to hold on to their momentum though and lost the next three sets, 21-25, 22-25, and 16-25.

Franklin looked to rebound on Tuesday when they hit the road to take on the West Henderson Falcons, but lost the match, 3-1.

Today, they host the Tuscola Mountaineers at home where they will look to get back in the win column.



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