61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Last year, the Franklin High School tennis team turned heads in Western North Carolina and leading that charge was foreign exchange student Anni Neiss from Germany. Neiss went further into the 2A state tournament than any other women's tennis player in school history, only losing in the semi-finals to the eventual state champion. Despite the loss, she posted an 18-0 regular season record while the rest of the team maintained a winning record for the season. Of course, that was last year. For the 2014 season, the team will be without Neiss.

“We will be missing the number one player, Anni Neiss,” said head coach Heather Bell. “However, our team is far deeper than it was last year with any number of girls being talented enough to compete in the top six.”

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Joey Logano believes he has the car and Team Penske believes they have the team to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Logano took the lead from Matt Kenseth with 44 laps remaining and scooted to his third Sprint Cup victory of the season in Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“We can win the championship. We’ve showed it at every kind of race track. We’ve just got to keep doing it,” said Logano, 24, who held off his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski in the final laps. What a year we’re having. I’m having so much fun. The past six or seven races have been unbelievable.”

Logano has finished no worse than sixth in any of the last five races but took special pride in winning at the track known as the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

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Young kayakers from all over the country gathered at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) on Aug. 9-10 to compete at the Whitewater Junior Olympics. The event was billed as the biggest event of 2014 for the NOC.

The NOC is the largest whitewater rafting outfitter in the world and on average takes about 150,000 guests on guided outdoor excursions annually and according to National Geographic is “one of the best outfitters on earth.” There are five NOC locations, but the Wesser Campus where the junior event was held is the only one that is open year-round for kayaking, mountain biking and hiking excursions. An estimated 750,000 visitors come to the location each year.

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Brooklyn, Mich. -

So much for restarts being a problem for Jeff Gordon. The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion broke away after a late caution to win Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Gordon, who faced questions about his struggles on restarts earlier this season, passed Joey Logano at the start of lap 183 and kept his Chevrolet in front when Logano got next to him on the following lap. Logano fell back after falling out of a draft and Gordon never was challenged again as he rolled to his third series victory of the season. His win at Indianapolis last month followed a similar script.

"I thought he had a good start, but I had one, too," Gordon said. “It’s pretty nice to have the last two wins come down to restarts. Those restarts are so crucial but also intense because of the speed we’re carrying here.”

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