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For the past four years, Franklin High School senior and varsity cheerleader Ivy Hawkins has dreamed of becoming an instructor for Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA). This dream came true on March 22. UCA cheer instructor tryouts are held by invitation only.

Each state holds tryouts in the spring. Hawkins was invited to try out while attending a UCA cheer camp last summer in Panama City, Fla. Tryouts were held in Winston-Salem, where about 40 cheerleaders – college and high school – attended.

After an all-day tryout and the final cuts were made, Hawkins was one of two high school girls who were picked for the North Carolina team. She will work all summer as a cheerleading instructor for UCA’s southeast team.

Hawkins is the first cheerleader in FHS history to make this team. She is the daugher of Jeff and Maria Hawkins of Franklin.

CONCORD, N.C. – Will the mystery winner of Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 enter and sign in please?

Hint: It’s the guy who does back flips every time he takes the checkered flag.

But for the first 370 of 400 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway, no one would have picked Carl Edwards or his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota as the likely winner of the season’s 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin had spent the lion’s share of time at the head of the field, but none of that mattered when Edwards got 62 laps out of his last tank of fuel and took the checkered flag 4.785 seconds ahead of Greg Biffle, who also was on a fuel-saving strategy.

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The Macon County Soccer Club will host evaluations and tryouts for its Fall travel soccer programs during the last week of May and first weekend in June.

The club's Academy program will host evaluations on Sunday, May 31, and Sunday, June 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Macon County Industrial Park Soccer Fields (96 Industrial Park Dr., Franklin, NC). A $25 refundable deposit must be paid at the evaluation. The Academy program offers advanced training for players age 8-10, and home/away games with other local Academy programs.

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Team headed to State for first time in 16 years.

For the second time in Franklin High School history, the Panthers will be taking a golf team to State. The Panthers first took a team to compete on the state level in 1999, when the current golf coach, Greg Partington was a player.

"The guys thought is was very cool to beat their coach's record, I thought so too," said Partington. "I am just glad I could be a part of their success. They have worked very hard and have really come together as a team this year."

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