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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.


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.


View photos from the FHS Senior Night held in the Panther Pit!











Franklin High School's varsity football team has managed to blow out most of the teams in Western North Carolina, putting up win after win. The 2013 FHS football team currently sits on top of the 3A/2A Western North Carolina Athletic Conference with an undefeated record of 10-0.

They began their season with a big win over the defending 1A State Champions, the Murphy Bulldogs, with a score of 41- 17. Big wins like their home opener would define the season thus far with only two close contests.


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