GO PANTHERS! :: click here for more info!

Click for Franklin, North Carolina Forecast

Summer workouts get team ready for Aug. 11 game.

The Franklin High School Panthers are spending their summer hunkering down on the gridiron to get ready for the upcoming season in the Panther Pit. According to FHS Athletic Director and football coach, Jay Brooks, due to a recent change, student athletes are now able to begin practicing for the upcoming season 10 days before final exams were issued.

"We started practicing in May, as early as we could," said Coach Brooks. " We were able to get about eight workouts in before we took a break for exams."


Kyle beats out Kurt by .532 seconds in Sunday’s race.

SONOMA, Calif. – Check the box. Kyle Busch has a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

That simple statement hardly plumbs the depth of emotion Kyle Busch was feeling after winning Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

In the first-ever 1-2 finish in the series by the Busch brothers, Kyle Busch beat Kurt Busch to the finish line by .532 seconds to win for the first time since returning from an 11-race absence because of a broken right leg and left foot sustained in a Feb. 21 accident at Daytona International Speedway.

“First Busch brothers 1-2, boys,” Kyle Busch exulted on his radio after taking the checkered flag. “Mom and Dad should be proud.”

On Lap 106 of 110, Kyle Busch muscled Jimmie Johnson out of the way and took the lead on the way to his second victory at the 1.99-mile road course and the 30th of his career. Johnson had stayed out on old tires while Busch joined a parade to pit road for new rubber after the left rear wheel assembly separated from Casey Mears Chevrolet to cause the fifth and final caution of the race on Lap 99.


The 16th annual Franklin Open Tennis Tournament was held at the Macon County Recreation Park June 12 through 14.

Tournament organizers were Franklin High School boys tennis coach Sammy Gunter and Rick Blanton.

Thirty-nine competitors signed up to play including nine current or former Franklin High School players.


view scores and more pictures after the jump!


NEWTON, Iowa - Last season, a powerful run through Iowa Speedway helped Erik Jones finally emerge from the tall shadows cast by bad luck.

But the talented 19-yearold’s relationship with misfortune re-formed in 2015 — until, again, Iowa.

Jones entered Friday’s American Ethanol 200 winless in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season and stung by back-to-back finishes of 23rd and 15th.

He left the track pumping his fists, victorious.

The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver led 112 laps and dominated most of the race en route to his fifth career series triumph.

“We’ve had fast trucks,” Jones said. “Things just haven’t been happening. Just kept fighting the good fight and waited for it to come around.”


Page 6 of 112


Deadline Notice:

Deadline for Thanksgiving issue
Classifieds, display advertising
& calendar items
Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m.
for Wednesday, Nov. 25 delivery

Macon County News is now on:
Find the Macon County News on Facebook! and Find the Macon County News on twitter!
Facebook   Twitter