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More than 1,000 drug tests done on athletes annually.

For years, the Macon County School System has been drug testing athletes each year inhouse. Headed by Dan Moore, director of personnel, drug tests were performed on every student athlete in the district on an annual basis. Moore has been searching for ways to contract out the services at a rate that would still be advantageous for the school system, but was unsuccessful until this year.

Beginning next school year, Macon County Schools will employ the services of Preventative Drug Testing Services, LLC (PDTS), a North Carolina limited liability company, to drug test athletes in the district. Macon County's current drug testing policy is to test every student that participates in any athletics at Franklin High School, Highlands School, Nantahala, and Macon Middle School. During the 2012-13 school year, Moore and his staff conducted 1,076 drug screens on student athletes.


Former FHS standout is Student Athlete of the Year.

Lindsay Simpson has turned heads all season during her freshman season of basketball at Western Carolina University. The former Franklin High School player holds the point record at her alma mater with 2,693 points, a legacy that could be hard to match for future athletes.

Since leaving FHS to play for WCU, Simpson has done nothing but impress spectators with her ability to stand out among the other players on the court with her effective presence. She ended the season as the school's top scorer and consistent starting guard. She averaged 7.2 points per game this season and scored in double digits during nine outings, one of which she put up 25 points for her most impressive showing.


Franklin High School last home track meet results

Girls team results:

  1. Rabun Gap 62
  2. Franklin 51
  3. Smoky Mountain 32

Franklin Girls top finishers:

100m hurdles: 3) Gracie Hornsby 18.16;

100m dash: 3) Brittany Lindley 14.41, 4) Lauren Richards 15.35;

more results and pics after the jump!


KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Matt Kenseth likened his victory in the STP 400 to a game of musical chairs—you had to be leading when the music stopped.

If you looked at statistics alone, you'd say that Kenseth dominated Sunday at Kansas Speedway in the eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season. After all, Kenseth won the event from the pole and led 163 of the 267 laps.

In reality, Kenseth prevailed in a race of extraordinary strategic complexity, with divergent approaches shuffling and reshuffling the running order until an opportune caution on Lap 218 put Kenseth back in the lead at just the right time.


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