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

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FHS senior Joe Templeton signed to compete for Western Carolina University's track team on May 8.

Templeton, a standout in track and baseball earned first place in the 2014 WNCAC High Jump and Long Jump, second place in the Triple Jump and was named the Field Events MVP.

Joining him at his signing ceremony were (L-R) parents Jim and Veronica Templeton, niece Raelyn McGaha, stepbrother Mitchell McGaha and Franklin track coach Tom Westbrook.

On June 3, Franklin High School senior Andrew Baldwin signed with Milligan College for cycling.

His focus will be on mountain biking in the fall for the school that is located in east Tennessee.

On top of the partial scholarship he received for cycling, Baldwin will also be assisted with tuition from local scholarships that he was awarded recently.

Joining him for the ceremony were (L-R) his father, Stephen Baldwin, cycling coach Zack Nave, and his mother, Vicki Baldwin.

LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA – Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in position to pounce on Sunday, punching his ticket to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by winning his second race this season and his first-ever at Pocono Raceway.

It took a little racing luck.

Runner-up Brad Keselowski was terrific in clean air. What he lacked was a clean grille.

On Sunday, when Keselowski’s car began to overheat due to a piece of trash on his front end, Earnhardt roared by, becoming the fourth consecutive Hendrick Motorsports driver to put a Chevrolet in Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway.

“Brad had the better car; he had me beat,” said Earnhardt, who has known his share of late-race misfortune. Take the third race of the season at Las Vegas, when he ran out of gas on the final lap, enabling Keselowski to win.

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DOVER, Del. – It came as little surprise that Jimmie Johnson was able to dominate the field Sunday at Dover International Speedway, a track where he has won nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, more than any driver in NASCAR history. What was stunning was Johnson’s public revelation that he’d had hernia surgery in December, a procedure which might have contributed to his slow start.

“It wasn’t supposed to be a secret,” said Johnson, whose surgery came to light during a recorded interview with FOX that aired during the race. “The hernia surgery was, literally, right after the banquet. I’m surprised nobody knew about this thing sooner.”

Johnson said he had bilateral hernias repaired laparoscopically and was back in training 10 days after the procedure. He conceded that the surgery, in concert with bad weather, led to his team missing three test sessions and might have contributed to his team’s 11-race winless string to start the season.

“I do feel like that hurt us some and had us behind a little,” said NASCAR’s six-time champion, whose team suddenly looks invincible with Cup victories in consecutive weeks. “Now we can get on a roll. We’ve got some good tracks ahead for us.”

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