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The stands were full at Highlands’ gymnasium last Saturday evening, where fans and community members came together to honor Butch Smart, long-time head coach of Highlands’ boys basketball team and athletics director. After the Lady Highlanders soundly defeated Tallulah Falls for the second time this year, 52-39, current and former players, school officials, and residents gathered at center court to show their respects to the high school hoops coach who is hanging it up after more than four decades of directing teams from the bench.


Franklin High School senior, Ashley Holland, signed a letter of intent to play softball for Milligan College last Thursday, Jan. 12.

In her signing ceremony held in the Panther Den, several FHS coaches and friends of Sanders spoke on her behalf.

Penny Moffitt, head coach of the Lady Panthers varsity softball team, thanked Holland for her work ethic and positive attitude on and off the field.


Smoky Mountain High coach makes school history.

Longtime Smoky Mountain girls basketball coach Cindi Simmons made school history last Wednesday after securing her 500th career victory. The Lady Mustangs gave Simmons the win at last Wednesday's home game by beating East Henderson, 67-47, bringing Simmons' career record to 501-255.


FHS band brings home 13 trophies from Gator Bowl performance

The Franklin High School Marching Band was given a surprise welcoming home after their trip to the Gator Bowl. The band was met at the Georgia State line by the Macon County Sherriff's Office and other authorities early Tuesday morning for a police escort to back Franklin High School.


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