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DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson, welcome to the club.

With his overtime victory in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway, Johnson became the fifth driver to win 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at a single track, joining Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Sr. in sharing that distinction.

Johnson’s triumph was his series-best fourth of the season and the 74th of his career, eighth most all-time and two behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Earnhardt in seventh place.

Unlike many of the six-time champion’s past victories at the Monster Mile, this was not a dominating performance by the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Johnson led but 23 laps, and didn’t take the top spot until he beat race runner-up Kevin Harvick to the stripe for a restart on Lap 383.


The Franklin High School Athletic Booster Club presented its 33rd Annual FHS Athletic Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 21.

Athletes were recognized for athletic accomplishments as well as scholarly pursuits and awarded local scholarships.

Among the awards and scholarships given were: The Parker Mathis Scholarship; Walter Scruggs Scholarship; Brandon Stiwinter Scholarship; Booster Club Scholarship; Tom Raby Scholarhsip and (not pictured) Stan Sloan Scholarship, which was awarded to Harrison Conner and Cameron Roper.



After an impressive, history making season, the Franklin High School Lady Panthers Soccer team fell to Forbush in the fifth round of the state play offs.

It came down to the wire, with the Lady Panthers falling to Forbush in sudden death overtime, where the team with the most penalty kicks won. The final score was 4-2.

Franklin finished the season with a 17-4-1 record.


From left are Michelle, Scott, Morgan, Trey and Ben Maslin, and grandparents Barb and Mike Harding. Photo by Vickie CarpenterTrey Maslin has represented the Panthers well throughout his tenure at Franklin High School, and is sure to do the same as a Catamount.

Maslin, who played football, basketball, and baseball at FHS, will continue his athletic career on the baseball diamond at Western Carolina University this fall.

A scholar athlete, Maslin was recognized last week as the recepient of the Booster club’s Tom Raby Scholarship. Earlier this year, Maslin’s peers also voted him the 2015 Prom King. Maslin was joined by his family on Wednesday as he officially signed to “Prove his Purple” this fall.

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