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Tri-State briefs

July 24, 2006

W.Va. teen wins world championship



AKRON, Ohio - An Eastern Panhandle teen captured a world championship in soap box derby racing on Saturday.

Garrett Kysar, 14, of Kearneysville, W.Va., won the masters division at the 69th annual All-American Soap Box Derby Championship held at Derby Downs, according to a news release.

Garrett defeated Missy Cahill, 16, of North Platte Neb., and Johnny Wheaton, 14, of Waynesboro, Va., to clinch the championship.

Garrett qualified for the event by winning the masters division at the ROCS Classic/Norwalk Soap Box Derby in Martinsburg, W.Va., in June.

The Levi Strauss Signature brand, the event's title sponsor, awarded Garrett and two other division champions each with $5,000 scholarships. Runners-up and third-place winners received $3,000 and $2,000 scholarships, respectively.

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The 2006 finals showcased more than 500 competitors from 40 states, the District of Columbia and five foreign countries.

Current NASCAR Nextel Cup points leader and 2006 Daytona 500 champion Jimmie Johnson attended the champiomship and took part in race-day activities.




Pa. driver listed in satisfactory condition



GREENCASTLE, PA. - Misty Beers, 19, of Greencastle was listed in satisfactory condition at York (Pa.) Hospital on Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A freight train hit a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Beers at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the crossing on Milnor Road in Greencastle, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Jessie Hykes, 26, of Waynesboro, Pa., was pulled from the passenger's seat and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police said Beers was out of the vehicle when emergency responders arrived. The car had been pushed 1,000 feet on the railroad tracks into a track change point.

Traffic markings at the crossing will be reviewed during a site meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Antrim (Pa.) Township and Norfolk Southern, PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said.

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