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By C.J. LOVELACE | | March 22, 2012
Amelia Earhart is a household name when it comes to the pioneers of female aviation. However, pilots like Phoebe Omlie, Ruth Elder and Louise Thaden - although not as famous - were just as revolutionary. Along with 16 others in 1929, the four female pilots took part in the first-ever women's national air derby, racing across the United States in nine days, to prove that women could fly just like men. The story was so moving, filmmaker Heather Taylor made it the feature of her 2010 documentary “Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby,” which was shown Thursday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.
March 14, 2012
Norwalk Soap Box Derby is accepting applications the Saturday, June 9, race in Martinsburg, W.Va. Applications can be picked up at Maxlock Locksmith Service 45 Meadow Lane or Martinsburg Parks and Rec. Registration deadline is Saturday, March 31. For more information, contact Dina Edwards at 304-261-5396, wvdeedoo@aol .com or through the derby's Facebook page.
By BOB PARASILITI | | March 14, 2012
Ian Boyer had much to tell all his Facebook friends about on Wednesday night. He told a tale about having a fried-chicken dinner with a group of people he didn't know, even though they had a lot in common. He received more handshakes, backslaps and hearty “thank yous” than he could count. It was the ultimate small town experience. Still, he was confused. His friends were envious. “I'm just doing my job,” said Boyer, a Smithsburg graduate. “It is overwhelming when I come home.
February 13, 2012
On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Mason-Dixon Roller Vixens, Hagerstown's all-woman roller derby team, will take on roller derby teams from the area.  Doors open at Turner's Skate Palace, 17333 Virginia Ave. in Halfway, at 6 p.m. and the bout begins at 7 p.m.   Tickets cost $7, but VIP tickets cost $12. Those ages 11 and younger will be admitted free. Proceeds from the race benefit the Humane Society of Washington County. The Vixens will collect donations of food, toys and other animal-related items at the event.
Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | October 19, 2011
Soap box derby set for weekend Hancock In Motion will host the All-American Soap Box Derby Rally Saturday and Sunday. This popular, new activity for Hancock has already resulted in a local champion. High Street is the perfect place for these races, providing just the right size hill and a good stopping point as the street rises after crossing Pennsylvania Avenue. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and racing starts at 9 a.m. both days. For more information, call Scott Fox at 301-678-6613.
By BOB PARASILITI | | September 4, 2011
No matter the age, athletes are considered kids who have never grown up. Softball players are no different. In fact, there is a lot of little boy still lingering inside many of the big boys. That's the aura that will bring some of softball's heaviest hitters to Hagerstown's Municipal Stadium on Saturday for the Greene Turtle/Softball Home Run Derby. “We hear a lot of guys say they never got a chance to play in a real stadium when they were younger,” said Hub City Softball president Doug Levine, who is organizing the second annual event.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 24, 2011
Adrenaline and excitement went hand-in-hand as the demolition derby drew hundreds to the Franklin County Fair Wednesday night. After being on hiatus for several years due to the rising costs, fairgoers saw the return of the Full Power Demolition Derby inside the arena on the fairgrounds, and it didn't disappoint. “People like anything that crashes, booms and bangs,”  fair President Robert Eckstine said. “They just enjoy seeing one vehicle hit another and bounce around.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | July 29, 2011
In the evening humidity, Steven Taylor's head was covered in a layer of sweat, and he was breathing heavily. But his broad grin told the story of his win in Friday's demolition derby at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair. First, his Chevrolet Corsica - a battered rainbow of orange, blue, pink and green - survived a battle among six-cylinder cars. Then, his Little Car That Could smoked the competition in a final "frenzy" among every car still running after the three preliminary heats.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | July 24, 2011
Emily Fox sped her way to victory lane in her “pickle” Saturday in the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship in Akron, Ohio. On Sunday, her hometown showed how quickly it could put together a champion's welcome. As the Fox family arrived in Washington County from their week in Ohio, they received an escort from Hancock Police Chief T.J. Buskirk into Hancock and a parade through town to Widmeyer Park as the champ rode with her trophy in an antique fire pumper driven by the mayor.
June 12, 2011
Emily Butts and Tory Ann Stolipher, both of Martinsburg, placed first in three race categories of Saturday’s 2011 ROCS Soap Box Derby, according to a news release. The Berkeley County event was sponsored by ROCS Convenience Stores and was run by the Norwalk Antique Car Club, the release said. Winners of each division in local contests move on to the national competition in Akron, Ohio, in July, the release said. Butts, 10, took first place in the Stock Division. Because she previously had the opportunity to race in that division in national competition, she relinquished her spot at the nationals to local second-place winner Damion Knepper, 11, who has never raced in Akron, according to the release.
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