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Fire chiefs make case to raise taxes for hard pressed departments

Calls may come into one of the county’s 12 volunteer fire departments reporting a blaze. But if there’s no one available to drive the fire truck, that’s a problem.

Police urge caution with prom coming up Saturday

Vending machines hit by vandals Tuesday


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Peters takes Showdown win

Timothy Peters avoided a spinning Lee Pulliam on the final lap of the green-white-checkered finish to claim his first win in the charity race.

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Sports Briefs for April 3, 2014

SoVaNow.com / April 03, 2014
Former Comet Tyler Long is making contributions on the UNC-Greensboro baseball team.

Through Monday, Long had thrown 20 innings, the fifth highest total on the squad. He has a 1-0 mark, with a 3.60 ERA. Long had allowed 20 hits, with 11 runs allowed (seven earned). He had nine walks and 14 strikeouts.

Long is batting .234, with six RBI.

LOCAL UPDATE: Dylan Sons, still with the Kansas City organization, has had a bit of a setback. Sons is out for an extended recovery period after sustaining a strained muscle in his pitching arm. Kansas City is taking a cautious approach with the recovery, according to a family source.

COACHING MOVE: One of the noteworthy figures in the recent history of Duke men’s basketball history is the new head coach at Marquette. Duke’s Steve Wojciechowski is leaving the Blue Devils. Marquette is obviously hoping some of that Blue Devil success will be carried by Wojciechowski to its program.

WOODEN TEAM: Creighton’s Doug McDermott is the headliner for the Wooden All-American team announced Monday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The first team, which includes all of the finalists for the Wooden Award, includes McDermott, Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, Arizona’s Nick Johnson, Duke’s Jabari Parker and Louisville’s Russ Smith.

The second team is Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut, Casey Prather of Florida, Nik Stauskas of Michigan and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas.

The Wooden Award winner will be named Friday.

NIT RESULTS: Clemson finished 23-13, losing to SMU 65-59 in the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament in New York. Minnesota also bounced Florida State out of the other semifinals, 67-64. The ‘Noles finished 22-14.

TICKETS PUNCHED FOR FINALS: Two ACC teams have punched tickets to the Final Four of the Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Notre Dame joined Connecticut as the second undefeated team to make the four on Monday.
The University of Maryland clawed their way in as they pulled off a 76-73 win over Louisville Tuesday night. Maryland will battle Notre Dame for a shot at the National Championship Tuesday night in Nashville.
Connecticut will face Stanford in the other semi-final game. Stanford pulled off a comeback 74-65 win over a pesky UNC team Tuesday night.


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