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Hats Off !!! to ALL that planned the events,our sponsors and those attending last week’s 3 day celebration for the Homecoming of our Miss Virginia now Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron. It exceeded all expectations in each event .They were all awesome. Congrats! to our newly crowned Miss Virginia Chinah Helmandollar. As Chinah said during the Press conference “ When Caressa got a promotion so did I” and what a wonderful thing to happen, she was crowned by Miss America. Chinah has already been busy (with her borrowed Crown from Caressa , now she has her own) appearing at the dates already set up for Caressa. I might add doing an outstanding job. Saturday Night was a most memorable evening. Dinner and Show at the Hotel Roanoke attended by a sell out crowd. Where else could you see these magical moments performed by Nicole Johnson Miss America 1999, Kylene Barker Miss America 1979, Meghan Shanley Miss Va 2001, Kelli Quick -1997Beverly Cooke Young--1982, Jackie Cook Hedbloom2000,Chinah Helmandollar-2009, Nancy Glisson Lucy -1993 , Susan Parker Potter-1984, Courtney Garrett Va’s, Outstanding Teen and Taylor Burrell Va’s. Outstanding Pre-teen, Katherine Putman -Miss Louisianna , Mallory Ervin -Miss Kentucky, Kristy Cavinder, Miss California. Miss Va, 2009 Princessses, Bootie Bell Chewning outstanding teens& preteen join Caressa on stage will she sang “Beautiful “ to them. Nicole did a “Journey to the Past while, Caressa ‘s past came to life on the big screen with the finale of her being crown Miss America, So moving. Another highlight was when all the former Miss Virgnias in attendance and the entire cast were brought on Stage and Handsome Lowell Hill sang” Here She is Miss America. The Cheers and tears were flowing thorough out the entire room , with a standing ovation . Yes she was home and all Virginia loves her and we are so proud of her. We feel Honored to share her with all America. As the director of the Fantastic show Mark Schreier likes to call it PPH. PURE PAGEANT HEAVEN!!!!!!! We are blessed with lots of Angels!!!!! PS- I felt honored to be a part of it all. A little bird told me that Kimberly Horn was in town last weekend to celebrate her birthday. First she joined her besties, Dee Dee Povlich Borden, Christelle Russ Whorley, Kim Hoos Everhardt, at Hotel Roanoke for a girl’s only weekend. Then on Monday had a small party with her Mom Carolyn & Don Williams, her Dad, Ron Horn, Patricia, Sherry and Susie, little niece Skylar Grace Williams, Uncle Walt; also both her Grandma Clayton and her Grandma Hodges. Happy Birthday Kim.

Kim, just wanted to let you know Mom Carolyn did a great job on the PR for the homecoming ,along with all her other work on Vinton’s Relay For Life coming up Apr.16 & 17.. Get well Wishes and Prayers go out to Michele Yeatts, Bill Hufton and Debbie Baker at Ralegh Court Rehab Center. Happy Birthday wishes also go out to Adam Bowser 17, Dot Cummings, Lisa Dooley,Donnie Lyle,Genen West , Kim Greenway Riley,. all celebrated Birthdays this past week . I know I’m leaving out a lot however been a busy week for me . Bedford Little Town Players opens Friday Mar. 19th With “Greater Tuna” starring Tom Baker and Jeff Krantz . Director Karen Hopkins. Special guest: Miss Virginia Chinah Helmandollar. Runs Mar 19,20,21,26 ,27 & 28.. Thurs Night Mar 18 Burton Center for Performing arts under the direction of Carol Webster and Special guest Artist Choregrapher from New York -Trey Mitchell (Vinton Native).. Presents “ Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the Jefferson Center at 7:00 pm doors open at 6:30. Free Admissions. I know it will be a fantastic production . Don’t miss it. Break-A-Leg !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to see it. Thank You to Danny Cruff and Melanie Meador for coming to the Taubman Friday night. For the big Miss America event. Your Photos are wonderful. Last but not least Thank You to My Daughter Angie Lewis for filling in for me last week. Great job Ang.Now you can take over Mom’s job..

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In Brief Accepting letters of intent for Roanoke Women’s Foundation

Foundation for Roanoke Valley is accepting applications for the Roanoke Women’s Foundation (RWF) grants from organizations providing programs that support arts and culture, health and human services, and education and environment. Interested tax-exempt organizations should check the Foundation’s website,, to learn how to apply. RWF has switched to a new two-step application process. Qualified organizations must first submit a Letter of Intent online by April 5. If the Letter of Intent is selected for further consideration, the organization will be asked to submit a full proposal. Up to ten proposals will go on the ballot for a vote by RWF members. Grant winners will be announced at a luncheon in November. Photo by Ashley Lester

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Roanoke County Public Schools Honored

The Virginia Board of Education is recognizing Roanoke County Public Schools as one of only ten public school divisions across the state for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. The awards are based on student achievement on state assessments during 2008-2009 and the previous school year. Roanoke County Public Schools earned the designation of “Distinguished Title I School Division” by exceeding all NCLB achievement objectives in reading and mathematics for two consecutive years. The board also recognized 102 schools, including five schools in Roanoke County, as “Title I Distinguished Schools” for maintaining full state accreditation under the commonwealth’s Standards of Learning program for two consecutive years, meeting federal benchmarks in reading and mathematics and having average test scores in both subjects at the 60th percentile or higher. “When provided effective and focused instruction, all children — regardless of economic status — can achieve academic success, and these results confirm that,” said Board of Education President Eleanor B. Saslaw. “The results of the hard work of thousands of students, teachers, principals and other educators are seen in the increased achievement of students in the honored schools and divisions,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. The following schools in Roanoke County received the Title I Distinguished Schools honor: * Clearbrook Elementary (repeat winner) * Glen Cove Elementary (repeat winner) * Green Valley Elementary (repeat winner) * Mount Pleasant Elementary (repeat winner) * Mountain View Elementary “We are so proud of these schools and their hard work to provide learning for all, whatever it takes,” said Roanoke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Lange. “Our teachers and staff are what make the difference to help students achieve their full potential,” Lange added. Title I of ESEA provides funding to school divisions and schools for programs to raise the achievement of students identified as being at risk of academic failure. The federal education law requires schools and school divisions to meet annual objectives for increasing student achievement on statewide assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics. During 2008-2009, 520, or 72 percent, of Virginia’s 722 Title I schools met all federal objectives.

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LEWIS EDWARD THORNHILL, 69, of Vinton passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2010. He was predeceased by parents, John and Gladys Thornhill and nephew, John (Rocky) Lafoon. He was a retired gunsmith for Bryansteens Gun Shop. Surviving are his wife, Allie Evon Thornhill; sons, Lewis Thornhill II and wife, Stacey, Timmy Thornhill and wife, Debbie, Kenneth Gandy and wife, Shelby and Michael Gandy; daughter, Melissa Kasey and husband, Robert; and 12 grandc hildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with Rev. Dr. Ken Scoggins officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Oakey’s Vinton Chapel and Crematory, 982-2221. SUSAN PETERS NAPIER, 50, of Vinton, died peacefully Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital surrounded by those she loved and loved her in return. She was predeceased in death by father, Shirlie Lee Peters and two brothers, Lance Corporal Tony L. Peters and Sgt. Michael D. Peters. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 17 years, William L. Napier; mother, Goldie D. Thomas; stepfather, Willie Thomas, Moneta; brothers, Rodney L. Peters (Teresa), Vinton, Steven W. Peters (Vergie), New Castle; sister, Lisa F. Stiff (Buzzy), Blue Ridge; brotherin-law, Wayne Napier, Vinton; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and special cousin, Jeffery Kingery. The family suggests memorials be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with Rev. Burrell Baker officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 12, 2010 at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel, 9822221. CARL AKERS, 78, of Roanoke, Va., passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. He was born in Christiansburg, Va., on August 30, 1931. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Akers; his father, Henry L. Akers; his mother, Bessie D. Akers; and his brother, Barry Akers. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Korean War. He retired after working many years as a diesel mechanic. He is survived by a brother, Kenneth Akers and his wife, Eula, of Claytor Lake, Va.; two sisters, Dorothy Hodge, of Radford, and Phyllis Aliff and her husband, Richard, of Christiansburg, Va.; three sisters-in-law, Carol Ferguson, Patricia Harris, and Loretta Ewers; brother-inlaw, Tommy Bandy; many special nieces and nephews; and special cousins, Diane and Tywman Hunt. Memorial services will be conducted 11 a.m. on Friday, March 12, 2010, at Lotz Vinton Chapel with Pastor Terry Hodge officiating. Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Methodist Church Cemetery, Glasgow, Va. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Roanoke Life Saving Crew. Arrangements by Lotz Funeral Home, Vinton Chapel. Online condolences DOROTHY MILLER DICKERSON, was born December 15, 1921 and died March 3, 2010 in Salem, VA at the age of 88, the daughter of Louis and Marie Miller of Monessen, PA. She is preceded in death by her husband Laird F. Dickerson, and a grandson Robert Crady (Kip) Adams III. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Dickerson Adams, and husband Robert Crady Adams Jr. of Vinton, granddaughters, Julie Adams of Oakton, VA, Laura Duke, and husband Drew Duke, great-granddaughters, Samantha and Reagan Duke of Charlottesville, VA. She lived in Oak Ridge, TN for over 50 years and worked as a secretary for Oak Ridge Science Center and United Church. In 2006 she moved to Richfield Oaks Assisted Living in Salem, VA. Services were held on Saturday, March 6 at 1:00 PM at the Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge with Reverend Stephen Damos officiating.

SHIRLEY D. “BOB” ROBERTSON, 84, formerly of Vinton, died Thursday, March 11, 2010 at his home at Elm Park Estates, after a long adventurous life. Mr. Robertson was proud of his Naval service during World War II. He joined the Navy at age 18 and served aboard the destroyer, The Laffey, which supported the D-Day landings at Normandy. Later, the Laffey transferred to the Pacific where it suffered multiple injuries when it was attacked by 22 bombers and Kamakazi aircraft. The heroic crew earned the Laffey the name “the ship that would not die”. It was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 5 battle stars. Mr. Robertson was awarded the American Theatre of War Ribbon, the European African Middle Eastern Area Ribbon, the Asian Pacific Area Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and on April 16, 1945, he was awarded the Purple Heart. Mr. Robertson spent his career working for the federal government in several capacities. He enjoyed playing the bass, dining out and discussing politics. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. His wife, Betty Heath Robertson, died in 2001. Survivors include his four children, Brenda Robertson of Dunkirk, MD, Mark Robertson and wife Stephanie of Lehigh Acres, FL, Sandy Moore and husband David Moore, and Cindy Callahan, all of Roanoke. In addition, he is survived by three grandchildren, Ronnie Brooks, Casey Moore, and Haley Robertson. One sister, Freda Bays. A nephew, Bobby Bays and wife Mary Ann. And his good friends Goldie McCormick, Pearl Drewery Margaret Lawson and his numerous friends at Elm Park Estates. A funeral service were conducted 2 PM Monday, March 15, 2010 at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with Pastor Bill Himes officiating. Burial will follow in Fair View Cemetery with Military Honors. The family received friends Sunday, March 14, 2010 from 2 to 4 PM and from 6 to 8 PM at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel (982-2221). HANK TAFT WINGO, 36, of Vinton, went to be with our Lord and other Angels on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer Wingo and his children, Chase Tinsley and Dyamond Wingo. Three sisters, Connie Moore & husband Michael, Brenda Coe, and Kathy Wingo. Three brothers, Michael Purdue, Barry Meadows & wife Kay, David Wingo & wife Pam. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. His best friend, Buford Evans and other special friends and family members. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. He will live in our hearts forever. Funeral services were conducted 4:00 PM Monday, March 15, 2010 at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with the Rev. Charles Fisher officiating. The family received friends Sunday, March 14, 2010 from 6 to 8 PM at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel & Crematory. SHIRLEY ANN WRIGHT WEEKS, 70, of Vinton, VA, went to be with the Lord and joined her husband, Perry Weeks Sr. on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was born on July 30, 1939, to the late Thomas Wright and Willie Bennett Walker Wright. She was also predeceased by a grandchild, Perry Weeks III; and a great-grandchild, James Neal Hoback Jr. Survivors include her children, Terry Rogers and husband, Danny, Sherry Callahan and husband, Doug, Perry Weeks Jr. and wife, Connie, Jerry Quesenberry and husband, Allen, and Barry Weeks and wife, Kim; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Garrett and husband, Robert; and a sisterin-law, Shirley Dillon. She left behind her beloved dogs, Amber and Ginger; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted 11 AM on Thursday, March 11, 2010, from the Lotz Vinton Chapel with the Rev. Tino Maciel officiating with burial to follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Craig Mitchell, Medi Hospice Service and the staff at Carilion Clinic for their special care of Mom. Online condolences may be made to

Everybody Reads the Voice

Photos by Danny Cruff

At Saturday’s Miss America Homecoming Gala, everyone from the trio of Miss Kentucky, Miss California and Miss Roanoke Valley (left) to the Photographer of Miss America Julius Tolentino (bottom right) to Rich Cranwell and his daughter (bottom left) to Miss America Caressa Cameron herself (far left with Bootie Bell Chewning) matter who you are or where you are from: Everybody Reads the Voice.


Danae Wensley Town of Vinton Are you tired of seeing litter everywhere you look? Then consider participating in the Clean Valley Council’s (CVC) Annual Clean Valley Day, to be held on March 27. This year marks the thirtieth Annual Clean Valley Day. On March 27 teams of individuals will work to clear our valley of litter and make it an even more beautiful place to live. Some will choose a spot to clean, such as a specific block, road or park. Others will plant a tree, help a disabled neighbor discard trash or plant a community garden. Last year’s Clean Valley Day was extremely successful, with 49.8 tons of trash being collected, including 128 tires. Locally, the Town of Vinton had 185 volunteers, who collected .24 tons of trash and eleven tires. Throughout the course of the day,

participants found some very interesting objects, including a kiddie pool, an antique Pepsi can, high-heeled shoes, animal remains, a Vinton Police Badge and more than $40 cash. Clean Valley Day would not be possible with the help of many volunteers and local businesses. This year’s partners include Orvis, the Roanoke Times, Roanoke Valley Resource Authority, VDOT, Roanoke County, Botetourt County, the City of Roanoke, the City of Salem and the Town of Vinton. This year the Town of Vinton is upping our game by sponsoring a competition for all the Vinton teams. Vinton Town Council will be awarding cash prizes to the three teams or individuals who remove the most trash from Town of Vinton right-of-ways, public properties or pre-approved vacant lots. First place will receive $150, second place will receive $100 and third place will receive $50. Those wishing to participate in Clean Valley Day must pre-register by calling the Clean Valley Council at 540-345-5523 or visiting their

website at From there, you will pick a team and a clean up target. The CVC will provide participants with garbage bags, gloves and a small gift. Clean Valley Day is just one of many events the Clean Valley Council organizes each year. They also hold an annual Waterways Cleanup each fall, a Household Hazardous Waste Day and Earth Day activities. The CVC also organizes educational programming for area schools, including Earth Summit, an annual one-day congress for High School juniors and seniors. The CVC recently appointed a new executive director, Gwen Mason. Mason was elected to the Roanoke City Council in 2006 and has been instrumental in forming Roanoke’s Clean and Green Business Commission. Mason fills the void left by longtime executive director Ann Masters, who unexpectedly passed away on December 18, 2009. Masters left a vast legacy and will be sorely missed. For more information or to register for Clean Valley Day, please call the Clean Valley Council at 540-345-5523 or visit www.

PHOTOS Saturday Night at the Vinton War Memorial, the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 60th Anniversary with a night of dinner and dancing. Prior to dinner, Moe Mattox and Mandy Overfelt, daughter of Mayor Brad Grose posed for a photo (1). After dinner, and some speakers, former Chamber President Ethell Noell and her husband (2) took on that dancing role as did several other couples. On Thursday at Hotel Roanoke, Chinah Helmandollar was crowned the new Miss Virginia (3) by former Miss VA and current Miss America Caressa Cameron. Photos by Dan Vance (1,2) and Cindy Stump (3)





A Female Perspective

Can it be...a guy and a girl who are JUST friends?

All my life I have considered myself to be anything but a typical “girl”. I was never much into the frilly things growing up like other girls were such as dresses (I loathed them), the color pink or anything else that you would generally think that a girl should like. I will let you know that I was and am still terrified of bugs … screeching with the feeling that the less than one inch

Amanda Stump creepy crawly creature is actually a huge man eating menace that is in my house to tear me apart. I think that as females mature into teenagers and then adults they (as well as men) start to find their niche in life concerning who they consider friends and who they don’t. Many of us would probably say that there are certain life experiences that have pushed us towards the group of friends that we consider to be our closest. For me it seemed that being involved in sports whether playing or being a spectator I found myself hanging out more with guys than with girls. One thing that really grinds my gears is that there is this general stereotype that girls and guys can’t be friends or even best friends without a million questions being raised. As our society has progressed we have moved from the typical “Women should be in the home and the men are in the workplace” ideal. Now men and women share the same jobs, social arenas and yes even us ladies like to watch sports AND discuss them. Many women find themselves ambitious and driven which gives them qualities that some consider to be “aggressive” … I like to call it goal oriented. About five years ago I met my best friend Mark who was nothing short of the funniest person I have ever met in my life. We quickly became friends realizing we both had a lot in common and always had a blast no matter where we went or what the event was. If you have ever had a friend that could make something as boring as a game of Scrabble the most side splitting

hilarious event of your life… until you I beat him of course… that was Mark. However in typical style everyone started asking quickly… “Are you dating… you must be dating if you are spending so much time together!” “There’s no way you guys can this good of friends you have to be dating.” Why? Is there some rule that was written into the Declaration of Independence or Bill of Rights that says explicitly that men and women must have dated, want to date each other or like each other in a romantic fashion that I missed in Kathy Laughlin’s Dual Credit History class? No? Oh… ok just checking! This was what always bothered me! Why is it that when a guy and a girl get along great and like to hang out that they must either be thrown into the in a relationship or in the process of getting into one category. Has anyone ever heard of the word platonic?? Personally and to level with everyone… guys tend to be a lot easier to get along with because they are straight shooters and avoid any and all part of drama (most). Now this is not how every girl feels but for many we tend to find it easier to have a disagreement with a male who is our friend, talk about it (or yell if you choose) and then its over … done end of story. Females tend to want to talk about it, yell about it, which is then followed by telling quite a few more people about it which then gets back to the two original females and the cycle repeats itself until one of them doesn’t speak to the other. Not sure if this sounds familiar to anyone reading but it is definitely why at least 70% of my friends are male. Another positive for this is that having male friends can be some of the best dating advice you can find. Having male best friends can really help guide you in the right direction of what should be considered “ Not a big deal” or “Something is up” status in your relationship. Ever wanted to know why that new guy you met two days ago who said he would call you hasn’t or why your (insert relationship level here) really doesn’t enjoy going shopping with you? Well guess what, if you want the truth and by truth I mean REAL (probably not what you want to hear but you should so you will stop freaking out) TRUTH nothing like getting it straight from the species itself!

Oh and guys… the above works just as well for you to be friends with us…. Finally and most importantly WHO CARES! Nowadays it seems there are so many stereotypes for everything anyone does that those that stereotype are the ones who truly need a little self check. I believe most people want to surround themselves with those that they feel are truly and genuinely good people and that not only care about you as a friend but that you can also reciprocate that feeling to and just know that no matter what you have someone in your corner. Why does it matter if it is someone of the same sex or not… let alone the same race/political affiliation/sexual orientation/age or anything else that gets thrown out these days. Bottom Line: Do what makes you happy … for me that means I have friends from all walks of life and I will be fine with my choices even if a few find it “unexplainable”.

Also a special congratulations to Chinah Helmandollar our Miss Smith Mountain Lake 2009 and now Miss Virginia 2009 for her official crowning this weekend at the Miss America Homecoming Celebration


LAUGH-TACULAR! Presented by the Vinton Voice


Caroline Picard

When Caroline Picard hits the stage with her signature red boots, it’s clear that you have come to the house of “The Cajun Queen.” She lets the audience know right away that they are about to experience something really refreshing – a person comfortable with her beliefs, and has no problem making you laugh at them! Picard has won Hysterical Mgmt – Comedian of the Year, as well as been showcased in the “Women With Attitude Tour.” She has also been seen at the House of Blues, The Improv, and the Funny Bone.


Jack Daniels

Martinsville’s own is an entertaining mix of humor, wit, and mountain Americana! Stories come to life and characters have you laughing before you know what has hit you! He is a home-spun original making a very special appearance for this show!



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Harris lands a teaching job that was once unexpected

Photo by Katie McGuire

Chase Barnett Terrier Times Staff Teaching was a natural, yet unlikely career choice for Jill Harris, who once vowed that she’d never be a teacher. “I swore I would never be a teacher or a nurse because they were typical women’s jobs,” said Harris. Harris, a veteran marketing teacher, also instructs service learning leadership, which is a class focused on helping the community. “She is a very talented teacher who gives back to the community,” said senior David Cundiff. Harris’s childhood could be described just like any other, but with a lot more freedom considering the time period. She was very close to her sister Leana and still is to this day. There were however some tough times during her childhood. “My parents divorced when I was eight so that was really difficult for me,” said Harris.

She still found ways to keep a smile and fortunately grew into being a great student herself. Attending North Hunterdon High School in New Jersey was a great time for Harris. Some of her after school activities included working, running track, performing in theater. Harris managed to have great grades, which paid off for her in the long run. Overall the high school experience was a success. Harris grew up during the 1970’s in the middle of the women’s rights movement. She wanted to take a path less traveled for the women in the workplace. After high school in New Jersey Harris had a choice to make between Rutgers University and a local favorite, Virginia Tech. In the end it was Tech, where she earned a business degree. Harris’s choice of college was made easier when the valedictorian of her class decided to go to Tech. So, she knew she made the right choice. Ironically, Harris eventually decided that her passion was teaching.

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“I wanted to teach because everyday is different. It’s never boring,” said Harris. Sharing her knowledge with a younger generation was the path she wanted to take, so she began her student teaching at WBHS and fell in love with the school. When it was time to take the next step in becoming apart of a faculty, she found an opening at a high school in Hilton Head, S.C. All the while, she knew that the Roanoke Valley was the

place for her and the family. So, she moved back to the area and continued her teaching career at WBHS, where she is very well known around the school for sharing her marketing experience. Harris’ love for the school and faculty has kept her teaching in the Vinton area. She works hard at her job, but enjoys her free time as well. “In my free time after school, I like to spend time with my family,” said Harris.

A Miss Byrdie for the Ages

Evan Nicely Terrier Times Staff

“I practiced really hard on that, and by that I mean not at all. The worst part was when the ribbon got stuck on my wings,” said Hearst, who also managed to wrap the ribbon around On Thursday night eight boys dressed as his neck during his performance. girls and entertained a packed William Byrd After Hearst’s performance, everyone got High School auditorium. Those in attendance to experience a dance performance by Cameron found out just how far $5 would go as they “Boo Taylicious” Clark. Doing “I’m a Diva” by got a fist-pumping, body-rolling, instrument- Beyonce, Clark walked it out, two stepped, playing, talent-displaying good time from boys body-rolled, and diva’d on his way through the dressed in drag at the 2010 version of the annual song. The dancing left WBHS track Coach Eric Miss Byrdie Pageant. The fundraising event for Royal, “almost reaching in my pockets for some the WBHS Student Council Association raised ones,” he said laughing when asked about the about $1,600. performance. The eight contestants participated in the Just when everyone thought that maybe full drag pageant, which started with an opening they’d seen it all, Tyler “Tiger Lily” Wiggins group dance followed by their individual talent, broke out into roller skates and juggled his way evening gown, and an interview questions. around the stage to the song “Eye of the Tiger” The show opened to the group of “ladies” by Survivor. dancing in sync while the song “Lady The music theme didn’t end there. Tim Marmalade” was playing. They snapped, hip- “Shawna Sha Bang Bang” Shell displayed his thrusted, and line kicked their way through the amazing musical talents by playing his trumpet opening number to plenty of jeers, whistles, and the drums to the song “So what?” by Pink. and complete shock from the judges and crowd He even spiced it up by playing to the judges as they got to strut their stuff. and audience and seductively laying out over After the music faded, the contestants the edge of the stage. left stage to get ready for their talent portion Next on stage was Erin “Bri Daul Showers” while the emcees Chris Steuart and Christy Tuck. He, or she, broke out the tuba and cranked out the Beatles classic “Hey Jude.” That performance inspired the Miss Byrdie-Alex “Fa Nay Nay Alejondrisha” Warner crowd to pull out their cells phones First Runner Up - Cameron “Boo Taylicious” Clark and sway them back and forth with Second Runner Up - Tim “Shawna Sha Bang-Bang” Shell the melody while illuminating the Spirit of Miss Byrdie – Paul “Anita Mann” Geddings auditorium. Best Hair – Tyler “Tiger Lily” Wiggins To end the musical talent portion Best Evening Gown - Parker “Amanda Cuddle” Hearst Alex “Fa Nay Nay Alejondrisha” Best Interview - Erin “Bri Daul Showers” Tuck Warner sat down at the piano and Best Talent- Brennan “Lynn Guinni” Escobar played/sang Lady Gaga’s hit song “Paparazzi” to the joy of the crowd and judges. Although he had a few Spencer got to poke a little fun at their judges manly notes thrown in there, he stunningly and colleagues. Steuart laid down some cheesy resembled Lady Gaga herself. jokes and both poked fun at their peers. “I had to practice that song once a day for The audience was in for quite a shock about two weeks. I picked Lady Gaga cause as the contestants returned to the stage for she’s interesting and I looked like her with the their individual talent performances. The first blonde wig,” said Warner. contestant, Paul “Anita Mann” Geddings, did His performance did cause a bit of envy his best rendition of flashdance in hideous red from one of the MC’s. tights that made a few of the male judges turn “I was just mad because he fit into those the same color. pants better than most girls do,” said Kristy “I thought it was just really exhilarating,” Spencer regarding the performance. said Geddings laughing about the performance. To end the talent portion of the competition Not to be outdone, fellow football player everyone took a little trip to MTV’s reality Parker Hearst followed up with a flamboyant hit show “Jersey Shore” with Brennan “Lynn ribbon dance to the popular song Fireflies by Guinni” Escobar. He broke out the fist pumping Owl City that had the audience in tears from •See ‘MISS BYRDIE’ - page 14 laughing.

Photos by Ashley Lester (top) and Amber Cannaday

TOP: Miss Byrdie Alex Warner. MIDDLE: Standing left to right - Erin “Bri Daul Showers” Tuck, Alex “Fa Nay Nay Alejondrisha” Warner, Tim “Shawna Sha Bang-Bang” Shell. Kneeling left to right - Brennan “Lynn Guinni” Escobar, Tyler “Tiger Lily” Wiggins. Laying down left to right – Parker “Amanda Cuddle” Hearst, Cameron “Boo Taylicious” Clark, Paul “Anita Mann” Geddings BOTTOM: Clark (1st Runner-Up) and Shell (2nd Runner-Up).


Vinton’s Chamber celebrates milestone >Dinner, dancing, speakers highlight 60th Anniversary celebration at War Memorial; cover to new ‘Vinton Image’ magazine, honoring the Chamber, unveiled The Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce held their 60th anniversary celebration Saturday March 13 at the Vinton War Memorial. While all anniversaries are important, the 60th held a special place for the Chamber, its board of directors, all of its members and everyone that attended Saturday to make the event something special. “The 60th anniversary was a wonderful evening for both old and new friends to come together to celebrate a milestone that many have had a part in over the years,” said former President and current board member Anthony Conner. “It’s no secret as to why the Chamber has been so successful, it’s the people who make up the community of Vinton.” Others in attendance had similar experiences of the night: “Good food, good music and most of all a good time revisiting past years and creating memories with friends for today and visioning for the future,” said Town of Vinton Treasurer and Chamber Vice-President Barry Thompson. Thompson wasn’t the only town dignitary who enjoyed themselves, Mayor Brad Grose shared in the excitement: “the evening was great fun! It was filled with good memories, good food, good music and best of all, wonderful people! The event was a reminder of the great relationship enjoyed by the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Vinton.” Throughout the night there was food and fun, but the night started with a welcome from current president Sabrina Weeks and followed with an invocation from Gina Marie Overstreet, then a look at the Chamber History from Anthony Conner followed by a Town Proclamation from town manager Chris Lawrence. One of the most exciting moments of the night was the unveiling of the cover of the Anniversary edition of the Vinton Image designed by Dan Vance. After remarks from several past Presidents, the rest of the night was meant for music, provided by DJ Joey Nicely, and dancing. Longtime Chamber executive director Judy Cunningham was thrilled with the turnout and had many thoughts and people to thank as she looked back on the evening:

A big THANKS goes to Gina Marie Overstreet, Sabrina Weeks and Anthony Conner who were very instrumental in the planning, setup and cleanup process. I was very pleased with the response from the membership and the community in helping to celebrate the Vinton Chamber’s 60th anniversary. It was a fun and interesting project getting in touch with the past presidents, compiling the history thru scrapbooks, documents and many display (history) items. Planning the event brought back many memories of people, events and projects. If you are not a member - we invite you to become part of the future history of the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thoughts of the Night: “The Vinton Chamber of Commerce 60th Anniversary Dinner and Dance was a great evening of celebration and reminiscing. I particularly enjoyed learning some more facts about the Vinton community during Anthony Conner’s history presentation. I commend the accomplishments of the Chamber past and present. Keep up the good work.” -Mary Beth Layman “Wow, what a great time” would sum it up for me. The food was great, the crowd was great and the dancing…well, that was entertaining. I got to see a lot of people I haven’t see in months or years and learn a little more about the Chamber History. I can’t wait until we do it again. The 60th committee and Judy did another wonderful job.” -Hal Mabe “Everyone that I spoke with at the 60th Anniversary Celebration enjoyed the evening and I got the impression that they would like to attend similar type events in the future. The Chamber volunteers who put this together should be proud of themselves. One of the most successful programs that the Chamber has sponsored.” -Moe Mattox “I thought it was neat to see all of the past history of the Chamber. I knew my grandfather was big into the Lions Club but I didn’t realize he was a former president of the Vinton Chamber. The turn out and the packed room was also nice to see.” -Chris McCarty “Everyone appeared to have a great time in what turned out to be an extraordinary evening of dining and dancing.” -Sabrina Weeks, Chamber President


Photos by Dan Vance

TOP: Judy Cunningham unveils the cover of the 2010 Vinton Image, designed by Voice Editor-in-Chief Dan Vance. BOTTOM: Barry and Scott Brooks were on hand to take and sell couples photos during the event.

WBHS Academic Team tops Blue Ridge District Rafe Telsch WBHS English Teacher The 2009-2010 season for the William Byrd Academic Team started off slow, making it difficult to see just how successful the team would wind up being over the course of the season. December matches were full of close competition, but the team couldn’t seem to get a break against the teams they were up against. Considering at least one of these teams would go on to become state champions in their bracket, the Terriers put up a great showing, but it wasn’t until January, when the team started facing teams in its own district, that the Byrd Academic Team really started to shine. The team would wind up going undefeated against teams within its own district, with a final season record of four wins and

four losses. When it came time for District competition, the Terriers showed they were just getting warmed up. The team continued their undefeated streak against teams within their own district, winning each match by a larger margin than the one before. By the third and final match, the team accumulated so many points in the first two rounds that they couldn’t be beaten. In a good show of sportsmanship, the team put in a new roster of players for the final round, allowing competition to move forward even though the outcome of the match was already decided. William Byrd took home the trophy that night as Blue Ridge District Champions. With the mess of weather Virginia saw in February, the Regional competition saw several rescheduling, creating potential schedule conflicts for some of the players. After some dramatic deliberations and shuffling around, the team came

together for the Regional tournament. The team received their first loss in the double-elimination tournament at the hands of Rockbridge County, although the match was so close the team spent time combing over the bracket, eager for a rematch. Unfortunately there would be no second chance against Rockbridge as the team was knocked out in the third round by the Southern Ridge District Champion, Waynesboro. Again, it was an admirable showing for the Terriers with another close match. It was an amazing season for the William Byrd Academic Team, led by Captain Ethan Holder and centered around MVP Wes Williams. Congratulations to team members Tyler Callahan, Allison Crenshaw, Holden Fleming, Megan Gilmore, Ryan Marcum, Katie Martin, Loreen Musselman, Troy Pelish, Logan Patterson, Alexa Tilley, Lauren Thomasson, and Caleb Wilson for showcasing William Byrd’s academic excellence!

FBLA Regional is good to William Byrd competitors Twenty-two Future Business Leaders of America members at William Byrd High School participated in the FBLA Virginia Western Community College Regional Competition and the results were revealed at the Spring Conference on March 5. The competition took place during February and March. Student competition categories included individual and team events. Students competed in various business-related topics against schools in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. Congratulations to the following students who placed in their category: David Jennings- 1st place in Accounting II Megan Saunders- 1st place in Public Speaking I Michael Boland- 1st place in Word Processing I Ashley Lester & Kyle King- finalist for FBLA scholarship Kavita Patadia is an alternate for the FBLA scholarship Johnathan Williams- 2nd place in Business Law Stephen Marsh- 2nd place in Cyber Security Kyle King- 3rd place in Economics Brittany Neal- 3rd place in FBLA Principles & Procedures Lani Maddox- 3rd place in Computer Applications

Lauren Blankenship - 4th place in Business Presentation Zach Leonard4th place in Introduction to Business Communication Betsy Newcomb- 4th place in Word Processing II Brittany Lane- 5th place in Business Procedures Kavita Patadia & Brianna Harper- 5th place in Desktop Publishing Briana Wilson-Drew- 5th place in Introduction to Business David Jennings, Megan Saunders, Michael Boland, Ashley Lester, Kyle King, and Stephen Marsh will move on to the state level of competition. These students will be competing in Reston, Virginia, on April 16-17. In other FBLA news, Brianna Harper (junior) was elected as Reporter for the Virginia Western Community College FBLA region for the 2010-2011 school year.


Upson’s Store Barbara Dillon Contributor When they were about to tear down the building at the corner of Lee and Maple Streets it inspired Mrs. Sadie Upson Stiff to sit down and write a brief history of the corner buildings. This store which was built by J.H. Upson in 1889 has a very interesting history. It was located on the street car line in the west end of Vinton at the corner of Third Street and Walnut Avenue, and it was the property of Mac Booth. Mr. Upson had a general store on Washington Avenue where the ColonialAmerican Bank recently opened. Next to it was the post office, then a harness shop owned by Ed Jones, and next to that was a stable. This stable caught fire one night and all the buildings were burned to the ground. The fire company had to come from Roanoke on fire trucks drawn by horses. Racing along in the darkness just this side of the Lithia Springs, they found the old road obstructed by a barbed wire fence. The horses were badly injured and the building burned down completely. At this time the Booth store was vacant and it was bought by Mr. Upson and rebuilt on Maple Street where it has stood for 65 years. It was used many years as a general store by Upson and recently by the Williams Seed and Feed store. When it was rebuilt, the upper floor served as the Odd Fellows and Masonic Lodge Hall for many years. Mr. Upson saw a great need for the stalls where customers could hitch their horses while they went about town or caught the street car to Roanoke at attend to business at the bank, for there was no bank here. The stalls around the back lot were forerunners of our car parking lots. A hitching post is still standing at the front of the store where delivery wagon was loaded for it trip to the customers. Many fond memories are brought back as one recalls displays of wide Hamburg cambric, shoes and just about everything you wished to buy. The old store has another claim to fame. The Vinton Military Band was organized on the upper floor in 1912 with Mr. W.H. Burt the conductor. This band performed in many towns and listed George M. Muse, C.J. Cook, Ed Sanderson, and other well known citizens as members. These building have served the community well, but times have changed and they must give way to new buildings. The building was on the corner behind the Vinton Museum where the Baptist Respite Center is now located.

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and irritable. Sometimes, when we’re going through those periods, disagreements and then arguments can occur. This is normal, but we have to be careful. We don’t want our most significant relationships to dissolve into a series of one disagreement and argument after another. Along those lines, it’s also important to remember that once you say something, you cannot really take it back. It’s like un-ringing a bell. It can’t be done. Even though the words no longer linger, the hurt remains. So, how can we keep disagreements small, and prevent them from growing into full blown arguments? Well, remember the following things: 1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. We all do things that are maybe not too smart, but also not too noticeable. Is it really a huge deal if he leaves the cap off the toothpaste? Was it so terrible she interrupted your Sunday football game for 30 seconds to ask you a quick question? Are either of these, or so many other small situations, worthy of escalating into a full blown argument? 2. Continue to create balance. For every disagreement, try to say three nice things, or compliments. 3. Assume innocence. Try not to automatically assume the worst. She isn’t late to meet you for dinner because she’s on the phone with friends, or ignoring you, or forgot about you. Assume she was caught in traffic and will be there quickly. He isn’t out late with his work friends to stay away from you. No, he’s closing a huge sale that will allow him to meet his quota this year and just maybe pay for that cruise you both want to take in the spring. 4. Learn to compromise. Whenever a

problem arises, and tempers are short, this should be the first, second, and third objective. You won’t agree on everything. Remember, we’re all human. We’re not supposed to agree. However, we can reach compromises. She can go shopping with the girls on Saturday, but he gets to watch his football games on Sunday. A compromise. Probably a little simplistic, but a compromise none the less. 5. Time out! Despite all the above, tempers can flare. The volume in the room can rise, and we can feel the anger rise in us. It’s at this point where we have the splitsecond to make the decision to escalate the argument, or to remember the possible long term hurt that could be caused and choose another route. Sometimes, taking a time out is critical. Just walk away from each other. Leave for a couple hours. Go for a walk. Practice Yoga. Hit a punching bag. Drive to the North Pole and back (ok, maybe don’t do that one). Just get away for a little while. This way, you both can calm down, and see things from a clearer perspective and be ready to offer a compromise. There are a couple of warnings to heed, though. First, try to take a step back and assess, from a broad perspective, what is really happening. Next, don’t cast blame. Remember, you too have made mistakes. We all have made mistakes. Taking stock of our own shortcomings can often make us slower to respond to someone else’s. Ultimately, we are all human, and we are all unique. We disagree and argue with those closest to us. Let’s all try to remember the good things about one another, and not be careless with our words or actions. Until next time, I wish you all peace, love, and happiness.

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•‘MISS BYRDIE’ continued from page 09 made popular by the show to techno music and even made his way off stage and down one of the aisles of the auditorium first-pumping like he was a lady, or man, possessed. Then it was time for the contestants to look their best in the evening gown and interview portion of the competition. At this point, everyone probably learned a little more than they would’ve liked to know about the contestant’s as the showed off their evening gowns. The crowd learned that Anita Mann was single but living with nine animals including a seal. Bri Daul Showers said she was a wedding crasher that should be on the cover of Home Improvement magazine because “every room I walk into sparkles.” And all Lin Guinni wanted was a “muscular, chin-strap wearing Guido.”

Anita Mann said if she could be any appliance she’d choose to be a “toaster because I like to make things toasty.” The contestants left the staff to change and the judges were dismissed to deliberate the results, but the fun was not over for the crowd, which was wowed by two of the night’s highlight performances. First, Mark McCadden showed Beyonce a thing or two by doing a dance to her song “All the Single Ladies.” Many in the crowd were simply left in awe of just how good of a dancer he really is. Others, including judge Russell Dishman, rolled in the isles. After McCadden exited to a standing ovation and raucous applause, senior Morgan Willis led the contestants back on stage for a rendition of “Man, I feel like a Woman” by Shania Twain. As she gracefully belted out the song the guys got the group dancing together and even broke out into a spontaneous fist pump. “The fist pumping was my favorite part, when we all got to get together,” said Hearst.

After all the festivities had ended, it was finally time to crown the 2010 Miss Byrdie. The crowd added a drum-roll as Spencer began the announcements, “Today’s Virginia Lottery Winner is…. Just kidding,” she said as the crowd laughed. As Steuart called out the winner of the various awards, Spencer handed out certificates and eventually placed the crown on 2010 Miss Byrdie Fa Nay Nay Alejondrisha. As the winner was crowned, Cameron “Boo Taylicious” Clark jokingly voiced his displeasure in a Kanye West type move by stealing the microphone from Steuart and proclaiming that he deserved to win. “I’m not sure if I’m proud of being the girliest guy,” said Warner after being crowned. Proud or not, Warner joined all of the contestants and their escorts as they erupted into an impromptu dance and parade lap around the stage to end the show.

March 15: Opening Day of the Spring Sports Season

Photos by Dan Vance (tennis) and Danny Cruff


Baseball dominates in season opener >Bowles strikes out ten, hitters pound out 9 runs in route of Highlanders Chris Manning The William Byrd baseball team opened the 2010 season with a 9-0 win over 2009 group A state quarterfinalist Glenvar. “All in all it was a good game” said co-coach Chris Carr “I felt like we struck out too many times against, maybe better than average pitching but we also put the ball in play when we needed to, we had some sacrifice bunts, pulled of a squeeze and stole some bases and that’s the kind of team we’re going to have to have this year.” Senior pitcher Kevin Bowles was the beneficiary of the offensive onslaught for the Terriers, but the right-hander didn’t require much of it as he went six innings allowing only three hits, striking out ten and not walking a single batter. “He threw well, Coach [David] Mitchell has been trying to enforce the importance of staying under control all winter and in to the early spring” said Carr “in the two earlier scrimmages he looked like he was trying to force it, but tonight he just looked like he went out and pitched.” Bowles was dominant throughout his entire outing, only one Glenvar player was able to get around on his fastball and that was a weak groundball that third baseman Jacob Clifton easily put away for an out. The Terrier defense didn’t make a single error behind him, compared with five errors for Glenvar who has had a struggle getting on their field in the pre-season. Bowles also helped his own cause with a two hit day, also scoring two runs. Chad Hill, Jo Stickney and Jacob Clifton also added two hits a piece. “I felt like we played pretty good for being our first game, we hit the ball pretty well” said senior Clifton. “Bowles pitched a gem, hopefully we can keep it up.” Jacob McMillan and Britton Chocklette also added a hit a piece to bring the Terrier total to ten hits on the day. The Terriers opened up the bottom of the first with a run when Chad Hill scored on a Jacob McMillan sacrifice fly. The Terriers were held scoreless in the second and third innings, including having the three, four and five hitters strike out in order in the third. However, the game was broken open in the fourth when the Terriers plated

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ABOVE: Senior Kevin Bowles hurls one of his ten strikeouts in Monday’s opening day smashing of Glenvar. four runs, two of them earned, on a couple of Glenvar errors to make it 5-0. With the game already out of hand and Bowles clearly handcuffing the entire Highlander lineup, the Terriers added two in the fifth and two in the sixth to make the final score 9-0. Byrd travels to Salem on Thursday to take on the Salem Spartans at Kiwanis field at 5pm, while the JVs take stay at home to take on Salem. The JVs were unable to play their game Monday due to rough field conditions at Glenvar. Jacob McMillan, who threw an inning of relief in Monday’s game, is scheduled to get the start on the mound.


Softball opens with shutout of Knights Chris Manning The Lady Terrier softball team matched the baseball team with a shutout of Cave Spring on Monday. Jessica Mahoney went the full seven innings striking out seven and only giving up two hits “she pitched a great game” said Coach Greg Barton “it was miserable outside and she did enough to win.” Byrd won the game on the back of the shutout 2-0. Barton pointed out the play of senior Brittany Mattox who does the “little things” that sometimes go unnoticed “she had two sac bunts, which I think is big” he said “she also stole home and scored the first run.” Several other Terriers contributed to the offense, Lindsay Brown, Jamie Green, Rachel Bowers and Jordan Meador all had hits to chip away at the Lady Knights pitcher. The story was the defense though and when your pitcher is throwing bullets and your defense is making the plays behind her, it is awfully tough to win if you’re the opposition, “it was cold and miserable, but they came out and played well especially against a team the caliber of

Cave Spring” Barton said “we did enough to win…it wasn’t pretty, but it didn’t have to be.” Barton also took notice of how well his team hit the ball “we hit the ball really hard, but right to people and they made a couple of great catches in the outfield” he said “it could have been six to nothing, but we shut them out defensively so that’s what we can ask for.” Thursday, Byrd will take on Salem and their ace pitcher Ellen Weaver who is going to be heading to the University of Kentucky on a softball scholarship in the fall. It’s going to be a challenge for Barton and the Lady Terriers who typically are in the field when the dominant pitcher is on the mound, not in the batter’s box. “It’s going to be a good game” Barton said “it’s the two best pitchers in the state going against each other and its going to be something to see.” If Byrd plays like they did against the Knights, they should be 2-0 after Thursday according to Barton, “it’s just going to come down to whoever can push a couple runs across.”

Photos by Danny Cruff

TOP: Jessica Mahoney pitched a complete game, giving up just two hits in the season opener. LEFT: Brittany Mattox lays down one of her two sac bunts.

Stump’s hitters struggle in opener at Cave Coach Amanda Stump’s Terrier Girls Tennis team opened their season unsuccessfully Monday with a 9-0 loss as they visited the Knights of Cave Spring. The Terriers came into the match already at a disadvantage without Holly Thomas, one of their top returners in the field. Thomas was sidelined with an injury and the team knew going into the day that she would not participate. “All of our girls from three seed down were bumped up a spot. That is always tough especially when you have a younger team and its your first match of the season,” Stumps said.


Stump was more than happy with some of her other players stepping up and getting some good learning points in against the tough competition from Cave Spring. Among those players who impressed Stump was number-six singles player Tiffany Hodges, who is in her first year with the program and fought valiantly in an 8-2 loss. “With a lot of hard work I think she could be one that will give some of our opponents a run for their money,” Stump noted. And Hodges wasn’t alone on the list. Last season, the team struggled to take any points off Cave Spring, also in a 9-0 loss

during the early portion of the this year has been indoors while season. the weather has been improving. “I was pleased that overall the The girls will be in action girls showed improvement from Thursday as they open their last year’s meeting with many home schedule against the Salem of our girls taking a couple games in the set off of some of Cave’s players,” Stump “With a lot of hard work, I think said. “Also our doubles she could be one that will give teams showed improvement some of our opponents a run overall.” While the good for their money.” impressions were left in the first match, the end result was not as appealing. However, Stump Spartans at 4:30. Friday, the girls did note that the colder conditions continue the home stand against did slow her team’s movement. A Jefferson Forest at 4:30 and next big portion of the team’s practice Monday, they host Cave Spring.

Terrier soccer faulters in cold, windy weather Danny Cruff Senior Contributor

in the final half, even stopping a barrage by Nick Leffell and D.J. Welch where he ended up making the last save while laying on the ground after being knocked down. A cold, windy Dwight Bogle Field was the “We missed a lot of chances tonight,” Coach setting for the William Byrd Boys Soccer regular Highfill, “We have to communicate better.” The season opener against the Cave Spring Knights. Knights added a final goal early in the second It wasn’t going to be an easy start to the season half. for the Terriers, as the Knights brought a stifling The Terriers’ Head Coach explained the defense and methodical offense, which could challenge for this team after the game. not be overcome on this night, topping William “While we played better in the second half, Byrd 3-1. the test for this team will be how they respond The game-play was much quicker due to the tomorrow night,” speaking of the Terriers’ Astroturf surface. Junior Zach Barnes scored home opener Tuesday night against Liberty first with an unassisted goal High School of Lynchburg. for the Terriers early in the “We don’t start District game. The Knights didn’t stay play until the half-way “The real test is down long as they patiently through the season,” Highfill brought the ball down the said of the importance how we respond.” field time and time again for of continually improving shot after shot, scoring two adding, “The real test is how goals before the end of the we respond.” half. The next week has a lot of opportunities to The second half brought out a more make that response as the Terriers play three spirited Byrd team. “They played much better games in seven games. in the second half,” Head Coach Jeff Highfill Not only do they take on Liberty, but the commented after the game. This was evident by Terriers travel back to Bogle field for a Friday the ball handling of the Terriers. night contest against the Hidden Valley Titans. “We moved the ball well [in the second Monday, March 22nd brings the Knights to the half],” Highfill noted. Terriers home for a rematch of this game from Cave Spring’s goalie wouldn’t be denied a week earlier.

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Junior Daniel Gallaghar is tripped up by a Cave Spring defender during second half play on Monday. Gallaghar, who was one of the top returning scorers, did not score in the regular season opener.

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Kitchens’ pair helps net tie in soccer opener >Scoring offense shows through after scoreless exhibition season; Dishman happy with trend of growing soccer specific mentality as team moves forward to Thursday match Dan Vance Editor-in-Chief After going scoreless through three 35-minute exhibitions last weekend in the first annual Byrd Soccer Jamboree, the Terrier girls soccer team found the net twice Monday, ushering in a 2-2 tie with Glenvar. “Overall I think we played a great game tonight, especially for it being our first game of the season,” said senior Emily Hanna. Kelli Kitchens scored twice, but the Highlanders snuck in the late goal to tie things up and held up long enough on the defensive end to escape with that draw. The Highlanders managed to strike first on a breakaway about 30 minutes in, getting Byrd into a hole going into the halftime break on one of their only two first half shots. But the hole was one Byrd would quickly come out of on the back of Kitchens. Before the first half ended, Byrd controlled the pace often, getting the ball across midfield but was not

able to finish despite dominating the half. “Well of course scoring is a major part of any game because you need it to win and I think getting these goals showed our team we can do it just like I knew our team could all along,” Hanna said. Coach Russell Dishman was very happy with the first 25 minutes the team put together in the second half. “Kelli scored two really quick goals,” he said. “The confidence was there. I think it showed for those 25 minutes that we could score and score well.” Frustration set in late when Glenvar scored an equalizer of a goal. Both Glenvar goals came against Hannah Henley, who played the entire game. Dishman says that was in part to not upset the flow of the game, especially due to the idea of putting in a cold goalie against the windy conditions. “She didn’t see the ball for the longest time in the first half. The first time she saw the ball, the girl took a point blank shot and Hannah ended up making a beautiful save and then smothered it,” Dishman said, while praising his goalie. It was her first regular season varsity match.

Tennis falls 7-2, shows promise in doubles play In less than ideal, yet still expected conditions, the Byrd boys tennis team took to the court Monday, opening their regular season with a 7-2 loss to visiting Cave Spring. “Cave Spring did a pretty good job,” said Byrd coach Jason Perdue. “They are pretty tough 1-4 or 5.” In fact, the Knights took all six points in singles, starting at number-one, where Chris Coffman defeated Brennan Escobar of Byrd, 2-6; 6-4; tiebreaker (10-5). Cory D’Orazio won at numbertwo singles over WB’s Joseph Davis, 6-2; 6-1. Byrd’s closest hope in singles behind Escobar came from Trevor Perdue at number-five, who fell 6-4; 6-3. Other Byrd singles players were Jim Fisher, Bryce Martin and Will Trent. “All of this experience is going to help us,” Perdue noted. Much to Perdue’s pleasure, the Terriers did not fold late, even when down and in fact, took a couple of points off of Cave Spring in doubles play. “We kind of made a little bit of a comeback,” Perdue said.


The number-one doubles team of Escobar and Davis topped Cave’s top duo of Coffman and D’Orazio in a close contest, 3-6; 6-1; tiebreaker (10-4). In number three doubles, it was the senior tandem of Trent and Perdue that scored, winning 8-5. According to their coach, the team went through some of the same things last year losing their first four matches. However, as he is quick to note, they took no points off their opponents in 2009 during those matches, so with two points on Monday, they are already a step ahead of where they were. “We’ve got talent but we’ve got to really learn how to manage the match,” Perdue said. “You’ve got to play one point and when its down, its done– you’ve got turn right around and play the next one Staying in the match and playing with more confidence are at the top of the team’s list to work on as they progress forward. They next play Thursday afternoon at Salem. “I was not displeased, the effort was good. We’ve got some work to do but we know what we need to do.,” Perdue noted.

The team will now play Thursday at Salem before traveling to Glenvar next Monday, March 22 for the rematch of Monday’s tie. “This was a good game to start the season off, it put us in the “soccer mode” and this game plus the couple practices we have before Salem will have us prepared,” Hanna noted. “Now we just have to believe in ourselves and follow through.” Call it that ‘soccer mode’ or Dishman’s vision of vision of creating a ‘we don’t play soccer, we are soccer players’ mentality, this was the first time since 2004 that the William Byrd girls soccer team didn’t start the season off with a loss. Even the tie, Dishman says can be partially attributed to nerves and may put a little bit of a positive chip on the girls’ shoulders as they move forward. He knows that the preparation in the last week may be the best he has seen in his three years coaching. “When you see them in the hallway, you can see they know whats going on in the evening, something big– that’s exciting. I would have liked to started with a win, I know the girls would have,” Dishman said. “It shows that we are capable of some really good soccer.”

•‘BARTON’ continued from page 20 Lindsay graduates college (Bluefield) she might be able to teach at Byrd and coach alongside her father in the softball program. After Mike Mitchell was given the head coaching position for Roanoke College’s team, he suggested Barton for the job he left vacant at Byrd. With the prodding and the love he gained by coaching, Barton decided to put his name in for the job. “It wasn’t something I was out looking for, but I absolutely love it” he said. When the second year head coach speaks about his team and his program, he speaks with pride on so many levels. He’ll be quick to talk about a players’ successes on the field, but he also talks about their accomplishments off the field and their futures, including the fact that two of WBHS’ valedictorians last year were softball players. Also, with the path that Barton took to get to where he is, he really focuses on both the athletic and education sides and beams with pride when he talks about the fact that there are currently six players playing in college that were Terriers prior, “baseball still has some people playing, but I don’t think there are many people that can match what we have, that’s something special” he says. Barton appreciates it if someone can use athletics to get you there like he planned to do “I’m a prime example of what you shouldn’t do, you need to go to school.” Barton gets to live his dream daily during the spring when he takes the field and he realizes that as a coach it is his responsibility to teach his players what they need to know to get to the next level

but he also wants to win just as much as the next person. The self-described “best bench player” back in his days of playing also realizes the importance of making every player feel special. That competitiveness has rubbed off on the children he has with his wife Tammy and two of his three children (Laura, Lindsay and Will)

are athletes. Will is a wrestler and followed in his father’s footsteps by being a member of Eric Royal’s track team. So while Greg Barton may have fallen into his own way at William Byrd, he’s planning to make sure the Barton name is remembered for quite some time.


Photo by Danny Cruff

Greg Barton:

Continuing the lessons he learned in life and at Byrd Chris Manning


You’ve heard the stories about people who just “fell in” to coaching and a lot of them are true, but imagine “falling in” to coaching at your alma mater and getting to coach one of your own children and being able to do something that you absolutely love. Welcome to the life of Greg Barton, 1979 William Byrd Graduate and head softball coach of the Lady Terriers softball team. Barton’s story is an interesting one, regardless of what he may say, as a matter of fact when Barton was approached about this story his comment was “you’re going to have to dig deep to find enough to run a story about me.” When Barton was in school, track and field was big at Byrd and Barton was a middle distance runner for the track team, “baseball hadn’t taken off yet, it was about four years away, and back then so many people ran track, it was huge” he said “we lost one dual meet in five years, so we were dominating back then.” Barton is a Vinton boy through and through, but the boy was ready to leave Vinton once graduating from Byrd, “I fully intended on going to college to run, I had a couple letters from colleges, you didn’t really get offers back then” Barton remembers. However, a high school seniors’ rite of passage turned disastrous for Barton who had a motorcycle accident (also present was current assistant football coach Tim Foutz) and it ended any thoughts he had of moving on to the next level of competitive running. Barton did what a lot of young people back then did right out of school, he went to work. Barton landed a job with the Vinton Parks and Recreation department, “that winter I was unsure about college so I kept working and they kept me on” Barton said “next thing I know I’ve worked for the town for ten years.” Barton credits his time at Parks and Rec as how he learned about taking care of the field his team now plays on. Barton also spent some time as the sports coordinator for Vinton and was in charge of all the rec sports. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do until I was forty years old” Barton said “if I could go back and do it all over again, I would teach.” It was the fact of working with the players at the school that gave Barton this epiphany and although it was too late to go back to school, he was already twenty years into a career with AEP and already had a family, Barton was thankful for the opportunity he had to work with the players. Barton got an opportunity to coach when his middle child Lindsay started playing sports, although he always thought he wasn’t going to try to coach his kids, he planned on just being able to watch the games, he realized that it could only take one bad experience with a bad coach to ruin the opportunities that his child may have “I’m not saying that I’m some kind of great coach, it wasn’t that, I just didn’t want to take a chance” he said. He started coaching Lindsay in t-ball and then it moved into softball and although he admittingly didn’t know a thing about fast pitch, he fell in love with the game. After some success at the rec level, he was asked by Marcee Cook to come help out with the high school team, “I was hoping to dodge having to coach Lindsay” he said, planning to coach Varsity when she was on JV, then moving back to JV when she was on varsity, but it didn’t work. “It was good though, because she and I had a great father/daughter/coach/ player relationship” Barton said. So much in fact that he’s hoping that once •See ‘BARTON’ - page 19

Vinton Voice (Volume 2, Issue 11) March 17, 2010  

The Miss Byrdie Pageant and winner Alex Warner are featured on the cover. Season opening spring sports and coach Greg Barton are on the insi...

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