Olive Branch in downtown Colorado Springs calling it quits next month

Patrons eat lunch today at The Olive Branch restaurant. Local sales tax collection for August shows the smallest increase in six years however among the strongest are restaurants which were up 6%. Photo by Heather Ainsworth

Qirsten Carter won't make the final stats Nov. 30 at the 4A and 5A state football championship games at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The Sand Creek junior, however, will enjoy the first highlight of the day if she gets her way. She is one of five finalists in the national anthem singing competition, sponsored by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

Online voting at chsaanow.com, which will determine the winner, continues through Tuesday. The winner will be announced Nov. 27.

"I thoroughly enjoy singing and it would be an honor to be able to share my talent and honor my country in the midst of a larger audience," Carter said in her submission. "It is my dream to become a professional recording artist and I feel that this would be a great platform for me to showcase my talent and represent my school in a positive manner."

Ballage waiting for word on selection to U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Falcon standout senior Kalen Ballage still hasn't been informed if he's been selected to participate in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Prior to the season, Ballage, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound all-purpose player, was one of four prep football players from Colorado nominated for consideration.

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Valor Christian's Christian McCaffrey and Nathan Starks of Cherry Creek have received invitations to play in the game.

Longtime Centennial coach dies

Jim Grieve, one of Pueblo's most revered high school coaches, died Monday at the age of 89, according to the Pueblo Chieftain.

Lovingly known as "Pops," Grieve was head football coach at Centennial from 1960 to 1980, racking up 108 victories - the third most among football coaches in the city's history.

"He had a pretty good run," grandson Kris Cotterman told the Chieftain on Tuesday. "He was always a coach. I don't think they make them anymore like he was."

Funeral services are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Centennial auditorium.

Grieve is survived by his wife, Donna, four children, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

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