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Roanoke falls to Asheville in Garden & Gun's Southern towns bracket

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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 10:52 am

UPDATE 11 a.m. Monday: Sorry, Roanoke. We lost to Asheville, N.C.,  which now goes up against Savannah, Ga., in the Final Four. Voting is open until Tuesday evening. The winner faces either Franklin, Tenn., or Hot Springs, Ark., in the championship.

UPDATE 1 p.m. Friday: Roanoke has beaten Wilmington, N.C., to advance to the next round, where we now face Asheville, N.C. You can vote once per day through Sunday at this link. The winner would go up against either Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., in round four. (BTW, you may need to clear your cache or try another browser to see the latest voting brackets on Garden & Gun's website.)

UPDATE 11:40 a.m. Thursday: Roanoke's lead stands at 53 percent. Meanwhile, Asheville's looking like the clear winner against Chapel Hill, N.C., with 72 percent of the vote this morning.

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. Wednesday: Roanoke is leading with 52 percent of the vote.

Southern magazine Garden & Gun has pitted 32 Southern towns against one another in their version of NCAA March Madness, and Roanoke is the only Virginia city still in the running.

The magazine encourages readers to vote for their favorites in their Greatest Southern Towns Bracket.

Roanoke is in the Mid-Atlantic bracket, which includes Charlottesville, Asheville, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.

In round one, the Star City beat Lewisburg, W.Va.

Roanoke now faces Wilmington, N.C., in round two, which is open for votes until Thursday.

The winner of this round faces either Asheville, N.C., or Chapel Hill, N.C., starting Friday.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, votes were running about 50/50 -- but Roanoke pulled slightly ahead by just .31 percent.

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