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Beloved sports writer, champion of women leaves behind lasting legacy

Beloved sports writer, champion of women leaves behind lasting legacy

Karen Brelsford met Carol Gralia at an open basketball gym for women in 1973 and their love of sports was the foundation for their deep friendship. Karen spent 28 years at the Columbia Flier and Howard County Times and freelanced for another dozen years. When Karen stepped down as sports editor in 2002, Carol took over those duties until retiring in 2012.

I lost my best friend last week and Howard County athletes lost a true friend as well.

Carol Gralia, 72, who was the sports editor for the Howard County Times and Columbia Flier newspapers for a decade, died Thanksgiving Day after a two-year battle with cancer.

Carol’s 35 years at Patuxent Publishing started...

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