Rocky Mount Telegram from Rocky Mount, North Carolina on June 9, 1996 · 1
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Sunday, June 9, 1996
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I fflHIilgW.WVMW.'MMi Mn Just one more time China plans summer nuclear test i Here she is - Miss Rocky Mount ready for next step lodk? Mora Just ask, then visit the Clintons WASHINGTON(AP) Ten-year-old Marshall Bass figured he had won the lottery of life when somehow, his mother was able to arrange a private meeting with Hillary . Rodham Clinton.- "One in a million, one in a billion," he said, describing ' ' .The chances of meeting the .. fast lady. ; It got even better when he ran into President Clinton,; I who wandered by. "My mouth literally dropped open," said Mar-- shall, of Santa Barbara, Calif. It happened thanks to Marshall's mom, who boldly asked for the visit during a question-and-answer session . ; after a speech Mrs. Clinton gave Thursday night Michele Bass told the first lady that Marshall took a week off from school to come to Washington and really wanted to meet her. Would a 'visit be possible? "WelLi Mrs. Clinton said amid laughter. "We might be able to work that out" ; v Grafs late rally nets French title Defending champion Steffi Graf rallied from two games down in the third set to win her fifth French Open .Saturday, .defeating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the longest Vf w I Graf women's final in the tournament's history. Sports, SB Student honored for her 4-H work SouthWest Edgecombe High student Heather O'Neal has been honored for her work in the 4-H club. Community, 5A UtMltan ACiiyisi leaner ponders campaign California's Green Party members await a standard bearer who isn't anyone's idea of a standard politician 'consumer activist Ralph .Nader. Nation, 3A 3 Business :...;..7-10B Carolina 2A Classified 1-12D Life.....v.v v.MOC Nation......: 3A v Obituaries... .....11 A Opinion.... 4A Sports 1-6B Weather........ 11 A World 12A MONDAY Partly Cloudy High 84 Low 64 Vowme SfS, ATo. 234 -J -. 0 uuuvu By C. Michelle Taylor Staff writer The Rocky Mount City Council will get an update on the town of Battleboro's request to merge with the city when they meet Monday night, though a formal vote on the plan won't come until June 24. City Manager-Steve- Raper said he will inform council members of last Tuesday's voter referendum results, which turned out 132-34 in favor of the mergerwith Rocky Mount. For Better or for Worse Wife keeps faithful vigil over injured policeman n May 6, 1995, wedding bells rang for Marshall and Emily Thurmon. . The petite bride in her flowing white dress watched with love and admiration while her new husband sang to her - George Strait's "Man in Love with You" - during the ceremony. They exchanged their vows, promising to love each other forever - for better or for worse. Five months after their wedding, Marshall, a Whitakers police officer, nearly died in a car accident while chasing a suspected car thief. : He lay in a coma for more than a month. Gradually, he awakened, but his injuries . were so severe that his recovery has been excruciatingly slow. ' 7 "I don't think he remem- bers the last two years of his life, Emily said from her parents' home in Williamston. "He knows that I'm his wife, but he doesn't remember the hospital, or being at home. "He doesn't even remem- 0 Gryphons title shot ends More on the regional championship game 1B By Mark Aumann Sports editor ' ZEBULON Rocky Mount's sterling run through the NCHSAA 4-A state baseball playoffs ended abruptly Saturday afternoon with a 4-2 loss to Lee County in front of a crowd of 1,379 at Five County Stadium. The Gryphons led 2-1 after three innings, but was unable to floHhcriTTIasfi'stuSc an Sunday, June 9, 1996 The plan must also have the blessings of the N.C. General Assembly, which is set to vote on the merger this week. Bat-tleboro commissioners, who initiated the merger request, will vote on the plan later this month. The Rocky Mount council has so far been receptive to the merger idea, which may spell a win-win situation for everyone involved: Rocky Mount would expand its tax base, Battleboro would get a cheaper tax rate and residents of the outlying Bir-chfield community, could finally EmWy watches the video ber being a policeman in Whitakers." Specialists call it post-traumatic amnesia - a result of the wreck, which occurred on Oct 3, 1995, leaving Marshall with a severe head injury. l - 'V-'- K - If 1 i 4'z T-1-' :i .V? r.- " '. !'- " , : T. r ill- i i' 'i i iiiw i in 1 1 1 1 ii ii 1 1 i .Vr-nf iVi ,-,.i-ii , i iV. urti - ' n 'i ' if , n - 1 1 Trinri ' . MarshalLwas baduty thatlstolen truck and hit a . tractor- day when he heard on his police radio that someone had stolen a truck from a motel in GoldRock. Marshall spotted the truck, and the chase was on. Story by Assistant News Editor J. Eric hold off a fourth-inning rally. The lqss ended Rocky Mount's season at 23-4, three victories shy of the school's first state baseball crown since ,1980. For seven Gryphon .seniors and veteran head coach Shelton Chesson, Saturday was their final game. . "When I pull (the uniform) off on the bus on the way home, I'm not putting it on again," said Shelton, who has announced his retirement. . "From now on, I can watch without any headaches." Ft(n foO realize their dream of being incorporated. The mostly-minority community just outside of Battleboro sought an annexation with the town for several years,- mostly -so its 300 residents could receive . town services easier and more cheaply. The request was denied repeatedly, leaving many Bir-xhfield residents levyingxharges-of discrimination against the all-white board of commissioners. . Battleboro commissioners deny race played a part in their- i nt rim ii- immmm ii 1 of her wedding to Marshall, He picked up the pursuit near Whitakers, and at 11:15 a.m. at an intersection n S.R. 1510, any chance for a normal life in the Thurmons' immediate future was lost. First, the suspect, Darryl K. Silver, lost control of the trailer at the intersection. Marshall's patrol car, which was right on the truck's tail, also spun out and hit the 18-w'heeler. Marshall was pinned in his Eckard Photos by Chuck Beckley game short Senior catcher Chris Tyndall appreciated the support of the many Rocky Mount fans. "It's ! nothing to hang our heads about," he said.. "I want to say thanks to the fans from the whole team: They were great." . Senior rightfielder Corey Jenkins summed upthft-feehVl of the entire team. "It's really tough, because it's, the last game at Rocky Mount Senior High," he said. "We had the team to win it all. We just didn't." artfstic eyo Monday H WP ral l $1,25 refusal to annex. Other items on . Monday night's agenda include: U The city council will be advised to find alternatives to a recent "request by NashRocky Mount schools for the city to provide sewer service to the new Red Oak Middle School. The city normally doesn't contract imyoneomefarrivate customers or another city or town. City Manager Steve Raper will advise the council on possible alternatives to the school systems request, includ-- Emily Thurmon a Whitakers policeman vehicle for 40 minutes before rescue workers freed him, using the Jaws of Life, and flew him to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Silver walked away from the accident, and stole another car from a woman who ad stopped to hehvHe was- captured the following day, and has subsequently pleaded guilty to several violations. In April, Silver pleaded See Vigil, page 2A It Rocky Mount's Kenny Wilson in the Telegram ' J J ing the possibility of contracting directly with Red Oak. The council will also vote on rezoning 20 acres of the Maple CreekWinstead Avenue intersection from agriculture to business use. The planning board recommended the land not be rezoned because it would interfere with the land use corridor plan " the " council a"p- proved last year. The plan is a long-term development tool meanf to maintain the integrity of the area while allowing for controlled growth. ' . :- Ticks are downright dangerous By Martha L Reedy Staff writer Ticks are repulsive. They are, quite simply, a bloodsucking parasite. Ticks also carry dangerous bacteria which spread disease in humans. Summertime is the ticks active season. , You may think you are more prone to encounter tick populations while camping, picnicking, or walking in the woods. Ticks, however, are as close as your own back yard or garden. Lyme disease has " received much attention in recent years, due to the severity of symptoms and long-term effects oil human health. However the actual infection rate of ticks varies in different parts of the country. Lyme disease in infected ticks is rare in most areas of the south and west. If you vacation in the northeast and certain localities in the upper midwest, your chances of infection can go up to. 25 percent. Dr. Charles Apperson, NCSU Extension Entomology Special-. ist, says, "North Carolina has the highest number of cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in the-Urhis is wherewe-need to turn public attention." Symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSE) include headache, fever, chills, aches, pains and sometimes nausea. The symptoms are usually accompanied by a rash that starts on the wrists and ankles. The fever can easily be cured with antibiotics, but a person must receive treatment within 2 to 14 days after being bitten. If left untreated, RMSF can cause death. Ticks aren't just a nuisance anymore; they are downright dangerous. 1J TalagranVChuck Beckley delivers a pijtch to the plate

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