Rocky Mount Telegram from Rocky Mount, North Carolina on December 10, 1998 · 1
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Thursday, December 10, 1998
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t;:. English Noel :Arts Council celebration TTTi Vbume 89, L'By Christine Moran - V ' r-' .. The board of directors for Rocky Mount's public radio ;; station, WRQM-FM, voted .unanimously, Wednesday to approve a partnership between Jhe station and WUNC-FM, the public radio - station licensed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "We are delighted to be . working with WUNC and the r University of North Carolina "at Chapel HiU," said Board Chairman Charles Lane in a prepared statement. "Chancel-' lor Michael Hooker and the staff of WUNC are committed to enhancing WRQM's public service and extending mat service to more people in the Manslaughter Verdict found iin Edgecombe : Turnage sentenced to 3 years, at most ... 1 By Vola Harris Staff writer " ' ' - - .. r-TARB p RO' it nr as-err fiijtoward a snake several years ago r) may have saved a Rocky Mount woman from a murder convic-; tion Wednesdav in Edgecombe ; county. A jury round Biancne lurnage guiuy vi vuiuuuuy uiaiiMaugiuci in the stabbing death of Arlene Kim Drew. zo-jy montns m jail witn creait for time already served. She has . served approximately 16 months in Edgecombe County Jail for the Aug. 25, 1997 killing in an argument over food stamps. Turnage is a native of Halifax County. She said she left Halifax in " 1993 because she found a snake in her residence and did not want to kill it. Jurv foreman Bobbi Fretwell, who spoke for the group, said those comments ' were part of the reason the jurors did not feel Turnage had a "killer instinct." The jury, made up of 11 !women and one man, deliberated pearly four hours. The jury ; returned at 3:30 p.m. to ask the lUUgC 1U1 1U1U1CI UlSUUbUUUS. The - judge explained four joptions: first-degree murder, jecond-degree murder, voluntary . naTic1anrrhtAr rr nnt cmiltv j Turnage had been charged with first-degree murder in the Branch Street stabbing. But all ' 32 jurors said they did not feel proved beyond a reasonable B Reft Stahhina 2 A Carolina ......... 2A, 8A Classified 7-14B Comics 6B Nation . ....... .... 5-6A Obituaries .... . ..8A Opinion . . . . . 4A Sports .. .... .9-12A Television ...... 3B Weather ........,...8A FRIDAY Partly cloudy High: 57 Low. 35 1 No. 55 Gateway region.' "WUNC enjoys an excellent reputation," added board member Theo Pitt, Jr. , "The station has won numerous , awards for . its outstanding news, public affairs, and community outreach program We hope mat they will build upon WRQM's tradition of public service." . WUNC's General Manager Bill Davis feels fortunate the Chapel Hill station will be working with WRQM. "We are very excited about the prospect of working with WRQM," Davis said in the. same announcement. "It will be an honor to work with the board and to serve Gateway .. See WRQM, 2A Spreading the Jennie Yount reads 'Frosty the Snowman' to young Students share spirit at nursing home By Viola Harris Staff writer TARBORO - Forty energetic first-graders from Coker-Wimberly Magnet School brought a little Christmas cheer to the residents at IHS (formerly Westgate) Nursing facility Wednesday morning. The group of youngsters performed Christmas carols and listened attentively to stories from resident council president Jennie Yount. . v 'A'ofrfe ; The students were part of the ongoing holiday activities scheduled for the nursing home throughout the month of December, according to activities director Barbara Richardson. "The residents look forward to this time of year," Richardson said. "They all enjoy when Dec 10 15 shopping days to Christmas VIRGINIA LOTTO: Day Drawing: Night Drawing: Pic H-M Ptc :2-5-7- CmUS: 13-14-31-32-33 fT Vr I SEE SAN7ft, I lUfVTlNA600P Moiit Teleapsffli Thursday, Gunman robs Whitakers bank Nash County deputies continue manhunt for suspects in case By David Blount Staff writer WHITAKERS - Law enforce-' ment officials are continuing their neighborhood hunt for a man wanted for robbing Southern Bank Wednesday morning in Whitakers. A' man wearing a mask and carrying a gun entered the bank and demanded money, according to Nash County Sheriff Jimmy Grimes. No one was injured in the robbery, "We have started a track with a K-9 unit," Grimes said. "We are trying to do a neighborhood search and do what we can at cheer -",.1 iS i a- u L ) Prenquetta Williams (left) the children come by to see them. I think it really lifts their spirits. They all love children." Teacher Gwen Aumann said, O i - -. r ----- : . - N.C. State economist predicts slower growth in ' 99 By Tom Murphy Business etf1"' Multi-billion dollar tobacco settlements coupled with textile and apparel downswings will continue to pressure the Twin County economy next year, according to an economist from N.C. State University. Dr. Michael Walden of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service based at N.C. State University says reduced tobacco production could cost the Rocky Mount-Wilson region millions of dollars annually. Walden made his comments at a breakfast meeting of the Northeastern Entrepreneurial Roundtable (NEER). ' Victim unarmed Nash testimony begins December 10, 1998 this point." The suspect is described as a black male, approximately six' feet tall, wearing black clothing. Law enforcement officials interviewed a couple of people in connection with the case but neither interview produced any leads. Southern Bank officials refused comment on the robbery. Agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation are now heading the search. Law enforcement officials would not : say how much money was taken during the robbery. The incident marked the fourth bank robbery in the Twin Counties this year. Tstsgrtun photosAnna Cauda visitors Wednesday reads story to Yount "The kids have been looking forward to coming ever since H See Visit, 2A The recent tobacco settlement between states and tobacco manufacturers will directly impact Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties, he said, and "a conservative estimate shows the settlement could cost the region $70 to $150 million annually, which is 2 to 4 percent of the region's personal income. The recent tobacco deal could cost North Carolina between 9,000 and 22,000 jobs and between $1.5 billion and $3 billion in annual income. "That estimate is based on an assumption that the price of cigarettes will increase 70 cents per pack. ' Walden said the Rocky Mount-Wilson region is still coping with economic XL Raining treys U- -?r Duke pours on points Nash deputies seal off area By Mark Sherman and Rebecca Carr Cox News Service - WASHINGTON - Impeachment proceedings against Presi- . dent Clinton entered a dramatic new phase Wednesday as Republicans, unmoved by the White House defense of the president, unveiled a strongly worded draft of four articles of impeachment, . , Democrats, meanwhile, pushed a resolution of censure, a less harsh alternative to ; impeachment. The competing proposals to punish Clinton overshadowed two carefully choreographed days of testimony before the House Judiciary Committee from administration lawyers and a dozen scholars, lawyers and poli-ticians who oppose impeachment. , But the target audience of both sides in the historic debate is not the committee, where an impeachment vote is considered a foregone conclusion, but the 20 to 30 undecided, mainly moderate Republicans in the House whose votes could tip the bal- ance either for or against impeachment The Republican and Democratic proposals dwelt exclusively on Clinton's sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and his efforts to conceal it. Retail sales will increase at a faster rate, but residential construction will increase at a slower rate." Dr. Michael Walden restructuring. ' "The region's labor force decreased by 2.4 percent in 1998, which held down unemployment," he said. "People ceased to look for jobs, and dropped out of the labor force.' Walden said the Rocky Mount-Wilson regional economy enjoyed a good year during the July 1997 to June 1998 period, and the region's Economic Activity Index increased 5.2 DIM sua 50 cents vHr f I! j' Li i -n lf au TelegramDavid Kkhrat around Southern Bank Imfeachment otoePresident Two of the four proposed articles of impeachment , charge Clinton with perjury, one in his grand jury testimony in August and the other in his January deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit A third count accuses the president of ' obstructing justice by encouraging Lewinsky to submit a false affidavit and testify untruthfully, among other actions. The fourth article claims the president abused his powers when he "frivolously- asserted executive privilege" to fight independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation. Republicans on the Judiciary panel hammered away at Clinton's defenders throughout the day Wednesday, repeatedly citing as lies the president's denials of a sexual relationship with Lewinsky and his inability to D See Clinton, 2A percent. "Increased residential construction and an increase in retail sales helped offset unemployment he said. "However, there was little change in employment in the region during the year." In the upcoming year, from July 1998 to June 1999, there will be a "mixed bag" for the region, Walden forecasts. "Retail sales will increase at a faster rate, but residential construction will increase at a slower rate," he said. "Also, there will be no job growth in the region. Consequently, "the region's Economic Activity Index will show only a slight rise in the next year. f.f TT"T I TosufrccrlEs to tho Tel: crrir call 07""

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