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Damon and Maryanne Grimes of Hoschton, GA announce the engagement of their daughter Brittany Leigh Grimes to Matthew Lyle Ramsey, son of Joseph and Theresa Ramsey, all of Franklin, NC.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Calvin and Ruby Grimes of Bowling Green, Kentucky, the late Kenneth Branigan of Rockville Center, N.Y. and the granddaughter of Anne Branigan of Palmyra, VA. She is a 2007 graduate of Mill Creek High School and a 2011 graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology where she majored in Industrial Engineering. The bride-elect is currently enrolled at Georgia State University and is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.

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at prestigious conference at George Mason University

Jessie Palmer, a sophomore at Franklin High School, has been nominated to represent North Carolina as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.

Palmer has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of journalism and media. Palmer was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

The student submitted an essay about the Arnold amendment, a proposed Constitutional amendment that would allow naturalized citizens to become President of the United States. Presently, only native born Americans can legally run for the position of Commander in Chief.

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It is no secret that the nation's economy is far from recovering, and with record high unemployment rates, and more and more families struggling to make ends meet, every little bit helps. Communities across the contry have began working together to help each other survive these hard times. Two Dillard, Ga women have taken it upon themselves to do their part for teenagers in neighboring counties.

Dena Carver and her sister-in-law Crystal Carver have started a program called “Fairy Prom Mothers” with the intention of making sure any boy or girl wanting to go to prom is able to do so.

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Jim and Teresa Burns of Sylva announce the birth of their granddaughter, Madison Marie Riley. She weighs five pounds and 12 ounces and is 19 inches long.

Madison was born to T.J. Burns from Sylva and James Riley from Maryville, Tennessee at the Blount Memorial Hospital in Tn. Because Madison was born at 3:32 am on February 29, 2012.

This being a leap year, the parents got to choose if they wanted her birthday to be Feb. 28 or March 1.

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