FAST-PACED. Members of the Secret Service and military had a strong presence on the grounds at Novozymes in Franklinton on Thursday as President George Bush, second from right, toured the plant along with the president and CEO of Novozymes A/S Steen Riisgard, right; from left of Bush, Thomas Nagy, president of Novozymes North America; U.S. Congressman G.K. Butterfield and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.
As President George Bush arrived at Novozymes aboard Marine One, the blades from the powerful helicopter scattered corn cobs and anything else in its path. The same debris, Bush said, is the key to this country’s future in alternative fuels. Bush visited the Franklinton facility to gather information and continue his 20-in-10 commitment — a pledge to reduce the country’s dependence on gasoline by 20 percent in 10 years.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Secret Service are investigating threats made against the president that came over the main police radio Thursday.
President Bush arrived at Novozymes aboard Marine One on Thursday morning and was heavily guarded during his visit to the Franklinton facility.
About 15 minutes before his arrival at 11:15 a.m., three audible messages came over the police radio, according to Sheriff Pat Green.
The Franklin Times’ editorial staff was honored Thursday night in Raleigh for first-place editorial page in the top-circulation category for community newspapers in North Carolina. The awards are made annually by the N.C. Press Association.
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KNIGHTDALE - Terry Lane Strickland, 54, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Feb. 23, at Faith Baptist Church, Knightdale, with the Rev. Mick Bowen officiating. Burial was in Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Nathaniel “Philly” Griffin, 40, who died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, will be conducted at 4 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 24) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.
CASTALIA - Nevella Joyner, 67, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 24) at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Castalia. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
BUNN - Funeral services for Tony Branch, 58, who died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, were conducted Friday, Feb. 23, at Mt. Mariah Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
RALEIGH - Richard David Bitner, 65, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. A memorial service was conducted Thursday, Feb. 22, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Millbrook Road. He was the current president of the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society.
ZEBULON - Geraldine Hagwood Morris, 81, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007 at Guardian Care. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 24) at Union Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
WAKE FOREST - William Ralph Harp, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 24) at Union Grove Baptist Church, with Pastor Dwight Savage and Rodney Harp officiating. Burial will follow in the Sykes cemetery.
BUNN — For a change of pace, the Bunn Wildcats were scheduled to tangle with perennial power Burlington Cummings in Friday’s third round of the Class 2-A State Boys Basketball Playoffs.
And what a change it will be -- especially in the aftermath of Wednesday’s 56-51 second-round decision over Cardinal Gibbons at the Bunn Dome.
TRENTON — Carrying an eight-game winning steak, the Louisburg Lady Warriors seemed to have plenty of momentum going into the postseason. But the Lady Warriors couldn’t continue that success, losing in the semifinals of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference before bowing out in the first round of the Class 1-A State Girls Basketball Playoffs.
BUNN -- Most coaches dream -- or at least hope for -- a strong, jitter-free start to the postseason.
But scoring 16 points in a row to begin a game? Nobody can expect such lofty heroics.
That’s what Bunn High head coach Daniel Wright received from his team during Tuesday’s opening-round matchup against Southern Guilford in the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.
ROCKY MOUNT -- The best billiards players in the world will be in Rocky Mount this week and organizers are banking on a new venue. “We want it to be more of a festival atmosphere,” said Tony Davis, CEO of PrimeQuest, the tour sponsors responsible for bringing the WPBA tour event to the company’s headquarters in Rocky Mount.
LOUISBURG -- According to members of the Louisburg College coaching staff, the Young Guns on the Hurricanes’ baseball team were hunting for a victory Wednesday. But that attempt almost got shot down before LC rallied for a 10-8 victory over Patrick Henry Community College on the LC campus.
GREENVILLE -- In a game featuring six players or coaches with Louisburg College ties, Campbell University used six pitchers Wednesday afternoon to defeat East Carolina 2-0 at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Louisburg Town Council’s decision to loosen development constraints along U.S. 401 might pave the way for a new Wal-Mart. On Monday night, the board took three actions to open up the roadway south of town.
The Franklin County Airport Commission witnessed its second defection this week. On Tuesday, Airport Commissioner Scott Lerew announced that family and business concerns would prevent him from further civic service.
Sen. Doug Berger introduced legislation this week that he hopes takes trash off the roadways and puts money in people’s pockets. The Litter Reduction Act of 2007 would impose a redeemable 10-cent deposit on bottles and cans designed to spur recycling.
Fire and emergency services units responded to a report of a plane crash at Carolina Sky Sports on Thursday that turned out to be a minor accident. According to Mitchiner’s Fire Chief Jimmy Collie, the small, twin-engine plane was blown off the runway by a gust of wind during a landing at about 5 p.m.
A Franklin County man was killed Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle wreck. According to Trooper T.L. Hunt, Tony Branch, 58, of 454 Cheves Road, was driving a 2002 pickup truck near his home when he approached a slight curve and crossed the center line, running off the road.