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Kickoff set Saturday for Barn Quilt Trail

The Halifax County Barn Quilt Trail will kick off its celebration Saturday, at 9 a.m. at the Halifax Farmers Market. There will be an information table at the market where…

Mecklenburg County eyes two percent increase in real estate tax rate

Top-line 42 cent rate would go unchanged, but rising values would net fresh revenue

Mecklenburg County hosts state education leaders


Big weekend of racing comes to SBS, VIR

Philip Morris returns to South Boston Speedway Saturday, while the Andretti family will have a presence at VIR





Two arrested in connection with attack at Alford home / March 14, 2018
North Carolina authorities are reporting the arrests of two men in the Friday home invasion in Littleton, N.C. that left Nancy Alford dead and her husband, Brodnax pastor John Alford, hospitalized with extensive injuries.

Warren County, N.C. District Attorney Mike Waters announced the arrests Wednesday afternoon. WRAL-TV in Raleigh reported that first degree murder charges have been filed against the two men, Kevin Munn and Lester Kearney.

In the Friday morning incident at the Alfords’ Littleton home, Mrs. Alford died as the house was ablaze while Mr. Alford suffered lung and skin injuries but managed to escape the burning residence. The couple had been assaulted by two masked intruders who broke into their Mulberry Court home. One of the intruders drove Mrs. Alford to a Roanoke Rapids credit union and forced her to withdraw money from an ATM, while the second intruder stayed in the home with Mr. Alford. He was beaten and tied up but managed to get out of the house as it was on fire. Mrs. Alford didn’t make it out.

On Tuesday, authorities said they had found the Alfords’ silver Mercedes C-300, which was stolen by the intruders, but provided no details about how and where the vehicle was found.

John Alford is pastor of Sanford Memorial Baptist Church in Brodnax and is familiar to many in the area for his longtime work with the Concord Baptist Association. Mrs. Alford taught the adult Sunday School class at the Sanford Memorial Baptist in Brodnax.

This story will be updated.

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