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Halifax accepts process for taking down Clarkton Bridge

Two arrested in connection with attack at Alford home

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,…

Bluestone student fatally shot; juvenile suspect in custody


Tennis hopes to keep winning tradition





Tom McLaughlin

Beyond belief

The mind reels at the cruelty and malice behind the murder of Nancy Alford and vicious assault of John Alford, pastor of Sanford Memorial Baptist Church in Brodnax, who remains hospitalized after two intruders broke into the couple’s Lake Gaston home on Friday night and inflicted unfathomable violence.

Hatchet man

Right up there with bagels, comic books and Adam Sandler, we have Jewish culture to thank for the word “chutzpah.”

Bottom of the barrel

“Regardless of what laws we pass, until the evil in men’s hearts change, it’s not going to solve the problem,” said Del. Tommy Wright in response to the mass slaughter of innocents by someone with a gun.

Taking a swing

Winter is on the wane and spring training is officially underway. Let’s take a moment to get in a few hacks ...

Rendevous with destiny

The numbers are in, and boy are they ugly: Southside Virginia and most other rural areas of the Commonwealth are losing population, lacking opportunity and looking for answers.

Blowin’ in the wind

You don’t have to look beyond Mecklenburg County to tell which way the winds are blowing in the energy world: with gale-force velocity against coal, a bit sideways for solar, but overall in a direction tilting strongly away from fossil fuels.

Digging in

We’re a little more than 10 days into the New Year and already the news items are piled high on the plate. Let’s dig in.

Decision time

Mecklenburg supervisors evidently have settled the question in their own minds of where the county's new consolidated school should go, and all in all, their decision is a solid one.

Stranger things (to come)

Truth really was stranger than fiction in 2017, a year you couldn’t have made up if you tried.

Less is Moore

When USA Today debuted in 1982, it ushered in the modern newspaper era with its full-color page designs, easily digestible charts and graphics and a snappy writing style that owed more than a little to the superficiality of TV news.

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