Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part …

An arrest was made Thursday in the shooting death of 1-year-old Jaxson Clay. The man, a 22-year-old from Halifax, police report, was captured in an Atlanta suburb and was facing extradition back to North Carolina.

People usually pack a great deal of activity into a short holiday period, such as the four or five days that make up the Thanksgiving weekend. With so much going on — family gatherings, meals and leftovers, the opening of holiday shopping, and traveling to and fro — many of the little things…

Diabetes is a killer. In fact, about 75 percent of people with diabetes will die of heart disease or stroke, and they are likely to die younger than people who do not have diabetes. What’s even more worrisome is people with diabetes have the same cardiovascular risk as if they have already h…

Wayne Anderson, the newly elected mayor of Enfield, says that the loss of Safelite last year left the town on life support. AEL Span will breathe some life back into the plant and town by the end of the year.

For decades, people have been living in homes with only dirt road access. That’s right. For 20, 30, 40 and possibly even 50 years these people, most homeowners who purchased their houses to capture just a wee bit of the American Dream, have waited for the roads in their neighborhoods to be paved.

We said it recently, and it is worth saying it again. The investments being made in Roanoke Rapids and the Roanoke Valley, public and private, continue to show people and agencies believe in the region’s success.

In the book, “Shoeless Joe,” which became the inspiration for the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” a mysterious voice, as if it were from an unseen baseball announcer, tells farmer Ray Kinsella, “If you build it, he will come.” The “he” was shamed baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Dianne Hardy of Roanoke Rapids said it perfectly last week when she attended the breast cancer screening event at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

With all the bitterness and backbiting we all hear coming out of Washington or Raleigh, it would seem public service would be the least attractive of any profession available to young people coming out of college or career training program today.

Halifax and Northampton are Tier 1 counties. If you are not familiar with the tiers, the N.C. Department of Commerce uses a three-level system for designating development tiers. Each one of the tiers are ranked based on average employment, median household income, percentage growth in popula…

All of our prayers and thoughts go out to the families of those killed and wounded during the horrific attack in Las Vegas. When a single incident of terror kills people, we find it incomprehensible. When dozens are killed it is unfathomable. And it is human nature to find ways to keep it fr…

Critics are working overtime to pick President Donald Trump apart for his “slow reaction time” in getting aid to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria.

Brooke Simpson’s audition song, ‘Stone Cold,’ is available on iTunes.