Freddie Barnes of Scotland Neck landed what he called this “river monster” on May 17. Barnes loves fishing and has fished most of his life. He is happiest when he is on the Roanoke River with his rod and reel. The catfish weighed in at 45 pounds and was 46 inches long.

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On former Roanoke Rapids football coach Eric McDaniels, who passed last week at the age of 60.

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Sometimes in sports, there are no words ... as Herald sportswriter Justin Hayes found to be the case on Saturday, after Halifax Academy claimed the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A state softball title.