January 6, 2010 Edition

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Selecting top
stories is difficult

John Bland
Publisher

As we have done in recent years, The TD staff selected the Top 10 stories for the previous year. Editor Gretchen Hunt reviewed the past 52 editions of 2009 to come up with a list of about 20 major stories.

Voting on these stories is often a struggle for us. What makes a story or event worthy of being in the top 10? We all have different points of view, and certainly, news events affect each of us to differing degrees. It is a very personal and subjective thing.

Even though few of us would agree on all of the picks, I think the vote for the number one story of 2009 was almost unanimous. Of course, it was the ice storm of late January 2009 with its resulting power outage. I believe The Jonesboro Sun staffers also selected this as their top story.

I see myself as an optimist, so I tend to favor stories of progress, such as the opening of the Children's Shelter, completion of Williams Baptist College's beautiful Manley Chapel and the establishment of the Rotary Club of Lawrence County. Each of these, as well as others, has potential for positive and useful benefits for years to come.

However, the year was not without tragedy and loss that also will have influence and an effect for years to come.

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Angie Skimahorn, our online editor, has suggested that we let you, our readers, vote at the end of 2010 on the top stories of the year. We think that is a great idea.

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