|By Dennis Brown
At the end of a
year, nearly everyone ponders accomplishments made over the past 365 days.
Some think about past failures and make resolutions to do better in the next year,
others review good and bad, and some of us wonder how many months it will take to get used
to writing 2002 in the checkbook.
Looking back at the good, and not so good, news over the past year, everyone will note
that September 11 was an historic day and also a day that won't be forgotten anytime soon,
much like December 7.
The events on September 11 and the aftermath will be regarded as the top story for
nearly every news agency.
Former Lewis Countians now living in New York sent photos and wrote first-hand accounts
for editions of the Herald following September 11. Others composed poetry or offered their
views in a letter to the editor. Nearly every home, business and vehicle is adorned with
an American Flag. A show of support and unity.
Even though the attacks in New York and Washington were far away from Lewis County, the
people here, and in every other county in the United States, considered it a personal
Among the other stories in Lewis County over the past year were the skyrocketing costs
for natural gas, the opening of the Lewis County Justice Center, the grand opening of
Coroplast, the opening of Northern Contours, the dedication of the Vanceburg Depot Museum
and the closing of schools due to meningitis.
Some stories continued from the previous
year including the Marvin "Charlie" Prater murder case. Four people were charged
in connection with the case. Two are awaiting trial and two have pleaded guilty.
That story and others, like tobacco and the suspension of a physician's license, will
continue into 2002. Efforts to increase safety on the AA Highway will continue to provide
a source for stories for years to come.
The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce has just completed its first year and indications
are that it will continue to grow.
The flood buyout program is continuing following devastating flash flooding nearly two
years earlier. And flash flooding also caused considerable damage in the Crooked Creek
area in 2001.
Now, choosing the top stories for the year is up to you.
Review the headlines for 2001 in this week's print edition of the Herald or review the
news archive pages on-line and submit your list of the top ten stories for the year. The
results will be published on February 5.
Send your list to the Lewis County Herald, 206 Main Street, Vanceburg, KY 41179, fax
them to 606-796-3110, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.