Here are some of the top news stories (listed in no particular order) reported in The Meadville Tribune in 2012. Place them in order from most important to least important. To submit your entry, mark the stories by numbering them from 1 (most important) through 15 (least important). Then, drop this form off at The Meadville Tribune, 947 Federal Court, Meadville, Pa. 16335; mail it to that address; or fax it to (814) 724-8755.
The top-story results will be reported during the last week of December.
____ School budgets — School district officials battle another year of state-budget cuts. (Crawford Central schools face possibility of pay-to-play; Conneaut School District consolidates schools.)
____ A year of homicides — No less than 10 suspects either plead guilty, face charges, are sentenced, or go to trial.
____ Courthouse security revamped — Armed sheriff’s deputies take over security of entry area.
____ Meadville’s financial woes — The city’s past budget cuts and some new challenges are causing problems, but at one point a tax cut is “demanded.”
____ Naming rights to Second District School — The issue was debated for months, sometime quite emotionally.
____ Northstar the horse is burned, helped, doing well now.
____ Voter ID signs cause local election trouble locally when they are improperly displayed.
____ Texas Twins — A high-profile drug bust leads to numerous guilty pleas.
____ Jobless rate shows no love — It hovers in 8 percent range for entire year.
____ Remains of fallen Korean War soldier Sgt. Chester Williams are returned home from Korea more than 60 years after his death.
____ Talon site — With new commissioners on board, county begins work at old Talon site, but with no final decision on whether to move some county offices there.
____ Tamarack Lake going dry — The dams needs major repairs, so water in lake is drawn down to mere puddles.
____ Area’s stormwater problems — The old Meadville-area system needs upgrades, and a new fee for property owners is to be started.
____ Conneaut Lake Park-area arsons — Destructive fires have homeowners nervous as mystery remains; one suspect arrested but released.
____ Gas drilling boom seen as both bonus and threat locally.