On Sunday, this newspaper published the top 10 stories of the year. It has been a tradition for at least three decades, perhaps longer.
The stories are compiled and voted on by the editors and writers. Who better, we assume, to judge what happened during the year than those whose job it is to cover the news on a day-to-day basis?
More times than not, the top story carries a “bad news” label. Perhaps that is because bad news affects more people than the good news or “feel good” stories. There is a journalistic cliché we fall back on when readers ask, “Why don’t you print some good news?” Our retort is, “We don’t make the news; we just report it.”
But when we looked back on the past year in Greene County, we found there were at least two uplifting stories, one of which we designated as our eighth-ranked story – the injury to and the remarkable recovery of Waynesburg Central High School student Meg Throckmorton.
Other “good news” that happened during the year but didn’t make our list was news that two nursing students at Waynesburg University, seniors Cami Abernethy and Alissa Boyle, both nearly fatally injured while rendering care at the scene of a motor-vehicle accident, are on the road to recovery.
And we can’t forget about former Waynesburg Central High School wrestling standout Coleman Scott winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics, or Elissa McCracken, also a WCHS grad and former Miss Rain Day, capturing the title of Miss Ohio and qualifying for the Miss America Pageant next month.
Unfortunately, there was no escape from the negative stories. Among those stories on our list, and the second-ranked story, was the tragic accident that claimed the lives of three Greene County teenagers and a motorcyclist from Canada.
We hope when it comes time in December 2013 to compile another list, we are not including stories that snow, rain or wind destroyed what homeowners or businesses worked so hard to build; that more lives are lost to tragic events on roads and in the home; or that people still think violence solves problems.