Looking back, 2012 was a year filled with failures and successes and heartbreak and celebrations.
The Meridian Star covered both the positive and the negative.
Meridian had much to celebrate in 2012, from the opening of a new college campus downtown, to the installation of synthetic turf at Ray Stadium.
There were accomplishments, such as Meridian Main Street's expansion of Earth's Bounty and creation of the Downtown After 5 Alive concert series at Dumont Plaza. Both proved popular with local residents.
There were losses, such as the April death of beloved Meridian musician Chris Ethridge. In October, former director and owner of Alpha School of Dance, Mary Alpha Johnson Donnelly, too passed away.
And there were tragedies in the form of fatal wrecks and shootings.
Picking the top 10 stories of the year is subjective and we recognize that there are other stories not included in our list that could have easily been chosen.
Equally subjective is ranking stories in order of importance. Whether the opening of the downtown MSU-Meridian campus in the historic Newberry building or the closing of the Handy Hardware distribution center is more noteworthy depends on whom you ask.
For that reason, we have chosen this year to list our top 10 stories in the order that they occurred rather than rank them in importance.
MSU-Meridian opens downtown campus
In January MSU-Meridian began offering business classes at the historic Newberry building.
The college's business division was moved into the building on Fifth Street, which was donated to Mississippi State University in June 2009.
“We are excited about the new year and the opening of our new building downtown," said Dr. Stephen Brown, dean and associate vice president of MSU-Meridian.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for us. The Riley Foundation, city of Meridian, citizens and several foundations have combined to provide this opportunity for our students," Brown said.
The downtown campus not only allows MSU-Meridian to expand the university, but also gives business students the opportunity to study in the heart of the city's business district.