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2003-12-31 communities
This n' That
Good riddance, 2003!
Tony Fyffe
Every year at this time, I normally write a column bidding farewell to the year that was and hoping the new year is better than the previous one.

This year is no exception; in fact, I wish 2003 a good riddance because it was a terrible and tragic year for The Big Sandy News staff with the loss of our leader, Scott Perry. Our individual staff members lost a husband, brother, brother-in-law and friend, and it's something we have lived with every day since Scott died in August.

But, as they say, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light for the BSN has been that the staff has become a close-knit family, even more than we were before Scott left us. We have laughed together, cried together and argued together just like a true family. For that I am thankful.

I have no doubt that the person who has laughed the most these last few months is Scott himself. After all, he finally got us to do some work hard work at that.

I'd also say that he's probably proud of how we've worked together to continue the paper he was so very proud of.

Of course, he would have never let us know that he was proud; he would have just told us to work harder, which was his way of saying we did a good job.

God, I miss him!

* * *

The past year was bad for me in other ways as well. I lost two uncles and an aunt in 2003 in addition to several family friends.

As I get older, I'm realizing that I have to say goodbye to people I have known all my life. I've been doing a lot of that ever since my dad died in November 2000.

One thing I've learned since Dad died is that I should cherish every minute I have with my loved ones, and although I find myself being hateful and indifferent sometimes, I think they know how much they mean to me. If they don't, maybe that should be my New Year's resolution to show them how much I care about them.

I'll start doing that Jan. 1, 2004.

Until then, I still have 24 hours to be evil.

* * *

A lot of things happened news-wise in the Big Sandy area this past year, and the BSN will present its annual Year in Review in a special edition on Friday.

This year we decided to do something different for our annual review. Each of our bureaus submitted a list of the top stories in their counties, and a master list was then compiled with all of the top stories in the counties we cover. That list was then sent to our bureaus, with the editorial staff ranking the stories in order of preference.

What was the BSN's top story of 2003? I'm not going to tell you, but I will say that it was as newsworthy and exciting as anything you saw on CNN during the year.

So, stayed tuned to Friday's BSN to read our picks for the top stories of 2003.

I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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