Monday, the Press-Herald began recapping the 10 biggest news stories of 2012 in Webster Parish as chosen by the editorial staff.
Yesterday, we listed numbers 6 through 10 which contained quite a few law enforcement stories.
Here, you will find what our staff considers to be the top five stories of 2012.
Explo blows at Camp Minden
An explosion at Explo Systems, Inc., at Camp Minden that rocked Webster Parish and the surrounding area, has been chosen as the top story of 2012.
While clean-up continues, so does a criminal investigation into Explo and how and why more than six million pounds of M6 propellant was improperly stored.
To date, more than five million pounds has been moved.
More than $1M raised for children of St. Jude
The Minden St. Jude Auction made history in 2012 by blowing the top off their goal and bringing in more than $1,065,000 for children's cancer research.
It all happened on the 50th anniversary of the founding of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by Danny Thomas.
Webster Parish school personnel went through RIF process
In February Webster Parish Schools Superintendent Steve Dozier told board members they would have to find a way to cut $1 million more than the already-projected $3.5 million needed to reduce the 2012-2013 budget.
In May, with the school board's final unanimous approval of the Reduction in Force (RIF) plan, 37 positions, including seven teachers, were eliminated from the Webster Parish School Board payroll.
Adding all the reductions in staffing both district and school-wide, plus the additional spending reductions that are already in place, the estimated savings for the 2012-2013 school year approached $4.2 million.
The RIF plan or Phase A was unanimously approved with a total estimated savings of $1.9 million.
Positions that were RIF'd at the district level included four special education staff professional positions, one district Safe and Drug Free School coordinator position and two contracted positions, two district office secretaries, two maintenance department employees (sanitary workers), one mechanic (transportation), one facilities director and one maintenance supervisor (upon retirement this summer).
Board members also took action with the Spending Reduction Plan or Phase B.
This plan included that the superintendent will teach a minimum of one day a month, all supervisors, special education staff/all other district coordinators will substitute teach two days per month and staff developers will substitute teach 2.5 days per month.
Fire destroys gym at Glenbrook
On June 23, fire ravaged the H.O. West gymnasium at Glenbrook School.
The fire, which destroyed the gym housing years of school memories, was reported around noon Friday. To date, concrete has been cleared and rebuilding continues in 2013.
NWLTC on the rise
In August, faculty of Northwest Louisiana Technical College took a tour of their future work environment, as crews were busy working on construction of the building.
The Industrial Drive facility is expected to be complete in Feburay, but administrators are hoping for an early arrival so 2013 spring classes can be held in the new facilty as soon as possible.