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Friday, December 21, 2007

What Were the Top Stories of 2007?

The Saline Reporter and Milan News-Leader will publish on Jan. 3 the top five stories for each community in 2007. The editorial staff has come up with a list, but we want to hear from you. What were the biggest headlines or stories in your mind? They may be different from ours. Maybe you have something in mind that we didn't consider and, if you share it, we may change our minds.

Here's our list for Saline:

1. The controversy surrounding the eventual resignation of schools Superintendent Beverley Geltner.

2. Saline Township's settlement with developer Biltmore and what the future holds for that site.

3. The memorandum of understanding between Automotive Components Holdings and Johnson Controls for purchase of the ACH plant.

4. Saline's John Lockwood returns home from battle wounded and is embraced by the community.

5. City manager Larry Stoever resigns.

In addition, we're planning a list of "feel good" stories for Saline in 2007, including the opening of the Community Garden, launch of Bee Cool Saline, national honors for the city and hospital and creation of a new historic district.

Milan's top five stories also include a mix of challenging circumstances and positive highlights.

1. Underdog Kym Muckler, a first-time political candidate, wins the mayoral seat.

2. The local economy endures some tough times with the closing of AutoLign, Main Street IX and other businesses.

3. Milan Superintendent of Schools Dennis McComb announces his retirement.

4. The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation reaches $1 million mark to benefit Milan students.

5. City budget woes lead to closing of Milan Public Transit and a push toward privatization.

Fee-good stories for Milan include the success of local events, including the Milan fireworks display and annual fair, concerts in the park, Holiday Parade, Taste of Milan and Discover Milan Day.

So, what do you think? Are we missing something? Do you have any comments that you want to make about any of these stories? Please post a comment to this blog. We want to hear from you.

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Blogger calebpublic said...

What about the Pfizer site shut-down and the effect it had on the Saline community, churches, real estate market and school enrollment?

Pformer Pfizer

December 21, 2007 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger ryan_man101 said...

Hey Michelle, this is Ryan Michaels, your young film critic for your paper. To prove that I am the real deal, you're best friends with my mom and we're in Hawaii.

I agree with calebpublic, about the Pfizer closing, as it affected me because my best friend had to move away from Ann Arbor.

January 1, 2008 at 11:23 PM  

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