So we went into mid-December to get our top story.
And most of us would rather pass on it.
It's ugly - the effect of the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown.
The town - just like the state and the nation - was stunned and even today, residents weep over what went on.
The town conducted a vigil and efforts were put in place to help out neighbor to the west.
Alas, applications for pistol permits are up, so we will likely be feeling the effects of the incident well into 2013.
The rest of the countdown:
No. 8 - The budget
No. 6 - RHS principal on the hot seat
No. 5 - Community events
No. 4 - Economic development
No. 3 - RHS softball team takes Class L
No. 2 - Hurricane Sandy