Since my last day at the Log Cabin is quickly approaching, I thought it would be good to create a "Best of" list. The order of these is not just based off impact or importance. One factor of the list is how much I enjoyed the story, as you'll see with the first choice on my list.
I want to take one last chance to thank all the readers. I've enjoyed my time here at the Log Cabin Democrat.
So without further ado, here is my list.
1. Damien Echols' return to Arkansas — Return a 'welcoming experience,' Echols says http://bit.ly/1lCQm0b
As someone who is captivated with everything that involves the West Memphis Three, this night was a definite treat, and a joy to cover.
2. Three inmates escape Faulkner County jail — Inmates escape from county jail, manhunt underway http://bit.ly/19JAOG6
I was at a friend's birthday party when I received word of the escape, and was forced to leave the party immediately — leaving my wife there. Whoops.
3. High-profile court cases
In my 10 months here, I've had the privilege of covering some high-profile court hearings in Faulkner County. Some of the more intriguing cases have included Barry Strickland, Lee Foster and Jack Gillean. Here are a few of those stories.
•Prosecutors seek continuance in Gillean trial http://bit.ly/1580rf2
•Strickland defense requests continuance of Dec. 16 hearing http://bit.ly/1lBEI9g
•Capital murder trial date could be set at February hearing http://bit.ly/1iaYV0H
4. Walmart shooting — Walmart shooting suspect charged with attempted capital murder http://bit.ly/LAm7tx
This story developed quickly over the weekend, and was another intriguing one to follow.
5. The Christmas tree saga — Christmas tree removed from Rogers Plaza http://bit.ly/1itlQnz
I have to admit, this was probably my most-enjoyed series of stories in my time here. Anytime any of us wrote about the tree, we knew it would be read and knew it would incite reader responses.
6. Conway-Greenwood game — Last-second FG propels Greenwood past Conway, 23-21 http://bit.ly/1fJj11Z
The only football I game I've personally witnessed that was better than this was the Conway-Russellville playoff matchup from years ago, which ended on a Peyton Hillis two-point conversion. This year's Conway-Greenwood matchup was something to behold.
7. The Larry Billings case — After death, Billings' estate remains in limbo http://bit.ly/1eVP5f3
Taking a look at the estate one year after the death of the owner of the Conway Roller Rink was interesting, confusing and complex all at the same time.
8. Bill Clinton in Arkansas — Today's politicians should look to JFK's example, Clinton says http://bit.ly/1gOaVIe
I love anything involving JFK, and being there to see a former president speak was just the thing to put it over the top.
9. Conway teen says 'God saved me' in hiking accident http://bit.ly/1b3I9B7
Sharing the story of two friends like Ty Maple and Sam Roberts was a treat. Hearing them recount the frightening details of Sam's fall, and making sure my story did it justice was quite the challenge.
10. Conway teen's rendezvous with prostitute ends in armed robbery http://bit.ly/1itxleM
You just don't get to write headlines like this everyday.
11. Arming administrators
With the revelation of several mass shootings in recent years, including at Sandy Hook, schools were forced to look at security and Faulkner County was no different. This was what Faulkner County school administrators had to say in August.
•Arming administrators 'not necessary' for district, Conway superintendent says http://bit.ly/1itAqfw
•Faulkner County schools weigh options of arming administrators http://bit.ly/1aVLD6d
•Sheriff: Arming administrators would involve intense training http://bit.ly/1dGXDoL
12. I'm out! — Man at laundromat clearly not the master of his domain http://bit.ly/1drwoyL
Anything that I can work a Seinfeld reference into has to make my "Best of" list.
13. 9/11 fire truck in Little Rock — FDNY rescue truck from 9/11 comes to LR http://bit.ly/1nbW7AV
Being this close to something with such history from one of the darker days in America was humbling to say the least.
14. Calico Trailers in the Super Bowl — Local trailer company featured in Super Bowl ad http://bit.ly/1lBEj6O
This was a great story that I happened upon while scrolling through Facebook. Letting these people tell the story of their company, and tell how gratifying it was to end up on a Super Bowl ad was awesome.
15. The great Conway band — Conway band pushes on after clean sweep at showcase http://bit.ly/1b3EtPS
This group was a fun one. Covering many Conway football games, I was able to witness them in action many times, and they deserved every accolade they received this year.