A glance back at 2012: The top stories of the year

Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 9:33 am


tories of both tragedy and triumph have gripped us locally and nationally throughout the past 365 days. Those we

The record heat was a top story of 2012. Pictured, North Coffee volunteer firefighter Justin Morris battles a blaze in the 100-plus-degree heat in July. Pick up this week's Manchester Times for a complete list of top stories.

loved have passed away, life has been lost to senseless acts of violence, buildings have been built and individuals have inspired us to be better than we thought we could be.

With 2013 now here and 2012 still fresh in our minds, the Manchester Times is ready to unveil our top 10 news stories of the year that was:

1. Terrible chapter closes as Perkins is sentenced to life

in prison

A former Army recruiter has been sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murder of a Manchester mother and her two young sons in Sept. 2010.

Matthew V. Perkins pleaded guilty Monday to murdering Stephanie Hershman, 27, and her sons, 3-year-old Jathan and 23-month-old Jaylon, at their home off Skinner Flat Rd. in Manchester.

Assistant District Attorney Ken Shelton outlined the state’s case against Perkins Monday as members of the Hershman family sat in the courtroom and listened.

-Published Aug. 1


2. Ground finally broken on new

Coffee Co. jail

After nearly nine months of environmental and political delays on the local, state and federal levels, a crowd of nearly 50 attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Coffee County Jail on Hillsboro Highway in Manchester Thursday morning.

Read the complete list of top stories from 2012 in this week’s (Jan. 2) print edition of the Manchester Times. (Click here to subscribe)

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