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2012 in review, Part 1: Elections, drought, fatal fire
Lanterns are released near the end of a candlelight memorial service for 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffery and 3-year-old Joseph Wand, who were killed in a Sept. 7 house fire. (Times file photo: Anthony Wahl)
As 2012 draws to a close, the Monroe Times news staff reflected on the top stories that shaped this year.