Major Priority: Completing countdown of top 100 stories of 2014 before year is over

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Shown at left is a snapshot of a comment posted on Facebook as to the drawn out countdown of the top 100 stories of 2014 on HeadlineSurfer.com by a long-time reader.
 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Even with the best intentions, sometimes biting off more than one can chew can prove embarrassing.

Such is the case with our Countdown of the Top 100 Local Stories of 2014, which as of today, still has 38 entries to go.

Let's face it: We're just a couple of weeks from Thanksgiving. So this leaves us with two choices: 1. Finish it; 2. Bag it.

In previous years, we've chosen the latter, even with the best intentions.

Our readers seem to like the countdown, based on comments we have received over the past 11 months, even though the timing is so totally out of whack.

Regardless, a longtime follower, Rosemarie Gordon Frutchey, a former president of the SE Volusia Chamber of Commerce and a New Smyrna Beach resident, took us to task following the posting of entry No. 41 on the death of former Gov. Reuben Askew.

Frutchey  made the following comment Thursday in no uncertain terms a couple of days ago on two of our multiple Facebook pages: "A year ago.....little late."

Our readers seem to like the countdown, based on comments we have received over the past 11 months, even though the timing is so totally out of whack. Regardless, a longtime follower, Rosemarie Gordon Frutchey, a former president of the SE Volusia Chamber of Commerce and a New Smyrna Beach resident, took us to task following the posting of entry No. 41 on the death of former Gov. Reuben Askew.

She made the following comment a couple of days ago in no uncertain terms on two of our multiple Facebook pages: "A year ago.....little late."

Well, she's absolutely right!

Palmer Wilson, another New Smyrna Beach resident, constantly messages us with bewilderment as to why this countdown wasn't abandoned months ago.

So here's the game plan: We are going to finish what we started. And so we have given ourselves "(me) a self-imposed deadline of one week -- mathematically, that's close to six completed entries over each of the seven days to get it done.

Then on Thanksgiving Day, we will begin the Countdown of the Top 100 Local Stories of 2015, with No. 1 unveiled on New Year's Day. That timeline averages out to 2.7 entries published per day.

No excuses: Just do it!

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Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.