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 outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.