Over the next two days, the Press-Herald will recap the 10 biggest news stories of 2013 in Webster Parish as chosen by the editorial staff.
As follows are numbers six through 10.
6. Minden St. Jude Auction tops $1 million for second year in a row. If there was ever any question about whether the 2013 Minden St. Jude Auction would meet the 2012 million dollar mark, those doubts flew out the window Sunday, February 3, when the local community's fund-raising efforts amassed more than $1.1 million, blowing past the previous year's total by more than $40,000.
7. New buildings, new businesses on the rise. Minden gained in building permits in 2013 by adding a new Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits in May and Walgreens in November. Both businesses are located on Homer Road.
After years of waiting, groundbreaking was held on a new senior center for the Webster Parish Council on Aging on March 21. Construction continues on the $1.86 million building on Sheppard Street.
In early December, the ribbon was cut on the Armed Forces Reserve Center located at Camp Minden. The $19.8 million project is the first built in north Louisiana for the Louisiana National Guard.
8. Body of Bossier City woman found here. In November, almost one week after her disappearance, charred remains found in Webster Parish were positively identified as those of 46-year-old Annie Bond of Bossier City. Her husband, who is charged with her murder, is incarcerated at Bossier Parish Maximum Security Facility under a bond of $1 million.
9. Economic Development plans under way. Town Hall-style meetings and city council workshops took place to find new ways to bring economic development to Minden. The Louisiana Development Readiness Communities project, which is funded by the state and comprised of a cross-section of community members, began in Minden this summer. Minden City Council members are reviewing a plan presented to them in early December.
10. Police officer fired. In early May, following an executive session that lasted more than two hours, the Minden City Council voted 4 to 1 to terminate Lt. Tim Morris on the grounds he violated policy and procedure. The 18-year veteran of the Minden Police Department appealed to the Police and Fire Civil Service Board in August, but the board upheld the council's decision.