When we asked our Facebook followers about what they thought the biggest news story of the year was, the response was overwhelmingly about Baby Veronica and the Capobiancos. As we experienced all year, the discussion was very impassioned on both sides of the argument, and other votes almost got lost in the fray. Here are some of the other comments we received:
Benita Bradley, 36, self-employed
PIGGLY WIGGLY! I was raised on Carolina Pride, road my first ride-along carousel in front of The Pig for only a quarter. The first job I ever had was @ Piggly Wiggly and the first grocery store my husband and I shopped @ was Piggly Wiggly. My son grew up getting a free white plastic Pig ring @ check out. So this family is going to miss the pig, the greenbax and the family friendly staff!
Matt Webb, 29, Summerville
Jadeveon Clowney, because the hit and never losing to Clem-Tech.
Janelle Bergen Higgins, 58, Charleston. Bartender.
The Pig! An icon of the south is no more. It really made me sad to hear the news. Especially the Meeting Street Pig, which had such a great manager and friendly crew. I will miss the homey feeling I got whenever I walked in there.
Mark Sanford - can't believe the people of this state not only nominated, but then elected this man! Is there a medical term for mass group amnesia?
Ramona Lynn Grimsley
Boeing - jobs are in the forefront of everyone's minds.
LeeAnn Pasquino, 34, Goose Creek. MD receptionist
The Veronica case was obviously a big news story. Couldn't turn on the TV without seeing it. I am going with Clowney! I'm a die hard Carolina fan. He's a great athlete and person. I love seeing college athletes work hard for a further goal. And it felt pretty good seeing a Gamecock on national newspapers, news reports and social media!!! Some fun and positive media for SC for a change.
While Piggly Wiggly is certainly big news as they wind down operations, Boeing is a breath of fresh air to this community. As Glenn McConnell once told me, you ain't seen nothing yet. It will continue to grow and prosper as the state and local communities have embraced them.