The News Bulletin's Top 10 stories of 2013

Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM.

The institute initially gave the area a No. 4 ranking, based on median income and other economic factors, which raised scrutiny among a number of North Okaloosa residents and inspired editorials from publications such as the Gainesville Sun, which criticized the decision.

Ultimately, the institute's president said a copy-and-paste error contributed to the erroneous Top 10 ranking.

9. CONFEDERATE FLAG ISSUE RISES AGAIN

In October, community activist Mae Reatha Coleman voiced opposition to the city flying a Confederate battle flag over William "Uncle Bill" Lundy's memorial.

The City Council held a special meeting Nov. 14 to allow discussion of the issue, which has been raised since the 1990s. Speakers included representatives of out-of-town southern heritage groups and local residents. The council adjourned without taking a side on the issue.

But Coleman, saying "the flag divides our community,"  promised to raise the issue again.

10.CITY GAINS NEW BUSINESSES



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