The Central Western Daily has covered some very important events and issues throughout 2012.
But what did you read?
Here are the top 10 articles as read by you on our website during the year.
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1. Toddler critical after horror head-on collision
A TODDLER was critically injured and three adults were seriously injured in a horror head-on crash on the Mitchell Highway east of Orange just after 3pm on Sunday.
2. League star dies in horror crash
THEY were two brothers who were close, loved their families and were passionate about rugby league and now a horrific crash near Bathurst on Saturday has shattered the lives of their families, friends and the football community in Orange and nearby towns.
3. Bypass fatality: Mum, three girls in stable condition
A MOTHER and her three young daughters were lucky to be alive yesterday after being involved in a fatal two-car accident on a newly-opened section of the Northern Distributor.
The accident occurred just after 2.20pm when an Orange man lost control of the car he was driving and veered into oncoming traffic.
His sedan collided with the woman’s west-bound vehicle and burst into flames.
4. The final straw: youths attack staff member
AFTER 10 years of putting up with death threats and verbal abuse from unruly customers Sam’s Warehouse staff member Ricky Packham says an attack from a group of youths outside his work on Tuesday was the final straw.
He believes everyone has the right to feel safe at their workplace but following the incident, which has left him with a broken wrist, he doesn’t want to return.
5. UPDATE: Search for missing man at Carcaor Dam
GRAVE fears are held for the personal safety of a 54-year-old man who has gone missing at Carcoar Dam yesterday evening.
Police and SES are on scene this morning after they were contacted about 7pm when the man had not returned from a fishing trip.
The man, holidaying from Sydney with his wife, ventured out alone in a small dinghy around 2pm. It’s believed he wasn’t in possession of a life-jacket.
6. Young couple forced to live in station wagon
MOST people look back on their early 20s as being the best years of their lives, but for one young Orange couple life is anything but good.
Stacey Allen and David Field have been homeless for the past five years, forced to live in a station wagon they park in various locations all over the city.
7. Central West road closures due to flooding
Due to heavy rainfall across the region the following roads are affected by flood waters.
Mid Western Highway between Blayney and Cowra, Lachlan Valley Way between Cowra and Gooloogong and Olympic Highway between Young and Cowra
8. Pyramid scam: fraudster in Cairo cleans out Orange bank account
AN Orange woman’s bank account has been cleaned out by a fraudster in Cairo after a security compromise in an EFTPOS machine at an Orange business.
The woman discovered the funds were missing on Monday night when she went to pay for her groceries and the purchase was declined.
9. Surprise ending to election race
In a surprise finish to the election race two current councillors, all but ruled out of the running, have secured a spot on Orange City Council.
Cr Chris Gryllis and Cr Jeff Whitton made it in at number 11 and number 12 respectively.
The other two positions up for grabs were taken by Ron Gander and former Cabonne councillor Kevin Duffy.
10. Roo attacks girl at Wyangala
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Orange girl had a lucky escape following a kangaroo attack which left her covered in large scratches and bruises.
On a family holiday at Wyangala Dam, the unprovoked attack at 6pm on New Year’s Day left Makayla McEvoy pinned down by a rogue kangaroo as she fought for her life.
Makayla received extensive scratches and bruising to her face, arms, back and legs following the attack which left her in hospital.