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2012: The Year in Review

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

We have just about reached the end of 2012, and it is now time to take a look back at some of the top stories we have covered this year.

This year had the president winning reelection and the world continuing on after the Mayan Doomsday calendar proved false. So here we are, able to take stock of some of the events that everyone was talking about here in the Coastal Bend.

2012 began with the death of 16-year old Victoria Valdez. The Solomon Coles student was riding in a sport utility vehicle driven by her boyfriend, Gabriel Padron, when he flipped it several times along Old Brownsville Road.

"She was a good person," her aunt, Lisa Mendez, said. "She was so young."

Emergency crews quickly arrived to the early morning wreck, but Valdez would later die at the hospital. Padron and the couple's one-year old daughter survived the crash with minor injuries.

Floyd Simpson was hired in February as the city's new police chief. He was an assistant chief with the Dallas Police Department and was brought in to continue with the improvements first brought to the department by Troy Riggs.

Riggs had been promoted to an assistant city manager, but eight months later, he would leave for a job in Indianapolis.

Kevin Kesinger, a Gregory resident, spoke about the flooding that swamped the Gregory area in mid-April. City streets were turned into mini-river streams after all the water that was dumped on that city. It would take weeks to dry out.

But rain wasn't the biggest weather story of the year. That belonged to the continuing drought. The lack of rain in the Coastal Bend has caused the city and other communities to enact mandatory water restrictions after our combined lake levels fell below 40-percent.

It appears that the drought is going to be in the headlines well into 2013.