The Clinton Herald Editorial Board hopes to start a new tradition in 2006, recognizing an individual or group that has had the greatest impact on the Gateway area over the past year.

That person or group will be named Clinton Herald Person of the Year and recognized as such in our Dec. 30 edition. The last paper of the year also is the traditional date for our special section detailing the top 10 local stories of the year as well as local sports and state and national news of note.

In order to crown a person of the year, we’re calling for readers to offer nominees and a bit of information explaining why they deserve consideration. The goal is to recognize the person who had the greatest impact on life — positive or negative — in this community since Jan. 1.

Be creative in your suggestions. We’re not necessarily seeking the person who was on the front page the most this year or the person who holds the highest office. Again, it’s all about impact. Who left a mark on the Gateway area in 2006 and will be forever remembered?

Please submit nominations by Dec. 1. That will give us time to pick an honoree and assemble a story to be packaged with our year in review information. Send e-mails, letters or comment on our Web site. Please include your name, the nominee and your reasoning.

We hope this tradition will become an annual event. It’s something we’ve not done for our first 150 years, but we think it’ll be a great element of the next 150.

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