As our newsroom worked to bring you the most important local news of the past year, our photographers snapped countless moments in local history for our daily pages.
Here's a slideshow featuring the T-D photographers' best work of the year.
Baseball Title Action
Bishop McCort third baseman Jimmy Stenger tags out Montgomery's Corey Kriner at third base trying to go for a triple on a shot to right field in the bottom of the third inning, during the PIAA, Class A, championship title game at Medlar Field in State College on Friday, June 15, 2012. Bishop McCort won 14-2 to claim the state title.
The Johns Street bridge casts a shadow on the Little Conemaugh on a frosty morning, Feb. 6, 2012.
Bill Felix, long-time owner of The Candy Store, peers out his store window on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Felix received not a single customer over the Black Friday weekend, as the business of selling penny candy and local sports memorabilia has declined rapidly. People in the community have donated candy and other items to help him stay a part of the downtown business community.
Syiounia Tillman, 3, of Johnstown, eyes a "Lovely Patsy Princess" gift she chose at the third annual Community Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 at the Christ-Centered Community Church in Johnstown, Pa. Gifts and food were donated by the community for needy families.
Conemaugh Township High School players mob teammate Jordan Shroyer (#12) at home plate after he hit a two-run home run to left field and tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning, setting the spark that would take the Indians to a 7-5 victory over the Meyersdale Red Raiders. They claimed the PIAA D5 Class A Championship at Somerset High School on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
A flowering dogwood tree in Johnstown is covered by a fresh blanket of snow on April 23, 2012.
Autumn colors grace a farm at the base of Laurel Hill near Gray, Pa. on Oct. 10, 2012.
Johnstown's Stone Bridge is illuminated during a July 4, 2012 celebration.
Quecreek Anniversary Statue
The bronze statue of a coal miner reading a Bible at the Quecreek Mine Rescue Memorial near Quecreek, Pa. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Point Stadium groundskeeper Bob Kosa uses an umbrella to perform routine maintenance to the turf field on May 8, 2012.
Johnstown fisherman Robbie Gutilla sits on a gravel island along the Stonycreek and Little Conemaugh rivers as he waits for a river rescue team to come and save him from his embarrassment. Gutilla was fishing along the bank when he lost his footing and fell into the river, washing up a half-mile downstream on May 30, 2012.
Conemaugh Valley's Jamie Cekada steals third base in the bottom of the first inning, while Westmont Hilltop third baseman Taylor Hoover stretches to make the catch during a March 23, 2012 game at Conemaugh Valley.
A plane unable to put down its landing gear comes in for a landing at the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport on March 6, 2012.
Strong winds and heavy rain caused the umbrella of Dolores Ovellette of Johnstown to turn inside-out as she was running errands in downtown Johnstown.
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Halfway house inmates can ease back into society
Prison life can be a time warp.
When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.
Crime board took aim at house
Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.
Homicides linked to center
Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
Volunteers helping to spruce up community
Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.
Hartzok targets income disparity
Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.
Schools rise to leadership challenge
Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.
Student’s photos win awards
A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.
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Biggest student loan profits come from grad students
This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.
Smartphone kill switches are coming
Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!
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