Many memorable events marked 2009, but most we'd like to forget.
It was a year of economic turmoil, swine flu freak-outs, bank robbers in fake wigs and partisan political pandemonium.
A bear got loose in a Hillsville corn maze at Halloween, but Carroll County punished dogs by enacting a trespassing law aimed at them.
Two women were fired for taking nude pictures of nursing home residents. Why, we don't know. Is there a market for “Grandpas Gone Wild” videos?