2021 was a year of great expectations as well as dashed ones. We looked forward to a return to some sort of normalcy amid the pandemic, and that seemed to happen for a while. But as the year draws to a close, another surge in infections — Hancock County set a daily record for COVID-19 cases just this week — foretells another uncertain winter. But 2021 was also a year of accomplishments both large and small, proving the resilience of our communities. Today, the Daily Reporter staff looks back on some of the milestone news stories and memorable images of the past year. Click on the link below to read our special section.