This is Somerset covered some incredible stories in the first half of 2012, and here we look back on our top stories between January and June.
The story of injured dwarf Martin Atkinson went from the front page of the Western Gazette to the Golden Globes within one astonishing week in January, while the Queen's royal visit and the Olympic Torch Relay put the county in the mood for celebration ahead of the summer months. See below for our month-by-month guide...
Will.i.am carried the Olympic Torch through Taunton
The Queen visited Yeovil and Crewkerne in May
Dwarf thrown to floor in Somerset pub attack
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Martin Henderson: My life will never be the same after 'dwarf attack' media attention
Aaron Withers speaks out over 'wildly exaggerated' assault and escort reports in national media
Has ghost of Clevedon Pier been caught on camera by student photographer?
Professor Mick Aston quits Time Team over 'dumbing down' row
Professor Mick Aston: Why I quit Time Team, and the danger of losing touch with our history
Mum's poignant wish list that brought Holly Willoughby to tears on This Morning
Students 'endure' 20 hours of Basshunter song for charity
Caravan concealed underground cannabis bunker on Somerset farm
How three-year-old boy found hand grenade during Easter Egg Hunt
Flood damage in Somerset, April 2012
The Queen's royal visit to Yeovil - part one
The Queen's royal visit to Yeovil - part two
Olympic Torch Relay in Somerset
Jemima Layzell's compassion helps transform the lives of ten people
Elton John rocks Taunton's County Ground ahead of Diamond Jubilee performance in London