EDITOR'S NOTE: Newsmakers 2014 profiles people, places and events that made news in the Grand Traverse region during the past year.

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TRAVERSE CITY -- Horizon Books’ bestselling book of the year didn’t even hit the shelves until May. The book, Ice Caves of Leelanau, is a collection of photographs taken by local photographer Ken Scott, who documented the enormous ice caves that formed along the Lake Michigan shore this winter and drew thousands of people from across the state and beyond to the Leland area.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Robbin Bustance was concerned when she heard about cloudy runoff coming from a construction site in Acme Township, so she called the Grand Traverse County Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Department to ask what would be done to prevent it from happening again.

She never heard back from county officials.

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TRAVERSE CITY — A tromp through wooded Antrim County led to the discovery of two decomposed bodies in a tent, a grisly discovery that remains a mystery after authorities found no signs of foul play or suicide. Robert Eric Nothstine, 51, and Daniel Lloyd Nothstine, 56, were well-known in the Mancelona community, but struggled to find work and became homeless. They had last been seen alive slipping into a forest near the Cedar River in August 2013, a borrowed tent in hand.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Rhonda Hudson likely won't know until after the New Year if there'll be criminal charges resulting from her son's shooting death at a Long Lake Township condominium. A gun drawn by Nicole Mitchell, 27, fired a single shot that felled Hudson's son, Roger Rex Howard, 29, on March 21.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Hotel developer Jeffrey Schmitz battled through high levels of contamination, a nasty winter, cost overruns, and financing delays to finally get back on track with his anchor hotel project in the city's underdeveloped Warehouse District.

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TRAVERSE CITY — A Kalkaska County sheriff's deputy who's also a school board member maintains his innocence as he inches toward trial on sex crime charges in two counties, an attorney said. Accusations arose in June that Aaron John Popa, 39, of Kalkaska, had sex with a female inmate in 2006, a case that shocked the close-knit community where he's active in youth sports and local organizations.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Newsmakers 2014 profiles people, places and events that made news in the Grand Traverse region during the past year.

TRAVERSE CITY — Tight money and looming, major changes on the Grand Traverse County's governing board arrested a push by some county officials to build a new jail.

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