CHEERS 'N' JEERS -- Each week, we take a look back at things that made us smile, laugh and congratulate as well as things that made us shake our heads and ask, “What?”

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a slight increase in sales tax revenue being reported by lake area municipalities. Although the numbers coming in do not represent a huge increase, at least we are not seeing a decline. Cheers to those who choose to spend here at the Lake.

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no fatalities on Lake area roadways over the Christmas holiday.

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whomever decorated several small cedar trees along Highway 5 north of Camdenton. We have taken note as well as some of our readers who asked us to include it as a cheer as an uplifting sight on the way into town. The Lake Sun would be interested in doing a story if anyone has any information about who this was.

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the Camden County Sheriff's Department and Camdenton Chamber of Commerce for partnering together to capture the Grinch who came precariously close to stealing Christmas in Camden County. Lake Media/Lake Sun appreciated the opportunity to work with the sheriff's department and chamber. If you missed the video, check it out on our Facebook page.

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again, the flu. The flu season is in full swing and seems to be hitting especially hard. However, healthcare officials say there's still time to get a vaccine.

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the unprofessional behavior on the part of many who attended the Camden County budget meeting held on December 22. Read the story in today's Lake Sun. From what our reporter witnessed during the meeting, there appears to be quite a bit of disagreement about many budget items.