Some hopes, wishes, fears and dreams for the new year:
•Kit Bond retires from the U.S. Senate.
•Matt Blunt decides against a second term as Missouri governor.
•Springfield Police Chief Lynn Rowe retires.
•The College Station project (the "Car Park and urban entertainment complex") is delayed.
•The Moxie keeps proving that "art" films have a place in Springfield.
•Downtown Springfield loses at least one significant retail outlet, but gains several others, including one national chain store.
•Branson seeks more convention business. So does Springfield. Hardball competition ensues. Some will reconsider the wisdom of the Springfield-Branson designation at the airport.
•Questions are raised about the source of defense funding for the Jordan Valley Innovation Center.
•The News-Leader starts publishing a Christian County edition, but also contemplates newsroom layoffs.
•Local talk-radio changes a host.
•A Springfield radio station finally figures it out and launches a jazz format.
•Talk radio for women? It'll happen in 2007 in Springfield.
•We haven't heard the last from Jerry Jacob.