The Miami News-Record is seeking assistance from the public in deciding the top 10 news stories of 2007.

News-Record staff members have selected what is to believed to be 20 of the most closely followed topics of 2007. Now, it is up to readers to whittle the listing down to 10.

The final list will be printed in a year-end review to publish the last week in December.

Following are the top 20 issues — some of which were stretched across a series of news articles:

Miami’s Centennial Celebration observed and clock unveiled. Mother nature wreaks havoc in terms of ice and floodwater. Resignations (city manager, city attorney, chamber director) Seneca-Cayuga Tribe in turmoil. Casinos — Quapaws, Seneca-Cayugas announce construction plans and Wyandotte Nation opens new facility. School bond passes. Charles A. Neal Jr. dies. Third Street closing controversy. Miami Mayor Brent Brassfield Proposes economic development plan. City, GRDA battle over operation of Pensacola Dam. Murder/suicide on Monkey Island. Picher relocation begins, funding falls short, residents unhappy with offers. Miami Laundry burns. Courthouse construction begins. Business construction booming — New theatre, hotels, etc. Commerce nixes soccer field plans proposed over mine. Miami police officer charged with indecent exposure. Dr. Grotheer, BRHC part ways. Serpentine street removed, city plans for revitalization. Blitz under new ownership.

Readers are asked to rank their top 10 choices and notify the News-Record by either mailing back the printed ballot to “Top 10 Ballot” at 14 1st Ave. NW, Miami, Ok. 74354; e-mailing the list to news.staff@miaminewsrecord.com, or faxing the list to 542-1903.

See page four of this edition for a ballot.

Participants can also indicate a story of their choice not included on the ballot.

Ballots are due by Dec. 21.

The results will be published in a special “2007 - Year in Review” edition slated for the last week in December.

At the conclusion of the balloting event, one participant’s name will be drawn. That person will receive a three-month subscription to the News-Record.