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2012: The Beehive Year in Review

Yes, we’re halfway into the first month of 2013 — but I realized I forgot to do one of these Beehive Year in Review posts. I swear it’s the last looking-back-at-2012 post I’ll write. If I didn’t do this post, though, how would you know which contests you entered the most and which commenters are still in our “top 10?” See. You’re welcome.

So without further ado — unless you want me to drag this out another 14 days — here are the most read and most commented Beehive posts of 2012, along with our most prolific commenters.

Whether you’re on the list or not, thanks to everyone who participates in the site, either by reading and responding, sharing links with your friends or even grumbling to yourself about what we write. You’re all appreciated.

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Remembering Corby Yates

Blues guitar virtusoso Corby Yates will be remembered Saturday by this family, friends and fans.

Yates was a guitar sensation who came out of the Shaver Lake area to win acclaim from the guitar world as a teenager, including winning the national Jimi Hendrix guitar competition when he still in high school. As he got older, Yates struggled with mental illness and in September, at age 31, he took his own life. The news triggered much shock and sadness around the local music community, including a lot here on The Beehive.

Many people have asked me when there’d be a proper tribute to Yates. His parents have organized one, happening Saturday at 1 p.m. in the  Sierra High School cafeteria, where Yates went to school. His talent show performances are still gushed about by his classmates. His family and friends are inviting anyone to come and share their stories about Corby.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks that donations be made in Yates’ remembrance to the Shalom Free Clinic (1190 E. First Ave, Chico, 95926) or NAMI Fresno (7545 N. Del Mar #105, Fresno, 93711). Sierra High School is at 33326 Lodge Road in Tollhouse.

R.I.P. Corby Yates, guitar prodigy

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UPDATE: A sad update to the Corby Yates story. Corby took his own life Monday night after struggling with schizophrenia and mental illness in recent years. Read my Fresno Bee column for more of the story. I’m told funeral services are private, but there will, eventually, be musical tributes to him. I’ll give you info on those when they’re announced.

ORIGINAL POST, 9/25: Sad news hitting the local music scene today: Corby Yates, the once-teenage blues guitar prodigy, has died. Details are few at this time, but musicians he played with and a few of his close friends are verifying that Yates died Monday night.

Yates started to play guitar at age 6 and when he was 11, he won the Charlie Daniels Guitar Wars Competition. He was the national winner of the Jimi Hendrix Music Competition when he was a junior in high school. He attended Sierra High School in Auberry.

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