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      United Way: 2012 donations fall short of expectation

      6 million dollars, that was the number United Way said they raised last year during their annual campaign, but they came up shorter than hoped.

      T he group announced this morning they come up about 5% short, which is $326,000.

      R epresentatives say despite the short fall, no local programs were harmed, there was enough in reserves to cover the cost, and this years way of doing things will be a little different.

      United Way co-chair Smith Ellis said, "We're now going to give you the exact number that we bring in, we wont be giving you a projected number, always remember those numbers are just something you shoot for and hope to hit."

      The luncheon to kickoff the 2013 campaign season is next Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. inside the Civic Center Heritage Room.

      Join us for Daybreak on Friday morning to hear from Smith Ellis and other campaign co-chairs.