New Year's Eve celebrations have begun in Key West with hundreds of dachshunds on parade.
As the calendar prepares to change pages in the United States for a new year, other countries have progressively flipped from 2011 to 2012. Here's a look at a few of the parties, fireworks and moments that honor and offer hope for the future.
Firefighters battle a house in the 200 block of Eastwood Drive, in Bethel Township early Saturday morning. Crews arrived and found the house fully involved. Two people who live in the house managed to escape without being injured.
A glimpse of New Year's celebrations from around the globe
Area high school wrestlers competed Friday, Dec. 31, 2011, in the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament at Wright State University. Washington Court House won overall and small-school titles. Centerville was second overall.
Springboro beat Middletown, 49-47, to win the Domino's Holiday Tournament on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Springboro High School.
Madison High School played Belmont in the championship game of the Brian Cook Classic on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Madison. Middletown Christian and Cincinnati Oyler met in the consolation game.
The Flyers defeat Mississipi at UD Arena by a score of 62-50 on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011.
An arsonist torched car after car on the streets of Hollywood and neighboring West Hollywood Friday morning, sending firefighters scrambling.
Thousands visited the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden this season to see its annual PNC Festival of Lights.
Area high school wrestlers competed in the first day of the annual Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the Nutter Center in Fairborn.
The Miami Redhawks defeated the Tribe of William & Mary 73-69 on Thursday, December 29, 2011, at Millett Hall, in Oxford.
A vaccination clinic at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center in Dayton was held Wednesday, December 28, 2011. The clinic is a result of an ASPCA grant for the vaccination of cats and dogs whose owners cannot afford yearly routine vaccinations.
The large historic nativity at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dayton on Dec. 27. The church spends about 120 person-hours creating the nativity and then, adding the baby Jesus on Dec. 24.
At least four people were taken to the hospital following a plane crash on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 near the Warren County Airport. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff as it circled back to land, according to Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Mike Sanders.