Little cutie Billy Williams had the honour of becoming Renfrewshire’s first arrival of 2012, weighing in at 7lb and 5oz.
Proud parents Jimmy Williams and Joanne McArthur, from Renfrew, were over the moon and described little Billy as ‘absolutely lovely’.
Billy wasn’t hanging around on New Year’s Day and made his bow at the Royal Alexandra Hospital at 2.41am.
Joanne said: “He was as good as gold on his first night and awoke only for a midnight feed!”
Also in January, stunned Tracey Flynn couldn’t believe her eyes when the storms brought a tree crashing down on her Paisley home – and a wheelie bin saved her life.”
It was estimated that the big clean-up would cost millions of pounds, while worried fire chiefs said that hoax 999 calls could cost lives.
Paisley’s mother from hell, Kimberley Hainey showed no emotion as she was sentenced to life for the cruel murder of her tragic son, Declan.
The Express told our readers how miracle tot Mirin Weaver was an inspiration to thousands of people.
The three-year-old tot, from Barrhead, was born with a back-to-front heart but was the face of a campaign to raise cash for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.
Her mum, Catriona, said: “The vessels that go into the heart are the wrong way round, but you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with her. She is so brave.”
Elsewhere, Glenburn residents called for CCTV cameras to be installed at the troubled Skye Crescent shops to cut down on crime.
A damning report into the death of tragic Declan Hainey concluded that social work and health staff failed to see him on 19 different occasions.
And there was disappointment when Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, decided to visit Greenock and NOT Paisley as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations around Britain.
A historic Paisley pavilion was torched by mindless thugs.
The old bowling pavilion at Barshaw Park had stood untouched for 100 years but was soon reduced to a burned-out shell by arsonists.
A local councillor described the fire as ‘an absolute disaster’ and police confirmed that two teenagers were seen running away from the blaze.
Also in March, our reporter Alison Rennie highlighted the ‘blanket shortage’ at the RAH – and First Minister Alex Salmond apologised to patients.
Superfit Andy Jack gave squash bosses a headache when he applied to take part in a competition – but discovered there was no category for players over 80. One was soon created!
There was terror on the streets of Paisley when a young mum was shot in the head in Clarence Street.
A talented Paisley schoolgirl was picked from more than 700 hopefuls to land a scholarship at a famous London theatre school.
11-year-old Abbie Robinson-O’Neill, from Bushes Primary, spent a week at the prestigious Sylvia Young School, one-time home to Denise Van Outen and Emma Bunton.
A pensioner was left heartbroken when a 150-year-old sculpture was stolen from his front garden in the Gleniffer Braes.
Cops were left to probe a petrol bomb attack on a Johnstone family – the second such attack in the Renfrewshire area in just 48 hours.
And three former Saints players, Mark Reilly, Andy Millen and Kevin McGowne climbed three of the tallest mountains in Britain for Rett Syndrome, as Mark’s daughter Dionne was a sufferer.
A Paisley woman was driven nuts in May when she discovered her house was overrun with squirrels!
Denise Kyle, a mum of three, said the din from the rampaging rodents was so bad that she thought a neighbour was clambering about her loft.
She said: “I looked up in the attic and I saw four squirrels – and they just stared back at me.”
A Paisley couple travelled halfway across the world on holiday – to a place called PAISLEY, in Florida!
And there was a change of administration in Renfrewshire as Labour thumped SNP and the Lib Dems to seize power.
Paisley was celebrating its very own chess champion when 13-year-old Caitlin Reid, of Foxbar, was crowned queen of the board.
The Gleniffer High pupil won her third straight Scottish title – in the under-13 category – before revealing she had been taught how to play by her dad, Billy.
Elsewhere, neighbours in a Linwood street were terrified after finding a 10-foot python in a tenement close.
And cops were out in force when Paisley shopkeeper, Javaid Ali, was stabbed to death in his shop in Green Road.
The dad-of-three’s murder shocked locals and the case was highlighted in the BBC show Crimewatch.
And 9,000 people packed the streets of Lochwinnoch as the Olympic Torch made a brief appearance in Renfrewshire.