Local Tragedies Lead Top 2012 Stories
Although we think the majority of our stories are positive and about the good things of living in a small rural community, the hits on our website prove that the stories that draw most attention are those of tragedy. Every time someone clicks on a story on www.lexingtonleader.com, it is recorded by the site host, giving us a record of the stories that were most viewed throughout the year. The stories viewed the most appear below, with the most read first, followed by the year’s remaining biggest stories.
The number one read story involved the drowning death of a community volunteer in March of 2012, after she passed through high, swift running water on FM 1624 at the Yegua Creek crossing. Next was a story about a Lexington Middle School teacher whose involvement with her students in February ended with her conviction on charges of sexual assault of a child in December; and then, a July car accident that devastated a Lexington family, claiming the life of a young mother and her three children, one of them unborn.
Another story read most during the year involved a fatal one-car accident on FM 696 W where a former Lexington man lost his life one Monday afternoon in November.
Violent incidents at the Giddings State School were reported in May, after months of reported problems by the student inmates culminated in two violent events where one female juvenile correctional officer was reportedly punched in the face.
Other stories covered a parachuter who died in a skydiving accident on Sunday afternoon, April 1, near FM 696, just east of Lexington; and an alleged assault that had neighbors arrested in September, one for spraying someone in the face with wasp spray and the other for hitting two neighbors with her car, all in the area of 9th and Caldwell Street in Lexington.
In a rare occurrence of a story with a positive theme, a popular read on the website involved a January benefit golf tournament to raise funds for a friend who lost her battle with brain cancer.
Next in the order of stories most read on our website was one about a tornado that caused serious damage to a Lexington family’s home in October; a story in April about 50-plus dogs being rescued from a puppy mill in Dime Box, that subsequently was shut down by the state; and a story about a Lexington school bus driver, a student, and recovering surgery patient, all who were rescued from rising waters in February west of Lexington.
The last two stories that made the “most read list for 2012” on the Leader’s website involved a chief of staff for our State Representative who was under investigation for alleged improprieties related to travel reimbursements and ending with a story about a rescue of fourteen employees who were stranded on a drilling rig located about two miles off FM 1624 in Lexington in January of last year.
To review each of these stories, go to www.lexingtonleader.com and click on “The 20 Most Viewed Stories of 2012.”