LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The top ten most clicked-on stories of the year accounted for nearly a quarter of a million page views on WKYT.com. As we launch into 2013, we take a look back at some of the most popular stories on 2012.
The 10th most popular story was a viral video from the back room of a Pikeville Walmart. The video shows employees tossing iPads and slamming them to the ground. A corporate spokesperson told us that the employees in the video no longer work at the store. That video went on to get more than six million views on YouTube.
The March 2nd tornado outbreak has a big presence in our top ten. Number nine was the story we posted to our website the day before the outbreak highlighting the risk of severe weather the next day.
Number eight on the list involves natural disasters of another kind. If you were anywhere near Southeastern or Central Kentucky on November 10, you probably felt the second strongest earthquake ever to hit Kentucky. The newsroom at WKYT was flooded with emails and phone calls after the quake hit. It registered a 4.3 on the Richter scale.
No top ten list here in Lexington would be complete without the Kentucky Wildcats! Coming in at seventh, more than 18 thousand people went to WKYT.com to get information after the Wildcats beat Baylor in the Elite Eight, setting the stage for a Final Four matchup with Louisville. Of course, UK went on to win the National Championship.
Meth has been an ongoing problem throughout Kentucky. The sixth most clicked-on story of the year involved a mobile meth lab and a Walmart. In November, the Nicholasville Walmart was evacuated after police found a man passed out in the bathroom along with what appeared to be an active meth lab. Police charged a Lancaster man with manufacturing and possession of meth.
Number five on the list is a pair of unforgettable characters. Police were called to a fight between a Kentucky fan and a Louisville fan who were both patients at a Georgetown dialysis clinic before the Cats and Cards faced off in the Final Four. Neither man faced charges.
A deadly crash along the interstate was the fourth most clicked-on article of 2012. In May, a fiery wreck killed one person and injured three others just north of the Tennessee line in Whitley County.
The March 2nd tornado outbreak makes another appearance at number three. As severe weather moved out of the area, the WKYT newsroom worked to gather information from counties around the state about injuries and fatalities. At the time, there were 12 confirmed deaths from the storms. That number eventually doubled to 24. The early information was the third most clicked-on article of the year.
The murder of Sarah Hart was the second most clicked-on story of the year. Hart was jogging with her sister in Russell County when she decided to turn back to her car. On the way back, police say Christopher Allman raped and murdered her. Allman will stand trial in September.
For the most clicked-on story of 2012, the March 2nd tornado outbreak makes its third appearance. A homeowner in West Liberty captured surveillance video of the tornado demolishing homes as it roared through town. West Liberty is still rebuilding from that devastation. Nearly 70 thousand people clicked on that story.