Published Friday, December 28, 2012

Most viewed local news stories during 2012

Editorial

What were the top news stories from Coweta County in 2012?

Two of the most important stories of the year were the opening of the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Southeastern hospital.

One gauge is the number of page views stories received on our website, www.times-herald.com .

Here is a list of the top 10 most viewed stories on the website:

1. Heritage School student found (19,247 page views). July 12 ... A Heritage School student, missing since Wednesday night, was found around noon miles from where his abandoned truck was discovered.

2. Newnan pilot killed: Air Force Capt. Nick Whitlock one of four crash victims (17,509 views). Feb. 21 ... Nick Whitlock, who grew up in Newnan, died while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Africa.

3. Ku Klux Klan distributes flyers in Newnan (15,564 views). Feb. 28 ... Members of a Ku Klux Klan organization distributed flyers in several parts of Newnan, asking residents to call if they have problems in their neighborhoods.

4. ‘Walking Dead’ filming in Senoia regularly in May (12,627 views). April 4 ... Zombies are coming back to Coweta County in May, but if you stay in Senoia, you’ll be safe. At least that’s the plot of the next season of “The Walking Dead,” which will be filming in Senoia on a regular basis this year.

5. Newnan pharmacy raided by federal agents (8,798 views). April 16 ... Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided the Hospital Discount Pharmacy in downtown Newnan.

6. City’s second homicide of year; Newnan man killed at tavern (8,399 views). April 3 ... A Newnan man was killed and another man arrested for murder after a weekend shooting at a Newnan-area bar.

7. Food Lion closing its two Newnan supermarkets (8,191 views.) Jan. 13 ... Belgian supermarket group Delhaize, which owns the Food Lion grocery store chain, announced it was closing 113 U.S. stores, including the two in Coweta County.

8. Community shocked at loss: Flags to fly at half-staff for funeral (8,780 views). Feb. 22 ... Flags will fly at half-staff in Georgia on the day of the funeral for Nicholas Schade Whitlock, who grew up in Newnan and died in Africa.

9. Two arrested following BB&T bank robbery attempt (7,650 views). Sept. 17 ... Two suspects were arrested during an early morning bank robbery attempt in downtown Newnan. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred after 8 a.m. at the BB&T bank branch office on Jefferson Street.

10. Gasoline prices skyrocket; refineries spared by storm (7,638 views). Aug. 30

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