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2012 Review: By the numbers, here are
most popular KyForward stories of the year


Each of us has our own notion of what makes a good story – and we thought there were PLENTY of good stories at KyForward in 2012. We could have made our own Top Twelves List for 2012, of course – but we preferred to let the numbers speak for themselves, since we can track these things. Thanks to our own Jon Hale for compiling. And, yes, we were surprised by a few of them ourselves, which makes for interesting reading for us too. So, here they are – strictly by the numbers – the 12 stories that drew the most readers in 2012. If you missed them, you can still have the privilege of enjoying. Feel free to let us know what you think. . .

 

Eleven/Twelve
A dead heat – really – between two particular columns by two talented, regular and very different columnists – Keven Moore who writes about insurance and Ginger Sanders who is sharing her journey through her husband’s Alzheimer’s:

 

Keven Moore on Insurance: His own peanut allergy is a wake-up call — and will save lives

 

Alzheimer’s Diary: One fateful day two people met, fell in love…and their journey began

 

Ten
Ghost stories always make for good reading. A lot of you liked this one:

 

‘School Spirits’ episode on SyFy to feature EKU pair’s encounter with ‘ghostly visitor’

 

Nine
This local-girl-making-good story had a lot of fans – and the best news is that she continues to make her mark.

 

Laura Bell Bundy: Despite fame and celebrity, she’s a hometown Kentucky girl at heart

 

Eight
Obviously, we all love it when one of our own rises to the top. Makes us proud, too.

 

Youngest sub commander, a proud Kyian; USS Kentucky’s rallying cry — ‘Go Big Blue!’

 

Seven
‘Green’ stories resonate these days, as awareness increases. This one on a mom’s zero-waste efforts drew national attention. Could you do this?

 

Stay-at-home mom reduces environmental footprint, spending with ‘zero-waste’ lifestyle

 

Six
The long-anticipated opening of a popular national store drew readers to the story – and the grand opening.

 

Trader Joe’s construction under way, will open on Nicholasville Road in 2012

 

Five
Hemp was a big story nationally, so it was no surprise that the revival of Kentucky’s dormant Hemp Commission and the advocacy for industrial hemp by the new agricultural commission drew national attention.

 

Ky Industrial Hemp Commission will hold meeting after years of dormancy

 

Four
A collection of stories on the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud put this subject in fourth place. A movie, a book – and all the related hoopla – made this a subject that consistently attracted a national audience. And provided enjoyable reading for us locals too.

 

University Press’ Hatfield-McCoy book tops bestseller list amidst miniseries popularity

 

JSH’s KY: Hatfield-McCoy feud notable part of our history, bringing entertaining notoriety

 

Hatfield, McCoy events chronicled in digitized newspapers, miniseries to air May 28-30

 

Visit Pike County for closer look at Hatfield-McCoy feud

 

Three
All by itself, a single story about a local-but-national figure found its way to third place. Farking is Farking and it’s Kentucky made.

 

Drew Curtis makes Farking an art form, propelling quirky humor to national fame

 

Two
It’s heart-warming – and encouraging – to know that good news “sells.” Thanks, readers, for appreciating the positive and thanks to Eric Patrick Marr at LeXenomics for creating this innovative award. As you know, the Harts were the big winners of the second annual Most Encouraging Kentuckian Award.

 

Most Encouraging Kentuckian — A message from the heart of the Harts

 

One
Surprising no one at all, the most popular stories – as a body of work – can’t be denied. It is Big Blue Country after all – and there was a national championship in the mix. But they weren’t all basketball – there’s the football coaching change and a popular ‘Voice of the Wildcats’ in the mix.

 

One-on-one with John Calipari: Coach Cal talks future, changes after title

 

UK basketball: Where are they now? Jared Prickett passes sport to next generation

 

UK at Vanderbilt basketball game story

 

Calipari downplays revenge factor as Cats prepare for rematch with Hooisers

 

Barnhart: Phillips fired as UK football coach; search for replacement to begin immediately

 

High school prospect impresses teammates as Dominican national team works out at UK

 

Coaches say both teams have improved as UK, Indiana prepare for rematch

 

Broadcaster Tom Leach achieved dream job of lifetime — an called 2nd UK Final Four too

 

Talented high school standouts headline Kentucky prospects for 2012 MLB draft

 

UK among teams that will wear high-tech Nike basketball uniforms

 

Q&A: John Calipari previews 2012-13 season, talks about challenge of repeating and more

 

Enjoy revisiting these stories – and finding others you may have missed. Just “search” KyForward – the stories are always there, free and fun, for our readers.


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