This one's all about popularity.
TurlockCityNews.com staffers may have one idea about what the most important stories of 2013 were, but readers have their own opinions. The following five stories drew the most traffic to TurlockCityNews.com in 2013.
Turlockers were excited to see justice served, following a fatal shooting in early November.
The incident began when Amritpal Singh Sandhu, 21, of Modesto, was driving down Highway 99 in the early hours of the morning. As he was passing Taylor Road at roughly 1:25 a.m., he called 9-1-1 to report that unknown men were shooting at him from a second vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, Turlock police received 9-1-1 calls reporting gunfire in the area of East Main Street and Lyons Avenue. Bullet casings were located on Pioneer Avenue, indicating the fatal shooting likely occurred there.
Sandhu was found dead in his car, a white Inifiniti sedan, just a few blocks away. The car jumped the curb in front of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at the intersection of East Main Street and Minaret Avenue.
Pardeep Singh, 21, and Kultar Singh Dhatt, 22, both of Turlock, were arrested for the murder of Sandhu. Singh also faces charges of assault with a firearm, and shooting at an inhabited dwelling or occupied car.
This was a simple article, but readers love to see their name in print.
In May, the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees recognized 15 students and 18 employees with Character Counts Awards. The awards recognize students and staff who demonstrate outstanding character.
The article listed the names of all 15 students and 18 employees, leading to the viral spread of the piece as readers shared the story with their friends and family.
Number 3: Kaepernick Immortalized in Corn Maze
Kaepernick Mania was in full swing in 2013, as Colin Kaepernick, a Pitman High School graduate, led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl.
Fantozzi Farms, of Patterson, decided to honor Kaepernick this fall as it carved its annual 25-acre corn maze to feature his likeness. Profits also went to Kap's charity of choice, Camp Taylor.
TurlockCityNews.com's post on the corn maze went viral, with a number of 49ers fan sites retweeting and reposting the story.
He wasn't missing for long, but the Turlock community stepped up big in the short time he was gone.
The boy, Carlos Perez, didn't arrive home after school on a mid-December day. Turlock Police believed him missing, and put out a call for help from the community.
News of the missing child had Turlockers fearing the worst. But Carlos arrived home unharmed – and unaware he was missed – roughly one hour after Turlock police announced they were searching for him.
The boy had decided to visit a friend's house – without telling his family.
In addition to having the second-most page views of any TurlockCityNews.com story in 2013, the post garnered an unprecedented 17,000-plus likes on the website page from Facebook visitors.
Ask any Turlocker and they're liable to say the same thing: the number one problem in Turlock is the roads.
As such, it's only fitting that TurlockCityNews.com's most popular story of 2013 is about the repaving of Monte Vista Avenue.
The $1 million project will repave Monte Vista Avenue between Crowell and Geer roads. A rubberized asphalt overlay will be installed, similar to that used in the recent rehabilitation of Fulkerth Road.
The project was approved, but is currently on hold due to cold weather. The rubberized asphalt requires warmer temperatures for installation.