The Riv has compiled a list of some of the most viewed, shared and liked online stories of 2012.
Here are this year’s top 5 most viewed articles:
1. Lockington family’s fight for young mum
Grandparents Lois and Frank Chugg and Sue Glanville with grandson Lachlan and Kirsty.
On July 24, the Riverine Herald shared the story of Lockington mum Kirsty Chugg, who was in a catatonic state from a rare condition, autoimmune limbic encephalitis.
Kirsty was pregnant with her son Lachlan when she became delusional and began suffering convulsions. She was put in an induced coma in hospital and Lachlan was born eight weeks premature by caesarean.
Kirsty remained in a catatonic state after the birth and her husband Rohan would bring Lachlan into her room every day so he could lie on her chest.
‘‘I am confident Kirsty knows there’s a baby, I am just not 100 per cent sure she knows it’s hers,’’ Rohan said.
Kirsty is now in the brain injury ward of the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Melbourne.
2. One dead in Echuca train crash
The Ogilvie Ave train crossing in Echuca.
A woman was killed after being hit by a train in Echuca on June 4.
Police say the woman, 45, from Echuca, was walking along Ogilvie Ave shortly before 10.30am when she was struck by the freight train.
Witnesses told police the woman was walking towards the direction of Bunnings Warehouse and wearing headphones.
3. Victoria-wide diesel shortage
District residents reliant on diesel were thrown in turmoil after production plants at Shell's refinery in Geelong were shut down in early December.
The Riverine Herald was one of the first news websites in the region to report on the statewide diesel shortage on December 7.
Echuca hay contractor, harvester and laserer Steve McKee said only a few outlets in Echuca still had the fuel and Bendigo had almost completely run out.
‘‘It’s going to make things very hard,’’ Mr McKee said.
4. Toddler’s death not an accident
Brad Bannister, the father of Echuca toddler Angela Bannister, leaves coroners' court.
On July 5, a coroner found the death of Echuca toddler Angela Bannister was caused by her mother and her mother’s partner.
The 23-month-old died in 2008 from horrific injuries caused by her mother Tania Walker, her mother’s partner Daniel Simmons, or both acting together. Ms Walker and Mr Simmons originally claimed Angela’s death came the day after she was allegedly attacked by a dog outside the former Go-Lo store in Echuca.
5. Banksia placed in receivership
Banskia Securities Limited branch in Echuca.
The Riverine Herald was the first to report on the collapse of Banksia Securities Limited when it was placed into receivership on October 25.
The collapse has affected hundreds of local investors around the region.
See today's print edition for the full top 10 list of online stories.
Readers of the Riverine Herald took to Facebook in droves in 2012 to share opinions on stories and their experiences.
Here are the top five most liked, most shared and most commented on stories for the year:
Most ‘liked’ stories
1. 46 likes: Echuca-Moama bridge crash results in delays, posted November 13.
2. 30 likes: Dr Claire Goodman awarded, posted November 27.
3. 26 likes: One and All Inclusion Program deb ball pointer, posted October 18.
4. 24 likes: Ollie Wines drafted, posted November 22.
5. 23 likes: Lockington couple Kirsty and Rohan Chugg’s heartwrending battle, posted July 24.
Most shared stories
1. 54 shares: Kirsty and Rohan Chugg, posted July 24.
2. 17 shares: Grassfire on Echuca-Nanneella Rd, posted December 1.
3. 15 shares:- Fatal stabbing in Echuca, posted May 26.
4. 12 shares: Echuca-Moama bridge crash results in delays, posted November 13.
5. 11 shares Tongala mother Bonita Koch urges support for Very Special Kids Charity, posted September 20.
Most commented stories
1. 99 comments: Closure of Carters of Echuca, posted September 12.
2. 33 comments: Echuca-Moama bridge crash results in delays, posted November 13.
3. 21 comments: Unsuccessful candidate vents spleen at official poll declaration, posted October 31.
4. 18 comments: Questions for Echuca Ward candidates, posted October 12.
5. 16 comments (tie): Bridge climbers, posted December 13; and the car parking issue, posted August 14.
A 32-year-old Shepparton man is missing. The man did not return from a fishing trip at Lake Eildon, Bonnie Doon yesterday.
May 2013 will be forever remembered as the month soccer truly become an integral part of the junior sporting culture in Yarrawonga.
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A home in Moama was damaged when fire broke out about 6pm on Sunday.
A Shepparton firm has been awarded part of the $2.2 million Rochester Reserve project contract.
Campaspe Shire Council's draft budget released today is pitched on delivering three key focus areas - people, place and prosperity.
Seymour were beaten by 45 points in the grand final replay against Tatura at Kings Park on Saturday.
Graham Gene Potter, 55, has been on the run since 2010 and police believe he could be in the Riverina area.
A pair of Costerfield farmers remain concerned about the quality of their water supply should a mine build its proposed evaporation ponds nearby.
Cobram fruit growers sacked by SPC Ardmona remain in limbo as they wait for confirmation on assistance packages they hope will help relieve the pressure of lost business.
Organisers of the 15th Deniliquin Ute Muster has confirmed International country music superstar Alan Jackson is this year's headline act.
About 1000 SPC Ardmona workers, orchardists, politicians and community members rallied at Shepparton Showgrounds last Thursday to support local fruit growers and processors.
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