The year’s most viewed local stories on whnt.com

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TENNESSEE VALLEY, Ala. (WHNT) - This last year was a busy one in the Tennessee Valley and the area's top news stories drove you to whnt.com again and again.

Many viewers used our website to learn about possible scams, like our fourth most viewed story about Iraqi Dinar. Nearly 97,000 readers clicked to find out if the investment was a smart move or a scam.

While more than 97,000 were curious to know if persimmon seeds really can predict winter weather in our number three most-read local story.

Folks in the Tennessee Valley also came to whnt.com to share their compassion for others.

Our fifth most-viewed article this year had nearly 89,000 of you following the heart-wrenching story of the Brown family. A May wreck near Hampton Cove Elementary School claimed the life of five-year-old Micah Brown and seriously injured his mother and two of his sisters.

More than 118,000 read about the tragic death of Hazel Green football star Julian Jones.

Nearly 85,000 people went to the website to learn about the legacy of Branson Carlisle in our third most-watched video.

A rare deadly spider bite took the five-year old from his family far too soon.

Weather Where You Live also continued to play a vital role in 2014.

Tornado outbreaks, chilly temps and summer storms sent more than 2.8 million people to the weather page.

Our number one most-viewed story with more than 124,000 page views was an ill-advised school trip selfie with a cadaver.

The story also came in second for the site's most video plays with more than 91,000.

Here's a complete breakdown of 2014's top web traffic:

Top locally produced stories:

  1. Clements High Student Must Apologize After Posting ‘Cadaver Selfie’ to Instagram
  2. Hazel Green, AAMU communities mourn the death of high school football star
  3. How accurate are persimmon seeds in predicting winter weather?
  4. Iraqi Dinar Investment: Smart Move or Scam?
  5. UPDATE: Church Members Launch Fundraising Campaign For Victims Of Fatal Wreck

Top viral stories:

  1. Deployed soldier watches daughter’s birth on iPad, then gets surprise from his commander
  2. Double red flag warning, rare shark event happening on Alabama coast
  3. WATCH: Depressed goat ends hunger strike, jumps for joy when reunited with friend
  4. Awww: Overjoyed dog passes out when girl returns home after 2 years
  5. Video: Trucker pulled over for honking horn at speeding officer turns the tables

Top video plays:

  1. Dozens of Sharks Line the Coast of Alabama
  2. Instagram Selfie Lands Student in Hot Water
  3. Family of boy killed by spider bite carries out wish
  4. Woman claims she was fired from bank for saying "Have a blessed day"
  5. Military Dad Surprises Daughter, Crowd at Graduation