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A look at the most viewed local online stories of 2016

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2016 Year in Review

Readers at this year were drawn to crime and tragedy, according to Daily Herald web traffic metrics. But stories on a Fort Hood housing change and a new restaurant in Harker Heights topped the list of the most viewed online stories in 2016.

The most viewed story — about a decision by Fort Hood Family Housing to allow all renters, even those with no military ties, to move into on-post homes — received mixed reviews. Some Fort Hood residents were concerned about safety despite reassurances from a property management company, while others applauded the change.

A clause in the parent company’s contract permits open housing when post housing occupancy drops below 96 percent. Occupancy was 88 percent Aug. 3 when the story was written by Military Editor David A. Bryant.

In close second: The announcement of the pending arrival of Richard Rawlings’ Garage restaurant in Harker Heights. The eatery at 401 W. Central Texas Expressway was previewed July 3 by summer intern Brady Keane. American cuisine peppers a menu described by Rawlings as “revved-up comfort food,” which includes mouth-watering barbecue and sizzling burgers, among other fare.

Rawlings is captain of the Gas Monkey empire in Dallas-Fort Worth, and star of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud.” A grand opening was Sept. 22. The restaurant occupies a former Twin Peaks restaurant that closed in September 2015.

Most viewed online stories of 2016

Stories are ranked by unique views, a measurement that tracks single views per user or session instead of counting multiple page views. The data combines desktop and mobile traffic. | 254-501-7463

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