Tourism, Scott Frost and slayings: The 10 most popular stories of the year on Omaha.com

December 18, 2018

The World-Herald published more than 180,000 stories on Omaha.com in 2018, and visitors clicked on those articles well over 100 million times. With all of those options, looking at what visitors chose to read is one interesting window into the priorities of World-Herald readers.

Here are the top 10 stories from the past year, as ranked by the number of unique visitors:

1) Nebraska’s saucy new tourism slogan

The state tourism agency’s bold new approach drew plenty of praise, surprise and criticism.

2) In March, Omahan Hannah Goebel dropped out of “The Voice.”

The graduate of Westside High said she left for personal reasons.

3) Roy Jones was fired in January after liking the wrong tweet

Many readers were flabbergasted that such a seemingly small action could result in the 49-year-old’s firing by Marriott.

4) Wait a little longer for Scott Frost

After months of buildup, Nebraska was ready to see how the Huskers would do under new coach Scott Frost. Mother Nature did not cooperate.

5) Aubrey Trail says he killed Sydney Loofe

In a jailhouse interview, Trail said he was the reason Sydney Loofe was dead. “I am responsible,” he said.

6) Council Bluffs speeder

One driver just couldn’t resist the need for speed. After being pulled over for going 92 in a 75, the driver from Council Bluffs sped off and got herself stopped again, this time for going 142 mph.

7) No rooms for the Zips

There was a brief moment during the rain delay of Scott Frost’s first game that everybody thought it would be rescheduled for the next morning. Then Akron said it couldn’t find hotel rooms.

8) Fatal shooting shakes up downtown

A fatal shooting after the Taste of Omaha shook up business leaders and visitors to downtown and prompted some new worries about downtown safety.

9) Mollie Tibbetts killed

The discovery of college student Mollie Tibbetts’ body and the confession of an immigrant in her kidnapping fueled an already explosive and racially-tinged debate about immigration in the country and region.

10) Kentucky player wonders why his fans aren’t as good as Nebraska

After Kentucky’s win on Senior Day in mid-November, Wildcat linebacker Kash Daniel voiced his frustration with the size of the Kentucky crowd. “Look at this,” he said. “You’ve got Nebraska — a football powerhouse, wins national championships — still sells out 80,000-plus when they went 0-5,” he said.

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