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2012 Most-Read: No. 10

Kent Patch is counting down the top 10 most read stories of 2012 with the story that had the most readers to be announced on New Year's Eve

Editor's note: In our second year reporting on Kent, Kent Patch produced 2,000 news articles — excluding events and announcements — about everything from lost pets to the city budget.

But only 10 of those stories were the most read on our site after having received thousands of individual readers each.

Counting down to New Year's Eve, Kent Patch will announce the top ten most-read stories of the year with the story that received the most readers announced on Dec. 31.

Today we're revealing story No. 10, which originally appeared Feb. 1, 2012, and was the tenth most-read story on Kent Patch this year.

UPDATE: Kent State Professor Emeritus Dies After Being Hit by Car

Click on the link above to read the original story.

Devlin Charlton-Dennis December 22, 2012 at 02:25 PM
AKA Kent Patch wants to make sure it maximizes it's ad revenu by re-reporting the death of a citizen. Classy move patch.
Devlin Charlton-Dennis December 22, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Hey Patch, what did you get the family of Dr. Vars for Christmas? Oh I didn't realize rehashing the tragic death of a loved one for personal monetary gain was a gift. I bet you're everyone's favorite secret Santa!
i love doughnuts December 22, 2012 at 06:19 PM
in poor taste, patch editor.
silly sally December 22, 2012 at 06:21 PM
awful. let's rehash old stories to get more clicks and views. damn journalistic integrity, no respect for the deceased. just shameful.
Teresa K. December 22, 2012 at 06:38 PM
@devlin: I think the top ten stories of '12 is a great idea for Patch. Kind of wraps up old news and the old year. . The article says the ten most READ articles will be highlighted. Dr. Vars appears to have touched many lives in a good way. I doubt this article about his passing will upset the family much- as they live with the reality of it every day- but comments like yours might. whats your problem with Patch?
Devlin Charlton-Dennis December 22, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Relegating tragedy to a top 10 list is immoral. Maybe if were lucky the Sandy Hook tragedy will beat out the Standing Rock garden for #1!! Either way making more money off of tragedy is a great thing!! Unless you have morals. Thanks for the personal attack though, also a classy move.
Teresa K. December 22, 2012 at 07:39 PM
devlin: personal attack ? lol goodness, i aint even started yet.... (no one's ever called me classy before)
silly sally December 22, 2012 at 11:27 PM
i wonder why?
Bethany Tipton Snyder December 23, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Dr. Vars was well known and well loved in our town. I don't see what is wrong with remembering him and reflecting on his life. I think the most tragic thing would be to forget no?
i love doughnuts December 23, 2012 at 02:17 AM
@bts - was that the intention of this article? no. what's most tragic is to rank a local man's unexpected, unfortunate death with a number calling it one of the years hottest news items. but this is the patch, so nothing surprises me.
Bethany Tipton Snyder December 23, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Well I see what you're saying but I didn't take it that way. I read the article and it reminded me about his passing and who he was. Different strokes...
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! December 23, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I thought the intention of the article was that it is number 10 on a list of most read stories from 2012. Dr. Vars was much loved in Kent and beyond. The "traffic" this article received was because so many people knew and loved Dr. Vars. Yes, it was a horrific tragedy, but the comments from the article display a lot of love and great memories of a man who touched so many lives. He will live on in his students (which he has a lot of out there!!). I know I have a greater love of tamaracks because of him.
Bethany Tipton Snyder December 23, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Well said Brunold.
Matt Fredmonsky December 25, 2012 at 03:12 AM
As was done in 2011, for 2012 Kent Patch is simply identifying which 10 stories out of the 2,000 that were published all year received the most readers. The tragic story of the much beloved Dr. Vars' death was simply the 10th most-read story on Kent Patch in 2012. The intent of identifying the 10 most-read stories of 2012 is simply to give readers a sense of what the biggest news stories were this year. There was no malice intended, as I knew Dr. Vars personally and felt the loss as much as most any reader did. I think it says something about how great an impact on the Kent community Dr. Vars had that his passing was among the most-read stories out of 2,000 published this year.

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