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TOP 10: Winthrop president’s termination tops heraldonline list of 2014's most-read stories

Winthrop University trustees’ decision to issue a notice of termination to President Jamie Comstock Williamson was heraldonline's most-read story of the year.

We looked at analytics for all of our stories from 2014. Here's how the Top 10 ranked, according to page views.

1) Winthrop board issues president notice of termination

Winthrop University trustees suspended President Jamie Comstock Williamson on June 13 and said they intend to fire her. The board’s 12-1 vote came after a nearly six-hour closed-door meeting in the university’s DiGiorgio Campus Center. She was later fired and mediation continues between Williamson and Winthrop.

2) Fatal wreck closes portion of Celanese Road in Rock Hill, one woman charged

Cassie Cunningham of Rock Hill was charged with driving under the influence on Feb. 10 after she rear-ended a victim stopped at a red light. In December, Cunningham pleaded guilty to felony DUI and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

3) Boy sends letter to wrong Chester Co. sheriff, but deputies make dream come true

Alex Collins, who lives in Chester County, Pa., sent a letter to the wrong Chester sheriff’s office asking to go on a hunting trip. The Pennsylvania deputies worked with Chester County, S.C., deputies to make his dream come true. “Little A” has been here this week, having a blast with Chester Sheriff Alex “Big A” Underwood.

4) Fort Mill mom holds man accused of having sex with her daughter at BB gunpoint

After discovering a 23-year-old man in her teenage daughter's bedroom in March, a Fort Mill mom held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

5) 61 charged in Lancaster County drug sweep

Police in Lancaster County confiscated pounds of drugs, 13 guns and more than $10,000 in cash Jan. 24 in a drug sweep that resulted in 117 drug charges for 61 people – including a convicted drug dealer who was out on bond in a murder case.

6) Rock Hill woman charged in traffic death had previous DUI

Cassie Cunningham (see No. 2), who troopers say was drunk when she rear-ended a car and killed its driver, also was charged with drinking and driving in 2008. After the 2008 incident, she enrolled in an alcohol and drug safety program and paid $100 for a provisional driver’s license that only allowed her to drive a car in South Carolina for about six months.

7) Police: 2 Chester High students charged in Myrtle Beach homicide lured victim with sex

Two Chester teenagers were accused of shooting a man in Myrtle Beach in June after police say they planned to rob him by luring him to a motel for sex. Both were student-athletes and rising seniors at Chester High School.

8) Police: 'No tolerance' in Rock Hill for violent gangs, 12 arrested

A dozen alleged Rock Hill gang members – whose feuding police blamed for drive-by shootings, violent robberies and one shooting death – were arrested in January in a sweeping round-up, putting a “pretty big dent” in the city’s escalating gang presence.

9) Friends, family remember Northwestern student killed in crash

Northwestern student Frankie Lane Adams, 16, died in a May crash on his way home from his part-time job at Zaxby’s. He was remembered as a "great kid" who was “always funny and joked around.” His family called him “an angel on earth.”

10) Man accused of killing Rock Hill veteran at bar: 'I'm extremely sorry'

Eric Cobb, accused of killing a Vietnam War veteran and grandfather of eight in May, lowered his head in court, cried and apologized to the dead man’s family, swearing he “did not mean for this to happen the way it did.” In November, Cobb plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and received a 15-year sentence.

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