This weekend, we're closing out 2011 with a look at the most viewed stories of the year on Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch.
Sunday: Nos. 1-5
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Thanks for a great year. We're looking forward to covering our communities in 2012.
What happened: Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls of St. Louis County explained what might happen in Clayton and beyond were Congress unable to reach a debt-ceiling deal.
Why it matters: The interview underscored two themes of the last year: Perceived gridlock on Capitol Hill and concerns about the state of the economy. The story drew visitors from around the U.S. after appearing on The Huffington Post.
What happened: Clayton resident Chris Corrigan died after he was thrown from his motorcycle in an out-of-state traffic accident.
Why it matters: Word of the tragedy drew sympathy from miles away. A Florida man who had driven past the accident scene was moved to share a picture of the Colorado landscape he had taken that day.
No. 3: Abuse Allegation Means Clayton Won't Rehire Assistant Coach Pat Sullivan
What happened: Clayton High School decided against rehiring an assistant coach after a media personality alleged he sexually assaulted her in the 1980s.
Why it matters: This story underscores the journalism other media outlets produced last year. Patch directed readers to complete coverage on the St. Louis Beacon, which broke the story. The above link takes readers directly to the Beacon's report.
What happened: Clayton hosted the 18th Saint Louis Art Fair in early September.
Why it matters: The art festival drew painters, sculptors, musicians and other creative types to downtown over a three-day period. People packed the event, which included multiple performance stages and a sidewalk chalk drawing competition for St. Louis-area high school students.
What happened: Alex Hogue, an active member of the Maplewood Richmond Heights community, died roughly a month before he took a seat on the MRH Board of Education.
Why it matters: Hogue's family received an outpouring of support from those who knew him, and many shared their thoughts about his life and legacy.
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