Gators, bridges, jellyballs, USCB at Coligny - or not - gators, more gators, Mark Sanford, shocking deaths, shocking crimes, texting bans and some feel-good stories, too, made 2013 a year to remember. Oh, and did we mention Candice Glover?
Enjoy these slideshows recapping our top stories, countdown style.
Also, check out our timeline to see how our top stories of 2013 played out on the calendar.
For a roundup of national top stories in 2013, visit McClatchy Newspapers' story by clicking here (available after 6 a.m. Dec. 27).
Never miss a local story.
We gave Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette readers lists of 10 stories from each newspaper and asked them to vote on what they thought was the most important story of 2013. Here are the results. Thank you to everyone who voted:
|1||Candice Glover of St. Helena Island wins "American Idol"||49 percent|
|2||Mark Sanford returns to politics, House of Representatives||15 percent|
|3||Authorities: Well-known Pritchardville woman slayed by man she tried to help||8 percent|
|4||After years of stalled attempts, plans to dredge Harbour Town Yacht Basin, other Sea Pines waterways proceeds||7 percent|
|5||TIE: Coligny redevelopment plan advances, but a USCB campus for the site is nixed; Hilton Head Island on outs with trash hauler, Republic Services Inc., decides to end contract early||6 percent|
|1||Candice Glover of St. Helena Island wins "American Idol"||53 percent|
|2||Beaufort native Alex Apps gunned down; authorities arrest men who answered Craigslist ad for his truck||13 percent|
|3||Federal-government budget woes hit Lowcountry through sequestration, furloughs||6 percent|
|4||Mark Sanford returns to politics, House of Representatives||5 percent|
|5||Earnest Daise convicted -- but life spared -- in first capital trial in Beaufort County since 2008||3 percent|