Here are the five most widely read stories on Martinez Patch in 2012.
5) Election Results
On Nov. 6, Martinez voters elected newscomer Annamarie Farias and incumbent Mark Ross to the City Council.
All three school board incumbents were re-elected.
4) Woman Murdered
A suspect was arrested in early August for the murder of a Martinez woman on the steps of the Chamber of Commerce building.
Jason Castillo, 25, of Concord was booked into County Jail on suspicion of murdering the 47-year-old woman during a fight.
3) Presidential Debate
The presidential debates in October were big news for Martinez Patch readers.
The story that previewed the third and final debate on Oct. 22 between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney was the third most read story on the site in 2012.
2) Shuttle Flyover
The flyover of the space shuttle Endeavor on the back of a large aircraft drew a lot of attention.
Readers from all the Bay Area sent us their photos of the retired shuttle passing through.
1) Solar Eclipse
Martinez Patch readers couldn't seem to get enough of science stories.
Our May 20 story on how to make a pinhole projector to view the solar eclipse that day was the most read story on the site in 2012.