Year in Review: A look at the top local stories of 2018

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(WHSV) — Here is a look at some of the biggest stories of 2018 in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond:

1) AMBER Alert issued for missing girl and her grandmother

2) Staunton School Board votes to rename R. E. Lee High School

3) Lawmakers, VDOT study how to improve Interstate 81

4) Immigrants allege abuse and Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center

5) Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes near Crozet, killing garbage truck passenger

6) Dayton Town Council votes to demote police chief

7) Harrisonburg City Council votes to build second high school

8) Mike Houston leaves JMU, Curt Cignetti introduced as new head coach

9) West Virginia teachers go on strike over pay, benefits

10) Augusta Health and Anthem reach a deal

Those top stories are based on a survey and voting of WHSV staff. In addition, here are the top stories of 2018 based solely on the amount of traffic to our website, combining analytics from two different sources.

Top WHSV stories in 2018 according to website data

1. Tornado touches down in central Virginia in wake of Florence

2. WHSV's local forecast for Hurricane Florence

3. JMU student found dead in Harrisonburg apartment

4. Month-long search for grandmother and granddaughter comes to tragic end

5. Broadway standoff ends peacefully

6. Broadway couple arrested for downtown Harrisonburg murder

7. Police issue AMBER Alert for grandmother and granddaughter in Harrisonburg

8. Man indicted for attempted capital murder in Timberville

9. More than 35,000 pounds of ground beef being recalled

10. Shenandoah County man dead after tree trimming accident

11. Seven Hells Angels members arrested after Augusta County shooting

12. Police: Broadway woman killed in Friday crash

13. Bridgewater man pleads guilty to brutal murder in Broadway

14. West Virginia Supreme Court justice indicted on 22 federal charges

15. Man pleads guilty to murdering woman in Waynesboro apartment

16. No charges filed after police shoot knife-wielding man at Chili's

17. Hurricane Florence: time to prepare

18. Tractor trailer passenger killed in I-81 crash

19. Police investigate attempted abduction at Harrisonburg Family Dollar

20. Dozen arrested in Staunton and Waynesboro drug busts