Crime, local reality TV celebrities, school district drama and new shopping and entertainment options accounted for the majority of most-read stories at HesperiaStar.com for 2012.


The most viewed story of the year was "Middle schoolers plot mom's murder," which ran in May. Some 450 online views behind that was the "Hesperia's 'Barter Kings' brace for reality show fame," which came out in late June but picked up the heaviest traffic during July and into August.


Here are the three most viewed stories for each month. To read each of these stories along with new articles posted throughout the week visit www.HesperiaStar.com and search the headlines below.


January


Owner of Boulder Creek Ranch dies


Movie theater, Walmart coming to Hesperia in 2012


HUSD settles gender discrimination suit



February


Father, son attack clerk after debit card is declined


More marijuana munchies: Elementary students eat pot Thursday


HUSD police chief Mike Graham fired



March


Booster funds scandal hits Hesperia High


School board meeting dissolves into shouts, name-calling


Hesperia home burns near closed fire station


April


Sexually violent predator released in Hesperia


Authorities investigate Hesperia shooting


Making the grade: 12 Hesperia restaurants get perfect score



May


Middle schoolers plot mom's murder


Senior prank goes too far


Marijuana on the Mesa



June


Death of classmate colors Hesperia Christian graduation ceremony


Abused Hesperia runaway flees to Pomona police


Man, young boy pulled from aqueduct die



July


Hesperia's 'Barter Kings' brace for reality show fame


Hesperia man dies in rollover after running over his wife


Hesperia couple linked to string of vehicle burglaries, other crimes



August


Largest Stater Bros. in IE opens in Hesperia


Walmart Supercen-ters' openings delayed slightly


Two Victorville men arrested in DJ's shooting



September


Hesperia Walmart opening pushed to late September


Student killed skateboarding to school


Woman killed pushing empty wheelchair on Bear Valley Road



October


Dismembered body burned in Hesperia


Body found in Hesperia


Kinky Palace may look to Victorville, Hesperia



November


One step closer for Ranchero interchange


Final gang suspect identified in home murder attempt


Bentley on track to be unseated from HUSD board



December (as of Dec. 26)


New theater almost ready for show time


Popular meat market ready to close


McKinney terminated without cause