2016 in Review: Our Most-Read, Most-Shared Local News Stories

Bobby Teal, Mel Lynn and Louie

From bulldogs to Bulbasaurs, from failed fireworks to police pay, from local brews to local beef, 70 West Sentinel covered it all in 2016. Here are our most-viewed stories for the year:

General News

Pinned page: 2016 Municipal Election Guide: Candidates and Issues (3,745 views)

Louis the Bulldog

February 28: Louis the Bulldog, Missing for 11 Days, is Reunited with his Family (1,700 Facebook recommends, 3,539 views)

April 5: Election Results – 2016 Municipal Elections (65 Facebook recommends, 3,419 views)

May 2: O’Fallon Approves New Police Pay Plan (962 Facebook recommends, 2,898 views)

June 27: O’Fallon, Wentzville, and Lake Saint Louis Make Top 50 List of Missouri’s Safest Cities (843 Facebook recommends, 2,662 views)

July 5: O’Fallon Fourth of July Fireworks Finale Cut Short (663 Facebook recommends, 9,605 views)

Nick Guccione

December 17: During Ice Emergency, Wentzville Mayor Takes in Stranded Motorists, Monitors Roads (1,400 Facebook recommends, 4,621 views)

Crime, Courts, Police and Fire

January 23: Four Suspects Arrested by Wentzville Police After Shoplifting Spree (1,600 Facebook recommends, 12,970 views)

April 10: Wentzville Man Killed in Head-On Crash; Driver Arrested for DWI (1,200 Facebook recommends, 13,178 views)

June 24: St. Charles Man Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Crash in Wentzville (283 Facebook recommends, 4,697 views)


July 10: O’Fallon Police Locate Suspects Believed to Use Pokemon Go to Lure Victims (422 Facebook recommends, 2,567 views)

May 3: Lake Saint Louis Police Announce Sobriety Checkpoint in May (953 Facebook recommends, 4,684 views)

May 10: Warrenton Woman Killed in Crash with Semi Stopped on I-70 Near Wentzville (240 Facebook recommends, 4,806 views)

May 25: Wentzville Teen Seriously Injured in One-Car Crash on Hwy. 61 (131 Facebook recommends, 5,346 views)

August 1: Troy Man Charged with Stealing $2,000 Worth of Clothing from Wentzville’s Kohl’s (977 Facebook recommends, 4,666 views)

October 24: O’Fallon Police Warn Public After Carjacking at Walmart (1,100 Facebook recommends, 5,180 views)


January 26: Wentzville Pizza Pro Closes Its Doors (1,900 Facebook recommends, 5,286 views)

February 25: Wentzville Lion’s Choice to Reopen in March (2,500 Facebook recommends, 5,767 views)

March 22: Stone Summit Steakhouse Now Hiring for Spring Opening at Wentzville Bluffs (949 Facebook recommends, 5,281 views)

June 23: Award-Winning Tattooed Dog Restaurant Moving to Wentzville Bluffs (2,000 Facebook recommends, 6,165 views)

Friendship beers

June 28: Friendship Brewery and Benefits Bistro Now Open in Downtown Wentzville (2,700 Facebook recommends, 6,624 views)

August 9: Ellbee’s General Store Wants to Bring Old-Fashioned Fun to Downtown Wentzville (2,700 Facebook recommends, 7,394 views)

Local Voices/Opinion

August 27: Local Voices: Rethinking ‘The Friendliest Store in Town’ (529 Facebook recommends, 3,115 views)

Recurring Features

March 31: St. Charles County Food Inspection Scores: Mexican Restaurants (430 Facebook recommends, 5,108 views)

April 20: St. Charles County Food Inspection Scores: Waffle House, Culver’s Denny’s, and More (426 Facebook recommends, 7,701 views)

October 5: Now Hiring in Wentzville: ALDI, Dierberg’s, School District, Post Office (770 Facebook recommends, 3,816 views)