Our 12 Most-Read Stories of 2015

FROM AN OBITUARY for an amusement park ride to a tour of Belmont, these are the 12 most-read stories of 2015 for Charlottemagazine.com. Which one was your favorite? 

1. Obituary: Thunder Road 

Marking the demise of the popular Carowinds ride

By Andy Smith

2. Best New Restaurants 2015

From the January 2015 issue of Charlotte magazine

By Michael Graff, Leigh Ann Henion, Leah Hughes, Sarah Nowicki, Lisa Rab, Adam Rhew, & Courtney St. Onge

3. Grounded 

Cheryl Stearns was on a mission to collect her 20,000th skydive, until things down on earth got complicated

By Michael Graff

4. First and Last Words 

A writer, a hermit, and Oreo cookies: The strange and sad tale of Cole Waddell's first magazine story

By Michael Graff

5. Why the Panthers are Mad About Madden

A video game rating isn't just for kids. It's a statement on speed, skill, strength–but what do you do if you think it's wrong?

By Bill Voth

6. The 2015 Best of the Best Awards

Categories include dining, beer, nightlife, arts, shopping, and more

7. Johnson City, Tennessee

Where people from all over the world go to immerse themselves in the music of the mountains

By Fred Sauceman

8. F3: Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

The F3 craze started on a Saturday morning in Charlotte with 35 men. Four years later, thousands of participants in multiple states meet in schoolyards and parks for predawn workouts designed to build better men

By Matt Crossman

9. Greenville, SC

A love letter to Upstate South Carolina’s finest town, a place where renewal can take on many meanings

By Justin Heckert

10. On the Fourth Day in Chapel Hill

A portrait of a reeling college town in its most difficult week

By Mike Ogle

11. Around Towns: Belmont

How a tiny city along the railroad tracks became the coolest, newest old mill town around

By Jen Tota McGivney

12. Opinion: It's Not Going to Stop

Why it's happened before. Why it happened again. Why it will continue to

By Greg Lacour

Categories: The Buzz