Year in Review: Top Stories and Events of 2017

As the year draws to a close, NBC 5 looks back at the stories that gripped North Texas in 2017.

(Published Friday, Dec. 29, 2017)

NBC 5 takes a look back at the events and stories that had a major impact on North Texas in 2017. Choose from the galleries below to explore a variety of news-making subjects from the past year.

Lone Star NYE Closes Out 2017

AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower, a 360-degree panoramic fireworks spectacular, closes out 2017 and rings in the new year, Jan. 1, 2018.

Lone Star NYE Fireworks Spectacular
New Years 2018 Craig Horsley

Texas Sky Ranger: An Aerial Look Back at 2017

A collection of the biggest stories from 2017. Starting from the month of January and ending in December in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Thanks to the pilots and mechanics that keep Texas Sky Ranger in the air and our team of photojournalists, led by Ames Meyer, for the amazing visuals.

A collection of the biggest stories from 2017. Starting from the month of January and ending in December in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Thanks to the pilots and mechanics that keep Texas Sky Ranger in the air and our team of photojournalists, led by Ames Meyer, for the amazing visuals.

(Published Monday, Jan. 1, 2018)

Top 10 News Stories of 2017

Here are the Top 10 News stories from 2017, based on traffic data from NBCDFW.com.

Top 10 News Stories of 2017

No. 10 -- McKinney Boy Invents Device to Prevent Hot Car Deaths
A 10-year-old boy from McKinney invented what he hopes is a life-saving tool that every parent could use. Bishop Curry V says he was inspired to create a device he calls "Oasis" after a baby died in a hot minivan last summer outside a home in Melissa, not far from where they live. Curry is a fifth grader at Melissa Ridge Intermediate and his father says they drive by the home every day on their way to school. Read More Here. NBC 5 News

Top 10 Sports Stories of 2017

A presidential photobomb and a $10 million donation are among the top sports stories of 2017.

Top 10 Sports Stories of 2017

No. 10 -- History Made: First Girl to Win Texas High School Football Championship
Strawn High School kicker K-Lani Nava became the first female to play in and win a Texas state high school football championship. The Strawn Greyhounds defeated the Balmorhea Bears 78-42 at AT&T Stadium, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.Read More Here.

See More Top Stories From 2017 Here.NBC 5 News

Top 10 Weather Stories of 2017

Hurricane Harvey and the outbreaks of tornadoes in North and East Texas were among the top weather stories of 2017.

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2017 in Photos: Attacks, Protests, Tragedies and Hope

Nationwide political protests, global movements for social change and the rise of a businessman-turned-president defined much of 2017.

2017 in Photos: Attacks, Protests, Tragedies and Hope
Eli Harold (58), Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline during the anthem, prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi Stadium on Jan. 1, 2017, in Santa Clara, California. A movement of silent protest by Kaepernick, started in 2016, had spread to other NFL teams as well as other sports leagues, including the NBA and NCAA. Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

Top 5 Texas News Stories of 2017

The tragic mass shooting at a small South Texas church, which left 26 people dead, was the most read Texas news story of 2017.

Top 5 Texas News Stories of 2017

No. 1 -- Sutherland Springs Church Shooting
A man fatally fatally shot 26 people and wounded about 20 others in a small South Texas church on Sunday, Nov. 5, in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state's history. Victims were churchgoers as young as five and as old as 72. Read More Here. Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

Top 5 Health Stories of 2017

A Dallas man with a new tattoo who died after swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and an innovative way to protect premature babies were among the most read health stories of 2017.

Top 5 Health Stories of 2017

No. 1 -- Dallas Man Dies After Swimming With New Tattoo
A 31-year-old Dallas man died after doctors say a flesh-eating bacteria entered the man's body through a fresh tattoo while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. See More Here. NBC 5 News

Top 10 Entertainment Stories of 2017

Red carpet fashion at the Golden Globe Awards and H-E-B named among America's favorite grocery brands were two of the top entertainment stories of 2017 on NBCDFW.com.

Top 10 Entertainment Stories of 2017

No. 1 -- Top Red Carpet Looks: 2017 Golden Globes Arrivals
The stars shined bright on the red carpet at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, in Beverly Hills, California. See More Here. WireImage

Top 10 Real Estate Stories of 2017

A Fort Worth castle and a sprawling ranch are just two of the most popular real estate stories of 2017.

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In Memoriam: Influential People We've Lost This Year

Take a look back at the people we've lost in 2017, including politicians, artists and other public figures.

In Memoriam: Influential People We've Lost in 2017
Author Sue Grafton attends the 2013 Book Expo America on day one at Jacob Javits Center on May 30, 2013 in New York City. She died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, after two-year battle with cancer. Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Top 5 Cowboys Stories of 2017

Romo's future and Zeke's off the field troubles dominated coverage of the Dallas Cowboys in 2017.

Top 5 Cowboys Stories of 2017

No. 5 -- NFL Players Union Responds To Jerry Jones Anthem Stance
Speaking out about players kneeling during the national anthem, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said players who kneel will not play. The NFL Players Union issued a response to Jones, "If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play, period." Read More Here.

See More Top Stories From 2017 Here.CSNPhilly.com

Top 5 Rangers Stories of 2017

Yu Darvish is traded and a contract extension that included two horses topped reader lists in 2017.

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Top 5 Mavs Stories of 2017

Dirk set a major milestone and then received one of the most interesting/bizarre gifts in the mail.

Top 5 Mavs Stories of 2017

No. 5 -- Mark Cuban Donates Dallas Mavericks Plane to Puerto Rico Relief Effort
After Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, Cuban loaned his plane player and Puerto Rican-native JJ Barea to ferry supplies between the mainland and island. See the Renderings Here.

See More Top Stories From 2017 Here.

Top 5 Stars Stories of 2017

One coach is out, another is in, and the team trolled the NFL Chargers.

Top 5 Stars Stories of 2017

No. 5 -- Ruff Not Returning as Stars Head Coach
A day after the Stars finished with their second-fewest points in a full season since moving to Dallas in 1993-94, GM Jim Nill announced Lindy Ruff would not be returning as head coach. He was later replaced by Ken Hitchcock. Read More Here.

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2017 TMS Year in Photos

Recap the motorsports season at Texas Motor Speedway. The track played host to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Verizon IndyCar Series, Robby Gordon Stadium SUPER Trucks and the American Sprint Car Series.

TMS's 2017 'Year in Photos'
FORT WORTH, Texas (February 16, 2017) - Lane Construction workers add another layer of asphalt as part of the re-profiling and repaving project to Texas Motor Speedway. The transformation will feature a reduction to the banking in Turns 1 and 2 from 24 to 20 degrees and increase the racing surface from 60 to 80 feet at the motorsports facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The re-profiling is part of a major track capital improvement project that also includes a complete repave and a new drainage system. (Photo credit: Texas Motor Speedway).