From the historic winter storm that left millions of Texans without heating or electricity, to the latest twists and turns in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- there were plenty of stories keeping North Texans tuned in to NBC 5 in 2021.
Here's a countdown of some of the most viewed articles and videos of the year on NBCDFW.com.
NBC DFW's Most Viewed News Articles of 2021
10. ‘COVID Arm' Describes Side Effect Some Experience After COVID-19 Vaccine
As more and more people got their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, more and more pictures of skin reactions to the vaccine popped up on social media. These pictures were first-hand accounts of what's now being called COVID arm. The reaction has been mostly associated with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Health experts aren't sure what caused the reaction, but patients should feel confident that it's a positive response that the immune system is reacting as it should. Doctors said, aside from being itchy or tender, the reaction appears to be harmless and tends to go away on its own after a few days.
9. 4 Hurt After Student Opens Fire During Fight at Timberview HS in Arlington
Four people were hurt during a shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington in October. Arlington police said there was a fight between students on the second floor of the school when one of the students pulled out a gun. That student, identified as 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins, was taken into police custody after a manhunt across North Texas. Simpkins was booked into the Arlington City Jail on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A total of four people were hurt, including two students and two adults.
8. Texas Grocers Prepare for a Busy Week as Billions in Food Benefits Distributed
Grocery stores in Texas prepared for a big week in May of 2021. More than $2 billion in pandemic food benefits for Texas families with kids in school were loaded onto Lone Star Cards. The money was meant to make up for lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-19 during the 2020-2021 school year.
7. Woman Arrested After Crashing Into Liquor Store, Pedestrian, Parked Vehicles: Irving Police
A woman was arrested in June after she drove into an Irving liquor store and hit a pedestrian while trying to hit someone else with her vehicle. Police said Annie Williams, 58, had been in a domestic disturbance with a male and tried to hit him with her car, and in doing so drove into the store. She backed up to try to hit him again, but instead hit a pedestrian and four parked vehicles, police said. After leading police on a brief pursuit, Williams was booked into the Irving jail and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest, DWI and criminal mischief, according to jail records.
6. COVID-19 Tracker: What We Know About the Virus in DFW and Around Texas
NBC 5 has been tracking every new COVID-19 case, death, and recovery reported by the local and state health departments since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in North Texas in mid-March of 2020. Our COVID-19 Tracker gives a visual representation of all this data, giving you a clearer, factual picture of the effects of the virus in your community.
5. Charley Pride's ‘Secret' Son Contests Will
A legal battle stemmed from the December 2020 death of Grammy-winning country star Charley Pride, with a "secret" son contesting the estate of country music’s first Black superstar.
4. 6 Killed, Dozens Hurt as 130+ Vehicles Collide on ‘Sheets of Ice' in Massive Fort Worth Pileup
A massive crash involving more than 130 vehicles on an icy Interstate 35W in Fort Worth left six people dead and dozens injured. It came at the beginning of a historic winter storm that dropped freezing rain, sleet and snow across Texas, leading to widespread power outages that resulted in more than 200 deaths statewide.
3. North Texas Investor Uses GameStop Gains to Help Sick Children
Grapevine-based GameStop rose to global Reddit fame in 2021, with investors bringing so-called meme stocks to sky-high levels. For one North Texas investor, who wished to remain anonymous, the profits delivered an opportunity to bring some happiness to patients at local hospitals for children.
2. North Texas Family Welcomes Rare Set Of Twins
North Texans joined in celebrating one family's big milestone -- the birth of a rare set of twins. The babies are monoamniotic-monochorionic twins, which means they developed in a single amniotic sac and shared a placenta.
1. Gov. Abbott Signs Executive Order Directing All State Agencies to Prepare to Challenge ‘Federal Overreach'
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) early in the year came out swinging against any "new green deal" type of legislation, directing all state agencies to prepare to challenge any federal action that threatens the Texas energy industry.
NBC DFW's Most Watched News Videos of 2021
5. Mom Caught on Cam Tackling Peeping Tom
4. Charley Pride's ‘Secret' Son Contests Will
3. North Texans Share Videos of Brillant Fireball Lighting Up the Sky
2. Aerial View Shows Massive Fort Worth I-35W Pileup
1. Graphic Video Shows Cars, 18-Wheelers Collide on Icy I-35W in Fort Worth
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