This past year was packed with news - some good, some tragically sad.
For Crystal Lake-Cary Patch, the year's top article is the "Krokodil" story that brought to light another new threat among drug users.
In second place is the humorous Halloween YouTube video from the Ellen Show. Crystal Lake-Cary Patch readers liked this video well enough to share with family and friends, sending the post viral.
2013's Top Stories on Crystal Lake-Cary Patch
1) Centegra May be Treating County's First Case of Krokodil
2) Ellen Show: Andy and Amy's 'Walking Dead' Haunted House Adventure
3) Skeletal Remains Found in McHenry House; Owner Arrested in Las Vegas
4) Metra Trains Delayed/UPDATE: Man Killed by Metra Train Tuesday Identified
5) Crystal Lake Spa Owner Arrested Again for Prostitution
6) Crystal Lake Teenage Girl Found Dead at Veteran Acres Park
7) Two People Stabbed in Crystal Lake Home Invasion; Police Searching for Attacker
8) Crystal Lake Spa Owner Arrested for Prostitution
9) Woman Robbed at Gunpoint in Cary/ 4 Men Later Charged
10) District 155 Teachers Vote in Favor of Strike
11) Motorcyclist Killed Following Collision with Van in Woodstock
12) Man Driving White SUV Approaches Student Near Cary-Grove High School
13) One Home Destroyed, 4 Others Damaged by Fire in Crystal Lake
14) Boy, 8, Struck by Float During Festival of Lights Parade
15) District 155 Installs Massive New Bleachers at CL South Without City Approval