Make your picks: The top stories of 2013 in the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - We're close to the close of yet another year, a time when agencies all over compile their lists of the top events, news stories, songs or videos of the year.

In Charleston, there have been a number of huge stories. From the unusually quiet hurricane season to the close of a major murder case, to a few wild political races, there's a huge list of contenders.

Here's a list of the 20 most trafficked stories on for you to peruse and vote on with a synopsis of the story to refresh some memories since some of these stories date back to early in the year.

Look through the list, check out the stories, and then click here to rank the stories from 1 to 20.

In no particular order

  1. Yacht belonging to billionaire docks at Charleston City Marina On a Saturday morning in October, one of the largest yachts in the world docked at the Charleston Marina and became a huge attention-getter for anyone near the water for a couple weeks.
  2. 6 motorcyclists dead in 4 days along Grand Strand In a particularly deadly string of days during a Bike Week event in Myrtle Beach, four people died in the course of four days. The deaths happened during the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest.
  3. 'Dog gone' good time at Riley Park dog races for Mary Ashley On a humid morning in August, a crowd gathered in the outfield of Joe Riley Stadium in downtown Charleston to cheer for some dachshunds, laugh a lot, and bring awareness to a little girl in need.
  4. 7-foot alligator makes way to Ashley Phosphate Road A creature in North Charleston seemed to choose Ashley Phosphate Road as its final resting place. The 7-foot-long gator was spotted in front of La Petite Daycare in the middle of Ashley Phosphate Road.
  5. Rescue turns to recovery mission for 2 missing boaters In May, search and rescue crews spent days searching the water near Dennis Boat Landing looking for the bodies of two missing boaters. It was one of a number of boating accidents that led to massive searches for people who did not surface.
  6. Flames rip through roof of downtown Charleston building In April, a fire started on the second floor of an historic downtown Charleston building that destroyed four businesses and forced several nearby residents out of their home.
  7. Stadium painted pink for Lowcountry Komen Race for the Cure During one particularly busy weekend in October, thousands of people gathered at Family Circle Cup Stadium on Daniel Island to do their part to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer.
  8. Police chief: Marley Lion 'did absolutely nothing' to be murdered Two things happened in 2013 to bring Marley Lion's name surging back to the forefront in Charleston news. First, the men accused of killing him were sentenced to prison after making plea deals. And second, the Trayvon Martin case happened, which led to an image comparing the cases being created that fueled thousands of searches for more information about Lion.
  9. Agencies crack down on prostitution During a July sweep in North Charleston, police arrested more than a dozen people for soliciting prostitutes.
  10. Deputies: At least 200 dead dogs found behind Goose Creek home In what some officials called the most horrific case of animal abuse they had ever seen, Berkeley County deputies found 40 emaciated and unhealthy dogs and the bodies of more than 200 others at a home in Goose Creek. Many of the dogs ended up being rehabilitated and adopted.
  11. Rescue crews pull out submerged vehicle in Penny Creek, 3 dead In September, three people died when the SUV they were in went off a bridge and became submerged in the water near St. Johns Yacht Harbor.
  12. Police: Eagles tunes lead to bread knife brawl A North Charleston woman was arrested late one September night after she got into an argument that led to a stabbing -- and it all started with classic rock.
  13. PETA: Pets can't open condom wrappers To spread the word that pet owners need to get their four-legged friends fixed, two PETA members, dressed as giant yellow and green condoms, handed out leaflets on animal birth control at the corner of King and George streets in January.
  14. Deputies: LEARN pig pardoned by Piggly Wiggly shot, killed A pardoned pig that was part of a marketing campaign for Piggly Wiggly stores and living out her life at a nonprofit animal rescue in Meggett was shot and killed by a driver in April.
  15. Rain closes more streets, city offices to close at 2 p.m. While we avoided being hit by any major tropical storms, the city still dealt with serious flooding issues several times during the summer which led police to issue dozens of road closures and even required a couple water rescues in downtown Charleston.
  16. IOP beachgoers watch turtle hatchlings emerge from nests In August, dozens of tiny turtles emerged from their sandy nests all along the Carolina coast and made their way to the ocean, an event that has turned into a spectator sport for animal lovers.
  17. The truth about e-cigs: How healthy are they? It dates back to November 2012, but a story on electronic cigarettes and the potential health benefits and risks they pose as more areas impose tobacco smoking bans. {}
  18. Firefighters bare almost all for CAS calendar It's the Charleston Animal Society's biggest fundraiser - shirtless firefighters posing for a calendar to benefit Toby's Fund, a special account for injured, abandoned or neglected animals.
  19. Local mom makes medicine out of placentas As part of a special report in November, ABC News 4 went inside the home of a mother who makes pills and artwork out of placentas. The people who have popped the pills swear by their benefits - more energy, faster recovery, and better moods.
  20. Capobianco attorney: Veronica 'safe, headed for South Carolina' After years of court battles and fighting to regain custody of their adopted daughter, a James Island couple finally won over the courts in several jurisdictions in September, letting them finally bring the 4-year-old home.