Readers clicked on more than 5.3 million times in 2023. Here’s a rundown of our 23 most-read news and feature articles in 2023:

1. Massive fire causes significant damage to Downtown Statesville buildings

2. IFN Investigation: Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education violated N.C. open meetings law more than 30 times

3. Three-year-old boy fatally wounded by older sibling who found loaded gun in family vehicle

4. A Huge Honor: Local tennis player invited to train at Rafa Nadal Academy in Spain

5. Former Statesville High football star fatally stabbed in Atlanta

6. ICSO deputies seized $3.75 million worth of fentanyl during traffic stop on I-77

7. Suspect charged with murder, attempted murder in connection with Goldsboro Avenue shooting; SPD searching for two additional suspects

8. Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education votes to censure former vice chair

9. NASCAR driver charged with felony assault after ICSO investigation

10. Friends honor West Iredell senior killed by vehicle on Davie Avenue

11. Dani Kerr performs original song on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ expresses gratitude for hometown

12. Teacher assistant at Shepherd Elementary faces misdemeanor charges for drinking wine in classroom

13. Photo Gallery: 2023 Carolina BalloonFest

14. Troutman Council approves development agreement for 774-acre Wakefield Village

15. Western Iredell County man charged with murdering his wife

16. Statesville business owner sentenced to three years in federal prison for fraud

17. Superintendent: I-SS outperforms peers despite being among worst-funded districts in N.C.

18. Man charged with killing roommate in local assisted-living facility

19. Iredell commissioner faces criticism after threatening to ‘stomp’ former GOP chairman’s ass

20. Suspect charged with murder in connection with fatal shooting at gun range

21. Developers sue Town of Mooresville, claiming town board has implemented moratorium on development

22. SBI investigating death of Iredell County Detention Center inmate

23. After losing Board of Adjustment appeal, Josh’s Farmers Market owner vows: ‘I ain’t leaving’