Obama visit topped the list of most read stories on mvtimes.com

The top web stories of 2014 reflected an interest in the presidential vacation and local Island news.

Photo by Gail Daman

Martha’s Vineyard news is of interest to readers well beyond the shores of the Island. In addition to the more than 12,000 people that receive the print edition each Thursday, thousands of readers visit mvtimes.com to read up on Island happenings. The following is a partial list of the most visited stories posted on the web in 2014.

Planning begins for another Obama vacation (March 18)

Like the annual return of pinkletinks and crocuses, inns and hotels around the Island are getting familiar calls this week from White House officials planning a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard for President Obama and his family.

Pat Gregory murdered while hiking in California (May 17)

Francis “Pat” Gregory of West Tisbury was found dead of a gunshot wound near a trail head parking lot in the Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area on Friday afternoon, May 16. A companion who was hiking with him was wounded.

President Obama will return to Chilmark on vacation (July 9)

The White House late Wednesday confirmed that President Obama and his family will return to Martha’s Vineyard for two weeks of vacation in August.

Oak Bluffs takes speed limit into its own hands (July 30)

Two weeks ago, Oak Bluffs highway department work crews exchanged 45 miles per hour (MPH) speed limit signs for new signs that reduced the speed limit to 35 mph along Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road from the Tisbury-Oak Bluffs town line to the roundabout.

Monster shark tournament organizer dead in duck hunting accident (January 7)

Steven James, president of the Boston Big Game Fishing Club, sponsor of the Oak Bluffs Monster Shark tournament for the past 27 years, was one of two duck hunters who died Tuesday morning when their 15-foot aluminum skiff overturned in the Westport River with Mr. James and two others aboard.

Obama vacation beat: Sunday (August 8)

The presidential vacation got off to a late start Sunday. At approximately 1:10 pm, under blue skies and with barely a breeze wafting across the up-Island fields, President Obama’s motorcade left his Chilmark vacation home and took a circuitous route to Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, arriving at 1:33 pm.

Net Result cleans up following Saturday morning car crash (April 5)

The clean-up continued at The Net Result this week, following an early Saturday morning car accident that left the interior of the market littered with debris from smashed walls and display cases.

No word yet on the return of “The Vineyard” docu-soap (February 20)

Last July, “The Vineyard,” a series about a handful of 20-somethings on Martha’s Vineyard premiered to mixed reaction by cable television viewers across the Island and the country.