The death of a young wakesurfer on Clear Lake was the most-read story on and several of our Facebook pages from June 28-July 4.

Here were the most read stories on during that time:

Officers recover body of missing wakesurfer — 10,359 pageviews

Conservation Officers searching Clear Lake for missing wakesurfer (from the Herald Republican page) — 7,822 pageviews

Obituary: Jackson Strong — 5,144 pageviews

Plans for new animal shelter unveiled — 2,202 pageviews

Police arrest nude man charged with stealing from Noble County Commissioner — 1,774 pageviews

A familiar face: West Noble’s new transport and safety director has already… — 1,583 pageviews

Clear Lake quiet as DNR continues search for missing man — 1,262 pageviews

Chris Shearer named West Noble’s second SRO — 1,256 pageviews

Conservation Officers searching Clear Lake for missing wakesurfer (From the Star page) — 1,186 pageviews

Offender on work release saves his co-worker’s life — 1,166 pageviews

Likewise, updates on the tragedy reached far and wide on the KPC News Facebook page.

Here were the posts with the farthest reach from June 28-July 4:

June 29: BREAKING: Conservation officers located and recovered the body of the missing wakesurfer. He’s identified as a 20-year-old man from Lake Forest, Illinois. — 6,354 people reached, 176 reactions, six comments, 271 shares

June 28: **UPDATE** As of 7:30 p.m. the search has been suspended for the day and will resume tomorrow morning. Conservation officers are searching Clear Lake in Steuben County for a missing wakesurfer, according to a release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. — 59 reactions, 15 comments, 26 shares

July 2: A federal court has halted Indiana’s abortion law that was supposed to go into effect Monday banning a procedure typically used in the second trimester. — 5,368 people reached, 57 reactions, 15 comments

June 29: (Shared from the News Sun) The truck that was allegedly stolen belonged to Noble County Commissioner Justin Stump, who tweeted praise to police that responded to the incident. — 4,754 people reached, 58 reactions, 25 shares

July 3: Perhaps Trine University’s oldest living alumnus, Fred Kays, who will turn 104 on July 27, recently returned to visit campus for the first time since he graduated in 1949 with a civil engineering degree. — 4,053 people reached, 119 reactions, 10 shares

June 30: Sen. Eddie Melton and Rep. Karlee Macer are exploring a 2020 run against Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. Both were in Kendallville Saturday to talk about the road ahead. — 3,989 people reached, 22 reactions

June 30: (Shared from the Herald Republican) A vigil will be held today at the Clear Lake Yacht Club in memory of John I. Adams, 20, Lake Forest, Illinois, who was recovered from Clear Lake Saturday afternoon after having gone missing in a wakesurfing incident Thursday night. — 3,827 people reached, 10 likes

The original post about a vigil for the deceased wakesurfer also reached 4,235 people on the Herald Republican Facebook page.

Megan Knowles is the online and social media editor for KPC Media. She can be reached at

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