5 Most Popular Articles on Lowell’s First Look for August 2022

When we posted the top articles for last month, we guessed that at least one of the election articles from July would land in the top articles for August.

We were right. Despite the primary election being on August 2, one race generated enough interest to rack up the clicks needed to beat out most of the other articles this month in terms of website views. Other top stories from the month include school and city news as well as an article highlighting how cancer has affected one family in Lowell.

Here were the most-read articles, based on website views, during August 2022.

5. Election 2022: Republican Primary for Michigan State Senator

This article was the third most-read article from July, and hundreds read it during the first two days of August as well. That helped propel it to the No. 5 spot and ahead of most of the 52 articles we posted last month. The State Senate Republican primary election had Thomas Albert – the current state representative for Lowell – coming out ahead of newcomer Ryan Mancinelli. Albert will face Democratic candidate Kai De Graaf in November’s general election.

4. Election 2022: Primary Election Results for Lowell, Michigan

Landing in the No. 4 spot was our wrap-up of all the local and state primary election results. In addition to the overall winners in each race, we included a breakdown of votes from the major Lowell municipalities – City of Lowell, Lowell Charter Township and Vergennes Township. Starting this week, we will begin our coverage of the Lowell Area Schools Board of Education race.

3. Middle School Construction Update

middle school construction

The view along Foreman Street changed dramatically in August as the front of Lowell Middle School came down and crews cleared the ground for the next phase of a planned renovation. We caught up with LAS Superintendent Nate Fowler for an update on the construction progress and shared that information with you in this article that was the third most-read story for the month.

2. City Council Recap: New Union Parking, 6-Story Building on Riverside

Lowell City Council received a lot of community input at its two August meetings. That input came in the form of overwhelmingly negative feedback about plans to sell the former Lowell Light & Power line shack on Riverside Dr. to a firm that wanted to put a residential building of up to six stories on the site. After two meetings of public comment, councilmembers voted 3-2 against proceeding with the sale.

1. Friends Rally Around Lowell Mom with Terminal Brain Cancer

Photo by Annie Blanding. Used with permission.

With more than twice as many views as the second-place finisher, this article was far and away the most well-read – and heartrending – article of the month. Lifelong Lowell resident Kate Lax is battling a terminal brain cancer, and her friends are working hard to ensure she and her family have the support they need. In the weeks leading up to the Pink Arrow game, it was a reminder of how important it is for the community to rally around those facing a cancer diagnosis.

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