After a tumultuous election season, it was a nice change of pace to have a December filled with lighter topics and more positive stories. Our readers were apparently ready for some happier news as well as feel good stories made their way into the top five for the month.
Here were the most-read articles, based on website views, during December 2022.
5. Board of Education Recap: Superintendent Evaluation, Last Meeting for Gary Blough, Jessica Curtis
In the past few years, the LAS Board of Education has gone from flying under the radar to being front-and-center in people’s minds. Readership for school board meeting recaps bears that out, and the December article takes the No. 5 spot on this list. To close out the year, the Board of Education reviewed the superintendent’s annual evaluation and said good-bye to two members.
We can’t take credit for the Along Main Street articles. The Lowell Area Historical Museum puts together this popular series, and we just publish it. These stories have strong readership, but they rarely crack the top five. However, people were especially interested in the history of 305-307 E. Main Street apparently. If you liked this article, don’t forget to also read Part II which provides more information about the brick building currently at this address.
Slow and steady wins the race, and the Kent County Youth Fair has been slowly raising the money it needs to develop its new fairgrounds on Cascade Road in Lowell Charter Township. Their efforts got a big boost last month when the Kent County Board of Commissioners voted to earmark $6 million of their American Rescue Plan Act funds to the project.
Hosted by Lowell Light & Power and the Lowell Rotary Club, the annual holiday lighting competition gets better and better each year. This year, the competition was tight between residential entries while Greenridge Realty wowed everyone again in the commercial category. The press release announcing the winners – which came with a map of all entries – was the second most-viewed article on Lowell’s First Look in December 2022.
And rocketing to the top of the list in the final days of the month was this article about a Lowell student who was named USA National Miss Michigan Teen in October. Abigail German grew up in a house full of athletes, but sports were never her thing. Now, she has discovered that scholarship pageants are her place to shine. She’ll head to Florida in July to compete on the national stage next.