Each month, we look back to see which articles resonated most with readers and then share that insider information with you. Our website was viewed 14,837 times in November, and that’s in addition to the 10,018 people our Facebook page has reached in the past 28 days.
Here’s a look at the most-read articles on Lowell’s First Look, based on website views, during November 2019.
In the weeks leading up to November, we were busy, busy, busy with our election coverage. So much so that we didn’t make it to the police station to get information about the department’s September cases. After the election dust settled, Chief Steve Bukala was good enough to go over not only the October cases but also the September cases with us. We appreciated him taking the time to do that, and our readers did too. The combined September/October Police Beat was the fifth most-read article last month.
Vergennes Township was planning to build a new hall on land it owned along Lincoln Lake Avenue. Then, it got a great deal on the former Kingdom Hall which is located just down the street. As a result, it is selling most of the vacant land it owns, and the press release with that announcement was one of the top articles on Lowell’s First Look for November 2019.
We have some amazingly talented kids in Lowell, and come January, their musical ability will be on display for music teachers from across the state to appreciate and enjoy. The LMS 8th Grade Orchestra is one of only a handful of school ensembles selected to perform at the 2020 Michigan Music Conference. However, you don’t have to be a music educator to see their performance. When students take the stage on January 17 at 11am, $10 per adult and $5 per student will get you in the door to see them at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids.
We love Christmas Through Lowell and apparently our readers do too. Our guide to the stops outside the Lowell downtown was the second most viewed article in November. To create the guide, we sent a series of questions to all participating stops to find out what they offered and why they loved Christmas Through Lowell. Those that responded were included in this guide which was intended to help shoppers discover which stops they wouldn’t want to miss.
No surprise here. The November 2019 election results got the most hits on the website last month. On election night, we had one person at Lowell City Hall and another at Lowell Township Hall so we could immediately receive the results and voter numbers straight from each municipality’s clerk. Our story was posted within 30 minutes of the polls closing, which meant our readers were the first know that all Lowell City Council incumbents were reelected and that both the city income tax proposal and township millage proposal failed.
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