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 11,544 times in October, and that’s in addition to the 9.374 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 October 2019.
One of our most popular articles in August was about Brody’s Be Café. The coffee shop, which recently opened in Ada, is the brainchild of Lowell Middle School teacher Jenny Cole and welcomes special needs employees. As a way to support the mission of the Brody’s Be Café, the ARROWS Class at Lowell Middle School debuted a coffee cart to sell coffee to teachers and staff. The Lowell community has shown overwhelming support for Cole’s vision, and our story on the Lowell coffee cart was the fifth most viewed article in October.
We published 14 articles as part of our 2019 election coverage, but only one landed in the top five for October. That article was our candidate profile of Mike DeVore. He would go on to receive 403 votes in the election and secure a four-year term on the council. That was second only to Cliff Yankovich’s 465 votes.
Some people have asked whether DeVore’s second place finish will mean he loses the title of Mayor, which he currently holds. The answer is: not necessarily. While city voters elect councilmembers, the council decides among itself who is the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. So it will be up to the five councilmembers to decide whether to reappoint DeVore to the mayor’s seat or pass the torch to someone else.
Lowell is home to some amazing teen talent, and it was on full display during the fall production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised]. Bringing together comedy and tragedy, the play took a new approach to The Bard. Our preview of the show was the third most read article on Lowell’s First Look in October 2019.
There is a need for more assisted living and memory care beds in Lowell, and Maple Ridge Manor plans help fill it. The facility, which expects to open its doors next summer, has piqued the interest of area residents. For those who anticipate a need for senior care next year, Maple Ridge Manor is taking names for its waiting list now.
Far and away the most popular story of the month, this article profiled Times Two Design Company. Local twin sisters Kendra Steinhaus and Kerra Schroeder grew up on the farm but are now experts in indoor design. Our readers were undoubtedly interested in learning more about their background and business, and their story was the clear favorite of the month.
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