Well, Village People, it’s time to dust off that bottle of sparkling white grape juice you’ve been saving all year, kick back in your favorite recliner, and take a trip down memory lane with us as we recap the top five shawneemissionpost.com stories of 2011…at least based on pageviews.
Indeed, a review of site statistics reveals a few things about our interests over the past 12 months. Namely that we really like food and eating out, we’re proud to have SM East in our community, and we were very interested in who the next mayor of Prairie Village would be. We’ll unveil stories five through three today, and pull the curtain back on the top two stories of the year tomorrow.
So without much further ado…:
After a sometimes contentious campaign this spring, re-elected Prairie Village mayor Ron Shaffer used his swearing-in ceremony to vow to “sustain and rebuild the excellent image of the city” which he said had been “tarnished.” Shaffer beat city councilman Michael Kelly with 57.6 percent of the vote.
Prairie Village’s restaurant boomlet was of continued interest throughout the year, as evidenced by the large readership for this post announcing that Story restaurant was coming to the Village Shops. Story opened in May (the review was one of the ten most-read stories of the year).
In the final weeks leading up to the April 5 mayoral election, Shaffer and Kelly were both putting in late nights trying to drum up support that would translate to votes at the ballot box. Shaffer assembled a long list of endorsements from current and former city and county officials. Kelly said he hadn’t sought any, and was instead focusing on meeting individual voters.
Tomorrow, the top two posts of the year.