With 365 days behind us in this leap year, we figured we (and you) have earned the right to do a little reflecting. So, without much further ado, here’s a rundown of the ten most-read stories on shawneemissionpost.com in 2012:
Mike Babick’s nationally known holiday lights display was built to attract attention. And news that the display was going dark for the first time in 47 years attracted plenty of attention as well. Babick decided not to move forward with the display this year after the Prairie Village City Council passed an ordinance requiring a Neighborhood Event Permit — but when news went out that his Falmouth Street house would be dark, the calls for his Christmas decorating services came in from far and wide.
Many Northeast Johnson County civic leaders were shocked when Google announced in August that three smaller cities in the area would be eligible for Google’s coveted Fiber high-speed Internet and television service. Google had previously indicated that its focus was entirely on Kansas City, Kan., and pockets of Kansas City, Mo., so the news that any Johnson County cities would be part of the mix was news for celebration in Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods — and envy everywhere else.
News about new businesses coming to the area always drive a lot of a pageviews — but the story announcing a new business concept that will combine a restaurant and three-screen movie theater in the old Macy’s Home Store space at the Village Shops was especially popular. Construction is currently under way to create the first-ever Standees “Entertaining Eatery,” with an opening date expected in Spring 2013.
No. 7: Prairie Village passes ordinance requiring permits for special events, including major holiday displays
Remember all that stuff we said above about Mike Babick’s holiday display?
We’ll announce the five most-read stories of the year in a couple hours.