When did Wilsonville click the mouse for community news at the Spokesman last year?
The Spokesman's website statistics for 2019 were a motley bunch: hard news mixed with crime stories, silly musings and feel-good fun. Here are the top 10:
May 15: "Controversy plagues West Linn-Wilsonville School Board race" — Name-calling, allegations in email blitzes and general ugly politics hit the race between Christy Thompson, Jordan Ferris and Gail Greenman. Dec. 3: "West Linn teacher/coach faces another sex abuse lawsuit" — Former WLHS teacher and ski coach Jonathan Peachey is sued by a third student alleging sex abuse and charging the district with negligence. Feb. 13: "Wilsonville trying to salvage Villebois Village Center" — The City of Wilsonville moves toward a long-held goal of making Villebois a real live-work-play neighborhood with a vibrant commercial district. To achieve that, the city considers giving tax credits for mixed-use buildings with housing and commercial spaces. Jan. 30: "New rules of the river" — In response to environmental and livability concerns along the Willamette River, the Oregon Marine Board bans wake enhancement devices on certain sections of the river. Jan. 21: "How to sell your soul to the devil, the right way" — Pamplin humor columnist Mikel Kelly was inspired (he said) by a tabloid story telling people the best way to sell their soul. n March 31: "Fire damages at least 20 homes in Wilsonville" — The Spokesman's breaking story about the devastating fire at Villebois. Nov. 15: "Man shot and killed at Wilsonville business" — The Spokesman's breaking story about an act of workplace violence that left one dead. April 3: "The controversy over land use that transformed Wilsonville" — Assistant Editor Corey Buchanan's in-depth look back at the siting of Coffee Creek Correction Facility and its impact on the city and its growth. Jan. 2: "Finding a middle ground" — Rules regarding boating recreation on the river again, as the two sides try to work together. April 30: "No longer fending for themselves" — A heartwarming story about a local farmer who rescues a large herd of llamas from neglect and brings them to Wilsonville.
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