This is the final 2012 edition of The Malakoff News, the traditional time we release the Top 5 Stories of The Year.
The stories are selected based on three factors: the number of people impacted, the amount of media coverage, and the amount of discussion generated in the community.
1. The Friends of Malakoff form
It is always nice when good news provides the top story of the year, and The Friends of Malakoff made sure that is the case in the city in 2012.
The eclectic group of downtown merchants and Malakoff supporters came together in the summer, looking to add a little pep to the area. Before long, they began to organize and took the name “Friends of Malakoff.”
The first event the group organized was Christmas in July, which included holiday-themed sales across town, drawings, an art show, and an author’s reading.
Next up, the Friends of Malakoff challenged residents and businesses to dress up the city with scarecrows. The response was overwhelming. Scarecrows popped up in front of multiple businesses, and when organizers started posting photos on Facebook, the challenge exploded and the scarecrows seemed to be everywhere.
Eventually, all the scarecrows even caught the attention of the Tyler Paper, which did a story.
After that, the Friends were highly involved with the city’s Christmas celebration and worked on turning a vacant lot downtown into a pocket park.
There were also snowmen who replaced the scarecrows, and other events the Friends helped promote.
All in all, it was an impressive start for a new organization. We can’t wait to see what 2013 holds for the Friends.
2. Malakoff Housing Authority troubles
Read more in the 12-28 issue of the Malakoff News