It was a whirlwind year for America, and the situation was no different in Whitehall, with change seemingly the only constant.

It was a whirlwind year for America, and the situation was no different in Whitehall, with change seemingly the only constant.

Here's a quick look back at five of 2016's top stories in Whitehall.

The show must go on

City leaders came up with a potential solution this year to the unrest that has plagued the city's fireworks show for the past three years at John Bishop Park: a change in venue and a ticketing system.

Next year's fireworks will launch from Whitehall-Yearling High School's football stadium. Tickets will be required to enter.

The changes were made after double-digit arrests in each of the past three years during the event.

Final round

Whitehall and the Four Seasons Golf Center, 5000 E. Broad St., agreed to an out-of-court settlement in which the city will pay the center $250,000 to vacate the 37-acre property by March 7, 2017.

Four Seasons, the only indoor golf facility in the area, had leased the land and the facility from the city since 2001.

The city plans to market 13 acres for office and retail development and add 24 acres to Whitehall Community Park.

Royal Landing's end

Whitehall this year bought the 42-building, 270-unit Commons at Royal Landing apartment complex at the southwest corner of East Broad Street and South Hamilton Road for $5 million, with plans to demolish the "heavy user" of the city's police department.

A $50 million mixed-use development tentatively called Norton Crossing will rise at the site.

Departures

Whitehall's police chief retired and the city parted ways with its parks and recreation director in 2016.

Police Chief Richard Zitzke, a 36-year veteran, retired in February after negotiating a buyout for him to retire earlier than he had planned; Parks and Recreation Director Steve Carr, who had served since 2010, retired in October but left the job three weeks sooner after the parks and recreation commission voted to place him on paid administrative leave.

Safer streets

Just two homicides had been recorded in the city in 2016 through Dec. 23 -- a favorable number compared to last year's nine.

Police made arrests in both cases.