Whitehall is changing rapidly, and the groundwork for many more changes to come was laid in 2018.

Here's a quick look back at five of the top stories of the year in Whitehall:

New beginnings -- The massive but troublesome apartment complex at East Broad Street and South Hamilton Road known as the Commons at Royal Landing had disappeared by springtime, clearing the way for Norton Crossing, a $50 million mixed-use development whose first businesses are expected to open within two years.

Developer: ‘You will be proud’ when Whitehall’s Norton Crossing rises

Tacos, more on the move as Whitehall buys strip center

Ripe for redevelopment

Whitehall hikes offer for strip center; owner unmoved


Reshaping the gateway -- Mirroring the city's 2016 purchase of the Commons at Royal Landing, leaders brokered a deal in May to purchase the 317-unit Woodcliff Condominiums at East Broad Street and North Hamilton Road for almost $11 million after a majority of owners association members agreed to a buyout. The city's payments frustrated some owners, however. Leaders have not announced plans for the parcel.

Woodcliff Condominiums: City eyeing another ‘nuisance’

Complex’s fate lies in hearing

Battle over Woodcliff Condos ends as Whitehall agrees to purchase

Some still stymied as Whitehall moves on Woodcliff condos

Whitehall council pushes back $11 million Woodcliff appropriation

Woodcliff Condos owners officially notified of sale to Whitehall this week

Court approves sale of long-troubled condos to Whitehall


Support for growing district -- Voters approved Whitehall City Schools' ballot issue in November that will allow for the expansion of Rosemore Middle School and the conversion of the football field at Whitehall-Yearling High School from natural grass to artificial turf, among other improvements.

With Whitehall voters’ nod, district prepares for expansion

Issue 8 leads packed ballot in Whitehall

Issue 8 could level playing field for Whitehall’s Rams

Whitehall City Schools pro-levy group spreading word on need for Issue 8

Whitehall school levy to appear on November ballot

Whitehall district leaders eye fall ballot for rare issue


City limits -- Elected officials were granted the opportunity to serve the city longer after voters in November approved extending the limit of two consecutive terms to three.

Voters twice before have rejected lifting term limits altogether, a rule in place since 1993.

Third terms OK’d for Whitehall elected officials

Whitehall charter review commission focuses on term limits

Term-limit question back before Whitehall voters?

Term-limit proposals on Whitehall council’s table July 10

Whitehall voters likely asked to weigh three-term limit


Disturbing the peace -- Whitehall recorded its first homicide in almost two years when a lingering dispute between two men ended in gunfire Nov. 21.

Mulugeta Gemeraw Shiferaw, 47, of Blacklick was fatally shot in the parking lot of V-Tech Auto Service, 4257 E. Main St., where he was employed. It was the first slaying in the city since April 2016.

Pre-Thanksgiving homicide is Whitehall’s first since April 2016

Whitehall’s peaceful streak ends with killing

Man arrested in Nov. 21 homicide in Whitehall