In 2017, the pages of The Zachary Advocate and Plainsman were filled with stories of life in the area.

We've pulled together a recap of the year as seen through our favorite stories. Here's a rundown of happenings from January to June. Next week's issue will include stories and photos from July to December.

January

A Jan. 5 story highlighted Zachary Mayor David Amrhein's plans to make it easier to walk and ride bicycles in the city. The mayor announced a cooperative endeavor agreement with the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council that paves the way to spend $750,000 to construct sidewalks and a bike path.

The new year also came with word from the Zachary Chamber of Commerce and city leaders that things had bounced back from the August 2016 flood and the city was seeing new businesses and homes pop up.

The Zachary Community School Board elected Gaynell Young as president and Marty Hughes as vice president at its first meeting of the new year.

A Jan. 26 story highlighted the return of a student newspaper to Zachary High School. Students in Debby Lowery's class published a newspaper first the first time since 2104.

February

In a Feb. 9 story, readers were introduced to the Bunch family of Zachary, who operate a puppy foster care program at their home and got national recognition for their efforts. has

City officials announced the launch of a junked vehicle removal program to clear the city of unsightly junk.

A Feb. 23 article told the story of the Cast Iron Ministries efforts to help those in need. Organizer Scott Plauche said his group started cooking to raise money to help after the 2016 flood.

March

During a March meeting, the City Council accepted bids from firms that will complete several infrastructure projects. Barriere Construction won the bid for $491,746 in road repairs across the city and Industrial Enterprise got the contract to building sidewalks along Fennwood Drive and Mount Pleasant Road.

April

An April 27 story highlighted improvements at Zachary area parks. Tiffany George, recreation director for BREC's Zachary parks, provided a tour of local parks and talked about programs and recent improvements.

May

Zachary's Class of 2017 graduated May 16 during a ceremony at Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

June

The Zachary Area Reading Council and the Zachary Rotary Club joined forces in June to install "Little Libraries" at six locations in the community. The tiny free libraries, which look like small houses for books erected on a pole, provide residents a chance to share and borrow books.

In a June 15 story, Zachary Mayor David Amrhein and the City Council voiced their opposition to proposals to relocate BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo from its north Baton Rouge location.