Over the next few days we will review the top stories that happened in Johnson County in 2012.
Today we will start the year in review by looking at the top stories from January through March.
Buffalo officially got a new police chief when acting chief Jason Carder was sworn into the office at the January 3rd city council meeting.
Carder, a former sergeant with the police department, had been performing the duties of chief since Mike Chapman stepped down in the fall of 2011.
The Buffalo City Council also saw a new member appointed in January as Justin Gerard was sworn in to take the place of Bruce Hepp who passed away late in 2011.
Gerard served on the council just a few months before resigning his seat later in 2012 amid drug charges stemming from a traffic stop in Gillette.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church and the Bread of Life Food Pantry were damaged during a break-in by transient Glen Nodolf. Nodolf admitted he was responsible for the damage and also admitted he had planned to come back the next night and set the church on fire.
Buffalo was featured in an issue of This Old House Magazine, both the published version and on-line version, showcasing some of Buffalo's unique architecture and charming old homes.
Three BHS Students: Cody Giles, Andee Schueler and Shaya Wolf, traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts to perform in the 39th annual Harvard National Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament and did very well, according to BHS Forensics Coach Walter Farwell.
In March the Johnson County School District One Board of Trustees voted to allow Superintendent Rod Kessler to pursue funding and final approval from the state for the $12 million Cloud Peak School Project.
The Vision Buffalo Commission, on behalf of The Crazy Woman Square Redevelopment Project, had a “call to artists” to submit plans for two murals to be located in the square, and the local artist team of Aaron and Jenny Weurker and Marchel Kelly was awarded the project. They completed the mural on the Hitching Post Building this summer and will finish the mural on the Margo's Pottery Building in 2013.