With 2017 nearly in the rear-view mirror, we take a look back at some of the most memorable stories of the year for the Hannibal area.

A pair of businesses announced in 2017 that they would cease operations in Hannibal, leaving more than 150 people without a job at or near the year’s end. In February, Buckhorn announced it would end its operations by the end of the year, costing 119 jobs.

Then, on May 9, ContiTech, the owner of Cosmoflex — which produces rubber and miscellaneous plastics — informed employees that production will cease at the Hannibal location, costing another 45 jobs. The news that ContiTech would close its facility in Hannibal’s industrial park caught some off guard, as the plant expanded as recently as 2014.

Many saw the blows to Hannibal’s manufacturing community as irreparable and a sign that the community was stagnating. Yet others, like regional economic developer George Walley, see the departures as an opportunity to bring new businesses to America’s Hometown.