ASDA was due to open a £40 million store in Portadown later in the year and they were advertising for staff in July.
And the response was amazing with initial applications for the 450 jobs reaching about 2,000, and this would increase even more later in the year.
Meanwhile elsewhere in July Drumcree 14 passed off peacefully but a solution to the impasse was as far away as ever. After the service in Drumcree Parish Church to mark the Battle of the Boyne District Officer David Jones told police at the barrier that the men who had died in WW1 had done so “for the very civil rights that you are denying us.”
Eight year old Chloe Johnston was re-united with her pet corn snake, Boots, after six months apart. She was delighted to have him back after the snake was cared for in the premises of LA Pets on teh Mahon Road.
It was reckoned that Boots had reverted to his wild roots and helped himself to his staple diet of mice and small rats.
Almost two years of local fundraisng came to fruition with the opening of six new classrooms at a school in Nepal, made possible thanks to project set up in memory of Neal Turkington, a young Portadown soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
Olympic medallist Mary Peters returned to her old school, Portadown College, as part of a BBC documentary.
Portadown Orange District Master Darryl Hewitt described the town and county’s Twelfth occasions as “highly successful and among the best of the past several years.”
It was quite a year for Craigavon’s new Mayor, at 27 the youngest ever holder of the office in the borough. She had ‘simply adored’ her first two months as First Citizen.
In August Portadown woman, Ann Gardiner, who has been an active member of Banbridge Musical Society despite losing a leg and a hip to cancer received an award for her outstanding contribution to the drama group.
Ann, who joined the society more than 40 years ago, was voted runner-up in The Unsung Hero Award.
It was revealed that a record-breaking 11,000 applications were made for the 450 jobs at the new Asda store in Portadown.
This year’s summer scheme at Richmount Primary School and the multi-games were was the biggest and most successful yet. It included trips to Odyssey and W5, Dundonald Ice Bowl and Sarsfield Youth Club for a fun day.
Portadown College A-level students maintained their excellent results record in line with previous years with an overall pass rate in grades A to E.
Police investigating the disappearance of Portadown girl 19 year old Caroline Graham 23 years ago launched a murder inquiry.
A total of 52 jobs were created with the opening of the new Discount NI and Pets at Home stores at Rushmere Shopping Centre.
Local Bramley apple growers were shaken to the core with one of the worst seasons in living memory with the crop down 50 percent due to the bad weather.
High rise Harry, the paragliding pooch, plummeted thousands of feet off the side of Northern Ireland’s tallest mountain, accompanying his owner Tony Conway on his latest craze in September.
Up to 100 more jobs were to be created at Rushmere Shopping Centre with four new store openings in the pipeline.
Thousands of music lovers from across the borough and beyond converged on Craigavon for the first ever Craigavon Music Fest which was held over three days.
Stalwart Rangers supporter Timothy Webb had the night of his life when he was chosen as one of the flag bearers at a cup game in the Ibrox stadium.
Markethill man James Richardson was named Ulster Tatler Chef of the Year after his mouth watering food was described by judges as “some of the best” they had ever tasted.
There was a stylish tun out of horses for the annual Carriage Driving Show of Country Comes to Town at the People’s Park.
Thieves made off with two hundred weight of potatoes the hard way - by digging them from a field at the Birches. Grower William Wortley reckoned it must have taken the robbers an hour to dig the spuds from his field at Clonmacate Road.
September 2012 was a landmark date in the history of Lismore Comprehensive School as they prepared to celebrated 40 years of service as a school to the local community. Lismore opened in September 1972.