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December 31, 2012

Top stories of the year

WASHINGTON — Top stories of 2012

For the fifth year, the newsroom staff and select writers were asked to rate their top 10 stories of 2012. Here are the top choices.

I-69 Opens

The dream of many in Indiana was realized when Interstate 69 from Evansville to Crane was opened on Nov. 19 by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Traffic has been light on the interstate so far, but is expected to pick up in 2013 when business could start moving into the area. It is the top story of 2012, but possibly the story that will affect this county and the surrounding area for decades.

Morgan pleads guilty

The pronounced fall of Daviess County’s once top deputy had a final conclusion a day after I-69 was opened in November, when he was sentenced to one year of probation for ghost employment.

There was some outrage over what some felt was too light  a sentence for Morgan, who plead guilty on Oct. 8, for betraying the public trust after it was revealed he hid information to protect womenwith whom he had affairs with.

The drought

The worst drought to hit the area since the 1936 Dust Bowl affected Daviess County in 2012.

Not much in the way of corn or soybeans were grown by local farmers, but one positive was seen in road construction as crews were able to complete I-69 ahead of schedule.

Arvin/Blubaum accident

The Washington High School community was shocked and heartbroken when, in March, then sophomores Derek Arvin and Zach Blubaum were killed in an accident on SR 257 and CR 300S.

Throughout the year, memorials and tributes were held in memory of the two teenagers.

Loogootee wins state

For the first time in the school’s proud basketball history, the Loogootee Lions won  the 2012 Class A state championship defeating  Rockville. The Lions started this season ranked first, and won its first nine games.

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  • Highway of dreams approaching final phase For decades community leaders in southwestern Indiana dreamed of an interstate highway that would connect Indianapolis and Evansville. Now, that project is one contract from becoming a reality. The Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indian

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  • Andrews to hold book signing on Saturday Southern Indiana author Sandy (Morris) Andrews will be signing books and meeting fans of historical fiction books at A Touch of Heaven Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Andrews, from Cynthiana, a small town just northwest of Evansvill

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  • Friday's Area Briefs Clarification In the April 16 story "Daviess County hires help for human resource issues" that the Times Herald reported, the human resources contract was one of several agreements made this week by the commissioners. The commissioners also signed tw

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  • Sports Briefs Hatchets fall to Jasper JASPER -- The Washington softball team lost 13-0 to Jasper Wednesday evening. The Hatchets get no rest with road games against Southridge Thursday night and Loogootee Friday night. Washington coach Bret Graber has cautioned hi

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  • NWS - WT041714 - LocalGraduationRates - NBS Local schools improve on graduation rates Every Daviess County high school improved on graduation rates for 2013, according to data from the state Department of Education released Wednesday. In fact, all the schools were over 90 percent of its students graduating. The state average for 2013

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  • Murphy FF pic SAVING lives While speaking at a national conference to fire trainers, Governor Mike Pence congratulated Washington firefighters and their role in Indiana's dedication to fire training. About nine years ago, the two firefighters, along with other members of their

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  • 4 stars for Barr-Reeve Middle-Sr. High School MONTGOMERY -- The Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction has announced the Four-Star schools for 2012-13 and Barr-Reeve Middle-Senior High School is once again on the list. To receive the Four-Star designation a school must be in the top 25th p

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