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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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