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Top 10 News Stories of 2011

The Greene County Daily World's news staff selected the Top 10 Stories of 2011.

Sinkhole closes road; repairs should be made by Wednesday afternoon (08/14/12)
An old sinkhole believed to be caused by an abandoned coal mine shaft has closed a county road to enable repairs to be made. Greene County Highway Department Superintendent Brent Murray said County Road 1100W ---- between County Roads 100S and 200S in Stockton Township -- was closed on Monday...
No. 6 (tie) - Linton, Greene County loses a friend in Mark Angell (12/30/11)
On Sunday afternoon, May 8, the Rev. David Atkins, pastor of the Linton Assembly of God Church, and Mark Angell of Linton were enjoying a 30-plus mile bike ride through a picturesque area of Greene County with four other riders. The group talked and laughed as they peddled along on the beautiful sunny day...
No. 10 -- Pizza Villa fire (12/30/11)
Long-time Linton restaurant Pizza Villa caught fire in the early morning hours of February 23, and destroyed the rear of the building. Linton Fire Chief Gary Tannehill said flames were showing in the southeast corner of the building when the fire department arrived, and even though the fire was contained quickly the kitchen area was a total loss...
No. 9 - Heavy storms slam parts of eastern Greene County (12/30/11)
Storms ravaged Indiana during the last week of May in 2011 pounding the area including Greene County for three straight evenings. Sirens warning of tornadoes could be heard across the area on May 25 as severe weather wrought havoc sending many residents to shelter...
No. 8 tie -- Bloomfield coach resigns (12/30/11)
The Bloomfield School District Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of science teacher and high school boys basketball coach John Bucher, who was in his second year as a coach. This story ranked a tie for No. 8 for the top stories of 2011, as voted on by the Greene County Daily World staff...
No. 8 tie - Pair of bomb threats put students, parents on edge (12/30/11)
A pair of threats -- one scrawled on a bathroom wall, the other phoned in -- meant Linton-Stockton Schools spent several days under heightened security this fall. This was voted a tie for the No. 8 story of the year. First, a threat discovered in a high school bathroom in October suggested an incident might occur Tuesday, Oct. 19, the same day report cards were sent home...
No. 7 - WRV looks into merging elementary schools (12/30/11)
At this time, the future of the White River Valley School Corporation's Lyons and Worthington campuses is unknown. Superintendent Layton Wall said with recent drastic cuts in state aid, combined with a shrinking local property tax support, the long-term viability of continuing to operate the two aging school buildings an economic challenge is a challenge...
No. 6 (tie) - Roy Clark misses annual show; festival weekend revamped (12/30/11)
The Greene County Foundation Festival -- traditionally held the weekend after Memorial Day -- did not take place in 2011. This was voted the No. 6 story for 2011. The festival concert and golf tournament events has roots dating back to 1979 when the late Phil Harris and his wife, Alice Faye, teamed with Don Steward, former local golf pro Ted Bishop, and local businessman John Wilkes to launch the first-ever Phil Harris golf tournament and music show...
No. 5 - URS coming to Linton (12/30/11)
URS Corporation, a long-standing supplier to Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) since 1998, made major changes this year. First, the company announced on Sept. 23 it would take over tenancy of Linton's former Sunbeam plant, located on 12th Street NE...
No. 4 tie - Indiana Rail Road announces major project (12/30/11)
The Indiana Rail Road Company (IRRC) broke ground in August 2011 on a $6 million locomotive maintenance facility at Hiawatha Yard that will improve efficiency and environmental controls for the railroad as well as preparing for anticipated growth. That announcement tied as the No. 4 story for 2011...
No. 4 tie-- Former GCGH Chaplain convicted (12/30/11)
The conviction of former Greene County General Hospital chaplain and daycare owner Randal Vandeventer on felony a child seduction charge tied for the No. 4 spot for the top news story of 2011. The 50-year-old Vandeventer was sentenced in late September to 1 1/2 years with the Indiana Department of Corrections for the class D felony charge of child seduction...
No. 3 -- I-69 construction moving quickly (12/30/11)
Despite disapproval from some along the construction zone, the extension of Interstate 69 is quickly progressing. The new section of interstate, which will connect Indianapolis and Evansville, will bisect a portion of southeastern Greene County. Land surveying by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) began in August 2009 in Greene County and construction began in April 2010...
No 2 -- Solsberry woman beaten to death (12/30/11)
The beating death of Stacey Jo Lawson of rural Solsberry was voted the No. 2 news story for 2011. Less than a week after the alleged brutal murder of the 28-year-old Lawson on Aug. 21, an arrest was made. Three charges were filed against Randy Knapp, 52, of Bloomington, including: murder, a felony; criminal confinement, a class B felony; and obstruction of justice, a class D felony...
No. 1 -- Mayor's death shocks community; his wife finishes term (12/30/11)
The city of Linton was in shock and mourning at the sudden death of two-term mayor Tom Jones on March 3. The death of Mayor Jones and transition of the office to his wife, Patti, was voted by the Greene County Daily World staff as the No. 1 local news story of 2011...