The top stories of 2011 were filled with tragedy, controversy and victory. Read through the stories we picked as the top 5 stories for this year and let us know if you think we got it right by commenting at the bottom of the page.
2011 was a record-breaking year for tornadoes in Indiana. The state saw 61 tornadoes when it normally averages only 20. Bloomington experienced an EF-1 category tornado in May that left behind a trail of devastation.
Despite INDOT’s determination to continue construction of I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis, the Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization strongly opposed the plan and has refused to include it in its transportation plans.
In a major upset, IU beat #1-ranked Kentucky University at the buzzer. Junior Christian Watford made the three-point shot that brought the final score to 73-72.
A stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed when a gust of wind knocked it over before a Sugarland concert. The incident killed 7 people and injured many more. Lawsuits are still ongoing.
20-year-old Lauren Spierer went missing Friday, June 3. Police conducted extensive searches, and her parents, Charlene and Robert Spierer, have organized large events to raise awareness. Lauren Spierer has still not been found 6-months after her disappearance. She was last seen at Kilroy’s Sports Bar, which was cited in the police report.
Other major stories of the year include the statehouse walkout in February, the Occupy movements throughout Indiana and the trial of Michael Griffin, who was convicted of killing IU professor Don Belton.