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Tales of loss lead annual top story list

Sunday, January 1, 2012

How would you rank the top 10 stories of the year? Tell us, by completing this easy-to-use form.

Two stories that touched the hearts of local readers top this year's list of the top 10 local stories as determined by a poll of the Times-Gazette staff.

The top story of the year was the plight of the three people collectively known as The Shelbyville Missing: Shelley Mook, Bobby Smelcer and Antonio Taylor. That story was followed by the story of a young sixth grader whose illness brought the community together and whose death broke its heart.

2) Korley loses the battle

Korley Davis, at a Halloween benefit held in her honor in October 2009.
(T-G File Photo by Sadie Fowler)
(69 points, 3 first-place votes)

Brave Liberty School sixth grader Korley Davis was known to many in the community and had a special connection to Shelbyville Central High School through her mother, a teacher there. Her death in February touched many county-wide.

Plagued with lung problems, Korley. who already defeated leukemia in her short life, had been on a heart and lung bypass machine for some time, trying to build up her strength for a lung transplant. In 2010, SCHS students, continuing the school's long-time support of the Make-A-Wish foundation, raised money so that Korley could meet singer Taylor Swift.

Numerous "Pray for Korley" signs and ribbons had been posted during her illness, and her death prompted fund-raisers, as well as a memorial blood drive by SCHS students.

1) The Shelbyville Missing

(103 points, 5 first-place votes)

Shelbyville teacher Shelley Mook has not been seen since late February, and authorities fear the worst.

The search for Mook helped bring attention to two earlier missing-persons cases, involving Bobby Smelcer, who disappeared in late 2010, and Antonio Taylor, who has been missing since 1999.

See the related story for an update on the cases and the families.

Times-Gazette newsroom staff suggested potential stories for the ballot, which eventually included 27 different entries. Then, a variety of T-G staffers, from both inside and outside the newsroom, ranked their top 10 choices from among those 27.

--Reporting by various T-G staff members contributed to this story.

The top local news stories of 2011

  1. The Shelbyville Missing (103 points, 5 first-place votes)
  2. Korley loses the battle (69 points, 3 first-place votes)
  3. Sheriff's legal woes (59 points, 2 first-place votes)
  4. Bypass (51 points)
  5. Hansen case continues (48 points)
  6. Escaped monkey (44 points)
  7. Garbage standoff (43 points)
  8. New city manager (39 points, 1 first-place vote)
  9. Butrum named school superintendent (37 points)
  10. Bedford Cheese (29 points)

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