The Times' editorial staff researched online for the top 10 most-read stories from 2011 at thebraziltimes.com.
The following is a list of the top 10 most read stories from thebraziltimes.com for 2011:
* Person lifelined following accident
The story appeared online March 28, and received 5,304 views. It detailed how a 16-year-old Northview student was air ambulanced following a two-vehicle accident, which involved a Clay Community Schools bus and a truck. According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, the driver of the truck, pulled out in front of the bus. The bus then "shoved" the truck off the roadway into a utility pole, which snapped,
* School grieves for shooting victim
The story appeared online Sept. 12, and received 4,970 views. It detailed how a 16-year-old Northview student died due to injuries sustained after an accidental shooting.
Heaton told The Brazil Times the juvenile was allegedly pulling the slide of a .45-caliber handgun back and forth and "dry firing" the weapon. At some point, the magazine was placed in the weapon and taken back out, which activated the weapon,
* City's audit finds inconsistencies
The story appeared online Feb. 12, and received 4,822 views. It detailed how the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA) released its audit examination of the City of Brazil, which reviewed financial information from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2009.
Included in the report of the audit were total receipts, disbursements and balances of the city's funds (some of which were in the red), along with mismanagement of funds connected to the former clerk-treasurer,
* Brazil water to be shut off, boil order follows
The story appeared online April 15, and received 4,467 views. It detailed how officials with the City of Brazil Water Department had discovered a large leak in a 12-inch water line on Murphy Avenue. After spending much of the day attempting to access the pipe, officials found the line had been worked on before, but the repair clamp had become loose,
* Five arrested on drug allegations
The story appeared online May 10, and received 4,143 views. It detailed how the Clay County Sheriff's Department had released information about a two-year investigation and the arrests of five Clay City residents amid allegations of illegally selling prescription drugs,
* Four arrested early Monday
The story appeared online Sept. 19, and received 4,119 views. It detailed how the sheriff's department had arrested four individuals stemming for charges that methamphetamine was allegedly being manufactured at a county property. After a standoff, all four suspects were apprehended,
* Former chief arrested on two felony charges
The story appeared online Jan. 4, and received 3,936 views. It detailed how a former Brazil City Police Chief had been arrested on felony charges of one county of Class B Failure to Deposit Public Funds, and one count of Class D Official Misconduct. The Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation,
* Man dies after being hit by vehicle
The story appeared online Aug. 9, and received 3,779 views. It detailed how a Clay County man was struck by a vehicle on United States 40 near John Street in Knightsville. The man later died as a result of his injuries,
* Juvenile dies from accidental shooting
The story appeared online Sept. 11, and received 3,723 views. It was the first breaking news story regarding a Northview student who died from injuries sustained after the accidental shooting, and
* Woman transported to Methodist following accident
The story appeared online Oct. 31, and received 3,659 views. It detailed how a woman had been transported via Air Evac to Indianapolis following the accident, which took place on United States 40 and County Road 225 W.
The woman had to be extricated from her vehicle using the Jaws of Life.
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