WATCH: A look back at the top stories of 2019


Here’s a look back at the top ten stories in Kentucky that made national headlines:

  1. Savannah Spurlock, Richmond mother of four, goes missing in January and six months later her remains are found in Garrard County. David Sparks is arrested and indicted for her murder.
  2. Pipeline explosion in Lincoln County kills one, injures five, and destroys several homes in August.
  3. A Michigan family of five is killed on I-75 in Lexington, when a drunk driver went the wrong way down the interstate.
  4. A Magoffin County toddler went missing in the woods for days but after extensive searches he was found.
  5. A Jim Beam warehouse fire in Versailles leaks thousands of gallons of bourbon into the Kentucky River.
  6. 2019 Derby Winner Maximum Security is disqualified.
  7. The battle between educators in Kentucky and former Governor Matt Bevin.
  8. The vaping epidemic in teens.
  9. Former Governor Matt Bevin’s controversial pardons.
  10. Andy Beshear becomes the 63rd governor of Kentucky.
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Christy Bollinger joined the ABC 36 news team as a reporter in March 2018. Christy comes from a little western Kentucky town called Cadiz. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May 2017 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Criminology. Christy is thrilled to be working at her dream job in her home state. She is passionate about storytelling and you can see her weekdays on ABC 36 News at 5 and 6 p.m. She's covered everything from visits from the sitting president and vice president, to high-profile murder cases. When not chasing stories, Christy loves nothing more than being at the beach and says life is just better with sand between your toes and waves crashing at your feet. She is also a big animal lover. She's a fur momma and her mini-Australian Shepherd, Milly, standard Australian Shepherd, Bennie, and her Maine Coon, Cheeto, are the loves of her life. Christy encourages you to send her any story ideas you may have. Find her on Facebook at Christy Bollinger ABC 36, tweet her @ChristyB_news, or email her at