News and Tribune

April 2, 2013


Local columnist


Rep. Young to meet with constituents in Jeffersonville 

Rep. Todd Young will meet with constituents on an individual and small-group basis at the 9th District Constituent Service Center, 279 Quartermaster Court, Jeffersonville, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 4. 

Young will meet with small groups of up to four at a time for 15 minutes each, and constituents will be able to determine which issues they would like to talk about. The opportunity to sit down with the congressman is open on a first-come, first-serve basis to constituents who call the 9th District Constituent Service Center in Jeffersonville at 812-288-3999.



More information sessions scheduled for aquatic center

Two additional public meetings have been slated in regards to the planned aquatic center and multi-sports facility in New Albany. 

The first will be held this evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fairmont Elementary School cafeteria. 

From 6 to 7 p.m. on April 10, an information session will be held at the Kathy Wilkerson Center, which was formerly known as the Griffin Street Center. 

The city has plans to construct an outdoor aquatic center at the former Camille Wright pool location, and a multi-sports facility at the former Hoosier Panel site. 

— Staff Writer Daniel Suddeath 


Holy Trinity rectory will be site of Day of Caring work

The historical Holy Trinity Catholic Church Rectory, 702 East Market St., New Albany, will undergo a massive renovation during a special Volunteer Day for St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 13. The project is an undertaking by Team Top Gun, a group of young professionals participating in the Leadership Louisville Center’s Ignite Louisville program. Volunteers are being sought to help with various projects, including floor restoration, painting, tiling and landscaping. Once completed, St. E’s plans to use the space to expand its many social service programs.

The historical rectory was built in 1870 as part of Holy Trinity, the first Catholic church in Southern Indiana. The rectory suffered smoke and water damage when the church was destroyed by a fire in 1975. While Holy Trinity was never rebuilt, the rectory was repaired and has since been used by various social service agencies during the last 30 years. St. E’s recently acquired the building and plans to use it for Mental Health Counseling and office space after rehabilitations are complete.

 To volunteer, go to and search for “Elizabeth.”



Bridge Liquors celebrating 50 years

Bridge Liquors in New Albany has 50 reasons to celebrate.

On April 12, Bridge, at 110 Knable Lane, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with food, beer samplings, giveaways and music. The festivities are from 4 to 8 p.m.

Bridge Liquors was opened by veterinarian Dr. Joseph Knable and has maintained family ownership over the past five decades. His niece, Susan Kerber, is the longtime manager at Bridge.

The liquor store moved to its current building 35 years ago and has expanded three times. It carries a large selection of local craft beers and wines.

“I’m very proud. We have a lot of repeat customers and we try to stay very competitive,” Kerber said.  


Library offers SAT practice exams

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will be hosting free practice ACT and SAT exams given by Sylvan Learning. 

The practice SAT exam will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and the practice SAT results will be given from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17.

The exams and result sessions will all be held in the library’s Strassweg Auditorium. All events are free of charge but require registration, which can be done in person at the library or by calling the reference desk at 812-949-3523. A snack will be provided. Students will need to bring No. 2 pencils and a calculator that is not a cell phone.


German students hosting breakfast

New Albany High School German students will host a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Applebee’s Restaurant on Grant Line Road in New Albany.

The event is a fundraiser for the students who will be traveling to Germany in 2014.


Friends fiction book sale April 6

Friends of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will hold their annual fiction book sale in the library’s annex building, at the corner of Spring Street and Scribner Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

All books in the fiction section will be discounted by 50 percent. Regular prices are $1 for hardbacks, 50 cents for DVDs, videos and paperbacks, 25 cents for audio book cassette tapes, and 10 cents for magazines and music cassette tapes. Children’s books are available at $1 or less.


40 & 8 hosting open house, lunch

The 40 & 8 Club will sponsor an open house and salmon patty or corn beef and cabbage dinner, noon to 3 p.m., April 21, at the clubhouse, 221 Albany St., New Albany.

The price for the Samoan patty or corn beef and cabbage dinner with fried potatoes, macaroni and cheese, slaw and dessert, is $7.



Providence to present ‘Wizard of Oz’

The Providence Players of Providence High School will present “The Wizard of Oz” as its spring musical at 2 p.m. on April 21, 7:30 p.m. April 25 through 27, and 2 p.m. April 28.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children through grade eight and may be purchased online at by clicking on the “Buy Tickets Now” button or by calling 812-945-2538 ext. 328.



Open house to unveil program 

Tony Schy, managing director of Velocity Indiana, an entrepreneur center focused on developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem through education and programming initiatives, will host an open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m., April 4, at 400 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville.

The open house will allow those interested to gather more information about Velocity Indiana and the business accelerator program as well as check out the location and its innovative workspace. 

The facility is in Water Tower Square at the foot of the Clark Memorial Bridge. The building was originally the passenger car finishing facility for The Ohio Falls Car and Locomotive Company, a company founded prior to the Civil War.  

Applications for the accelerator program are currently being accepted and the due date for submission is April 14. Selected companies will be notified by the end of April.

To RSVP for the open house go to



Fish Fry will help cemetery

The Utica Hillcrest Cemetery Association will sponsor a fish fry, 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, at the Utica Community Center.

The menu will include fish, fries or baked potato, slaw, dessert and drink, $8. A kids menu, hot dog, fries, dessert and drink, $5. Carryout available. A raffle on a flat-screen television will also take place.

All proceeds benefit the upkeep of the cemetery. If you have a loved one buried at the cemetery, please support the Cemetery Association.