News and Tribune


November 6, 2012

NA-FC school board gets two new faces

One incumbent wins, one loses

NEW ALBANY — One incumbent kept her seat on the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.’s board of trustees after Tuesday’s election, but two newcomers will have a voice in meetings starting in January.

Rebecca Gardenour was elected to the board’s District 4 seat for her third term, receiving 13,070 votes, or 56.25 percent, beating Ralph Dooley, who received 9,959 votes, or 43.25 percent.

Gardenour said she’s glad to get her seat again and hopes to continue doing as much good as she can for the district’s schools and students.

“I’m just honored and humbled to win in the general election, especially with so many people coming out to vote,” Gardenour said. “I will continue to do what’s best for kids and represent the community, the parents and the taxpayers through my tenure on the board.”

In the race for the at-large seat, incumbent Lee Cotner was easily bested by Jessica Knable. She received 10,182 votes, or 39.98 percent. Cotner, who placed third in the race, received 4,822 votes, or 18.93 percent. Don Sakel came in second place for the seat with 6,345 votes, or 24.91 percent.

Knable said she didn’t expect to win, but learned a few things in her race for the District 2 seat on New Albany’s City Council last year.

“I thought [Cotner] would win, honestly,” Knable said. “I was beat last time by an incumbent and I thought I’d be beaten this time ... I honestly thought I would come in second. I was probably a little bit smarter this time because I have run before, but I think my greatest asset in the campaign as it was last time was my husband Al.

“Last time, he went to hundreds and hundreds of doors.”

She said though she didn’t have to take her campaign door-to-door, she was able to talk to parents and teachers in the school where she works — Mount Tabor Elementary — and her husband talked to people in the community as well.

Cotner was called for comment, but didn’t return calls by press time.

For the District 3 seat, George Gauntt will take over for Neal Smith, who did not run for re-election. Gauntt received 11,899 votes, or 56.44 percent. His opponent, Garrod Sieveking, received 9,184 votes, or 43.56 percent.

Gauntt said he’s excited to begin his first term and feels he and his opponent ran clean campaigns.

“Thanks to the people that put a lot of hard work getting signs out and I appreciate all the votes people cast in my favor,” Gauntt said. “Hopefully, I’ll do a good job for them.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • MAKING CENTS: It’s time to get organized

    First and foremost, organize all of your important papers including life insurance policies, will and testament, retirement account papers and information, bank account information,

    March 8, 2014

  • BBQ MY WAY: Shepherd's Pie – light and legit

    If you have been a reader of this column for an extended period of time, you have probably noticed my appreciation of history and culture as it relates to food. To me, the title of this week’s recipe conjures up images of Ireland and frugal cooks of yesteryear who used leftover ingredients and potatoes to create hearty dishes of love for their families.

    March 7, 2014

  • Former Jeffersonville High School principal Sexton’s reassignment approved

    “You’re not fooling any of us ...,” Blankenship said. “You make your decisions for your own political gain on your own time. But I do not ... play politics with our education. You call yourselves advocates for students and education, act like it. Listen to your students and the people you have promised to provide an education to.”

    November 8, 2012

  • xxxxx.jpg Pence promises to go forward with education overhaul, tax cut pledge

    Pence dodged some of the more pointed questions about Bennett, saying he’d leave to the press to speculate about the reasons for Bennett’s loss.
    But he also rejected the notion that Bennett’s ouster at the hands of Democrat Glenda Ritz was a sign that voters rejected the sweeping changes in education, which include vouchers for private schools, merit pay for teachers and more high-stakes testing for students.

    November 8, 2012 1 Photo

  • Greater Clark school board retains many incumbents

    Bottorff-Perkins said she is excited about the opportunity to serve on the board.
    “I’m very, very thankful that the folks who voted for me came out today,” Bottorff-Perkins said. “I tried to put my qualifications out there and my agenda, which is not to go after anybody or do anything negative. I want to bring to the board a sense of cooperation and collaboration and I’m really excited about that.”

    November 7, 2012

  • Clarksville, West Clark school boards keep incumbents

    Richard Graf won the other seat, coming in with 4,157 votes, or 25.26 percent.
    Graf said he’s already got some ideas about what he’d like to see for the district.

    November 7, 2012

  • Ritz1 .jpg Ritz shocks incumbent Bennett for education post

    November 6, 2012 1 Photo

  • NA-FC school board gets two new faces

    In the race for the at-large seat, incumbent Lee Cotner was easily bested by Jessica Knable.

    November 6, 2012

  • 11_xx_cops_kids_01.jpg Santa’s big helpers: Cops For Kids program helps give 65 kids a Merry Christmas

    Each child, between the ages of 5-12, has about $250 spent on them for items like coats, boots, shoes and clothing. The children also each get a small toy or two.

    November 5, 2012 1 Photo

  • 11-02 FCHS band 1.w.jpg Highlanders going back to state

    November 2, 2012 1 Photo

Easter 2014 photos

Click on any photo to purchase it.

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
2013 Photos of the year

Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.