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December 27, 2008

Floyd County’s top stories of 2008

Weird weather, visits by presidential candidates and the opening of a downtown YMCA in New Albany topped Floyd County news in 2008.

With the year winding down, The Tribune staff voted on the issues they felt mattered most over the past 12 months. There was much to choose from, and arguably, the events that just missed the top five are as relevant as the ones that were included.

Below is a look at the top five.

YMCA comes

to New Albany

After years of planning and construction, the Floyd County branch of the YMCA of Southern Indiana opened in November with Joe LaRocca named as president of the exercise facility.

The first phase of the Scribner Place project includes a city-owned aquatic center with three swimming pools, as well as the YMCA section with features such as a gymnasium and 40-foot climbing wall.

LaRocca said the membership base continues to swell as patrons can utilize the Jeffersonville and New Albany Y locations for one price.

Funding for the Y came mainly through the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, as the riverboat organization accounted for approximately 90 percent of the cost.

The city and county are responsible for payments of no more than $137,500 a year for the next 16 years.

A debate over the city’s portion of the payment made some wonder if the Y would ever be built. Some members of the City Council took issue with using property tax revenue as a backup to the New Albany portion of the payment.

Battleground state

Beginning with a fierce battle for the Democratic nod in the May primary, presidential candidates realized Indiana was up for grabs.

Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly edged President-elect Barack Obama in May as the Hoosier choice to represent the party. Clinton, husband Bill and daughter Chelsea made several stops in Southern Indiana while on the campaign trail.

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