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February 24, 2014



Redevelopment commission to hold special meeting

The Clarksville Redevelopment Commission will hold a special meeting Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Executive Conference Room of the Clarksville Town Hall, 2000 Broadway, Clarksville.

Learn about black heritage

The Clarksville branch of the Jeffersonville Township Public Library will host historians Maxine Brown and Jeanne Burke for an opportunity to learn more about Southern Indiana’s African American Heritage from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 25.

Brown is an advocate for Harrison County’s African-American Heritage and a recipient of the Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Historical Society. She was the founding member of Southern Indiana Minority Enterprise Initiative and trailblazer for the Indiana African American Heritage Trail.

Burke is a very active advocate for Clark County history and often hosts walking tours, corner stories and presentations and workshops for local organizations. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this program, call 812-285-5640. The Clarksville Branch is located at 1312 Eastern Blvd.


Test your hoops skills

The Jeffersonville Optimist Club will host its annual “Tri-Star Basketball Skills Contest” at the Nachand Fieldhouse, 601 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville, from 2 to 3 p.m. on March 2.

The contest will consist of three tests aimed at evaluating a contestant’s skill in passing, shooting and dribbling a basketball. Boys and girls will compete separately and individually, in six age groups [8 to 13], against youth of their own age.

Entry forms will be available at the contest site on the day of competition. All that is needed is a desire to compete and a pair of sneakers. Trophies will be presented for first, second and third place.

For more information contact Tom Kempf Jr. at 812-283-9508 or 812-288-9343.

Suicide prevention workshop on tap

A suicide prevention workshop, sponsored by the downtown churches, LifeSpring Health Systems and the Southern Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 329 Wall St., Jeffersonville. Light snacks will be served.

The workshop will feature information on how to know if someone you care about is at-risk for suicide, what help is available and information and what community resources exist for survivors.

The event is free and open to the public.


Hoosier and Braves Fever at Borden Library

Come relive the magic of high school basketball with a viewing of “Hoosiers,” Friday, Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m. at the Borden Library, 117 Main St., Borden. Get ready to cheer for the Borden Braves as they start the state tournament.

The program is open to students 12-18. Registration is required – call 812-967-3440.


Scholarship funding available

Each year, Family Ark (formerly Regional Youth Services, Inc.) awards scholarships to children who are current or previous clients of the agency at any point since its founding in 1973. The applicants will be selected based on several criteria including an interview, letters of recommendation, financial need, academic record, and extracurricular and community activities. Previous scholarship winners may reapply.

 Scholarships are a minimum of $500 and up to a maximum of $5,000. The Board of Directors determines the amount and the number of scholarships awarded each year, which may be used only for tuition, fees, books and room/board. The Virginia Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Virginia Walker, an agency foster parent. Since 2001, the fund has awarded more than $55,000 to students of varying ages. The next deadline for application is Feb.. 28. Call 812- 288-6800 for more information or go to


Black History Month luncheon set

A luncheon in celebration of Black History Month will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 in the ballroom of Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The cost for the luncheon is $25 per person.

At the event, meet Jim Corridan, president, William Henry Harrison Home, Grouseland director, Indiana Commission on Public Records and State Archivist.

RSVP for the luncheon by emailing or phoning 812-284-4453 no later than Feb. 25.

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