News and Tribune

February 20, 2014



CASI hosting community forums

Community Action of Southern Indiana in Jeffersonville has been awarded a grant through the Indiana Association of United Ways to help facilitate the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Clark, Floyd, Jefferson, Harrison and Washington Counties.

The first of the community forums will be from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Community Action of Southern Indiana, 1613 E. Eighth Street, Jeffersonville. Another community forum will be from 6 to 7 p.m. March 19 at New Albany Housing Authority’s Community Room, 300 Erni Ave., New Albany.

CASI will be educating about the Affordable Care Act and health insurance options, including the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Certain individuals or families may qualify for health insurance subsidies, based on income. Others may qualify for a $0 premium plan or a new kind of tax credit that lowers premiums right away.  

More information is available by calling Joe Welch and Denise Triplett at 812-288-6451, extensions 2272 and 2281, Marilyn Warren at 812-206-7398, or Phil Ellis at 812-206-7300.

Gardener lecture series to start

The Sunnyside Master Gardener Association is hosting a three-part lecture series on two consecutive Thursday evenings — March 6 and 13. The series includes lectures on practical vegetable gardening, small fruit for the home garden and growing/cooking with herbs.

The series will be held at the Clark County REMC, 7810 Ind. 60, Sellersburg. The classes start 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m. The series, which includes a light dinner each session, is $20 for both nights. Registration is required by Feb. 28.

To register, call the Floyd County Extension Office at 812-948-5470.


Severe weather sirens installed

Two new severe weather sirens have been installed, tested, and are operational, the city of New Albany confirmed Thursday.

The new sirens have been placed at Bicknell Park and the Spring Street fire station, and the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency oversaw the testing of the sirens earlier this week.

The sirens were footed by the New Albany City Council at the request of Councilman Greg Phipps.

School holding open house

Grace Lutheran School, 1787 Klerner Lane, New Albany, will be hosting a preschool open house from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24 and Tuesday, Feb. 25. Learn more about all of the preschool options for 2, 3, 4 and 5 year olds.

For more information, call 812-941-1912.

Historical Society to meet

The Floyd County Historical Society will have its February meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Elsa Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.

Larry Muhammad will present the program entitled “Henry Bain: The Main behind the Sauce.” The meeting is free and open to the public.

Red Cross hosting blood drive

Floyd County Chapter of American Red Cross will sponsor a special event blood drive on the American Red Cross Bus from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the parking lot of Sam’s Tavern, 3800 Payne Koehler Road, New Albany.

The special blood is in memory of Ryan Pickhardt.

Bridal show set for Sunday

Southern Indiana’s Premiere Bridal Show will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Historic Calumet Club, 1614 E. Spring Street, New Albany.

This annual event will include 30 different vendors providing wedding services. Preregistered brides and grooms receive free admission. All other attending $5 per person. Visit for more information.


Dance marathon benefits Riley

Floyd Central High School,  6575 Old Vincennes Road, Floyds Knobs,  will hold its fourth annual Dance Marathon to benefit Indianapolis’ Riley Hospital for Children from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The first marathon held at Floyd Central in 2011 raised $17,572.44; last year, that amount grew to $45,003.62. This year’s goal is $47,500.

The very first Dance Marathon began in 1991 at Indiana University. Today there are 37 additional schools holding Dance Marathons to benefit Riley Hospital for Children.

Floyd Central students, who take the role of “dancers,”, will remain standing for six hours in honor of the kids at Riley who cannot do so. During the day they will dance, play games, make crafts and meet Riley kids and their families and hear some amazing stories from the families at Riley.