News and Tribune


January 4, 2014



... to the officers of Greenville and Floyd County police departments.

On a particularly cold day, a Greenville officer gave me a lift to the scene of an accident after I parked, the Floyd County officers let me interview them in a cruiser, then drove me back to my car.

Sometimes, especially on a cold day, a warm car is very much appreciated when you’re on scene covering a story.

— Jerod Clapp, staff writer


... to those who think burning up their ammo is a great way to ring in the new year.

Seriously, who hasn’t heard the old adage, “what goes up must come down”? That celebratory gunfire into the air makes a loud enough pop, but raining hot lead onto someone else’s roof — albeit unwittingly — is dangerous. Not only is the potential to damage property bad enough, but someone could get hurt or worse.

It’d be nice to see some kind of police public service announcement campaign on this, but in the meantime, I’ll just complain about it every New Year, and Independence Day and whenever else someone gets the notion to point a gun into the air.

— Jerod Clapp, staff writer


... to cheer Editor Shea Van Hoy for putting a county album among his top picks this year — Kasey Musgraves.

I grew up with country music and if it ain’t country, as far as I am concerned, it’s not music. It must be because I’m old.

— Kelly Thomas, Inside Sales Representative


... to a few generous members of our community during a difficult time.

The first cheers goes to our neighbors, Anita Lenfert and her two sons. They were very generous this Christmas and helped me out when I lost my job at Sam’s Food & Spirits from it catching fire and burning. I just want to send big thanks to them for this; it takes a special something for people to do things like this.

Next, I would like to thank the Kiwanis Club. They went above and beyond in collecting money for all of us that lost our jobs from the fire at Sam’s. The money collected gave all of us the chance to have a great Christmas and keep up with our bills while finding employment.

Last, I want to say Thank you to Sam Anderson, the owner of Sam’s. He was a great boss and friend. He has really looked out for his employees that lost their jobs — above and beyond any of my expectations.

Thank you, Sam. You were my first employer, and you are a great guy. I will never forget working with you, and all that you have done for us.

— Damian McDuffy, New Albany

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