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


... to some donation angels.

It is with humble gratitude that the residents, staff and board of Haven House Services thanks those of you who so generously gave throughout this holiday season.

From our neighbors, Krunchers, we not only received the many gifts brought to our residents but the gift of time for our residents and the older children. I wish you knew the impact you started this season with, we thank you. To our newest neighbors, Accounting Services, who literally started and assembly line with food and gifts, to the lady from Little Flock Baptist that brought so much on the Monday before Christmas Eve — we thank you.

There has been so many and each of you have left an indelible impression on us. One small church even had to pitch-hit when someone lost the schedule and everybody pitched together the prepared food was assembled without even a crumb left over, gifts were given and good song and gospel prevailed.

This was truly a season of warmth, loving, and giving to us and we thank you.

The JeffCares campaign kicked us all off with a feeling of rallying behind the shelter and you have done so admirably from all over this region. God bless you each and every one.

You have proven that this whole community cares and without you we could not serve. Our respect, admiration and gratitude come deep from within our hearts.

— Barbara Anderson, Executive Director, Haven House Services Inc., Jeffersonville


... to the U.S. Postal Service for delivering two Christmas gifts Dec. 7 to the wrong address and whoever lived at the incorrect address for not forwarding them to the correct recipient nor returning them to the company from which they were ordered.

— Virginia Peck, Jeffersonville

— Do you have someone or something to cheer or jeer? Submissions should be sent to Editor Shea Van Hoy at or by mail at 221 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN, 47130.