News and Tribune


January 19, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Jan. 19-20


... To St. Mary’s Catholic School/Academy for the many decades of providing a quality education to the students it served.

While we are all saddened by the school’s closing, we have many reasons to celebrate the thousands of lives that little school shaped during its existence, and the lives it will continue to shape through the end of this school year.

— Assistant Editor Chris Morris


... to the field trip program at New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. which takes students to spend a day at Division Street School, an all-black school which closed in 1946.

In 2006, the school building was reopened as a learning center for NA-FC students to learn math, geography, reading and spelling like students did in 1885, when students first attended the school.

Beyond the core learning, students are able to take away much more from the field trip visits. Most of the students were born and likely raised with little or no knowledge that school children were once separated by race, and that separation certainly wasn’t equal.

Learning about history shouldn’t only be about the happy parts.

Cheers also to Friends of Division Street School which renovated the site.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the New Albany City Council approving $75,000 to help restore Second Baptist Church, another important part of black history in New Albany.

Commonly called Town Clock Church, the building served as a link in the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.

Preserving it will help tell a vital lesson for the city and its residents and visitors.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to Charlestown High School teacher Nicole Keith-Morrison for returning to the classroom to teach nine months after a car struck her while she was walking.

She suffered a fractured skull, three broken vertebrae and serious brain injuries, but returned to begin teaching for the spring semester.

Keith-Morrison credited the help she received for her recovery.

“Their support and visits for me in the hospital were better than any medicine,” she told the News and Tribune for an article last week. “Everything is so positive; I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be.”

I’m sure the students and faculty feel it’s great to have her back as well.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

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