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


... to the great column Perry Hunter wrote concerning the Borden/Silver Creek game Jan 5.

I was not fortunate enough to witness this amazing event, but my son, Mac Spainhour was, and told me all about it. Needless to say, he had a hard time telling me and I might add I struggled myself. It was so rewarding to hear what two rival schools and fans can do for a precious fourth-grader in front of 2,200-plus people. She had a lot of courage. Thank you, Josey. Hang in there.

Now to Borden resident Ed Kirchgessner. What a special man. I don’t know him well, but I have met him. He must be an amazing husband, father, grandfather, etc. His family should be so proud.

I’ll bet nothing made him feel better than seeing his grandson score those first four points and then receive the ball. What a moment. I also live in Borden and I don’t think I could be more proud of our communities.

Way to go Borden and Silver Creek.

— Judy Schoch, Borden


... to Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence on winning the Golden Globe Award for best actress in her starring role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” and thanks for donating the proceeds from the film premiere at Tinseltown to the Southern Indiana Relief Funds for the March tornadoes.

Also thanks to Lawrence for donating autographed posters of “Winter’s Bone” and “The Hunger Games” to the Clark County Red Cross to raise funds.

— JoAnn Goodlett, Charlestown


... to the state of Indiana and the people who made the voucher program possible.

One day, my daughter came home from second grade and asked if she could switch from her public school to a local private school. She had been struggling in school for a while, and I believe she could sense that she needed to be in a different environment that offered more specialized attention.

It was heartbreaking to explain to her that our family simply could not afford the tuition at a private school. But, then we found out about the Choice Scholarship Program.

I immediately applied, and before long my daughter was able to switch to the school of our choice. She is now at Christian Academy School and is flourishing both academically and emotionally. We are so grateful to those who helped give her this opportunity!

— Jacqueline Doerr, New Albany

— 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.