... to the Borden Braves, the Indiana boys’ class A state champions.
The players, coaches, parents and fans truly defined the term “team effort.” Look for an upcoming retrospective magazine from the News and Tribune about the Braves’ championship season.
— News and Tribune
... to the Dare to Care Food Program.
A reader from New Albany wrote in and asked me to pass along this note: “I care for my mother and am not employed. It has been somewhat of a Godsend for our family. I would like to say a simple thank you to those who come weekly, rain or shine, to arrange and hand out the produce and other items.
“Dedication is seeing that those who wish to participate are given what is available and the rest is taken to homeless shelters. They do at times put items back for people who can’t come to get their own. One gentleman actually walks three boxes to folks there in the area before leaving every week.
“I just want them to know there are those who appreciate them and the work it takes to make this happen every week. Thank you, John, Arthur, Dorothy and Mr. Ed.
— Editor Shea Van Hoy
... to the Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team for a fine year.
As I sat grumbling at the TV last Thursday night, most of my thoughts turned to baseball season starting.
But Friday morning when I got to work, I thought about how far the program has come in the last few years. This season ended with a Big 10 — or whatever the conference is really called ... I can’t make that little logo with my keyboard — championship and a player of the year named by some publications in Junior Victor Oladipo.
The high-flying guard is probably on to the NBA, and he should be. His stock probably can’t get any higher. It will be sad to see him go, as well as seniors Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston. And, perhaps Cody Zeller as well.
Even though I was disappointed with the team again losing in the Sweet 16, it could be a lot worse. Just a short time ago, it certainly was.
— Editor Shea Van Hoy
... to the start of the Major League Baseball season.
If you’re just reading this Sunday night, I’ll be posted up on my couch, watching my Houston Astros open the season at home against the Texas Rangers in Houston’s first game as an American League club.
And Monday, I’ll be taking the day off to watch as many games as I can.
Play ball are two fine words.
— Editor Shea Van Hoy
... to the News and Tribune for your excellent and ongoing coverage of the March 2, 2012, tornadoes.
Your photographs and articles have been outstanding as you followed the story throughout the first year, from the moment of the traumatic event, through the ongoing recovery, to the first year anniversary. Kudos to your staff.
Interviews with survivors, volunteers and helping organizations were informative, respectful and thoughtful and contribute a valuable witness to the impact of this event to the whole community. The News and Tribune provides an exemplary example of how a community-minded news source can contribute positively during a disaster.
— Carolyn King, Jeffersonville, March2Recovery executive director
I would like to thank Chief Mark Palmer of the Clarksville Police for attending our homeowners meeting in Plum Run.
The information you shared was welcomed in a time of need. I would like to see you come back when your able and bring more of the handout information on the Neighborhood Watch Program.
— Margaret Stemler, Clarksville
— Do you have someone or something to cheer or jeer? Submissions should be sent to Editor Shea Van Hoy at email@example.com or by mail at 221 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN, 47130.
OUR OPINION: Spacing out high school plays would help
For all the strengths of the theater programs, why isn’t inter-program communication one of those? Opening so many shows in one week seems counter-productive for every program getting ready to debut a play.
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