News and Tribune

May 3, 2014



... to election season.

This time of year always makes me feel comparatively more normal and sane.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the community of Utica for supporting the Utica Hillcrest Cemetery Association annual fish fry last Friday.

The event was a success thanks to the support of the Utica community and residents from Clark County who enjoyed a Friday evening in Utica, visiting with old friends.

Proceeds will be used for the upkeep of the cemetery and the restoration of the vault. Thanks again for your support.

— Brenda Dorman, community editor, secretary, Utica Hillcrest Cemetery Association


... to the Floyd Central Indiana Academic Super Bowl teams.

The math team took first place and the science and English teams took third place at the regional competition. Thanks to math coach Kim Haley, science coach Jennifer Gohmann, English coach Matt Townsend and social studies coach and coordinator Donovan Robinson.

Also, the Floyd Central High School Alumni Association held its fifth annual Hall of Fame Award Dinner on Saturday evening. Honorees included Anne Riddle Riedling ’70, William Esarey ’75, Michael Nevitt ’86, and Todd Sharp ’87.

— Bonny Wise, Floyds Knobs


... to a Jeffersonville Police Department officer for truly serving the public.

On Wednesday, April 23, I’d started my car after a long day at work in an office at Quartermaster Quadrangle.

I’d had issues with my car for awhile, but this night, it finally bit the dust and the ignition prevented me from turning the car off — or getting the car to reverse, for that matter. I was undoubtedly stressed and upset.

Coming from Bloomington, where police were not so inclined to help citizens, I was amazed when my co-worker came from the police station door with an officer who was closing up shop for the night.

While he wasn’t able to help me turn the engine off, although he did certainly try, he called a towing company and patiently waited for them to come to make sure I was safe.

The officer was Detective Issac Oliver. He renewed my faith in the police force and went above and beyond his normal duties to help a citizen in need and I felt it necessary to publicly thank him for his services.

I’ll never forget your kindness.

— Camyla Nikirk, Jeffersonville


... to everyone who supported the Walkathon for Brandon’s House.

Thanks to the New Albany Police Department for their help; to the youth group at Cherry Street Church of Christ for raising $1,220 and to their leader, Kevin Parr, who will sport pink and purple hair, don a tutu and sing a silly song since they met their goal; to the sponsors, walkers, helpers; to Wanda Parr, the individual who once again raised the most money.

 Thanks to the community for helping Brandon’s House raise $20,000-plus with this event.

— Brittany Bley, board member, and Susan Parr, director, will soon have lovely pink hair since this goal was reached.


... to some uncaring thieves.

Just before Easter, I placed a beautiful spring floral saddle on my husband’s gravestone in Sellersburg Cemetery. Dan enjoyed springtime so much.

A week later, I went for my weekly visit and was so saddened to see the saddle missing.

Your thievery has hurt our family. You know what you did was wrong, How can you live with yourself?

Hopefully, you will return it, but I somehow doubt it, for you have no conscience

— Maryann Della Rosa, Sellersburg


... and congratulations, to our award winning News and Tribune editor, Shea Van Hoy, and staff members Jerod Clapp and Matt Koesters, as well as columnist Amanda Beam for your recent journalism awards.

In addition, the News and Tribune also won an Associated Press award, for work with R.G. Dunlop, of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

Their excellent coverage of our community was appropriately recognized by their peers.

A proud subscriber,

— Kelly Khuri, Clark County



... to the church or group who brought several pots of flowers and herbs and placed them on the porch steps of the Bliss House in Jeffersonville.

Everyone who enters into the Bliss House comments on how nice they make the area look. We sincerely appreciate your kindness.

However, we do not know the church or organization who coordinated the donation. Please give me a call so I can thank you personally.

— Julie Schwerer, director, Bliss House, 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.