News and Tribune

May 15, 2013


Reflections: 15th annual Bales Humanitarian Award


In August, I was one of two honorees overwhelmed in being honored in receiving the 15th annual Clark County Bales’ Humanitarian of the Year Award by those who see in you doing something you are not trained to do, but do it because it is indeed a labor of love. 

The other outstanding honoree was Richard “Dick” Jones, a native of Jeffersonville, who relentlessly and unselfishly served his community with extraordinary distinction. I still am deeply honored and grateful to be among the 38 previous recipients who have supported their community in countless of ways.  

It’s been close to a year since that wonderful moment in my life and I’m still firmly convinced and believe we always need to be aware of and make room for in our daily lives the human events of our life. Reaching out to people has always been the sunshine of my life. It’s the works of mercy we are all call to profess. It’s our charitable actions to give aid to one another without hesitation. In receiving the prestigious award, I still believe it’s pretty neat when you’re recognized for the gifts that God has given you. 

One of the great moments was being with family, friends and countless others who gave me tremendous support through my life. It was a warm feeling and genuinely felt when we gathered at the gala event. 

Throughout the year after being a recipient of the award many, many people — not only from the Charlestown community — continue to give me recognition receiving this honor, which reminded me what a tremendous respect the people have for the Bales’ Humanitarian of the Year Award — and that it’s with you the rest of your life!

It’s been a very humbling and rewarding experience, and always will be. I certainly have not forgotten, and will never forget the honor and privilege bestowed on me from those who made it possible — the American Red Cross.

Last year’s gala fundraiser, which benefited the Red Cross, raised $60,000, was beautiful, and it was very inspiring to be in the company of such excellent honorees. 

Once again, the Bales’ Humanitarian of the Year Award will be handed out by the American Red Cross reminding each of us what it means to receive this prestigious award and the person who has unselfishly served their community with brilliant distinction. May they never forget their humanitarian servant-hood that challenges them daily in service to others and the humbling experience that comes with this extraordinary award.

The Red Cross Chapter is accepting nominations for this year’s award until June 7. You can contact Executive Director Catie Wheatley at or by phone at 812-283-8416. 

— Charles “Chuck” E. Ledbetter Sr., Charlestown


Reader praises service by military members


This letter is for the military men and women who serve the U.S. so the private citizens of America can live the life of freedom, as it is meant to be.

Each one of you have to take the challenging test of basic training. It is a true test — muscle and sweat. But when the training is at end, you are much stronger physically and mentally and believe in your Father God more then ever. 

You service men and women deserve every respectable honor. In writing for all of the private citizens of America, we praise you for all you do and admire your dedication that comes from your heart to serve in the military. God Bless you one and all.

— Stephen Espy, Jeffersonville


Phi Beta Psi thanks community


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for all their support to our Phi Beta Psi fondue/card party. The winner of the iPad Mini was Tiffany Stumler of Sellersburg.

We would also like to thank individuals and businesses for their generous donations: Designing Smiles, PSC; Lockup Storage; Ray’s Lawn and Garden; McKinley’s Cleaners; Dairy Queen; Meijer; Carmerica; Edward Jones; Crickets; Jim O’Neal Ford; Community Medical Association Norton’s; Kim Raeinhardt at FireKing; Hair Productions/nails by Sue; Jay-C; Chase Bank; Sunshine Dental; Clark County REMC; New Washington Bank; Speed Golf Course; Earth First; ISU Insurance Group-Mike Whalen and Dave Whalen; Flowers by Barbara; Curves; J.W. Advertising Specialists; Tupperware/Bonnie Edwards; Westminster Village, Kim Williams; Pampered Chef/Robin Meyer; Beaugi Control/Janet Werle; Sellersburg United Methodist Church. We would also like to thank the local newspapers for all their publicity and to “The Sign Guy.”

Our National Project is cancer research and our organization gave nationally $325,530.00 in grants to six research doctors.

— Carolyn Nunn, Theta Iota Chapter president, and Janet Werle and Sherry Eastes, committee co-chairs