News and Tribune

September 21, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Sept. 21-22


... to one of our own, staff writer and photographer Jerod Clapp, who married his long-time girlfriend Amber last weekend and took a deserved week off to honeymoon.

As the education beat reporter, he even timed it perfectly for him, as ISTEP results were released to the public this past week.

Here’s to Jerod and his family on a long, happy life.

— News and Tribune staff


... to Jeffersonville business owners Loretta and Clifton Beckner, who haven’t been scared off by the cowardly burglar or burglars who have hit their downtown Jeffersonville business three times in as many years.

A man who was familiar to the Beckners was arrested for the most recent break-in this week, and hopefully that will give peace of mind to a couple that has owned for nearly 30 years, and more years of success are ahead.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the early sponsors and supporters of the inaugural Power of Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Gala, hosted by Elder Advisers, which is set for Oct. 25 at Kye’s in Jeffersonville.

For the first time, the Southern Indiana community is coming together on one night to fight breast cancer and place the disease on our collective conscience. The gala, which is the result of the combined work of representatives of more than 20 businesses in Clark and Floyd counties, will be held Oct. 25 at Kye’s in Jeffersonville.

The formal gala will feature a reception, a catered dinner, an art show and auction, as well as live music by V-Groove. Most importantly, the benefactor will be the American Cancer Society. With a goal of raising no less than $10,000 for breast cancer treatment and education, this is Southern Indiana’s chance to give back.

Tickets are $50 per individual; $400 to sponsor a table [seating for eight]. For information about attending, or about supplying merchandise or services for the live or silent auction, contact Bill Hanson at 812-206-2134 or email at

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the work being done to renovate houses moved in recent months to new spots in downtown Jeffersonville.

Two of the homes — one located on the 200 block of West Market Street and another on the 300 block of Pearl — are looking fantastic as renovations continue.

It’s great to see these old houses saved and becoming homes to new families.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to Clark County Councilwoman Kelly Khuri for hosting a series of public meetings titled “Know Your County Government.”

It’s refreshing that a public servant will take time above and beyond meetings and phone calls to be proactive in reaching constituents. The series of talks has featured presentations from public officials on a myriad topics, including the county’s probation department.

The next installment will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jeffersonville Library and feature representatives of the county Health Department. On Oct. 23, the Sheriff’s Department will present.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the manager/owner of the abandoned Smoothie King establishment on 10th street in Jeffersonville (next to Papa Murphy’s).

I was so excited to see your store open, as you were the first Smoothie King I knew of to offer a drive-thru. I waited and waited ... and it took you forever to get this place open. You were only open for a few months, then bam! ... closed at the beginning of the year for “beginning of the Year inventory” and you have yet to open again.

As one who is addicted to smoothies, please if you do not plan to reopen take the Smoothie King signage down. I am tired of craning my neck to look at your store every time I go past your establishment on my way home in hopes that you will reopen.

I am paying my chiropractor way too much due to this.

— Rayla Ratzlaff, Jeffersonville


... to this newspaper for not including “Stories Behind the Stones” in the “Top 5 Things To Do This Weekend.”

— Shirley Baird, New Albany

Editor’s note: The News and Tribune published information on Stories Behind the Stones, to be held this weekend and next at Fairview Cemetery in New Albany, including its inclusion as the main story in last weekend’s Spectrum section. Tickets to the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children in kindergarten through eighth grade and are available by calling Patty Hughes at 812-945-7601. Master Card, Visa and Discover accepted. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

— 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.