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January 11, 2013



... to Greater Clark County Schools and local fire and law enforcement officials for joining forces on Wednesday to conduct intruder drills in schools district-wide.

The drills are just the latest step GCCS officials have taken in light of the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. to insure local students’ safety. It is unfortunate schools need to practice “intruder drills” the same as they do fire and tornado drills. But the quick efforts between local law enforcement and school administrators to work together to come up with a plan to heighten preparedness in the event of a security emergency is a sign that all of the appropriate parties have their heads in the right place. And Jeffersonville Police Maj. Glenn Jackson, who led some of the drills on Wednesday, said only a few “minor glitches” presented themselves during the sessions. That’s a good place to start.

— Amy Huffman-Branham, Assistant Editor


... to Don McMahel for his many contributions to  music education in Floyd and Clark counties. McMahel died Thursday at the age of 82.  He taught in the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. for more than 30 years and was the first music instructor at Indiana University Southeast. He and Rubin Sher co-founded and co-directed the Southern Indiana Orchestra and the Floyd County Youth Symphony, and he was co-founder of the IUS Concert Band. He was an icon and introduced thousands in the area to music. He left a lasting legacy.

— Chris Morris, Assistant Editor


... to Charles the dog, a 3-year-old labradoodle who innocently blew up the Internet this week with his goofy hairdo.

Charles became all the rage on Thursday after residents in Norfolk, Va., [Charles’ hometown] called 911 to report a baby lion loose and wandering the streets. Thing of it is that there was no baby lion. It was just Charles, whose golden locks — from his flowing mane to the tip of his tail — have been trimmed by his owner to resemble the hair of a lion [specifically the mascot for Old Dominion University].

It’s a silly thing to do to your dog, but it sent me [and I’m sure a lot of other people] into intermittent fits of laughter throughout the day after reading the story and seeing Charles’ silly photos online.

— Amy Huffman-Branham, Assistant Editor

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