News and Tribune

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


... to Jerry Finn and his crew that continues to diligently find things to BEAUTIFY DOWNTOWN New Albany. Specifically the planters placed on many DOWNTOWN street corners. Also, “attaboy” for the developer/owner who has done the facade of the “New Albany Exchange” at the corner of First and Main streets. That property is stunning after dark!

— William Longest, New Albany


... to the motorist who drove a vehicle from the Greenway parking lot at 18th Street through a huge mudhole, and up the pedestrian access ramp. Unless, this was an emergency personnel vehicle, why does anyone drive their vehicle to the top of the floodwall?

— William Longest, New Albany


... to the president of the Clarksville Town Board, John Gilkey, and Chief of Police Mark Palmer, for taking a stand against Theatair X and what goes on at this cesspool. The town boards of the past have chosen not to do anything about the activities that go on there 24 hours a day.

 Living in Clarksville for the majority of our lives, we think it’s time for the residents of Clarksville to take a stand against Theatair X and its illegal activities.

Let’s take the X out of Clarksville.

— David and Mary Mann, of Clarksville


... to the Floyd County Road Department and the New Albany Street Department. They did a terrific job cleaning our roads and highways during the last snow fall. I am a Greenville resident and the side roads, U.S. 150, and Interstate 64 were in great shape before, during, and after the snow fall. They were very proactive and were prepared for all the snow that came our way. They all deserve a Great Big Congratulations for all their hard work and time they spent away from their families to enable all of us to be with ours during the holidays.  

— Sandra Whitworth , of Greenville


... On Dec. 23 at 2 p.m., I was at the McDonald’s in Sellersburg drive thru on my lunch break. Feeling sorry for myself due to my daughter’s 23rd birthday and homesick for South Carolina since our family is there as well as our daughter, Meagan, and then it happened. I ordered a cheeseburger and coke, $2.18. Went to pay and the nice cashier told me my order had been paid.

Thanks to the nice person and I do believe again.

— Carolyn M. Harrell

— 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.