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Nachand Fieldhouse Needs You

Funds Needed To Complete Refurbishing of Historic Site

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BUILT IN 1937, the Nachand Fieldhouse was home to Jeffersonville High School Basketball until 1971 and has played a vital role in not only the local community, but the entire state of Indiana.

At the time the fieldhouse was built, it was the largest fieldhouse in the state, second only to Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler. Nachand Fieldhouse has played host to thousands of events. Over the years, many people have called the venue their home away for home.

Now a group is working to restore the fieldhouse and ensure its future.

Earlier this year, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter donated $800,000 toward the effort to restore the historic facility. The Jeffersonville native announced his contribution in August, which ignited a campaign by the Jeffersonville Parks Authority and its supporters to raise the remaining funds needed for the $1.8 million necessary to refurbish the gymnasium.

The fieldhouse, which will be renamed John H. Schnatter Nachand Fieldhouse, was originally named after Jeffersonville Park’s Director Charles Nachand. To learn more, go to savethefieldhouse.net.screen-shot-2017-11-06-at-5-41-20-pm


It’s Farmers Market Time!

Do yourself a favor and find your local farmers market 

By Angie Fenton | Courtesy Photos

I grew up in a family where our mother instilled the value of tilling, planting and tending to a garden. My three sisters and I spent long hours pulling weeds and picking off tomato worms. We delighted at the first sign of anything sprouting and often ate some of our yield plucked right off the vine after a rinse from the hose.fm1

There was nothing like sitting down to dinner with a plate of freshly picked vegetables you knew were labored over lovingly.

Somewhere along the way, as I grew older, trips to the local supermarket became a necessity to save time, or so I thought. And I forgot how much better a handpicked peach or pepper tasted than those purchased from a store.

All of those simple pleasures were revived when I moved to Southern Indiana and discovered the New Albany Farmers Market, which is located on Market Street downtown.

Farmers from all over Southern Indiana set up booths filled with vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, eggs, milk, flowers and more. You can buy usual fare or try something more exotic – like the wasabi flowers and lettuce I fell in love with last summer.

Prices are comparable to grocery store produce and products, but at a farmers market you get the opportunity to talk with the people whose livings are made from their fare in our community. And you’re encouraged to ask questions.

But even more than that, shopping at the farmers market has become a social event and a reminder of why taking the time to appreciate the simpler things in life is important.

A couple years ago, I walked through the market  pregnant with my child. Week after week, the familiar, smiling faces behind the tables greeted me as I carefully made selections of kale, melons, cucumbers, honey, peaches and arugula, knowing my choices were also my unborn child’s.

fm2When she was born, one of our first warm-weather outings was to the farmers market, where I picked the week’s produce and dairy products as vendors fawned over my daughter.

Now that she’s walking, Olive will once again accompany me and her father on Saturday mornings as we make selections and contemplate new dishes, asking the farmers for their favorite ways to prepare a particular item.

We’ll also enjoy live music, sometimes purchase handmade jewelry or stained glass signs, and sit on a bench or at a picnic table eating a breakfast of BBQ, omelets or even a lobster roll, washed down with a side of pickle juice. And, on occasion, we’ll pick one of our for pooches to accompany us on our dog-friendly outing (don’t forget poo bags and all dogs must be leashed).

While the New Albany Farmers Market is my current favorite, I plan to explore any other Southern Indiana farmers markets I can find and encourage you to do the same.



New Albany Farmers Market New Albany Farmers Market
202 E. Market St.
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays

• Arrive early if you can. Farmers can only bring so much to the market. Once it’s gone, it’s gone…until next week. Or the next growing season.

• Pick up a coffee or iced tea from Quill’s and then walk across the street to start a leisurely stroll around the market.

• Do a once-over first. Unless you see what you want immediately, compare prices and options.
Then, go back and make your purchases.

• Try new things. And ask questions if you’re unsure how to eat or cook it.

• Be prepared to see people you know – and enjoy the face-to-face interaction (that’s half the fun!).

• Let your little ones help pick what you purchase. Ensuring they’re involved will be beneficial for everyone.

• Dress in layers. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

• Thank the farmers and vendors for taking the time and care to be there. We need them as much as they need us.

Jeffersonville Farmers Market

The Jeffersonville Farmers Market is now open Saturdays at Big Four Station in Historic Downtown Jeffersonville next to the Big Four Bridge, near the corner of Mulberry Street and Market Street. The market is open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. There is free on-street parking and additional free parking in the grass of Colston Park on Mulberry Street. On Tuesdays, the market is located at the 10th Street entrance to Jeffersonville High School from 3 to 6 p.m.

Do you know of a Southern Indiana farmers market we should visit? Send an email to extol@extolmag.com.


Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 3: Expect the Unexpected

In this Episode, which is sponsored by Sapphire on Spring, host Angie Fenton talks with business owner Angela Gore and veteran mama Jennifer Zimmerman about how to handle the unexpected.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s June/July print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

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Comets Put Twists and Turns on Traditional Cheer

IF YOU EVER FIND yourself driving through the industrial park in Jeffersonville and see a pillar of red, white and blue clad acrobats protruding into the air, one thrown into the sky – twisting and turning gracefully through the horizon – then descending back into their peers’ arms have no fear, it was a Twist-N-Turns Comet.

Misti Paynter’s premier competitive cheer and recreational tumbling facility, Twist-N-Turns (TNT), is a world class gym located right in Southern Indiana. The Comets – TNT’s official team name — may not be commonly seen from miles away billowing into the horizon like their namesake, but they are dedicated to defying expectations.


Paynter established TNT in January of 2002, close in relativity, of course, to 9/11.

“Everyone was like, ‘You’re crazy to open a business right now; the economy is going to crash,’ ” she said. “I thought that was the best time to do it, to help everyone move forward.”

Paynter takes pride in this mentality, deciding to make her signature Comet uniforms red, white and blue.

“Twist-N-Turns I made up on my own because it abbreviates cool,” she laughed.

Starting with 800 square feet in Clarksville, TNT is now housed in an 8,500 square feet location in Jeffersonville, the fourth location since their origins 15 years ago. With the current size at 225 total members, TNT has grown a great deal from humble beginnings.

“I have taught gymnastics since I was 15 and only took a break to get my master’s in psychology and social work,” Paynter said. “I got my master’s and missed doing this, so I opened TNT thinking it would be something to do just on the side. In six months it blew up and turned into a full-on business.”

tnt5The current line-up of teams at TNT include six competitive cheer teams, including the Tiny, Mini, Youth, Junior and two Senior teams; two exhibition teams; and a special needs team. Cheer teams range in age from 4 to 18. TNT’s competitive teams have seen no shortage of success.

“We’ve been very successful, especially in Southern Indiana. We’re definitely the most winning gym in Southern Indiana,” she said.

TNT has made a number of appearances at various competitive cheer events, including Worlds, a coveted competition in the cheer world, twice. The most recent accomplishment is winning four bids to the Summit competition. “Summit is new and last year all of our teams made it,” she said. “You have to get bids to go to these things. You focus all year to get bids. They’re in Disney.”

You’d think with a reputation of winning history TNT would focus entirely on competition. Instead, however, the core of the gym is founded on other intentions.

“What I’ve tried to make our core belief, or what we’re known for, is developing young people to get out in the world,” Paynter said. “This is about more than cheerleading. There’s so much more to it. You get so close and tight to everyone. We’re very much a family atmosphere.”

Paynter puts a large emphasis on making sure everyone feels important at TNT. Everyone gets one-on-one time, and she strives to makes sure all of her members never feel as if they’re just another face, another number.

“We have 225 kids. Some gyms have up to 1,000 kids. We don’t want that,” she said. “I know every kid’s name. With my social work and psychology background, I feel like that gives me a benefit with parents and kids.”

There’s also a philanthropic element to called Comet’s Care. Through the initiative, tnt4TNT cheerleaders have volunteered for several organizations and charity events, including J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter, Angel Tree, Toys for Tots, Children’s Hospital Slash and Dash Walk, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Walk for diabetes, among others.

“(Comet’s Care) started about a year ago to build character, and not just cheerleading,” she said.

Junior team member Tania Ray can attest to that.

“Twist-N-Turns has been one of the best experiences I’ve had in my competitive cheer career. I love it! There’s nothing but love, hard work and awesome motivators,” Tania said. “Being on this team taught me that being here isn’t all about just competitive cheer and competition, it’s about strong character and wonderful personality, and to always remember you’re more successful as a team than an individual.”

TNT is staffed with 15 coaches and two office staff alongside Paynter, not to mention the strong support of parents and Paynter’s husband, Dwain. “He’s Twist-N-Turns’ number one fan,” she said.

The competitive season runs November through May with summers dedicated to training. Two teams already have bids this year, with hopefully more to come.

The special needs team at TNT practices once a week and competes in four to five performance competitions a year. TNT also offers regular cheer clinics, with Cheerleading magazine set to host in April.

“I’m incredibly proud of the teams and athletes TNT has developed, but our core focus has always been to instill in them integrity and self-worth so that they will be positive young people,” Paynter said. “There is much more than cheerleading and tumbling going on at my gym. I hope to have a part in each of them building character, which in turn will pass on to the community as young adults.”


The Isley Brothers (and then The Beatles) may have coined the twist and shout, but the Comets have the twist and turns under their patriotic sleeves. If interested in joining in on the twisting and turning, flipping and twirling of competitive cheer or tumbling, sign up by phone or email. TNT can be reached at 812.284.6543 or twistnturns@att.net.


Southern Indiana Hoops

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By Matt Denison | Photos by Jason Applegate and Darryl Middleton

There’s no better Hoosier State tradition than high school hoops — and there’s no question that basketball this season in Southern Indiana is strong.

New Albany junior Romeo Langford’s rise to national prominence has served as the area’s top headline in recent months. Following the Bulldogs’ memorable state championship journey last season, interest from fans, media and recruiters for games at The Doghouse has set the tone for this hoops-crazed region.

“Interest in our program has always been fantastic,” said New Albany coach Jim Shannon, now in his 19th year as the Bulldogs’ mentor. “But after our state title, it’s been mayhem around here. A lot of it has to do with the attention that Romeo brings; but our team as a whole is playing quite well, and that’s brought in the fans, too.”

Langford, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, is drawing attention and scholarship offers from nearly every college basketball powerhouse in the country, including Kentuckiana’s three major programs: Indiana, Kentucky and Louisville.

“It’s been fascinating to see all of the interest in Romeo,” Shannon added. “The number of fans that stick around after the games — even at road games — to get an autograph or picture with him has been truly amazing.”

The regular season will unwind in February and give way to postseason basketball madness in March. While Romeo and Company have the spotlight, there’s a slate of Southern Indiana teams that are primed to make noise in the state tournament.


Henryville is in the midst of a terrific season, keyed by the duo of senior Braxton Robertson and junior Nick Walker. It’s the program’s best start in more than 70 years, according to coach Jared Hill.

The Hornets opened the season with a 50-47 win over rival Silver Creek and turned in a solid effort at Jeffersonville’s Throckmorton Memorial Tournament during the holidays.

“Our bar is set really high for us (the rest of the season),” Hill said. “Our confidence is high, everybody has bought in and we’re focused. If things pan out, this might be one of the best (Henryville) teams ever.”


A young Providence team led by a young coach surprised the area last season when it surged all the way to the Class 2-A semistate at Richmond before falling 70-62 to Indianapolis Howe.

“I thought last year would be a building year for this season,” third-year coach Andrew Grantz said. “The postseason experience last year gave our guys a lot of confidence in their abilities. It helped us set our standards higher with what we’re capable of achieving.”

With seven seniors on the roster, Providence began the 2016-17 season with the second-best start in school history, including a 53-50 win over Jeffersonville on Jan. 14. It was the program’s first win over the Red Devils in nine seasons.

“It (was) a really special win for the community and the school,” said Grantz, whose team could rematch with Henryville in the Class 2-A sectional at Crawford County.

January’s Top Players 



“He’s got loads of potential and is just beginning to scratch the surface. He can play multiple positions for us. The sky is the limit for him as a high school player, and he’s got great potential for the next level as well.” — Highlanders’ coach Todd Sturgeon



“He’s undoubtedly one of the best leaders I’ve coached. He wants to excel in every aspect of his life, and is a 4.0 (grade-point average) student. On the basketball floor, he doesn’t just affect games by scoring, but finds other ways to help the team win.” — Pioneers’ coach Andrew Grantz



“He’s really developed into quite an offensive threat. He consistently leads our team each night in scoring and, generally, assists. He’s become more of a complete player during his junior year.” — Red Devil’s coach Joe Luce



“(Cameron) leads us in many statistical categories, but his most important ability is leadership. In my 14 years at Silver Creek, he’s by far the best leader I’ve ever had, both on and off the basketball court.” — Dragons’ coach Brandon Hoffman



“Going on three years now, he’s led us in many statistical categories. The impact that he’s had on the game can never really just be measured by statistics, but he certainly does put up big numbers.” — Bulldogs’ coach Jim Shannon



“If things aren’t going well, he’ll get the ball and go score. He’s prepared to put us on hr3his shoulders. His teammates, the kids and teachers at school — everyone likes and respects him.” — Hornets’ coach Jared Hill

February Games to Watch 



Jeffersonville Vs. New Albany

Rivals meet up for 158th time 

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – Jeffersonville Red Devils and New Albany Bulldogs varsity boys basketball teams shared the hardwood Jan. 6 for the 158th time. Fans packed the house as defending 4A state champions, under the guidance of Head Coach Jim Shannon, beat Jeff Head Coach Joe Luce’s team in a 67-56 victory, with New Albany standout Romeo Langford scoring 32 points, in addition to racking up seven rebounds and four assists.


Fans watched as rivals New Albany battled at Jeffersonville for what would culminate in a win for the bulldogs.


New Albany standout Romeo Langford scored 32 points in the Bulldogs win over the Red Devils.



Jeffersonville’s Michael Minton lets it fly.


Head Coach Jim Shannon gathered his team at half time.


Fans packed the house at Jeffersonville High School for the matchup against New Albany High School.