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Katya in Strut & Bolt Red Jumpsuit from Sapphire on Spring $64 / Black Fascinator from Ben Franklin $49.99



PHOTOGRAPHY BY Christian Watson
STYLING BY Miranda McDonald
SHOT ON LOCATION AT Angel’s Envy Distillery
MODELS: Shantay Chandler, Katya Estes and Ross Wallace


Angel’s Envy Distillery
500 E. Main St.


Strandz Salon and Threadz Boutique
322 Vincennes St.
New Albany


Sapphire on Spring Boutique:
326 Spring St.

Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany
420 New Albany Plaza
New Albany

HIM Gentlemen’s Boutique
314 Pearl St.
New Albany

Strandz Salon and Threadz Boutique
322 Vincennes St.
New Albany

Shantay in CQ by CQ Polka Dot Dress from Sapphire on Spring $78 / Black Fascinator from Ben Franklin $59.95 / Eric Casual Pants from Strandz and Threadz $49 Katya in Print Eric Casual Pants from Strandz and Threadz $49 / Bow Tie Blouse from Mariposa

Shantay in CQ by CQ Polka Dot Dress from Sapphire on Spring
$78 / Black Fascinator from Ben Franklin $59.95 / Eric Casual Pants from Strandz and Threadz $49
Katya in Print Eric Casual Pants from Strandz and Threadz $49 / Bow Tie Blouse from Mariposa

Shantay in CQ by CQ Tan Ruffle Dress from Sapphire on Spring $49 / Black Sheer top from Strandz and Threadz $44.99 / Black Fascinator from Ben Franklin $54.99

Shantay in CQ by CQ Tan Ruffle Dress from Sapphire on Spring $49 / Black Sheer top from Strandz and Threadz $44.99 / Black Fascinator from Ben Franklin $54.99

Katya in Minuet Feather Dress from Sapphire on Spring $89 / Fascinator from Ben Franklin $59.99 / Mary Francis Horse Handbag from Sapphire on Spring $260

Katya in Minuet Feather Dress from Sapphire on Spring $89 / Fascinator from Ben Franklin $59.99 / Mary Francis Horse Handbag from Sapphire on Spring $260

Ross in Calvin Klein Sport Jacket $210 / Bonobos Pants $98 / Ledbury Shirt $145 / Johnston Murphy Shoes $169 / Ray Ban Sunglasses $180 / Stetson Hat $200 (all from HIM Boutique)

Ross in Calvin Klein Sport Jacket $210 / Bonobos Pants $98 / Ledbury Shirt $145 / Johnston Murphy Shoes $169 / Ray Ban Sunglasses $180 / Stetson Hat $200 (all from HIM Boutique)

Katya in Strut & Bolt Red Jumpsuit from Sapphire on Spring $64 / Black Fascinator from Ben Franklin $49.99

Katya in Strut & Bolt Red Jumpsuit from Sapphire on Spring $64 / Black Fascinator from Ben Franklin $49.99

Shantay in Charlie Page Dress from Strandz and Threadz $56.99 / Red Hat from Ben Franklin $53.99

Shantay in Charlie Page Dress from Strandz and Threadz $56.99 / Red Hat from Ben Franklin $53.99

Shantay in Minuet Pink Dress from Sapphire on Spring $48 / CQ by CQ Pink Jacket from Sapphire on Spring $58 / Fascinator from Sapphire on Spring $65

Shantay in Minuet Pink Dress from Sapphire on Spring $48 / CQ by CQ Pink Jacket from Sapphire on Spring $58 / Fascinator from Sapphire on Spring $65

Ross in Paisley and Gray Suit in Navy $300 / Mizzen and Main Shirt $145 / Tie Bar Bow Tie $20 / Ray Ban Sunglasses $200 / Johnston and Murphy Shoes $169 (all from HIM Boutique)

Ross in Paisley and Gray Suit in Navy $300 / Mizzen and Main Shirt $145 / Tie Bar Bow Tie $20 / Ray Ban Sunglasses $200 / Johnston and Murphy Shoes $169 (all from HIM Boutique)

Katya in Minuet Floral Dress from Sapphire on Spring $82 / Strut & Bolt Tan Jacket from Sapphire $54 / Vintage Hat from Mariposa

Katya in Minuet Floral Dress from Sapphire on Spring $82 / Strut & Bolt Tan Jacket from Sapphire $54 / Vintage Hat from Mariposa

Peter Pan

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Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Derby Dinner Playhouse Celebrates 45 Years


LEE BUCKHOLZ, producer and artistic director at Clarksville’s Derby Dinner Playhouse, surveyed the darkened theatre-in-the-round he’s called home for more than 30 years. “Forty-five years is a long time for any theatre to succeed,” he mused. “But we have not only succeeded, we’ve thrived.”

Derby Dinner Playhouse opened its doors in 1974, as part of a plan by area businessmen who wanted to build a convention, sports, and entertainment complex in Southern Indiana. Today, the sports complex is long gone, but Derby Dinner Playhouse remains and is more popular than ever.

We want to celebrate our 45th anniversary,” said Buckholz. “It’s exciting to think about the fact that of all the theatres that have closed in the last 10 years, it’s really remarkable how well we’re doing here.”

Derby Dinner Playhouse entertains approximately 220,000 people a year with a budget of nearly $7 million. With a record 10,500 season subscribers on the main stage and over 3,000 children’s theatre subscribers, Derby Dinner is now one of the most successful dinner theatres in the country.

While dinner theatre as a concept is more limited these days, in it’s heyday, dinner theatres drew large crowds, eager to see former stars in shows that featured light comedies, tried-and-true musicals and inexpensively produced shows.

In the late 1970s, Derby Dinner began the “Star System” – using retired TV and movie stars such as Mickey Rooney, Van Johnson, Dorothy Lamour, Jerry Mathers, Bob Denver and Sid Caesar as cast members.

Those days are gone. Today, Buckholz and his company produce eight main stage shows, four Children’s Theatre shows, 12 concerts and offer a Performing Arts Academy and summer camps each season.

Caesar Romero

Caesar Romero


A key to the theatre’s success is how it adapted to the times and listened to its audience. “Things have changed,” said Buckholz. “In the last 10 years, we’ve doubled our season ticket subscriptions, and the show selection and production quality has gone up.  I travel to New York, Atlanta, Charlotte and Chicago to bring in talent, and we utilize the incredibly strong arts talent base in Louisville.”

“This area is an attractive draw for performers,” he added. “It’s not uncommon for someone to come in and do a show and still be with us ten years later. It’s a surprise to them. They’ll sign a contract out of New York, then arrive here and like it and want to stay in the area. That’s an amazing opportunity for them because, as an actor or singer, the minute you start a show, you’re looking ahead to the next show and next paycheck.  The fact that we’ve kept a lot of our talent shows we’ve found a nice balance between our performers, our audience who gets to know them, and the high quality of our productions.”

Cary Wiger should know. He arrived at Derby Dinner Playhouse as a young actor and “Barnstormer” singer in 1985 and never left.  A fledgling career as a high school biology teacher quickly faded away once Wiger dove into his Derby Dinner life, which now includes acting, singing and working in corporate sales.

Dinner theatre in general has changed over the years,” Wiger said. “When it started it was a lot of the silly comedies, and smaller shows, but it built our audience. The joke was if a theatre was struggling, throw in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ because it draws an audience and fills the coffers.”

But over the years, Derby Dinner built that audience into a large subscriber base that allows the theatre to be more adventurous with its shows. “The audience knows us and trusts us to entertain them with quality shows,” said Wiger.

The intimate in-the-round setting and pre-show Footnote musical program (formerly called “Barnstormers”) allow actors to interact with patrons and get to know their audience. Wiger laughed, “A few years ago, I had Lasik surgery. When I’d take my glasses off on stage it was just a blur, but when I came back for the first performance after surgery, I could see faces and it scared me! It changed my perspective. Seeing and getting to know them made a difference.”

Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney

Many of the positive changes at Derby Dinner came under the guidance and leadership of Bekki Jo Schneider and Carolyn Thomas, who purchased the theatre in 1985. The pair worked tirelessly to build the theatre into the success it enjoys today. Thomas retired about a decade ago, and Schneider died in 2018 after a long battle with cancer. The theatre is currently run by Buckholz, and Cynthia (Cindy) Knopp, general manager and co-owner.  Knopp is also Thomas’ daughter.

I’ve been here since I was 13 and I’m nearly 60 now,” Knopp said. “I followed in her footsteps through high school and after, then later came back when my mom was ready to retire. You can always find ways to do things more efficiently, but the basic principle works here, and we are good at it.”

Knopp is not sure what the magic potion is, but points to the family atmosphere among employees and even customers. “We genuinely care for our customers, our employees, and our community. One of the things my mom taught me was you always should learn as much as you can in every opportunity you’re given, and I try to do that. That’s what brings me joy.”

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias


The 45th anniversary season kicks off in May with the southern comedy of manners, “The Savannah Sipping Society,” and includes special performances of “Shrek The Musical” in July, “Million Dollar Quartet” in August and a Christmas treat of “Elf the Musical” in November and December. Derby Dinner’s traditional mystery slot includes a new take on the classic “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” in October, and the hit Broadway comedy “Boeing, Boeing” will tickle audiences in January 2020. Buckholz is thrilled to round out the beginning of 2020 with “Saturday Night Fever” in February, and the well-loved “Anything Goes” to end the season in April 2020.

“We’ve wanted to do ‘Saturday Night Fever’ for years,” said Buckholz. “It is already selling like crazy, and sales for ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ are off the charts as well. Our 45th anniversary season is so exciting. There isn’t one show in it that’s ‘the’ show to see. They are all such blockbusters in their own way.”

The season will also include shows in the popular children’s theatre, summer classes and the Performing Arts Academy. Tina Jo Wallace, another long-time actor, singer and now Children’s Theatre director, sees the results of decades of community support.

“These are often the children of our subscribers, who were themselves the children of our original subscribers. These kids have grown up around us and who knows what it could spark in their lives,” said Wallace. “We’ve had many children come back later as actors or staff, and we’re grooming the next generation of patrons and performers.”

“We show them what theatre is,” added Wallace. “So, if we show them non-professional schlock, then we’re failing them. If we show them great, focused, exciting work, they realize that and appreciate it. We might be a child’s first exposure to theatre, and that’s a great responsibility.”

Buckholz knows Derby Dinner Playhouse is one of many competitive players in the talented Louisville and Southern Indiana arts scene. “It’s not so much about being super competitive, because. we’ve all sorta found our niche and we fill that well,” he said. “The amount of theatre options we have for people in a city of this size is amazing. But, there are things that set us apart from the Louisville arts scene.  Of course, we are proud to be in Southern Indiana. We have free parking. We feed you. We entertain you.  Our price point is so remarkable and a great value. Derby Dinner Playhouse offers a complete experience and is a full evening for less than you’d pay just to see a show in downtown Louisville.”

“I’d put the quality of our actors, professional staff and shows up against anyone,” he added. “We’ve reached the point now that the quality you see at Derby Dinner Playhouse is the same as the quality at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Actors Theatre, Pandora or anywhere in the area.”

The anniversary season will be bittersweet, following the recent passing of Bekki Jo Schneider. “One of the things she said to me before she died was, ‘I want you to take this theatre and move it forward,’” said Buckholz. “I took that to heart. While the 45th anniversary will be a love letter to Bekki’s life, it’s also Derby Dinner’s new steps forward.  It will be easy to celebrate her instead of being melancholy. She would want a good show. We’re not looking to change the world, we’re looking to entertain.  And, that’s what we are going to do.”

Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff


A minute with Lee Buckholz, producer and artistic director, on the 45th anniversary season at Derby Dinner Playhouse.


LEE BUCKHOLZ: “This show is so funny and harkens back to good, old southern women.”
A laugh-a-minute comedy about four Southern women, all needing to escape their day-to-day routines, who are drawn together by fate – and an impromptu happy hour.
MAY 22 – JUNE 30


BUCKHOLZ: “How fun is this? This is a show for kids and kids at heart. Everyone loves Shrek.”
Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious fairy tale adventure based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film.
JULY 3 – AUG.18


BUCKHOLZ: “This will be fantastic. It’s a bit of a jukebox musical but plays so well and brings back so many great memories.” 

Broadway’s hit rock n’ roll musical inspired by the electrifying true story of four young musicians who gathered at Sun Records for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.
AUG. 21 – SEPT. 29


BUCKHOLZ: “Everyone loves a mystery, and this one has great, smart writing and comedic moments. It’s a fun take on a classic story.” 

Sherlock Holmes is on the case and must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. A murderously funny adventure!
OCT. 2 – NOV. 10, 2019


BUCKHOLZ: “Elf is going to blow the doors off this theatre. It’s a huge, fun, show, with a big cast. If you loved the movie, you will love this show. It’s a blockbuster.”

Based on the hit movie, “Elf” is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.
NOV. 13 – DEC. 31


BUCKHOLZ: “It’s been about 10 years since we’ve done this show, and we have many cast members returning for this super fun show.”

This hit Broadway comedy is filled with chaos, matchmaking, and mayhem!
JAN. 8, 2020 – FEB. 16, 2020


BUCKHOLZ: “We’ve wanted to do this show since it became available several years ago. It has been rewritten several times as it was performed across the country and we’re at a point right now where the rewrite is great. And, the music in it – just, wow.”

This energetic musical adaptation of the ’70s classic film is the story of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. Featuring many disco-era hits by the Bee Gees.
FEB. 19, 2020 – MARCH 29, 2020


BUCKHOLZ: “I just love a great big, classic musical and this is one of my favorites. There’s so much in this Broadway revival: great costumes, fantastic tapping, and, you can’t go wrong with Cole Porter.”

Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl. A hilarious shipboard romp wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores. Critics call it “A delightful, delicious and de-lovely Broadway musical!”
APRIL 1, 2020 – MAY 17, 2020

Derby Dinner Playhouse

525 Marriott Drive

Run for Your Wife

Run for Your Wife

Web of Murder

Web of Murder

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid



‘Every Day Is A Good Day’

17Exploring like an Angel

We sent our Explorer JD Dotson to Angel’s Envy in Louisville


Every day is a good day for a bourbon distillery tour in Kentucky. Angel’s Envy is a heavenly one.

The urban distillery, which is located in downtown Louisville, brings something new and wonderful to the table (or the bar, I should say).

Science was never my strong suite in school. I didn’t understand a lot of it, or didn’t find much interest in it. Angel’s Envy Distillery is like a GIANT science class come to life, and I couldn’t be more fascinated in the process.

It is amazing to me the precise percentage of corn, rye and barley mixed with yeast and science and time, going from one place to another, starting out as one thing and becoming something completely different ¬–parts separated and distilled in a giant copper tube and run through with heat and cooling – to become something else, which is then put into a specific type of barrel to sit around in and become yet again something different and wonderful.

It’s exhausting, yet completely captivating.

My wonderful tour guide met me at the retail shop to begin my tour. She had to coax me away from the stores shelves showcasing Angel’s Envy’s beautiful bottles and glassware and T-shirts. We headed up the elevator to begin our tour, and entered the massive operations room full of pipes and giant tanks and the most amazing smells wafting around your head.

Angel’s Envy Distillery tour takes you on a full bourbon-making experience, from concept through every stage of the process and the final product in the bottle.

The tour began with the story of Lincoln Henderson’s history in the bourbon industry to the family-run business of the Angel’s Envy brand, and the purchase and redevelopment of a long-vacant downtown building.

The fascinating history lesson finishes and the science class begins.18




We walked the path at the top of impossibly large tanks, sounds and smells
whirring about our heads in a massive room called the Cathedral.

We indulged in the dry ingredients and the precise percentages of corn, rye
and malted barley milled and mixed into giant tanks to ferment.

My lack of understanding of how science works would like to think about
this whole process as magic.

At this stage, something magical happens to the mixture.

It became beer and worked its way through giant tanks toward the room
at the end of the great hall.

Inside was a 35-foot column copper still separating the beer into a gas and
a liquid as it ran through the heated elements. The gas was then returned to
clear liquid form and ready to be transferred to barrels.

The clear liquid was matured in charred 53-gallon, American White Oak
barrels for four to six years.

Angel’s Envy goes a step further with double-maturation for up to an
additional six months in 60 gallon port barrels from Portugal. The Angel’s Envy
Rye can spend an extra 18 to 24 months in Caribbean rum barrels. Both of
these extra processes set Angel’s Envy apart and give them their unique tastes.

The tour took us through the complex bottling section of the distillery, where
the bottles are filled by machine and each bottle is inspected for color and fill
and labeled by hand. Located within the bottling warehouse is the bottle your
own area where you can arrange to fill a specially-designed bottle yourself.

Check the website to reserve a bottle designating your own tasting experience.
Angel’s Envy currently fills 80 barrels a day, until a week after my tour when
they will go into 24-hour production and double their output.

The end of my tour took me back upstairs with a guided tasting of Angel’s
Envy paired with an Orange Chimere chocolate truffle created for Angel’s
Envy by local chocolatier, Art Eatables.22


My tour was filled with so much amazing magic from my wonderful guide, the facility and my tasting, I had to end my day with the Angel’s Envy-version of an Old Fashioned, the award-winning Henderson, in the private bar adjacent to the tasting room.

Some notes to know before you go on a tour at Angel’s Envy Distiller:

Wear appropriate footwear. No heels or open toe shoes.

Pictures are allowed, but no flash photography.

Be aware that some areas are not climate controlled and could be hot in the summer months.

Tours are $20 per person and last about an hour.

Check the website or Facebook page and pre-book tours: They sell out far in advance.

Angel’s Envy Distillery

500 E. Main St.

Visit the Distillery

Monday 10am-5pm 10am-5pm
Tuesday closed 12pm-5pm
Wed-Thurs 10am-5pm 10am-5pm
Friday-Sat 10am-6pm 10am-6pm
Sunday 12:30pm-5:30pm 12:30pm-5:30pm


Good Eats ’n ‘ Meats

The Extol Team headed to Sellersburg and found two SoIN establishments we love




What we love: Owner Samantha “Sam” Huber and her staff hand-select, hand-cut and freshly-grind meats on the daily. You won’t find that at any big-box stores.

What you will love: Unsure of what you want to order? Sam and her staff are knowledgeable and eager to assist.

Don’t miss this: With a name like Preferred Meats, we don’t blame you for thinking this is a shop just for carnivores. But you’d be wrong. The store carries fresh produce, sides, seafood, beverages and just about anything you need, including all your grilling must-haves.

Oh, and you’ll love this, too: Holidays mean specials like bunny-shaped butter (Easter), baked hams and turkeys, corned beef, heart-shaped meats and more. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for seasonal offerings.

Preferred Meats

7617 Old State Road 60
Unit 3
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday,
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Facebook: @preferredmeatsinc


What we love: Owner Cheryl Koetter and her team are up ’n‘ at ‘em early six days a week and offer fresh food served fast and with a smile. Want to hold a meeting with your colleagues? You’re more than welcome. Have a birthday or anniversary you want to celebrate? This is the place.

What you will love: The menu caters to everyone, and the staff aims to please. Plus, you can order breakfast all day.

Don’t miss this: Try the special of the day and the desserts. Trust us. And don’t forget to take time to read the dozens of signs throughout the restaurant, including in the loo. You just might find the inspiration or laugh you didn’t know you needed.

Oh, and you’ll love this, too: Cricket’s isn’t just a restaurant. You can order catering or enjoy the drive-thru.

Cricket’s Cafe

7613 Old State Road 60
Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday;
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Facebook: @cricketscafeIN


Philanthropy Favorites

Photographer-writer Jennifer McNelly hit the streets to find out which charities you love best. Here’s what you said. 
3“I would say my favorite charity is probably St. Jude. I had a friend who had a little boy with brain cancer. It’s just really nice to have an organization that helps families going through situations like that who don’t charge them for hospitals and all the stuff it takes to try to make their kids better.”



4“I really like Junior Achievement. I’ve been involved with them for years and even served on their board. I appreciate the focus on teaching youth ‘real world stuff’ like math and finances. It’s important because they learn a lot of useful skills they will use when they are adults.”


New Albany

5“My favorite charity is Catholic Charities because they donate and support numerous causes.”



6“The Center for Women and Families is a great organization. I just know they are very supportive and kind in what they do. I think it’s really cool how they help women from one situation and bring them into a better one.”


New Albany

2“I really love all that the Humane Society does and organizations like them. We have gone through them a lot to get our pets. Our family has always been a big advocate, and we really respect their mission.”


New Albany

extolmag_26_final-1“I have volunteered a lot with Power Ministries, and I would have to say that they are my favorite charity. They are a Christian charitable group that does programs for adults with disabilities. They have events called Handy Camps to help individuals with severe disabilities and it gives them an opportunity to get our of their homes. The counselors or ‘buddies’ really try to build a one-on-one relationship with the campers. I’ve volunteered as a buddy before and I think I get more out of it than the campers.”



Do you know a person, business or charity that is setting an EXAMPLE in our community and deserves to be highlighted? Please send an email to extol@extolmag.com.


Letter from the Editor | April/May 2019

extolmag_26_final-1WHO’S READY FOR SPRING?

This annual issue is always one of my favorites because of the excitement that’s palpable in the air. Derby, warm weather and the beckoning of new beginnings always seems to bring out the best in all of us.

I am also excited about this edition because of the numerous Southern Indiana cities and towns represented in these pages.

As always, thank you for taking the time to pick up Extol.

extolmag_26_final-2KINDNESS MATTERS

For more than two years, I’ve repeated these same words to my now-3-year-old daughter every morning on the way to preschool:

“Olive: You are smart. You are kind. You are important. You are beautiful inside and out. Everyone matters. Treat people with kindness.”

It’s my adaptation of a scene in the novel-turned-movie, “The Help,” but it’s also a more poignant version of what I’ve told myself for decades. And depending upon where I’m at in life, some phrases resonate more than others.

Lately, this one means the most:

“Everyone matters. Treat people with kindness.”

Despite the constant barrage of social media and news outlets asserting the contrary, I believe most of us care about our neighbors and complete strangers and are willing to make people feel like they matter by inserting small acts of kindness into our everyday lives – holding a door, letting someone slide in ahead of us in traffic, simply saying, “Thank you” or “I’m sorry,” or offering a helping hand. These minor moments matter.

And, sometimes they can affect others far more than we ever imagined.

Olive, my daughter, is old enough that she now speaks our daily affirmation without prompting. She recently said it in the grocery store and brought a fellow shopper nearly to tears. As rewarding as it was to see the fruits of my labor, my heart hurt: Shouldn’t kindness and the acknowledgment of its power be the exception and not the rule? Listening to a toddler as she looks at a complete stranger and says with complete confidence, “You are kind, you are smart, you are beautiful,” should evoke a smile, not tears, at least not tears of despair. But, the woman at Kroger explained her reaction: “You just don’t see this anymore.”

Maybe she doesn’t – and I pray she sees more – “ but I do, and I know many of you do, too.

So, here’s my challenge: Send me your accounts of acts of kindness – yours or others. Big and small. They matter. Email me at angie@extolmag.com or find me by searching @angiefenton2 on Facebook. Let’s keep the kindness going, and I’ll work to let others know and spread the good – kind – news.



Angie Fenton

Editor In Chief



EXIT | February/March 2019


William C. “Bill” Cochran

Aug. 25, 1934 – Jan. 3, 2019

William C. “Bill” Cochran passed away at the age of 84 on Jan. 3, 2019. He was born Aug. 25, 1934, in New Albany to the late William Lee and Irene (Stackhouse) Cochran.

Bill was a 1953 graduate of New Albany High School and began his career as a Floyd County Deputy Sheriff. He was elected Floyd County Clerk in 1966 and served as Indiana State Representative of District 72 for 34 years from 1974 to 2008. During this time, he was also a Southern Indiana realtor and worked for Louisville Paving.

Bill was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, FOP #99, Masonic Jefferson Lodge #104, Redmen Club and Elks Lodge, all in New Albany. He served as Assistant to the Chancellor at Indiana University Southeast and was the former President of the New Albany Little League.

Bill was a two-time recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, received an Honorary Doctorate degree and the Chancellor’s Medallion Award from Indiana University Southeast and is a member of the New Albany High School Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Judy Bocard Cochran; children Sherry Lee Cochran, Rex Charles Cochran, Richard “Rick” Cochran (Mary Beth); sister June Lee Quinn; grandchildren Meagan Elizabeth Donald (Scott), Molly Ann McDonald (J.J.), Maria Nicole Harritt (Hunter), Melinda Kathleen Cochran, Braidy Charles Cochran, Cory James Cochran (Alyssa), Andrea Lynn Stuthers (Scot); and six great grandchildren.

Visitation and funeral services were held Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring St. in New Albany, with entombment following at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany, Indiana.

The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to to Guerin Woods & Providence House, 8037 Unruh Drive, Georgetown, Indiana 47122, or online at www.guerininc.org


Cox’s Hot Chicken & Sports

screen-shot-2019-03-13-at-5-15-12-pmChicken, sports, beer, memories of South Side and more


Normally, I try not to set expectations when I review a restaurant, especially a new one. But with my latest assignment, Cox’s Hot Chicken & Sports in New Albany, this mindset was challenged.

First, I knew it would be a struggle to walk into an establishment that, as of November, occupies the space that was once home to the iconic South Side Inn Bar and Restaurant. Second, being a lover of fried chicken, especially hot chicken and specifically Nashville hot chicken, with “hot chicken” in Cox’s name my taste buds had some preconceived and anticipatory notions as well.

Thus, on a recent Wednesday for lunch, it was impossible to enter Cox’s without reminiscing of the great food and fond memories from the legendary South Side, a mainstay in the downtown New Albany dining scene for years. (Most recently this building housed Big Four Burgers and District 22 Pizzeria.)

Interestingly, I found that the general floor plan of South Side had been maintained as I remembered. I felt like I had stepped back in time and the large “South Side Bar and Restaurant” sign in the middle dining room was a pleasant reminder that Cox’s appreciated the history also. For those of us that exited with tray in hand to the right from the South Side cafeteria line, a full-service sports bar now occupies the back wall of the former dining room. It felt welcoming and familiar but refurbished with a new look and exciting vibe.

Pleasantly appeased of my first concern and nostalgia aside, it was time to focus on the chicken.

I love fried chicken, always have, and am constantly searching for good fried chicken. Fortunately or unfortunately, fried chicken prepared in a cast iron skillet, the ideal method, in my opinion, tends to be the barometer by which all chicken is measured.

But chicken has evolved over the years, and there are now many varieties to choose from and a plethora of restaurants offering this ever-popular item. There are fried, broasted, grilled, baked, pressure cooked, and roasted preparations, and original, spicy, hot, Nashville hot, golden, Cajun and other varieties to consider. Plus, there are sauces to evaluate in the overall equation.

I applaud Cox’s for not being “chicken,” so to speak, to put its version of the fried bird out there and provide a new niche in the ever-expanding New Albany food landscape.

After looking around, I ordered three Sticky Fingers ($7.99 with one side and choice of sauce) and three Giant Drummies ($7.99 w/side). You can order six for $13.99 or nine for $19.99 as well. I opted for Mary’s Greens as one side and Mac & Cheese as the other. For starters, Alexandra, my friendly and patient server, recommended the Fried Pickle Spears with ranch dipping sauce.

While waiting for the pickles, I perused the rest of the menu and reviewed the three-page beer menu. The dining menu is divided into five sections and has something to please just about everyone, including appetizers, sandwiches (including a Fried Cod Sandwich served fish ’n‘ chips style for $10.99), sides, burgers and salads. There also is a children’s menu.

screen-shot-2019-03-13-at-5-15-18-pmThe fried pickle spears I ordered were a home run and were as crisp and firm after frying as any pickle I have ever had. The ranch dipping sauce was a perfect complement to these crunchy and munchy gems. A cold beer and these fried pickles while watching sports is enough to keep you coming back to Cox’s.

With the taste buds tantalized, out came the chicken, sides and choice of sauces served on silver trays with red and white checkered picnic paper. I immediately went for the chicken and was not disappointed. It was “hot” chicken, meaning it was served from the fryer hot and crispy. Cox’s serves their chicken original style and provides a choice of sauces (Original, Cluck, Holy Cluck, or Clucking Scary) on the side to deliver the desired heat. For sake of completeness, I tried all of the sauce options and found that they all had a base sweetness to them and slightly different flavor profile with increasing heat level. My favorite was the Holy Cluck. The Clucking Scary was certainly hot but not inedible hot and would not completely scare the bravest away.

My side of Mary’s Greens was terrific and reminiscent of the South Side greens of yesteryear.

Cooked with bacon pieces and both sweet and tart at the same time, they were delicious. I’m still pondering the mystery flavor or secret spice. Maybe a slight splash of Asian mirin and/or flavored soy? The ample portion of the Mac & Cheese side was creamy and utilized curly cavatappi as the pasta choice.screen-shot-2019-03-13-at-5-15-31-pm

The beer menu is extensive and includes both domestic and imported draft and bottled selections and a surprisingly large number of craft beers with a focus on local breweries which was good to see. Cox’s also has plenty of bourbon, spirits and wine to choose from, in addition to nonalcoholic beverages.

Next door with its own entrance is Cox’s Carry Out. It has a reduced menu featuring only chicken and sides. Incidentally, there are four tables inside the carry-out location that may be perfect for those wanting to grab a quick lunch or dinner. Both New Albany Cox’s restaurant are wheelchair accessible from the Main Street entrances.

Also, Cox’s recently opened a second location at 134 Spring St. in Jeffersonville in the former Big Four Burgers location. It will be similar to the New Albany establishment but will also feature a second-floor venture with a local brewery.

So, come meet, eat, drink, hang out, watch some sports and enjoy. It will be a party “fowl” if you don’t try it!

Tastefully, Todd

Cox’s Hot Chicken & Sports

114 East Main St.

New Albany



Cox’s Hot Chicken

134 Spring St.




“What I have found is the true meaning of what love is in every aspect of my life: I love more today.”

Free at Last | Paul Kiger

Local real estate guru Paul Kiger was a force of nature, a whirlwind of energy. But much of that was focused on running from demons, until he came clean and focused on himself.


To the outside world, the trajectory of Paul Kiger’s life has resembled the bar chart of a great annual report – a steady upward climb to the top.

“He’s just a force of nature,” said Sarah Ring, his business partner for the last five years. “Always in full motion, working, thinking and acting faster than everyone else.”

High school class president. Marching band. School theater. Tennis team. Plus, he worked at his family’s grocery store in tiny New Middletown, Ind., and for his father’s roofing business.

Played baseball in the summer, basketball all winter. Drove go-karts on a track his father built for him in the backyard. Rode scooters and four-wheelers on gravel roads. Went with his grandmother to a picture-perfect Methodist church out in the middle of a cornfield.

New Middletown, population 83, had one stop sign in the middle of town. A model, small-town, Southern Indiana childhood, right out of a Booth Tarkington novel or an Andy Hardy movie.

And then, on to Ball State University, where Kiger was the only freshman to have his own news show on the campus radio station and was the vice president of his fraternity, pledge trainer and social chair. “I was the one who brought the girls to the parties,” Kiger said.

Also, while in school, he worked for the Ball State Foundation, calling alumni and asking for money. “I was raising $25,000 a semester,” he said, which taught him something about a skill of his that could prove useful in the future. “I learned that I was good on the phone and that I had a salesman’s personality.”

screen-shot-2018-11-20-at-12-31-18-pmDenial and Unacceptance

As far as Kiger’s internal life, though, there were bumps in the bar chart. While appearing to thrive at Ball State, he was also insecure, a small-town boy intimidated by upperclassmen from Indianapolis and Chicago. “I still had a country accent then,” he said, “which I spent a lot of time working to get rid of.” Another trait to add to his skill set – a chameleon-like ability to change his colors to whatever he felt the situation demanded.

But his small-town accent was easy to change, in comparison to the secret he was then harboring. Kiger is gay. And even in the “Will and Grace” stage of the late 20th century, where so much was out of the closet and celebrated, that was scary to him.

In fact, at first, it was a secret he didn’t entirely understand. Then it became a secret he understood enough to keep it hidden from the world – even from himself.

“I remember being bullied in high school,” he said. “Maybe it was because they were all wearing Carhartt pants and camo boots and I was wearing Doc Martens and Guess jeans. I could say it was all that redneck stuff. But I wasn’t accepting me, so why should anyone else accept me?”

He was in denial. “I thought dating girls would ‘fix’ me,” he said. “So I dated a lot, the prettiest girls, but that wasn’t any kind of a magic pill.”

The effort to keep it private, while still reaching for all those symbols of what he thought meant success – money, great car, great house, great wardrobe – began a descent into alcoholism and prescription drug addiction. It wasn’t until later, when Kiger was able to come to terms with all his demons, that he realized true relief, a flight to freedom.

But that came much later. In these earlier stages of his career, Kiger’s life did not appear to the world to be the life of a tortured man. Which is exactly the way he carefully planned it.

“He’s mister charm, charismatic, bigger than life,” said Ring. “People are drawn to him.”

“He’s perfect out in the world,” said long-time friend Debbie Farmer, owner of Creative Enterprises in New Albany.

“Perfect out in the world,” perhaps, but to Kiger it was part of an exhausting self-camouflaging program. He partied hard, partly to help deal with his secret and his insecurities – and then just to party.

Out And Relieved

In his junior year in college, though, Kiger did come out to his fraternity brothers. The reaction was so supportive and so positive that he was able to put at least that demon to rest. “It was a huge relief,” he said, “not looking over my shoulder anymore, not waiting for something to happen – even if nothing ever happened.”

But there were still malingering demons. “The struggle, generally, became my driving force,” he said, “to make something of myself. The ‘I’m going to prove that I’m better than all of you!’ syndrome. I think that’s typical for the LGBTQ community.”

Alcohol And Adderall

So Kiger’s life went into overdrive – working hard, partying hard, drinking hard.

“What do 20-year-olds do? You go to the bars, that scene, those relationships. But I never really liked staying out late. I had myself tested for ADD (attention deficit disorder) and was prescribed Adderall. That became a miracle drug for me for the next 10 years.”

But it also turned into a vicious cycle. “Adderall was an upper that allowed me to stay out later, so I could drink more.”

Not that it in any way affected Kiger’s career. Based on his successful work for the Ball State Foundation, he was hired by Progressive Insurance as an insurance adjustor. “It was an awesome job. Good pay and lots of travel.”

He started in Louisville, but Progressive moved him to Minneapolis, then to Ft. Lauderdale. Then he moved to Chicago, for another company.

“In Chicago, I decided I’d had enough of the insurance business and moved back to Southern Indiana.”

He bought a historic New Albany mansion on East Market Street, extensively renovating it and starting a new career at the same time.

“What I have found is the true meaning of what love is in every aspect of my life: I love more today.”

“What I have found is the true meaning of what love is in every aspect of my life: I love more today.”

Keeping It Real Estate

“My sister, Paula (Kiger), was in real estate, and she taught me how to get licensed and build my book of business. Everything in real estate is relationships, so I began assembling my local network. I joined everything. If it had ‘New Albany’ in the name, I was involved.”

That’s when he met Farmer, who was president at the time of Develop New Albany.

“Boy, did he get involved,” she recalled. “He joined our board, and we immediately clicked. It became a mentoring relationship, for him and for me.”

She also saw the hard-charger behind the charismatic personality. “I remember being impressed with how focused he was on his business,” she said. “I watched him build it, brick by brick. He was on warp speed, trying to accomplish all those things.”

But “warp speed” is generally exhausting. Kiger joined a Re/Max Advantage office in Floyds Knobs that was owned by his sister Paula Kiger and Linda Finney. It was 2007. The real estate market was about to go into free fall.

“My first year, I netted about $2,000,” he said. “I basically lived off my credit cards. By the next year, though, I was making six figures.”

In 2010, Kiger was named Realtor of the Year in Southern Indiana. He was just 30. The next year, he was featured on the HGTV show “House Hunters.”

“If there was a spotlight, I always found a way to be in it,” he joked.

Conversely, he said, his success was a justification for his drinking and drugs.

Hey, No Problem

“There had been no repercussions from my addictions,” he recalled. “I was never going to be that guy who made an ass of himself at a bar. There were no DUIs, my business was good, I was making money. But that only made the whole thing worse. I concluded that I had no problem balancing everything and making it work.”

That, however, was becoming a thin veneer.

“On paper, I was a rock star,” he recalled, “but I was spiritually sick. Nothing was ever enough. I had no sense of a higher power. I volunteered for everything, but always with selfish, self-centered motives.”

It didn’t affect his work. But alcohol is a depressant, and he needed to be up when he was out networking. So there was an increasing reliance on the Adderall, which is an amphetamine. It becomes a spiral, and spirals usually spiral downward.

Besides, it must have been frightening for a man who strove for everything, only to have everything and still not be fulfilled.

“I found out that driving a Lexus at the age of 25 did nothing for me,” he said. “By 2009 and 10, I was drinking and overmedicating, and getting miserable.”

screen-shot-2018-11-20-at-12-32-29-pm“I will not bury you”

Kiger was blasting through his Adderall meds. In 2015, his partner Andrew got ahold of his pill bottle. “Two weeks into my 30-day prescription and I had only five left. It was obvious that I was abusing. And, to make it worse, he thought I had quit the year before.

“I’ll never forget what he said to me: ‘I will not bury my partner. We won’t be together if you continue to destroy yourself. I’ll still be your friend, but I will not be your partner.’ ”

That’s when Kiger decided he was “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

“I stopped the drinking and the meds and checked into a treatment center,” he said. There, he found a 12-step program that worked for him. He also found God.

“I’d always had a conflict with God over the whole gay thing,” he said. “But I had a spiritual awakening. That was the biggest thing, finding a higher power. If I were to trust the process, it would now be OK to trust God.”

He joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in New Albany, though he admitted that what first attracted him was the architecture. “It’s like a mini-castle.”

What drew him in, though, was the traditional feel of the service and the hymnal. “It was like going to church in New Middletown with my grandmother.”

And what sealed the deal, for him, was the church’s progressive nature and its acceptance of the gay community.

Keep It Simple

And so it was back into the fray for Kiger. Only this time, he was concentrating on his recovery – and the recoveries of other alcoholics. “My priorities changed,” he said. “I needed to be of service, counseling others, giving to them what had been given to me – a softer way of living. Being part of a sobriety program saved my life.”

“I think he has learned that people will accept him as he is,” said business partner Sarah Ring. “He’s more settled. He doesn’t have to work so hard at it.”

She said he’s completely focused on his recovery now. “He meditates, prays, goes to his meetings and is serious about taking care of himself. It’s his new top priority.”

It’s all part of the same “Paul personality,” said his friend, Debby Farmer. “As much as he embraced the lifestyle he’d had before, that’s how much he has embraced this new lifestyle – only this is a positive one. It’s a lifestyle that feeds his soul.”

Kiger works out three to four days a week at Katy Hearn Gym with Chastain Schneider. He also simplified his life, moving out of his 6,000-square-foot New Albany mansion and into a three bedroom/two bath, 2,000-square-foot brick ranch in Silver Hills.

He’s also remained civically active. Kiger is involved in the City of New Albany Human Rights Commission and is the 2019 incoming president of SoIN, the tourism bureau of Clark and Floyd counties.


Paul Kiger with (from left) Jim Epperson, Todd Read and Luanne Mattson

“What we need from a president is a connection with the community, good at networking and partnering and a willingness to get involved and learn,” said SoIN Executive Director Jim Epperson. “And Paul is all that. He lives the SoIn lifestyle. He’s familiar throughout the neighborhood, runs a local business and enjoys the local nightlife. He has enormous energy.”

Yes. Only now, it’s not an energy fueled by cocktail glasses and pill bottles. And it’s no longer motivated by selfish or practical concerns. It’s all coming from somewhere else, somewhere within – from the spirituality he has finally found.

“I’m truly happy and content,” Kiger said. “At last, I can say that.”


Let It Snow

Made By Morgan

Snow Frames are a special way to save your memories

By Morgan Sprigler

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and do you know what that means? An endless array of crafting possibilities! When I was strolling through Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop in New Albany last week, I came across the cutest shadow boxes. I stood there staring at them for the longest time, trying to think of what I could use them for and a lightbulb went off: a Snow Frame, which I’ve decided is the sister to a snow globe. I hope that you all have fun creating your own version of this little winter wonderland.



Miniature shadow box/frame

Floral Styrofoam

Faux snow

Mini snow balls

Floral picks (or miniature trees)


Hot glue gun




Step One

Using a butcher’s knife, slice a small piece of floral Styrofoam to fit at the base of your frame. You want to slice a piece small enough so that when you add your snow, it will fall in the front, back and sides of the Styrofoam. Once you are happy with the size, place inside your frame. (Hint: Using a butcher’s knife will create much less of a mess than using scissors.)


Step Two

Add your snow. Using your butcher’s knife, or some other utensil, direct the snow to fall around your Styrofoam in order to conceal it. You only want a light dusting, as you will add more snow in another step.


Step Three

Decorate. I took photos of my girls throwing leaves, had them developed and then cut around the perimeter of their bodies. By gluing a snowball in their hands, I created a snow ball fight. So cute! You can use any photo you would like to create your scene. Once you have your photo cut out, glue a toothpick to the back and insert into the Styrofoam. If you do not want to use a photograph, Ben Franklin has tons of mini Christmas themed items, including miniature nativity sets, reindeer, snowflakes, Christmas lights, drums, Christmas trees and more. I used a floral pick for the background of my snow frame. I brought in some color by gluing berries onto the pick. How fun would it be to decorate a mini Christmas tree for your background?! You could even use a light dusting of white spray paint to frost your glass. I mean, go crazy with this, guys!


Step Four

Find a place to display your creation. Mine has found a home as a centerpiece on my girls’ arts and crafts table. I think this makes the perfect centerpiece when added on a tray, especially when surrounded by greenery and some battery-operated Christmas lights.


From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you who follow my column. I hope in some small way, I inspire you to be creative. I wish you the happiest of holiday’s and hope that you find peace and joy this season.