• ADM donates to BBBS serving Posey County

    Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) recently donated $1,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley serving Posey County. The donation will go toward ADM’s platinum-plus sponsorship of the 2015 Bowl for Kids’ Sake event to be held at Posey Lanes on March 15, 2015.

  • New Mann in charge

    There is a new owner in the house at Koodie-Hoo’s in Mount Vernon.

    Jason Mann and his wife, Michelle have taken over ownership of the bar and restaurant on West Second Street.

    According to Mann, the decision to purchase the business was one that the couple thought hard about.

    “It had been for sale for several years,” said Mann. “We have talked about it. Michelle wanted to make a career change and we saw it as a good business opportunity. We decided to give it a try.”

  • BWXT names new GM of Mount Vernon facility

    BWX Technologies, Inc. recently announced that Gary Darter has been named General Manager at BWXT Nuclear Operations Group’s Mount Vernon facility.

    Darter holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Darter’s 31-year BWXT career includes serving in a number of positions in Virginia and Tennessee. He said the company gave him multiple opportunities to do different things, such as quality control, engineering and development production.

  • New restaurant opens in Mount Vernon

    When the Silverwood Restaurant closed in Mount Vernon, an opportunity opened up for a local woman.

    Robbie Cox recently purchased the block of buildings between Pearl and Vine Streets just north of Fourth Street in Mount Vernon and offered the former Silverwood building to his mother, Sharon Cox.

    Sharon is opening Sharon’s Country Kitchen in the location.

  • CountryMark celebrates 75 years

    Fall of 2015 marks the 75 years of oil refining for CountryMark. What began as a group of farmers forming a cooperative for purchasing power, is now a booming refinery with long-term plans to power the region. Erected in 1940, the Mount Vernon oil refinery continues to expand and adapt with the changing marketplace and environmental regulations.

  • Solar Escape opens with new owners

    Mount Vernon residents can enjoy the perfect tan thanks to new, local owners of a popular business.

    Steven and Alicia Lupfer became the new owners of Solar Escape tanning salon in October, and re-opened the business on Nov. 1.

  • New switch install to keep trains moving

    Residents of Mount Vernon have grown accustomed to sitting at a number of railroad crossings in the City. But Evansville Western Railway is working on a few projects to make that wait shorter.

    According to General Manager Robert Buchanan, a couple new switches will help that process.

    “We put in a power switch in at the north leg of the Y going into the port,” said Buchanan. “Instead of a man having to go throw it manually, it can be called in and done from Paducah.”

  • Fire breaks out at A.B. Brown power plant last Tuesday

    Last Tuesday a fire was responded to at the A.B. Brown power plant east of Mount Vernon.

    The fire is still under investigation.

    Vectren spokesperson Natalie Hedde said that emergency action procedures were followed and no injuries occurred due to the fire.

    The fire took place in an area of the plant that was down for maintenance by a third-party contractor.

    Hedde said that area was under a planned maintenance period, and that it is unsure if the fire will delay the maintenance.

  • Training exercise to take place at SABIC

    The Posey County Local Emergency Planning Committee is informing residents of upcoming events taking place, one which will be a training exercise at a local plastics plant.

    On Sat., Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, law enforcement officials, the fire department and other emergency teams will be participating in a training exercise at Sabic Innovative Plastics. The agencies will be simulating the effects of a chemical spill.

  • Ferkey a fixture with spuds in Mount Vernon

    If you have driven down Fourth Street in Mount Vernon through the past 28 years, you have likely seen Greg Ferkey.

    Ferkey sells potatoes and onions out of his tractor-trailer at various spots along Fourth Street mainly in the winter months, but also more now in the late summer.

    For Ferkey, the reason he comes to town to sell his crop is simple.

    “You folks don’t raise many potatoes down here,” said Ferkey.