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Today's News

  • Akbar brings love of poetry to New Harmony

    By Corey Woolsey

    Kevah Akbar’s dream was to come to New Harmony. While it may have not been New Harmony specifically, the town was perfect for him.

    It has been heaven to wander around the town,” said Akbar. “This is a beautiful place where there is a ton of wild stuff to see, like a roofless church and the camera obscura house.”

    Born in Tehran, Iran, Akbar is a poet on the rise in America.

  • Williams named official town historian of Poseyville

    Poseyville never had an official town historian before the town council selected resident Chad Williams for the role at a meeting last week.

    The decree was joined by a proclamation designating June 14 Chad Williams Day.

    It was a moving gesture for Williams, who has spent the last 17 years working to preserve the rich history of his hometown.

  • New NAPA store opens in Mount Vernon

    The NAPA store that opened on Fourth St. in Mount Vernon this month is different from others in the region.

    It’s what’s known as a “top store design” and features about five times more retail floor space than the nine other NAPA stores located in the area.

    Opening the latest location with this special design is a decision Store Manager Chad Cokley said the owners made to better serve Mount Vernon clientele.

  • Are school zone speed limits in effect over the summer?

    Most drivers know to slow down in school zones when school is in session, but what happens when school is out for the summer?

    It turns out that it depends on the circumstance.

    According to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the speed limit through most school zones in Posey County and many surrounding area is 20 miles per hour between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. That speed can vary depending on where that school is located (Marrs Elementary School off Highway 62 has a school zone speed of 50 mph, for example.)

  • Alspaugh remains active community volunteer after 40 years

    There has been a collection of Mount Vernon residents over the years that have worked diligently to improve and better the local community. They have created organizations, and over time, even changed lives.

    Phyllis Alspaugh is one of those people.

    Over the last 40 years, this Mount Vernon resident has worked and volunteered alongside others to implement staple outreach programs like the River Bend Food Pantry, the homeless shelter, the Neighbor to Neighbor program and more.

  • New ‘green machine’ recycling truck rolls into Mount Vernon

    It will be difficult for Mount Vernon residents to miss the new recycling truck rolling through city streets starting this week. With a 30,000 pound capacity and a total weight of about 20 tons, the bright green machine is the largest – and most expensive – purchase the Posey County Solid Waste District has made in years.

  • State police patrol tickets 15 drivers, ends in one arrest

    The Indiana State Police conducted a saturation patrol June 13 along State Road 62 between Mount Vernon and the Vanderburgh County line to issue tickets and citations. The effort lasted from 4 to 7 p.m.

    During the three-hour period, troopers issued 25 warnings, 18 traffic tickets and incarcerated one man for possessing marijuana.

    Fifteen traffic tickets were issued for seat belt violations, two were given for expired registration and one ticket was written for a driver with no insurance.

  • Two new Visit Posey County commercials air on TV

    Visit Posey County, a tourism group led by director Kari Mobley, launched two new commercials this month in two different markets.

    They’re part of a multi-tier marketing campaign focused on getting “heads on beds and feet on the street.”

    “The goal of Visit Posey County is to attract tourists to this area and get them to spend the night here,” said Mobley, who took over her position three months ago. “It helps generate money in the area that likely wouldn’t have been coming in otherwise.”

  • APL now offering free six-week classes

    Education can be a lifelong process, and the Alexandrian Public Library is helping make that education more accessible than ever.

    The APL now offers free six-week online courses through Gale, a leader in reference books and databases. All a resident needs to do to get started on one of over 360 free available courses is a computer and their APL library card.

  • Crews begin repairing EMA building

    Construction workers are already hard at work repairing the new Emergency Management Agency storage facility after it unexpectedly collapsed last Monday.

    EMA Director Larry Robb said TMI contractors were installing trusses when the building collapsed around 12:30 p.m. The structure had been under construction for several weeks when the incident occurred. No one was injured.

    The accident is a major set back for the project, which was slated for completion this August. The Posey County Commissioners had approved the project earlier this year.