• Facing adversity head on

    There are two kinds of adversity – the kind you can overcome and the kind you must work around. Each teaches us something different.

    I have dealt with both.

    When I was 15 years old, my mom and I lost everything. We never had much to begin with, but we were working class and happy. My mom had been caring for my grandmother full time for several years leading up to her death. It was a mutual agreement, an opportunity to keep my grandma in the home she owned and loved, and a chance for my mother to be a stay at home mom for a while.

  • Saying goodbye to Mount Vernon

    By the time this week’s paper reaches our readers, I’ll have just a few days left as a Reporter for the Mount Vernon Democrat. Even though my last day is Fri., July 8, I will still have a few bylines in the paper for July 13.

  • Sailing unchartered waters

    To the Mount Vernon Democrat readers,

  • We value your business

    We recently switched phone service providers at the office. As with any such switch, there are a few final bills and problems that arise that need to be dealt with in a swift, professional manner. Due to cutbacks and technology, most employees are asked to do a little more in the same or less time. We don’t have time sit on hold for 20 minutes.

  • The Magna Contract

    When the National Judicial College sent me to Ukraine in 2000 to teach Ukrainian judges about our legal system, I learned more than I taught. Ukraine’s legal system was a moving target. It was less a system than a happenstance. What happened in court had more to do with the circumstances of the litigants than the facts and law. It struck me as the antithesis of Sir Henry Maine’s description of evolving cultures.

  • Live life to the fullest

    By Corey Woolsey


    In life, we meet new people everyday. Rarely, do we meet people that greatly impact our lives and make it better.

    I made the decision to go back to college in 2006, and study photography at Ivy Tech. At the time I was working as well, and after a couple semesters, my obligations to my family and our stability forced me to leave for a short while.

    When I came back to finish my degree, I walked into my first class and found a seat.

  • Free fishing this weekend

    By Phil Junker

    Free fishing weekends are a good thing. Not only do they provide a wholesome outdoor activity for individuals and families, they also have the potential of maintaining the activity into the future.

    Most states now offer a free weekend of days sometime during the year, and many offer the opportunity the first weekend of June.

    Free fishing weekend is one of the best avenues to introduce kids to the wonders of fishing and launch a lifelong passion. This year, Free Fishing Weekend is Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 throughout the state.

  • Enjoying summer youth sports

    By Grace Bingamer

    It is time for the beginning of another season of youth sports – one of the most exciting times of the year, not only for our youth but for the Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles and cousins and friends too.   The practices began during school and the kids started their days as students and finished the day on the field as athletes.  While in school the kids frequently glanced to the window, hoping a spring storm wouldn’t cancel their practices or games for the evening.

  • The Great Move

    The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word move as: (1) to go or pass to another place or in a certain direction with a continuous motion; (2) to begin operating or functioning or working in a usual way; (3) to change one’s residence or location; and (4) to change position or posture. Yes, there are more definitions, but for this context, these are the most applicable.

  • Graduation - Advice and Memories

    By Grace Bingamer

    There are many things that come to mind this time of year and one of the biggest is graduation. It could be the graduation from nursery school, elementary school, middle school. Those graduations are symbolic as each one ends the time at one school and automatically progresses to the next step toward high school. When high school ends, the automatic progression ends – and it is time to make the real decisions.