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  • This week, we ask our meteorologist Hans Schmitz some questions about Southern Indiana’s unusual weather.

    Why is Southern Indiana so humid in the summer?

  • Jake McGennis is a lifelong Posey County resident. He’s been involved in agriculture since before he could walk, so his recent partnership with Curran Miller as a consultant just made sense.

    “I’ve been involved with ag for many years. They were looking for someone with a farming background. This is an avenue I’ve been interested in, so it just kind of fell into place,” said McGennis.

  • Kolton Robison doesn’t look like a typical hero. First off, he’s a little short for the role. With his rosy cheeks and shy smile, the Mount Vernon seven-year-old doesn’t share many physical similarities to the superheroes on his favorite t-shirts.

    But looks can be deceiving. For Robison’s grandfather, Herb Lafferty, the young boy is a true lifesaver.

  • Many people say that opposites attract. John Hysel is not one of those people.

    “That may work for magnets,” he said, “but in my experience, it doesn’t really apply to people.”

    Instead, Hysel is a strong believer that the more a couple has in common, the stronger their relationship will be. He and his wife, Linda, have been living that philosophy for nearly 40 years, and continue to do so in the room they share at Mount Vernon Rehabilitation and Nursing Home.

  • When Peggy Shorter opened the door to her basement last Wednesday morning, she was greeted with the sight of water spewing from the back of her washing machine.

    Shorter, 72, was beside herself. As a widow on a fixed income, she wasn’t sure where to turn for help and wasn’t strong enough to turn the water valve off.

    “I’m not even sure how long it had been leaking down there,” she said. “It had been four days since I had last gone to the basement.”

  • This week, we bring you two thought-provoking questions submitted by students in Mrs. Cammy Rodger’s fifth grade class at Farmersville Elementary.

    Readers can submit their own weather-related inquiries to the Mount Vernon Democrat, and every month, Posey County resident and agriculture meteorologist, Hans Schmitz, will select two to answer.  

    Send your questions to us at editor@mvdemocrat.com, or call us at 812-838-4811.

    Can it rain if there are no clouds?
    (Submitted by Landon)

  • For Marissa Priddis, Director at the Alexandrian Public Library, no two days are the same.

    The self-described “loud librarian” has served as APL’s enthusiastic director for 10 years now. She said there are many pre-conceived notions about libraries and the librarians who work there.

    “We’re not the typical stuffy, stuck-in-our-ways librarians people sometimes imagine,” Priddis said. “We embrace technology and that allows us to offer even more resources to our patrons.”

  • Juanita Hyatt, the lifetime Posey County resident known for her stylish hats and sharp wit, is celebrating her 100th birthday Jan. 31. A special luncheon will be held in her honor at the  Ford Home on Sunday, Jan. 29.

    Hyatt has become a staple of New Harmony, a piece of the town and its history that is still being written.

    “I wake up every morning and thank the Lord that he saw me safely through the night,” Hyatt remarked. “And whatever comes up on a daily basis, I try to handle.”

  • This week, we bring you another installment of “Ask the Meteorologist.” Readers can submit their weather-related inquiries, and every month Posey County resident and agriculture meteorologist, Hans Schmitz, will select two to answer.  

    Submit your questions to us at editor@mvdemocrat.com, or call us at 812-838-4811.
     

  • The Mount Vernon Booster Soccer Club recently received $350 from the Indiana State Police Alliance’s Cops for Kids program. The program awards grants for youth organizations that are either directly or indirectly affiliated with a member of the Indiana State Police Department.

    The money will be used to help fund part of the Booster Club’s junior high cub soccer camp in June. Specifically, it will be used to pay for T-shirts, water and Gatorade for the players. The club receives donations from other organizations as well in order to pay for the camp.

  • The National Association for Campus Activities recently named Mount Vernon native Kendal Lang as a 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader at its annual Mid-America conference.

    Lang is a senior at Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). Lang is majoring in health and rehabilitation sciences with a minor in gerontology and will be graduating in May of 2017. She plans to attend graduate school at the University of Indianapolis in August of 2017 for a Master’s of Science Degree in Gerontology.

  • If you were a boy in the 1950s living in Mount Vernon, you went hunting, fishing or played baseball.

    Randy King, like many younger brothers, grew up idolizing his oldest sibling, Charlie. Some of King’s earliest memories are watching Charlie and members of the Mount Vernon Merchant baseball team return to the field on late summer afternoons.  

    “I just remember that group of guys were something special to see, both on and off the field,” King said. “Everyone used to go out to see the games.”

  • Torchbearers for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay have been nominated and numerous nominees in Posey County accepted the role.

    Indiana’s relay passed through all 92 of the state’s counties, and covered 3200 miles over a five-week period, averaging 97 miles per day. The relay began in Cordon on Sept. 9, and finished last weekend in Indianapolis.

    Each week the Mount Vernon Democrat introduces a torchbearer for Posey County.

  • Torchbearers for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay have been nominated and numerous nominees in Posey County have accepted the role.

    Indiana’s relay will pass through all 92 of the state’s counties, cover 3200 miles over a five week period, averaging 97 miles per day. The relay began in Cordon on Sept. 9, and will end Oct. 15 in Indianapolis.

    Each week the Mount Vernon Democrat will introduce a torchbearer for Posey County.

  • Bradley Siders has already traveled 600 miles along the river in his kayak, and he still has plenty of miles left before he reaches his destination.

    Siders arrived on the Mount Vernon riverfront Sept. 29. He has been traveling in his self-propelled kayak since July 10, and has only stopped for three weeks to work and save up more money.

    Siders said he is planning to make his way down to Arkansas where he has property.

  • Autumn is the time of year for cooler weather, shorter days and falling leaves. For Richard Pfeiffer, it’s also time for two of his favorite things – family and apple cider.

  •  The Mount Vernon Police Department hosted a cookout behind Hedges Community Center Sept. 13 in response to a city council meeting on Thursday, Sept. 1.

    Mount Vernon Police Chief Tony Alldredge put together the event with the help of detective Ben Bohleber, officer Korben Sellers and Alldredge’s wife, Joy. 

  • Abbi Vogel received the Bright Futures Award, cosponsored by Green Leaf, Inc. and Tractor Supply Company, in July at the Posey County 4-H Fair for her garden project, but it was not the first time she had received the award. It was the third.
    “I was excited to see that my hard work had paid off,” Vogel said.
    A lot goes into growing an award-winning garden, but Vogel makes it an annual hobby.

  • As Heather Morrow and her twin sister, Megan Wells, elevated hundreds of feet into the air in a hot air balloon, Morrow saw the vast safari land in Thabazimbi, South Africa, from a breathtaking perspective. The giant animals Morrow had encountered on the ground looked like dots on a map.
    Before they boarded the balloon, she described seeing a group of nine lions playing like housecats at a watering hole as the sun came up over the horizon. The experience was peaceful and majestic, themes that resonated throughout the trip.  

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    Most residents of Mount Vernon know the name Barry Cox. They may be able to identify his photo. People know him as the man behind the 30-year success story of Warehouse Services Inc. (WSI), but those who interact with him know Cox believes the success of the company belongs to the employees.

    “We have great people. We are successful because of our people,” he said.