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  • Nestled on top of a rolling hill in the Posey County countryside is a small chapel with a growing reputation.

    The Caborn Chapel has hosted over 200 weddings in the last four years, with upcoming dates booked as far out as 2019. Its owner, Scott Hollowman, said the chapel’s charm and rural location are appealing to many couples preparing to tie the knot.

  • The roadside produce stand is an Indiana symbol that summer has officially arrived. In Mount Vernon, Dave Meurer’s farmers’ stand has served as a harbinger of the warm season for more than 30 years.

    From June until about Labor Day, Meurer – a former Mount Vernon Junior High School math teacher – sells locally grown fruits and vegetables from his canvas-covered hut. His reputation has grown so much over the years that Meurer’s steady stream of customers now includes visitors who travel as far as 45 minutes to buy his wares.

  • There is something haunting about New Harmony. Its small town charm and historic architecture have attracted visitors for decades, but paranormal investigator Joni Mayhan thinks there’s something more than that. She believes the community’s rich history has contributed to an active afterlife for ghosts and spirits.

    “I felt the energy present in the town almost right away,” said Mayhan, a Posey County native who returned to the area last year. “I feel like everything happens for a reason, and that I was meant to live in New Harmony.”

  • If the woods in Spencer County, Indiana could talk, they may tell tales of a boy who grew to be a young man with a thirst for knowledge and resolve like no other.

    Abraham Lincoln traversed these woods and the Lincoln Amphitheatre now sits in that location.

    ‘Young Abe Lincoln,’ the play that was made famous in the Lincoln Amphitheatre, is back this summer for its 30th anniversary, and the first time in 12 years.

    Matthew Herrmann, a 1999 graduate of Mount Vernon, will be playing teen Abe Lincoln.

  • Dr. Lee’s private practice in Mount Vernon unveiled a new wing of its facility last week that will accommodate an additional general practitioner with strong family ties to the operation.

    Less than two weeks after wrapping up her residency with Deaconess in Evansville, Kathryn Lee-Kalsch joined her brother and father at the Fourth St. office.

  • Dr. Lee’s private practice in Mount Vernon unveiled a new wing of its facility last week that will accommodate an additional general practitioner with strong family ties to the operation.

    Less than two weeks after wrapping up her residency with Deaconess in Evansville, Kathryn Lee-Kalsch joined her brother and father at the Fourth St. office.

  • Beth Foster resigned as the General Manager and Editor of the Mount Vernon Democrat a little over a decade ago, but during her time at the publication, she helped lead the weekly newspaper to two Hoosier State Press Association Blue Ribbon awards as well as two other staff awards from the HSPA.

    Foster cited an experienced, helpful staff and advancements in technology as key factors in the Democrat’s success during this period.

  • The mechanics and affordability of 3D printers have evolved tremendously in the last decade. What was once a rare and costly investment, mostly relegated to laboratories and high tech businesses, is now more accessible to the average person than ever before.

    Mount Vernon resident Chuck Gray purchased his 3D printer at the beginning of June. The city water superintendent is also a Star Wars hobbyist and self-described tinkerer. Gray said his desire to create new things is what motivated him to purchase his new machine.

  • Justin Scheller, a Poseyville native, was only five years old when he appeared alongside Tom Hanks and other iconic actors in the classic film, A League of Their Own.

    His recollections of rubbing shoulders with Hollywood celebrities is fuzzy, but Scheller said what he does recall about the cast is positive.

    “As a five-year-old, I didn’t really understand who Tom Hanks was or anything like that,” he explained. “But I do have strong memories of just how nice and kind everyone was to me and my mom during that entire process.”

  • When Ray Kessler found out about the Veterans for Peace Rally and Protest in Washington D.C., he asked Evansville Chapter 104 President Gary May if he was going. May told him yeas and asked him if he wanted to go.

    “What an opportunity it was,” said Kessler.

    Veterans for Peace is an international organization, formed in the 1980s. Kessler said it is an off shoot of the Vietnam era and in the Evansville chapter there are around 30-40 members.

  • 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.

  • By Harold Morgan

    The Evansville Press interviewed William Gonnerman and his daughter, Lena Gonnerman, in January 1938 about the Keck-Gonnerman Plant in Mount Vernon. The following article is paraphrased from that report:


    The Keck-Gonnerman Automobile

  • Andrea Schirmer never considered herself an artist before she attended the Adult Drawing and Watercolor classes at the Alexandrian Public Library.

    “I used to say that I couldn’t even draw a stick figure,” the retired hair stylist said.

    Now, about three years later, Schirmer takes pride in her work, which has steadily improved over time.

  • The Riverbend Market returned May 22 to the Mount Vernon riverfront with more vendors and participants than ever before.

    It is an upwards trend that market chairperson and participating business owner Rachel Rainey would like to see continue.

    “We’ve gotten a great response from vendors, and we’re continuing to get the word out about the market to the community,” she said. “We want to continue making this something everyone in town can enjoy.”

  • Newlyweds Angie and Harold Green wanted to make their wedding day a home run success - literally.

    On May 28, the Mount Vernon couple and die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fans proclaimed their “I do’s” atop home plate at Busch Stadium. From the invitations to the cake, the Greens hit it out of the park with their unique baseball theme, complete with Cracker Jack guest souvenirs and home plate guestbook.

  • Mount Vernon business owner Tim Jones stood on the tarmac of the bustling Orange County International Airport in California two weeks ago with 35 other men. Massive jets thundered and maneuvered around the nearby landing strips.

    But Jones and the others were on the runway for a more vintage aircraft.

    For one day, Jones and other professional auto body detailers from around the country gathered to buff and polish two World War II fighter planes.

  • Mount Vernon business owner Tim Jones stood on the tarmac of the bustling Orange County International Airport in California two weeks ago with 35 other men. Massive jets thundered and maneuvered around the nearby landing strips.

    But Jones and the others were on the runway for a more vintage aircraft.

    For one day, Jones and other professional auto body detailers from around the country gathered to buff and polish two World War II fighter planes.

  • Abbey Oden had never written much poetry prior to her creative writing class last year at the University of Southern Indiana.

    That’s why the Mount Vernon High School graduate was a little surprised to learn that three of her poems had been selected to appear in FishHook, USI’s annual student humanities publication.

    “I was really excited when I first found out,” she said. “I actually didn’t tell anyone I was submitting my work, so I was excited to tell my family and friends.” 

  • Mount Vernon’s Relay For Life committee is making changes to this year’s event in hopes of increasing community interest and involvement.

    The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser, traditionally held at the high school, will make Riverbend Park its 2017 home this weekend. And if the May 13 date seems earlier than last year, that’s because it is. Changes to the date and location are an attempt to make Relay For Life more visible in the community and encourage student participation.

  • Visitors will soon see a beautiful, blooming addition to Marrs Community Park, thanks to a special Earth Day project carried out by local Boy Scouts.

    The rainy Saturday morning workday helped the young men earn their conservation badges, and in return, they helped plant 12 varieties of wildflowers in a special one-acre section of the park.

    “They were a hard working group,” said Marrs Township Trustee Christina Seifert. “We were happy to have them lend a hand.”