http://www.mvdemocrat.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en New Harmony gallery lets visitors become ‘Curator for a Day’ http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/new-harmony-gallery-lets-visitors-become-%E2%80%98curator-day%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/curator_for_a_day_pic.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="140" height="85" /><p> <br /> The New Harmony Gallery of Contempary Art is hosting a hands-on side exhibit that challenges the gallery golden rule of don&rsquo;t touch the art.</p> Two-county, high speed chase ends in crash http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/two-county-high-speed-chase-ends-crash <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/peter_a._vellis.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <br /> A wanted man is now in custody after leading authorities on a two-county high-speed chase Friday night that resulted in a crash near Downtown Evansville.</p> <p> <br /> Peter Vellis, 47, faces preliminary charges that include two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless driving and petition to provoke probation. He was also cited for disregarding traffic signals, unsafe lane changes, driving the wrong way, driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance and driving with an open container of alcohol.</p> Indiana counties grapple with overcrowded jails http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/indiana-counties-grapple-overcrowded-jails <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hb_1006.jpg" alt="County sheriffs from across Indiana gathered at the State Capital to discuss jail overcrowding and other legislative issues effecting law enforcement. Left to right: Posey County Chief Deputy Tom Latham, Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth, Governor Holcomb, Knox County Sheriff Mike Morris, Knox County Chief Deputy Dan Mooney and Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding. " title="County sheriffs from across Indiana gathered at the State Capital to discuss jail overcrowding and other legislative issues effecting law enforcement. Left to right: Posey County Chief Deputy Tom Latham, Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth, Governor Holcomb, Knox County Sheriff Mike Morris, Knox County Chief Deputy Dan Mooney and Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding. " align="left" hspace="6" width="101" height="85" /><p> <br /> Six months have passed since the new Posey County Jail expansion began. The massive project was spurred by an undeniable fact &ndash; there was simply no room left.</p> <p> County agencies across the state have been grappling with overcrowding since the passage of a 2015 state law. Those officials, including Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth, met last week at a special three-hour Indiana Senate committee hearing.</p> <p> <br /> The main discussion point - overcrowding in county jails and other effects of House Bill 1006.</p> Benton earns Lifetime Achievement Award http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/benton-earns-lifetime-achievement-award <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rosebenton12.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <br /> There are those people who work their entire lives. There are those who give selflessly of themselves and refuse to look for anything in return. Those people are the backbone of a community.</p> <p> <br /> Rose Benton fits each of those categories, but not if you ask her. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think I want an article done. I don&rsquo;t deserve any credit.&rdquo;</p> <p> <br /> Benton was presented Leadership Evansville&rsquo;s Lifetime Achievement Award last week at the annual event. She was surrounded by her family a few close friends, like Bob and Ann Stemple.</p> County awards abatement to CountryMark http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/county-awards-abatement-countrymark <p> <br /> The Posey County Council has awarded a 10-year tax abatement to CountryMark for a proposed $42 million equipment upgrade.</p> <p> <br /> CountryMark appeared before the county council in November 2016 to ask for the abatement. Company representative Kimberly Smock said CountryMark will be installing $42 million in updated equipment that is expected to help the refinery increase production on gas and diesel fuel at a better price. &nbsp;</p> North Posey High School to receive $609,000 renovation http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/north-posey-high-school-receive-609000-renovation <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/np_outside_ren_copy.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="149" height="85" /><p> <br /> The MSD of North Posey approved a $609,100 construction bid<br /> for upcoming summer renovations to the high school weight room and wrestling room.</p> <p> <br /> The school district received five acceptable bids for the work before awarding the project to a company called Empire. The school board also approved spending of up to $75,000 on updated cardio and weight equipment in the nearby weight room.</p> Counseling center opens in Mount Vernon http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/counseling-center-opens-mount-vernon <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/new_visions.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> <br /> Posey County residents have a new mental health service provider after Evansville-based New Visions Counseling Services opened a Mount Vernon location earlier this month.</p> <p> <br /> The privately owned counseling center provides therapy and support to individuals facing substance abuse and addiction issues.</p> Posey County welcomes two new state troopers http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/posey-county-welcomes-two-new-state-troopers <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/widner.jpg" alt="Tyler Widner" title="Tyler Widner" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <br /> Tyler Widner and Zach Fulton are the newest additions to the Posey County state police force. The troopers, both 23, received the keys to their vehicle on Feb. 14 after completing a 14-week field training program.</p> <p> <br /> It was an emotional day for the young men who are not only colleagues, but also close friends.</p> <p> <br /> Widner and Fulton first met as freshman in the criminal justice program at the University of Southern Indiana. They became friends and worked side-by-side all four years of college.</p>