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Education

  • St. Philip students compete in Constitutional competition

    A group of eighth grade students at St. Philip Catholic School will be competing at a state competition next month.

    Students in the We The People civic educational program finished second at the Regional competition and have qualified to compete with 14 teams at the State competition in Indianapolis on Dec. 15.

    Mark Kirkman, team leader and Social Studies teacher at St. Philip, said that the program runs from elementary to high school level and covers a variety of social studies.

  • Mount Vernon to perform 'Frankenstein'

    It may be just after Halloween, but Mount Vernon High School students are about to bring the scares when they perform ‘Frankenstein’ this week.

    Under the direction of Kevin Roach, students will be performing a version of the play by writer Victor Gialanella.

    “This version of the play melds the story from the book with the excitement from the classic film version,” said Roach.

    Roach, who performed in this same show last year, said that the show may not be for everybody.

  • Neufelder wins Crooks award

    Posey County Extension Director Jon Neufelder was named the recipient of the 2015 Paul B. Crooks award for his service.

    Neufelder received the award at the Purdue Extension Professional Development Conference in West Lafayette. His co-workers in Gibson and Warrick County nominated Neufelder for his continued efforts as an educator and his applied knowledge of successful agricultural endeavors. Several residents also submitted letters of recommendation in support of Neufelder being nominated for the award.

  • Local author publishes fourth book

    When you visit bookstores in Evansville you can find a book published by a local author.

    Terry Seaton has been writing for over 40 years, but didn’t publish his first book until July 2013 when he decided to go public with Across the Channel: A Collection of Stories and Poems. His first novel, The Gang of Four, made its debut in December 2013.

  • Historic New Harmony uses new scanning process

    Historic New Harmony and USI have recently been working with a company named CyArk to preserve the history of the Town of New Harmony in a new, unique way.

    Connie Weinzapfel of Historic New Harmony said that the process was one she heard about 2-3 years ago.

    “I became aware of CyArk a couple of years ago,” said Weinzapfel. “They were working in New Lanark, Scotland, where Robert Owen came from when he bought New Harmony.”

  • Wrinkle in Time: MSD votes to move sixth grade to middle school

    By Alexis Nall

    15 years ago

    During this week in 2000, the Imagination Station opened to the public. It started as a possibility and ended as a reality for the Mount Vernon community. People were emotional at the close of the project. They realized that this project brought our community together and attendance was much higher than ever expected at the ribbon ceremony. “It’s something to be proud of, and something the children are going to get a lot of pleasure out of,” said Kay Cox.

    35 years ago

  • MVHS tennis courts to be renovated; 2016 budget to be adopted

    For the last several months, school board officials have been working on the budget for the upcoming 2016 school year.

    The board is estimating a budget of $27,295,457 for 2016.

    The funds broken down are $815,000 for Rainy Day, which is unused, unspent money to be used for specific kinds of expenses that don’t fit in the general fund, such as utility and insurance costs.

  • Farmersville and North Elementary awarded Blue Ribbon

    The community has been softly talking about the award for a while, but last Tuesday Farmersville Elementary and North Elementary were each formally recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, as a National Blue Ribbon School.

    A total of 335 schools across the United States were given the award for 2015 based on their overall academic excellence, or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

  • West keeps the lights on for after school learning

    For most students at West Elementary, the school day ends at 2:45. Students file out of the building, load up the waiting buses and head home for the day.

    But for a select group, the day continues and so does the learning.

    In the fall semester of 2010, West Elementary began a program called ‘Lights on After School’, which offered students a number of opportunities to learn new things and get help with homework.

  • Trees to beautify Posey County and help United Way

    By Tom Guggenheim