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Government

  • Looking inside the numbers of the 2018 Posey County General Election

    What will be remembered most from the 2018 Posey County General Election will likely be the dominance of the Republican Party. The potential of a blue wave as some thought could be in store was blocked by a wall of red.
    However, there are some interesting numbers to study when looking at the precinct by precinct breakdown.
    Overall numbers
    Voter turnout was extremely high for this election, with citizens looking to make an impact. 59.58 percent of registered voter came out to the Posey polls and cast their ballot, which totaled 10,792.

  • Election Day 2018

    What some anticipated to be a potential blue wave of Democratic support, turned into Republican dominance in the November 6 General Election in Posey County.

    Republicans won nearly every major seat in the County, with the exception of those races that were unopposed.

    Local Races

    Circuit Court Judge

    In what may have been the biggest surprise of the night, Craig Goedde -R defeated Trent Van Haaften to become the next Posey County Circuit Court Judge, 6,160 to 4,479. Goedde carried 58 percent of the vote.

  • Debate over Avery's Place location continues in City

    A group of local citizens attended Thursday’s Mount Vernon Board of Works meeting to continue the discussion about Avery’s Place, an inclusive playground that is planned for a section of Riverbend Park.

    An Inclusive Playground is specifically designed to remove physical and social barriers so ALL children, with and without disabilities and/or critical illnesses, can play side by side with their peers and families.

  • Changes coming to Christmas on Main Street, Council tackles other issues

    The Mount Vernon City Council met last Thursday for its regular meeting, and a number of issues were discussed.

    The Mount Vernon Main Street Trail Project came in over bid recently, which has cause the City to look at other options.

    Mayor Bill Curtis said that there are other options, but they need to know what the scope of the project will be.

    He said that they can drop it, or alter the scope of the project and rebid it.

  • Van Haaften edges Warrum in Democrat Judge Primary

    The one contested primary race last Tuesday in Posey County was between Democratic Circuit Court Judge candidates Trent Van Haaften and Jake Warrum.

    Both candidates were active in their campaigns and left things in the voter’s hands on Tuesday night.

    When the votes were finally counted, Van Haaften came out ahead, 1087-801.

    Van Haaften, the former Posey Couty Prosecutor and Indiana State Representative, thanked the voters via Facebook after the numbers were in.

  • Inclusive riverfront playground find location

    The inclusive playground, approved earlier this year by the Mount Vernon Board of Public Works, has a location set for construction.

    However, the construction will take place after the funds are raised to make it a reality.

    Rachel Deno, who is heading up the project, a proposal made by her daughter Sydney, attended the Mount Vernon Board of Works meeting last Thursday to get approval for the location.

  • City continues fight against blight

    The City of Mount Vernon has been fighting the problem of blight in the community for several years, but the past few have been aided by a Federal program funding the Blight Elimination Program.

    Properties that go unattended cause neighboring property values to go down, and become eyesores for the community.

    Mount Vernon Building Commissioner Sherry Willis keeps a list of these properties that need addressing.

  • House Bill could be huge step in saving Harmony Way Bridge

    Since 2012, barricades and fencing have closed off the Harmony Way Bridge, a once valuable connection for Indiana and Illinois travellers and farmers.
    Since the day the lanes closed, lawmakers and residents have discussed ways to reopen the bridge, but an affordable option has yet to be found.
    But the recent passage of an amendment of Indiana House Bill 1290 could be a big step in the future of the bridge.

  • USDOT awards $10 Million grant for Posey County rail project

    The U.S. Department of Transportation Tuesday announced a $10 million grant to rebuild approaches to the Maunie Railroad Bridge in Posey County. U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), along with U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), offered support for the TIGER grant in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in November 2017.

  • Inclusive riverfront playground a no-go at City Council meeting

    Last month, a group led by student Sydney Deno, offered plans for an inclusive playground, which would be located at Riverbend Park in Mount Vernon.

    The park idea was supported by community members and the Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation.

    At Thursday’s Mount Vernon City Council meeting, interested parties and the council discussed the park idea.