• Mount Vernon Council discusses 'nits' and that

    The Mount Vernon City Council met last week and discussed a number of topics, including an ordinance on outdoor message boards and new law enforcement software.

    Mindy Bourne of the Area Plan Commission presented an ordinance ammendment proposal that addressed outdoor signs and electronic message boards.

    The ordinance states that if the board is lit during daylight hours between sunrise and sunset, the luminance shall be no greater than 5,000 nits. At other times, it can be no brighter than 250 nits.

    A nit is a unit to measure the brightness of light.

  • Groundbreaking held for Mount Vernon Trail Project

    Mayor Bill Curtis and the members of the Mount Vernon City Council broke ground last Tuesday at Second and Main Streets on the Mount Vernon Trail Project.

    The project will help beautify the downtown area, by providing walking paths and bike paths along Main St.

    The project will end at Sixth and Main Street, where a pocket park will be installed at the location of the old Police and Fire Station.

    At the Thursday evening City Council meeting, Lochmueller Project Manager Scott Schoenbachler spoke about the phases of the project.

  • New Harmony receives several bids for school building and land

    Since the day it closed its doors in 2012, the New Harmony School has looked for new inhabitants. The initial proposal from the Workingmen’s Institute, which would have been an ideal fit for the town, fell through after issues with bringing the building back up to standard and the costs that would add.

    Recently, the town accepted a new round of bids for the property, and several bidders stepped up to the plate.

    In total, the town received six bids and a request by one group to delay the process.

  • Indiana Coalition for Public Education report card grades state legislators

    The Indiana Coalition for Public Education recently released a Legislative Report Card, grading the Indiana State Senators and House Members who filed for reelection in 2018.
    The grading was based on six bills that either promoted the expansion of private school vouchers, increased tex credits giving taxpayer money to scholarships for private schools, cut voter control of public education or supported or harmed public education.

  • 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.