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Government

  • City Council strikes down zoning for new RV park

    The Mount Vernon City Council shot down a proposed ordinance to rezone land owned by Madisonville West Properties from residential zoning to light manufacturing. Madisonville West wanted the property rezoned for a RV campground to be built on the site.

    The Area Plan Commission had passed the rezoning 4-2 at a meeting earlier in the week. M1 and M2 zoning already surround the property, which is located between Kimball and Bluff, on three sides.

  • Insurance to increase for school employees

    Employees of the Mount Vernon school district can expect to pay more for their insurance next year.  

    The school board recently approved a six percent increase to employee insurance premiums that will go into effect at the beginning of 2017. This will result in a $25 to $36 increase in monthly premium costs for individuals, and up to $100 increases per month for family plans.

  • Posey voters hit the polls

    Posey County voters turned out to vote in last Tuesday’s General Election. According to the unofficial report from County Clerk Betty Postletheweight, 66.3 percent of registered voters cast their ballots. The local election followed the national trend.

    “I was delivering supplies and checking on precincts this morning, and they all had small lines. That’s great,” she said of the high turnout.

  • Posey County election results 2016

       Posey County came out to vote last night. Here are the results:

    County Treasuer – Justin White (65.7 percent, 8014 votes)

    County Surveyor – Adam Bigge (60.1 percent, 7347 votes)

    County Commissioner District One – Carl Schmitz (100 percent, 10,223 votes)

  • Trump campaign stops in Mount Vernon

    The Trump-Pence Indiana campaign visited Mount Vernon Nov. 2 as part of the Early for Trump tour, a final push throughout Indiana to deliver free Trump-Pence yard signs and encourage early voting.

    The candidate himself was absent, but local citizens and supporters still filled the Legion, some clad in Trump shirts.

    Trump-Pence Indiana campaign Chairman Rex Early, Vice-Chair Tony Samuel and State Director Suzie Jaworowski spoke to Trump and Republican supporters at the American Legion.

  • Insurance costs to increase for county employees

    The Posey County Commissioners have announced a 2.6 percent increase in healthcare premiums in 2017.

    Commissioner Jim Alsop, who has been spearheading the county’s insurance committee, said the total cost of the county’s bill from Anthem Insurance was $2,642,648.28. Due to that and the costs associated with the new clinic, county employees will see the following increases: $3.77 per month for an employee; $7.57 per month for employee and spouse; $6.78 per month for employee and children; and $11.35 per month for a family.

  • New police officer sworn in

    Caleb McDaniel was officially sworn in as Mount Vernon’s newest police officer during the Board of Works meeting on Oct. 27. McDaniel is replacing Glenn Boyster, who retired in the summer.

    Police Chief Tony Alldredge and Mayor Bill Curtis interviewed McDaniel along with several other candidates Oct. 13. During the swearing-in ceremony, Curtis wished the new police officer good luck at his new position.

  • City Council discusses how to limit semi-truck traffic on roads

    The common council spoke at length Oct. 27, about ways to limit the numerous semi-trucks that travel on residential roads.

    “It’s a matter of safety and of maintaining our public roads,” Mayor Bill Curtis said. “These trucks are going down roads where kids and adults aren’t expecting them. And these roads wear out faster with all the weight and traffic from the semis.”

  • County, school districts to share clinics

    The Posey County Commissioners and the MSDs of North Posey and Mount Vernon are working together to cut down healthcare costs to taxpayers and their employees by sharing wellness clinics. The board also discussed the jail project and updating the sound system in Circuit Court.


    Health Clinics

    At its first meeting in October, Commissioner Jim Alsop announced that the county had reached an agreement with the MSD of Mount Vernon to lease space for a clinic at Hedges Central Community Center for $1,200 a year.

  • County council discusses abatement additionals

    The Posey County Council met last Tuesday to discuss a tax abatement for Astra Zeneca and additional appropriations to the budget.


    Astra Zeneca abatement

    Astra Zeneca representative Glen Baldwin approached the county council to speak about a proposed tax abatement. The informational meeting was to allow the council the opportunity to ask questions in an opening meeting about the submitted documents.