Local News

  • Steward brings small town Mount Vernon upbringing to Rocky Top

    When speaking to the student athletes of Mount Vernon two weeks ago, Marshall Steward, who is now the Executive Director of the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center at the University of Tennessee adapted Pat Summitt’s Definite Dozen to take on an MV twist.

    (M) Make tough, responsible, and sometimes unpopular decisions. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship.

    (V) Visualize success. Know what it looks like. Ask questions.

    (H) Have a plan. Hit the big guy first. Dreams without goals remain dreams.

  • Ries celebrates 70 years of singing

    For the past 70 years, First United Methodist’s Church Choir has had one constant, David Ries.

    Ries’ journey into the choir began when his father, Oscar, told him that he was going to come with him and sing in the church choir. Since that day, singing has been a huge part of David’s life.

    A life that got off to a shaky start.

    Dave was born in 1937, during the infamous flood. Delivered by midwife, he was just three pounds and three ounces.

  • Smithsonian exhibit coming to New Harmony next summer

    A special exhibit is headed to New Harmony next summer.

    “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” is a traveling Smithsonian exhibit that will make a stop in New Harmony May 9 - June 21, 2020.

    The exhibit will be hosted by USI and Historic New Harmony.

  • Posey Historical Society continues to grow in Hedges home

    The Posey County Historical Society is now in its seventh year in the Hedges Community Center.

    Starting with one room those seven years ago, the Historical Society now resides in three rooms. While Hedges provides a safe, weather-proof home for the county’s history, that was not always the case.

  • Kirk/Stewart family provides strong black history leagcy in Mount Vernon

    When black history is discussed in the United States, there are a handful of moments in time that dominate the conversation. The end of slavery in the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, the Presidential election of Barack Obama are three of the major discussions.

    But Sheila Stewart of Mount Vernon hopes that people would celebrate black history year round, not just February.

    For Stewart, her family provided her with a wealth of history to be proud of.

  • Retirement planning should be a year-round thought, not just a new year trend

    Like physical fitness, financial fitness is often a goal of New Year’s Resolutions. But according to Jeff Greenwell, owner of Smart Retirement Solutions LLC in Mount Vernon, it should be something on your mind year round and at a young age.

    “Unless you put a real plan in place, it isn’t going to change anything,” said Greenwell. “Retirement is a big deal. The closer I get to retirement the more important I think it is.”

  • The pen is mightier than the gavel

    Writing is a passion of Judge Jim Redwine, a passion that developed as an English major at Indiana University, but also in his younger years.

    “Even in high school I liked to write,” said Redwine. “Things I thought were amusing. Then I wrote for the school newspaper a little and was on the annual staff.”

    Writing in college and law school was also something Redwine enjoyed.

    Redwine bagn to share his knack for writing with the Posey County community 27 years ago, when he began his weekly newspaper column, The Gavel Gamut.

  • Southwind Dental Care to sevice patients or retiring Dr. Volz

    After 32 years of servce to the Mount Vernon community, Dr. Nicholas Volz is soon to recline the dentist chair for the final time.

    Volz will retire from his practice at the end of the year.

    The retirement of Volz leaves a need for quality dental service, and Volz has selected Dr. David Wells of Southwind Dental Care to take over his patients for him.

    Wells said that he is happy to take over for such a fine dentist like Volz.

  • McNamara's work with animals an inspiration to future vets

    By Bryan Fox


    When Posey County comes to mind, one might think of historic New Harmony or Posey County cantaloupes. What might not be considered when thinking of Posey County is that it’s be a hub for veterinarians to get their start.

    No vet from Posey County might not be more successful in that profession than Dr. Amber McNamara. McNamara is currently an assistant professor at Lees-Mcrae College and veterinarian for the colleges May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

  • Family’s admiration of firefighters helps to bond departments across countries

    Chris Theodosis and his wife, Lisa, have been taking a trip to Kalavryta, Greece for the past four years. For Chris, the trip is a family calling, with his lineage coming from the area.

    Before the most recent trip, Chris talked with friends on the Mount Vernon Fire Department, and a plan began to take place.

    The Mount Vernon Fire Department offered up items for an exchange with the department from Kalavryta, consisting of a helmet, t-shirt, patch, pin and an Indiana flag.