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  • Woman sentenced in perjury case

    A Poseyville woman who was convicted of felonies in a perjury case in Gibson County will spend 30 days in jail.

    Gayle Edelen, 54, was sentenced July 1 in Gibson Superior Court.

  • Hearing set for barge issue affecting Mount Vernon

    Hundreds of Mount Vernon residents petitioned for hearing last month in objection to a barge company fleeting nearly 100 barges across from the city's riverfront.

    Less than a month later, the Army Corp of Engineers is granting a public hearing on the issue.

    Last month, more than 500 Mount Vernon residents signed a petition to get the public hearing regarding Ohio Valley Marine Service's plans to harbor a maximum of 84 barges across from the river front.

  • 'A beautiful tribute'

    Townspeople and friends gathered after sundown Friday, June 25 to remember a leader. Jane Blaffer Owen, who, in the 1940s, began her dream of restoring historic New Harmony, and saw that dream to fruition, died Monday, June 21.

    Owen’s family has planned a memorial service in New Harmony for Sunday, July 25, but grieving residents needed a way to express condolences sooner. Friday night’s candlelight prayer service provided that opportunity.

  • Poseyville woman faces forgery and theft charges

    A Poseyville woman faces 31 counts of felony charges after police say she stole large sums of money from a Posey County business.

    According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Chad Dick, Christina Woolston, 41, of 74 E. Fletchall Poseyville, allegedly stole more than $214,498 from Tri-County Equipment in Poseyville.

    ISP white collar crimes Det. Russ Werkmeister began investigating Woolston after receiving information about the alleged criminal activity.

  • Fireworks and July 4 celebrations planned

    The Mount Vernon Lion’s Club will light up the sky Saturday night, July 3, at dark with a fireworks show along the riverfront.

    The event is free but donations will be accepted. Some concessions will be available.

    Sunday, July 4, New Harmony will host its annual July 4 celebration.

    Historic New Harmony will mark its 196th Fourth of July very much the way Independence Day was celebrated during the early 19th century, with patriotic speeches, flag presentations, music, and a picnic featuring free root beer. The festivities are family-friendly, fun and free.

  • Jane Owen dies

    New Harmony matriarch Jane Blaffer Owen has died. She was 95.

    Details were unknown as of presstime.

    Owen, who owned several properties in New Harmony, including the Red Geranium and New Harmony Inn, was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Dale Owen, the third great-grandson of Robert Owen, a co-founder of New Harmony. Kenneth Owen died in 2002.

    The couple had three daughters — Jane Dale Owen, Anne Dale Owen and the late Caroline Owen Coleman.

  • 400-plus petition for hearing

    City officials are trying to get a hearing regarding the permit of an out-of-state barge service company. Leaders are opposed to the company fleeting more than 80 barges on the opposite side of Mount Vernon's riverfront.

    More than 400 county residents signed a petition to get a public hearing regarding Ohio Valley Marine Service's plans to harbor a maximum of 84 barges across from Mount Vernon's riverfront. Ohio Valley Marine Service is a Henderson, Ky. based operation.

  • Police say man stole random items from vehicles

    Mount Vernon Police are looking for the owners of several items that were stolen out of garages and vehicles.

    On Saturday, June 5, Mount Vernon police responded to a complaint about a white male who was trying to break into garages and vehicles along the 600 block of Mill Street.

    Officers found Stevey R. Emerson inside an RV parked in the alley behind a home located at 338 W. Seventh St., Mount Vernon.

    According to officers, Emerson had two five-gallon buckets filled with bottles of alcohol, Gatorade, peach soda, cat food, a rifle scope and ice cream.

  • Union workers pack council meeting, look for answers

    Aventine has been catching heat from labor workers, county council members, state representatives and landowners after making a decision to hire an out-of-state company to finish its ethanol plant in Mount Vernon.

    More than 100 labor workers packed the Hovey House on Tuesday during a regular county council meeting in hopes of getting an answer to why they weren't hired to do the work on an unfinished ethanol plant in Mount Vernon.

  • Aventine hands over $500,000 to city for water improvements

    Jeff See, vice president of project development for Aventine gives Mount Vernon City Council president Bill Curtis a $500,000 check. Mount Vernon recently improved its water system, a move Aventine needed the city to make before the company could commit to building in Mount Vernon. Aventine started construction in 2008, but in 2009, they filed bankruptcy. The company has recently emerged from bankruptcy proceedings and is going ahead with plans to finish the Mount Vernon ethanol plant in spite of grumbles by union workers who were not rehired to complete the job.