Local News

  • County prepares for election

    Voters across the country are gearing up for what many pundits and political commentators consider to be one of the more polarizing elections in U.S. history. While decisions on the national stage affect all Americans, the races with the greatest impact are local.

    While many voters have already cast their ballot, most able voters choose to visit the polls on Election Day, which is Nov. 8. The polls are open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on that day.

  • A toast to 200 years

    Frank Liberti and other members of the Mount Vernon Bicentennial Committee sat down last year and brainstormed ways to promote the town’s special year.

    Liberti, a retired chemist and curator of the unofficial Posey County Beer Museum, had an idea.
    What better way to celebrate a 200-year birthday than with a can of cold beer?

    Collaborating with Tin Man

  • Humane Society to curb feral cat population

    The Posey Humane Society is attempting to launch a trap, neuter release program (TNR) in the community to curb the area’s feral cat population.

    TNR programs have shown to be effective, but the humane society is facing a major challenge – funding.

    Posey County’s only cat shelter

    The voicemail for animal control instructs citizens who are “having a problem with a cat” to contact the Posey Humane Society.

  • WillowTree goes to bat against domestic violence

    On Oct. 15, WillowTree of Posey County will host its first softball tournament fundraising event at Brittlebank Park starting at 11 a.m.

    All of the proceeds will go toward funding WillowTree and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Posey County.

    The tournament is open to everyone. Fees are $20 per individual and 200 dollars per team. Teams can be anywhere from eight to thirteen players, and each player will receive a raglan sleeve T-shirt.

  • Early voting begins

    Indiana voters can begin casting their ballots in person at the courthouse today. Voting machines were tested Friday in preparation for the election.

    According to Clerk Betty Postletheweight, Posey County had roughly 18,000 registered voters as of Friday. The last day to register was yesterday at noon.

    “Voting machine testing went great. We threw every concoction possible at the machines. We pulled everything we can, which we do every year, to make sure the election runs smoothly,” she said.

  • Introducing the latest Indiana Torchbearer

    Torchbearers for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay have been nominated and numerous nominees in Posey County have accepted the role.

    Indiana’s relay will pass through all 92 of the state’s counties, cover 3200 miles over a five week period, averaging 97 miles per day. The relay began in Cordon on Sept. 9, and will end Oct. 15 in Indianapolis.

    Each week the Mount Vernon Democrat will introduce a torchbearer for Posey County.

  • Semi strikes INDOT vehicle on I-64

  • Local trooper injured by ATV

    An officer was pinned by an ATV while responding to a domestic dispute call last Friday night.

    State Trooper Brandon Deig was pinned to his patrol car after Bryan Abell, 37, lost control of his ATV and crashed into the Deig’s vehicle. Deig had just arrived at 3400 Artesian Well Road in response to a domestic dispute call involving Abell when the incident occurred.

    Deig’s injuries were reported as being only superficial.

  • Students explore local careers during Tour of Opportunity

    From a young age, Katie Carner knew she wanted to do something in the medical field when she grew up. But at 15 years old, she wasn’t sure what specific job might be right for her.

    Carner joined 140 other Mount Vernon High School sophomores last month during the school’s first annual Tour of Opportunity trip. Students were bussed to four Posey County manufacturers, where they learned how the business operates and what career options they offer.

  • Green Plains acquires local Abengoa plant

    Omaha, Neb.-based Green Plains Inc. recently completed is acquisition of three of Abengoa Bioenergy ethanol plants, including the facility located in eastern Posey County. Green Plains said it plans to buy as much corn from local producers as it can.

    Sasha Forsen, Green Plains’s Public Relations Manager, said the company is now buying corn from local growers. “Our goal is to buy as much corn directly from local farmers as possible.”

    Green Plains was able to retain most of the employees at its new facilities.