Local News

  • Legislature convenes for 116th General Assembly

    Earlier this month, members of the Indiana general assembly traveled to Indianapolis for the 2009 legislation session. Golf carts, local government reform and budgets are just some of the topics slated for discussion in the upcoming months.

  • West and Farmersville get a new look

    More than a year after the ground was broken on two of Mount Vernon’s elementary schools for renovations, construction crews are putting on the final touches before both schools are considered complete.

    Fresh paint continues to dry as some of the teachers in both schools moved into their newly renovated classrooms.

    The students and their teachers were moved around the school during the course of the renovations. Construction on the two schools was done almost daily.

  • Petition set out to widen widely used Poseyville road

    Nearly every morning and afternoon for more than nine months of the year, High School Road in northern Posey County is traveled by bus loads of students, carloads of teenage drivers, over-sized farm equipment and runners, walkers and bikers.

  • Public intoxication charge leads police to meth discovery

    A Mount Vernon man is being held in the Posey County Jail after an initial arrest for public intoxication led to the discovery of methamphetamine.

    On Tuesday, Dec. 30, Ryan C. Reynolds, 36, of 420 Mill St., was first arrested for public intoxication after he was allegedly “showing off” his dirt bike in the AutoZone parking lot.

    When officers from the Mount Vernon Police Department arrived, they said they noticed a smell of alcohol on Reynolds’ breath.

  • Legislator: Government reform is not one-size-fits-all

    Earlier this month, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced his 2009 initiatives for reforming county-level government, which both Posey County representative and state senator say should not be handled by the state, but by each county.

    The list of 27 items, ranging from prompting joint purchasing by schools to moving all municipal elections to an even-year cycle, will be considered by the Indiana General Assembly in the coming year.

  • 2008: A year in review

    Winter Tornado

    1. Two Poseyville residents lost their lives when a tornado ravaged the northern part of Posey County at the end of January. (Feb. 6 issue)


    2. A 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook Posey County residents in the early morning of Friday, April 18. (April 23 issue)

    Wabash River Course

    3. After flood levels in the northern part of the state began to drop, the Wabash River swelled, forcing the river to take a new course. (July 9 issue)

    Mount Vernon River Days

  • Two Posey County school boost ISTEP scores

    The Indiana Department of Education recently released the results of the fall 2008 ISTEP+ scores for schools across the state. And while nearly every grade showed a decrease in the number of students passing the ISTEP statewide, two of Posey County’s three high schools, New Harmony and North Posey, showed increases in the average number of students passing the standardized test.

    The Mount Vernon school district, as a whole, did not meet the state average for the fall ISTEP.

  • New Harmony School given 'bronze' status for best school

    New Harmony School was recently named a bronze winner of America’s Best High Schools by US News and World Report and School Evaluation Services.

    More than 21,000 public schools across the country were analyzed based on standardized test scores, proficiency rates and enrollment data.

    Only 29 of those schools receiving honors are in Indiana, with New Harmony School the only in Posey County to be honored with either the gold, silver, bronze or honorable mention distinction.

  • Breaking news: Police nab eight, charge with trafficking crack cocaine

    After more than a year of investigations, police say they have found the primary source for crack cocaine distribution in Posey County.

    On Tuesday, officers from Mount Vernon, Posey County, Indiana State Troopers and the FBI, arrested eight people they believe have been moving crack cocaine from Chicago to the Mount Vernon area.

  • Mount Vernon to soon see change

    Mount Vernon’s riverfront redevelopment just happened to be in the right phase at the right time to receive an additional $400,000 in funding, said Mayor John Tucker.

    According to Tucker, a September cost estimate revealed that phase 1 of the project would require $1.2 million to complete, nearly twice the initial estimate of $650,000.

    “So, after receiving that [estimate] I started going down the line to see what I could cut back on, and I said, ‘This is just too much,’” Tucker said.