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Local News

  • 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)

    Earthquake

    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.

  • County highway funding goes to 'pot' hole

    If the Posey County Highway Department does not see an increase in funding in 2009, County Highway Superintendent Steve Schenk said some roads may have to go back to gravel.

    “…and that’s just unacceptable,” he said.

    At the December meeting of the Posey County Council, Schenk pointed out some startling figures concerning their lack of funding, as well as some startling predictions as to the future of Posey County roads.

  • Property tax bills miss year-end mailing goal

    Property tax bills for the 2007-pay-2008 year will not be mailed out by December.

    According to Posey County Treasurer Mary Alice Rose, the tax bills that the department had hoped to mail to taxpayers before year-end, will not be mailed in time before the new year.