Local News

  • Schmidt takes the reigns of high school ag program

    By Tiffany Stallings

    The Mount Vernon High School will introduce its first new agriculture teacher in over 30 years. For the 2016 and 2017 school year, Alicia Schmidt will teach agriculture at the Mount Vernon Junior and Senior High Schools.

  • Man arrested on scooter for drug charges

    Posey County Deputy Sheriff Dan Montgomery happened upon a motor scooter with a man and woman traveling east on Middle Mount Vernon Road at 3:25 a.m. Aug. 1.  When the pair stopped at the County Line Road intersection, the male driver motioned for Deputy Montgomery to pull up to the intersection.  Deputy Montgomery stopped to inquire if the pair needed assistance, and found that the male subject identified as 24 year old Brent Caulder, of Evansville, was wanted on a warrant in Vanderburgh County.  

  • Residents try to 'catch 'em all'

    Pokemon Go has swept the nation.

    Recent estimates say the app has been downloaded over 60 million times since it was released on July 6, making it the most download app in history.

    People all around the world now playing the free mobile phone game, and Posey County is no exception.

  • Kendra Tooley sentenced to 25 years in prison

    By Tiffany Stallings

    Kendra Tooley will serve a 25-year prison sentence for her involvement in the kidnapping and rape of Joelle Lockwood.

    Tooley pled guilty to rape and two counts of criminal confinement on July 26 in the Posey County Circuit Court. She initially faced 10 charges, including two counts of rape, conspiracy to commit rape, four counts of criminal confinement, two counts of kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit criminal confinement.

  • The story behind Mount Vernon’s storm sirens

    When the clock strikes noon on Wednesdays, Posey County residents are greeted with a familiar sound.

    The storm sirens in Mount Vernon are often heard, but when the storm passes, they become out of sight and out of mind.

  • Mount Vernon experiences a hot June and rainy July

     Southwest Indiana summers are notoriously hot and humid. June and July brought respective periods of above-average temperatures and rainfall. July has proven to be much wetter than June, with rainfall 3.15 inches above average, according to Associate State Climatologist Ken Scheeringa of the Indiana State Climate Office at Purdue University.

  • Tooley’s trial set for next month


    The trial for Kendra Tooley, who is accused of the kidnapping and rape of Joelle Lockwood, is expected to begin next month.

  • Teachers learn about manufacturing industry during ‘Bootcamp’

    By Rachel Christian

    Sometimes even teachers go to summer school.

    Thirty local teachers, including Dave Purvis from Mount Vernon Junior High School, recently completed the Alcoa Foundation Teachers’ Manufacturing Bootcamp, a two-week program that connects educators with regional manufacturing companies.

    The teachers toured SABIC, Toyota, Barry Plastics and Alcoa from June 20 to July 1. Participants spent two days at each of the four manufacturing sites, and explored technology facilities at Ivy Tech and the University of Southern Indiana.

  • Blight Elimination hits round three

    A total of 18 more homes are to be placed for bid in round three of the Blight Elimination Program (BEP) in Posey County.

    Debbie Bennett Stearsman with the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana said so far, a total of seven homes have been demolished in round one and two. A pre-bid hearing for round three will take place on July 26, then all bids for the 18 homes in round three will be due on Aug. 16 at 9 a.m.

  • Reidford latest addition to Posey Sheriff’s Department

    Deputy Kyle Reidford will soon be patrolling Posey County as a new sheriff’s deputy. Reidford recently graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Ind.

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