Local News

  • Mycogen Seeds hosts field day for thirtieth anniversary

    Inconsistent weather patterns are something the Midwest is notorious for. It’s also what make Mount Vernon a prime location for hybrid crop and seed research.

    Mycogen Seeds, a research and production facility for seed innovations, celebrated 30 years in Mount Vernon with a field day last Thursday.

  • Award winning author sails Ohio in historic boat

    Individuals visiting Riverfront Park last Thursday morning likely got a look at an unusual sight – an exact replica of an 1800s flatboat traveling down the Ohio River.

  • Poseyville advocate receives Women in Agriculture award

    When Sheryl Seib heard she was a recipient of this year’s Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture award, she burst into tears. Although she has dedicated a majority of her life to ag education and lobbying for farmers’ rights, Selb said she doesn’t think she has earned the honor.  

    “Agriculture is just a big part of my daily life; it’s a part of who I am,” she said. “I didn’t realize it was special until I started to think about it.”

  • Farmer reports marijuana plants on property


     When Paul Daub went to clear some fencerows on his Wadesville property Aug. 7, he discovered an unexpected surprise – a patch of marijuana.

  • Mount Vernon man becomes victim of identity theft

    Two local business owners were arrested Aug. 4 on identity theft related charges that totaled close to $20,000.

    Megan and Matthew Reed, owners of Reed Auto Sales LLC in Mount Vernon, used the private information of a Mount Vernon resident and his wife to create four American Express credit card accounts and acquire loans that were used to purchase cars.

    The Posey County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the Reeds May 10 after a resident contacted authorities and told them he believed his identity had been stolen.

  • Posey County receives grants to stabilize stream, improve Ohio riverbank

    Posey County received two grants totaling $35,000 from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Aug. 4. The grants, which were awarded as part of the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) project, will help improve erosion at the Ohio River and a stream by Big Creek.

    The Posey County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will begin building a two-stage ditch at Metz Lateral stream thanks to the $15,000 LARE grant it received.

    It’s a project the SWCD has been waiting to tackle.

  • Poseyville church damaged by fire

      The Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Poseyville, Indiana, caught fire last Monday, Aug. 8., causing damage to the roof of the church.

  • City hit by flash flood

    By Tiffany Stallings

    Local estimates ranged anywhere from four to seven inches of rainfall over the course of an hour in and around Mount Vernon last Wednesday.

    The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning at 1:25 p.m. until 4:15 p.m., but by the time the warning was issued, three inches of rain had already hit the city, wreaking havoc on roads, walkways, and parking lots of local businesses, homes, and schools.

    Millions of gallons processed

  • MVPD re-launches bike patrol program

    By Tiffany Stallings

    The Mount Vernon Police Department recently launched a bike patrol program. Officers Candace Rueger, Casey Young, and Korben Sellers are currently the officers participating.  

    When Rueger began working for the MVPD three years ago, she immediately saw potential in the program.

    “We had the bikes sitting there. I thought, ‘why don’t we just utilize them?’ It’s a great opportunity for us to get out and into smaller places,” 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. Each week the Mount Vernon Democrat will introduce the torchbearers for Posey County.