Local News

  • Are school zone speed limits in effect over the summer?

    Most drivers know to slow down in school zones when school is in session, but what happens when school is out for the summer?

    It turns out that it depends on the circumstance.

    According to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the speed limit through most school zones in Posey County and many surrounding area is 20 miles per hour between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. That speed can vary depending on where that school is located (Marrs Elementary School off Highway 62 has a school zone speed of 50 mph, for example.)

  • Akbar brings love of poetry to New Harmony

    By Corey Woolsey

    Kevah Akbar’s dream was to come to New Harmony. While it may have not been New Harmony specifically, the town was perfect for him.

    It has been heaven to wander around the town,” said Akbar. “This is a beautiful place where there is a ton of wild stuff to see, like a roofless church and the camera obscura house.”

    Born in Tehran, Iran, Akbar is a poet on the rise in America.

  • Crews begin repairing EMA building

    Construction workers are already hard at work repairing the new Emergency Management Agency storage facility after it unexpectedly collapsed last Monday.

    EMA Director Larry Robb said TMI contractors were installing trusses when the building collapsed around 12:30 p.m. The structure had been under construction for several weeks when the incident occurred. No one was injured.

    The accident is a major set back for the project, which was slated for completion this August. The Posey County Commissioners had approved the project earlier this year.

  • APL now offering free six-week classes

    Education can be a lifelong process, and the Alexandrian Public Library is helping make that education more accessible than ever.

    The APL now offers free six-week online courses through Gale, a leader in reference books and databases. All a resident needs to do to get started on one of over 360 free available courses is a computer and their APL library card.

  • New sound system unveiled at Hovey House

    For years, the outdated audio equipment and poor acoustics inside the Hovey House have often made it challenging for audience members to hear their public officials.

    That is no longer the case.

    At the most recent County Commissioners meeting on June 6, Jim Alsop unveiled the new audiovisual system in the historic Mount Vernon building.

  • Summer projects underway at Mount Vernon schools

    Summer is in full swing, and crews at Mount Vernon schools are hard at work on several new summer projects.

    Soccer field

    The soccer field at the high school is undergoing its third and final renovation phase. Crews are finishing up the outdoor press box, and have already installed the structure’s frame and windows. The nearby storage shack is also complete.

    High school entrance

  • Survey examines healthy living in Posey County

    The Posey County Health Coalition conducted a survey in January to pinpoint areas of strength and improvement for local healthy living.

    The group looked at three healthcare facilities, two places of employment, three community organizations and two schools to draw their results.

    The Coalition compiled their findings last month, and identified the following areas of strength:
    •Wide dispersal of green space that is readily accessible to the public during day and night hours.

  • River Days selects new logo for tenth anniversary

    The Mount Vernon River Days logo has become a familiar sight to local residents. But after ten years, the committee for the city’s largest annual festival decided it was time for something new.

    “The old one was cramped, wordy and had just run its course,” said Kay Kilgore, Chair of the River Days Committee.

  • Free Medicare advice program coming soon to Posey County

    Senior citizens will now have a local, reliable source of health insurance information after a free state program announced plans last week to partner with the Posey County Council on Aging.

    What is it?

    The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides unbiased counseling and information to seniors about Medicare, prescription assistance programs, Medicare Savings Programs and preventive services. SHIP is provided by the Department of Insurance and other government agencies.

  • Focus group reveals perceptions about Posey County

    The purpose of many economic development programs is to bring industry and business to an area in order to attract new residents.

    But the situation is a little different in Posey County.

    “We already have many business, factories and industry,” said Brittaney Johnson, director of the Posey County Economic Development Partnership. “Now we just need to attract new people, which means finding out what they want.”