Local News

  • 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.

  • Yaggi building on Main Street gets demolished

    The sound of a yellow bulldozer’s crane could be heard Friday morning as it scraped and pulled at the walls of the old Yaggi building until it fell to the ground.

    The property, located near the corner of Second and Main Street, was a staple of the Mount Vernon community for many years; a familiar sight owned by familiar names and faces. The Yaggi building, situated behind 3 Chicks Fudgery, served as an electric and plumbing store for decades before closing in 2014.

  • Orthodontist services now offered in Mount Vernon

    Mount Vernon parents and children may no longer need to make the drive to Evansville for orthodontist needs after a local dentist began offering the services last month.

    Dr. Janos Fullop, D.M.D. at Southwind Dental Care on Fourth Street said he began taking courses through the American Orthodontic Society a couple years ago to with the goal of expanding his services in the future.

  • Arts in Harmony returns with new events, entertainment

    Arts in Harmony returns this weekend with activities, entertainment and a spotlight on the written word.

    Now in its ninth year, Arts in Harmony is an annual two-day gathering of regional artists. Event Chair Tony Treadway said the board of volunteers wanted to extend the event’s creative reach by adding additional activities for poets and authors.

  • Street department repairs sinkholes caused by flooding

    Area storm sewers were bombarded with hundreds of gallons of water during the heavy rains that occurred from April 28 to 30.

    The sudden influx of water put so much stress on the aging Mount Vernon storm sewers that several of them – including one near the corner of Water and Canal Street – caved in from the pressure.

    Water/Wastewater Superintendent Chuck Gray said the collapsed storm sewer is made of brick and is about 130 years old.

  • Food pantry names new director

    On her seventh day as the new director of River Bend Food Pantry, Cheryl Boettcher said she is learning as she goes.

    “There is a lot that goes into running and managing a place like this,” she said. “It’s been an ongoing learning process.”

    Boettcher, a Mount Vernon native, served her first day in the part-time position May 10. She replaces former director Kimberly Conlin, who resigned April 6 after working at the pantry for about 15 months in order to spend more time with her children.

  • Tomes tours Posey County Jail

    Senator Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) toured the Posey County Jail construction site May 22 to learn moreabout the planned facility and the programs that will be available for inmates.

    Deputy Sheriff Tom Latham described Tomes as inquisitive during his one-hour visit, and said he was interested in discussing the day-to-day problems facing their department.

    “It seemed like a proactive visit on his part, an opportunity to see how we’re dealing with our jail overpopulation issue,” Latham said.

  • Non-profit group installs flagpoles for veterans

    Navy veteran Tom Ertel came home to a big surprise last month: a new, 20-foot tall flagpole in his front yard.

    When the retiree departed his home on Lawrence Drive in Mount Vernon on May 20, nothing was out of the ordinary.

  • Table for ‘Missing Man’ set to honor fallen soldiers

    By Rachel Christian

    As Ariel Hall set a table at Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation last Wednesday, she knew her guest would never arrive.

    That’s because the table was set as a symbol to honor all the soldiers who never returned home from combat.
    “We’re trying to bring awareness,” said Hall, who works with Deaconess VNA Hospice in Evansville. “It’s a small reminder of their sacrifice.”

  • Harmonie State Park re-opens after flooding

    Harmonie State Park fully reopened to the public this weekend after heavy rains and flooding forced employees to partially close the facility. For 16 days, the southern two thirds of the park were closed, including the campground, cabins, boat ramp, mountain bike trails, horse trail and most hiking trails.

    An unusual result of Wabash River flooding is the increased number of bobcat and wildlife sightings at the park.

    Bobcats often steer clear of humans, but the high Wabash River levels have displaced many of the predators from their natural habitat.