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  • Mowing accident claims man’s life

    A man was killed during a bizarre lawn mowing accident on I-64 in Posey County late Tuesday afternoon.

    According to Indiana State Police, Alvaro Garcia Guzman, 31, of El Portezuelo, Mexico, was operating a John Deer mowing tractor westbound along an I-64 median when the incident occurred.

    Authorities believe that Guzman – who was contracted by his Batesville-based lawn care employer, Oleo, to perform the work – stumbled across a large sinkhole in the median.

  • Kids buy in to adulthood at junior high ‘Reality Store’

    There’s a saying that some things just aren’t learned in school.

    But certain skills, like preparing a budget and balancing a checkbook, were deemed invaluable to a group of Mount Vernon guidance counselors.

    In order to effectively communicate those lessons to students, the Reality Store was created. It is a hands-on activity where students must learn to pay for certain life essentials depending on the salary of their assigned job.

  • PC Pound Puppies spread awareness about canine ‘silent killer’

    Posey County Pound Puppies launched a new donation page last week to raise money for heartworm treatment medication for its dogs.

    Volunteers at the non-profit organization said they’ve seen an increase in the potentially deadly disease.

    “We used to only have a few dogs with heartworms,” said PCPP Vice President Kelli Alldredge. “It feels like in the last few months, the cases have increased, so now we have 15 different dogs effected by it.”

  • PC Pound Puppies spread awareness about canine ‘silent killer’

    Posey County Pound Puppies launched a new donation page last week to raise money for heartworm treatment medication for its dogs.

    Volunteers at the non-profit organization said they’ve seen an increase in the potentially deadly disease.

    “We used to only have a few dogs with heartworms,” said PCPP Vice President Kelli Alldredge. “It feels like in the last few months, the cases have increased, so now we have 15 different dogs effected by it.”

  • Homeless man spreads awareness, donates to local nonprofits

    According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, over half a million people in America go to bed homeless.

    Timothy B. Watt is one of them, and he is on a mission to bring awareness to that statistic and homelessness in Indiana.

  • Schmidt named Best Teacher in Tri-State by WKDQ

    Mount Vernon agriculture teacher, Alicia Schmidt was preparing to take attendance when representatives from an Evansville country music station entered her classroom and informed her she had been chosen as their Best Teacher in the Tri-State.

    Schmidt said she was shocked to learn she had won.

    “I actually didn’t know I had been nominated until a few days before when someone on Facebook send me a link to the voting page,” she said.

  • Bicentennial Committee donates to three Mount Vernon departments

    Three government officials were presented with checks from the Mount Vernon Bicentennial Committee May 11 to put toward local youth education and enrichment programs.

    The Mount Vernon bicentennial may have ended with the new year, but the group that organized and promoted the special 2016 events is still going strong. Committee President Becky Higgins said they will continue to donate funds to area organizations over the next two to three years as a way to help enrich the community.

  • Evansville Civic Theater director fosters hometown talent

    At first glance, it seems like Mount Vernon High School drama coach Kevin Roach is running a one-man show at the Evansville Civic Theater.

    Roach, a Mount Vernon native, serves as creative director at the non-profit theater that produces about six stage shows during a typical 10 month season.

  • State fishing tournament returns to Mount Vernon this weekend

    Cabela’s returns this weekend for its second King Kat Tournament Trail fishing event at the Mount Vernon riverfront.

    The tournament is a qualifying event, leading up to two championship events. The local event features a guaranteed $5,000 payback.

    The King Kat Trail began in 2002, and Mount Vernon became a part of it last year after Jeremy Coe, Tournament Director for Cabela’s, approached the City Council about the opportunity in 2015.

  • County approves plans for another Dollar General store

    The Posey County Area Plan Commission approved initial steps for a new Dollar General store set near Posey County Line Road and Highway 62.

    On May 11, the board approved the project’s site development plan and a re-plotting request that would combine two current plots of land. The vote was not unanimous.

    According to Area Planning member Larry Williams, the new Dollar General would The 9.100 square foot facility will be located near the Posey-Vanderburgh County line and will be visible from Highway 62.