Local News

  • 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.

  • Cyclists finish seven-state charity ride in Mount Vernon

    When four cyclists finally reached the Mount Vernon riverfront in the pre-dawn darkness last Tuesday morning, they took a moment to reflect – and catch their breath.

  • Group tackles Mount Vernon feral cat problem

    The Posey Humane Society has launched a new feral cat program, but the group says it needs support from the community to keep it going.

    The non-profit organization began its Trap Neuter Release (TNR) program in an attempt to curb the growing population of ownerless felines in the area. These wild cats can become nuisances in the neighborhoods where they reside, but president of PHS Tina Parker said getting the animals fixed helps eliminate many of these problems.

  • Devout Dresses reflects on debut year

    Back in February, the Mount Vernon Democrat profiled a new community closet program based out of Harvestime Temple called Devout Dresses. Organized by Mount Vernon native Destiney Oeth, the program seeks to provide gently used formal wear to young women in Posey County with financial need.

    With prom season officially over, Oeth said she is proud of Devout Dresses’ debut year.

    “We received a bigger response from the community than I ever expected,” she said. “I could never have dreamed it would grow to this size.”

  • Product developed by Mount Vernon grad appears on Shark Tank

    The billionaires on ABC’s Shark Tank were presented with more than a few investment opportunities during their most recent episode Friday night, but only one was created by a Mount Vernon High School graduate.

    A company called Rumi Spice appeared on the product pitch reality show to secure funding for their unique gummy candy, called Saffron Gems. Three US Army veterans founded the startup two years ago, but the gummies were designed and created by Laura Willis, a 2007 Wildcat alumnus and Mount Vernon native.

  • LEPC prepares for mass casualty scenario training in June

    Most of us don’t like to consider, let alone focus on, the worst-case scenario of every situation. But when it comes to public safety, planning for the worst-case scenario can mean the difference between life and death.

    The Local Emergency Planning Committee, or LEPC, is well known for its annual safety fair, but the counsel of 14 members does year-round work behind the scenes to keep Posey County residents safe.

  • Filmmakers release trailer for movie shot in New Harmony

    Last October, two local filmmakers and their crew descended on the town of New Harmony to shoot a full-length film based in Kentucky bourbon country.

    Six months later, Josh Riedford and David McCracken, both of Evansville, are placing the finishing touches on their movie, Bullitt County.

    As they wrap up last-minute tweaks to sound and music, they are also set to release a trailer for Bullitt County tomorrow. They plan to have the entire production complete by the end of May.

  • SABIC celebrates CoGen completion

    All major projects begin with a vision. They come to fruition because of planning, innovation and dedication to improvement. Last week’s celebration of SABIC’s CoGen plant proved the value placed on those attributes.

    In January, SABIC stopped using coal. The energy center was fully operational as of Feb. 12. The new facility is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35-40 percent.

  • Semi-trucks causing property damage across Mount Vernon

    Mount Vernon is home to several centers of industry that help the city grow.

    One side effect of that industry, however, is an increased amount of traffic from semi-trucks along residential and semi-commercial roads. These large vehicles can cause serious issues when they attempt to navigate narrow roads, sometimes even causing private and public property damage along the way.

  • City installs over 680 new street signs

    The street corners of Mount Vernon are getting a new look due to a state safety mandate.

    The previous white on black street corner signs, installed about a decade ago by former mayor Rosemary Knowles, are coming down around the city. The signs, which were chosen for their aesthetic appeal, are no longer up to code, according to the Street Department.