Today's News

  • Man hits the water for a cure

    Two years ago, Forest Rose’s heart broke when a child he knew from church was diagnosed with cancer.

    Gabby, then a 4 year old, was diagnosed with brain cancer after the discovery of a tumor. Two years after intense treatments, Gabby is in remission, but if the cancer were to come back, doctors may not be able to help her this time.

    During her treatments, Gabby developed an allergy to the chemotherapy, leaving fewer options for future treatments, Rose said.

  • Legion team hosts tournament

    The Mount Vernon Legion Baseball Team hosted a five team wood bat tournament this weekend. The other teams in the tournament were Princeton, Boonville, Floyd Knobs and Lyon County, Ky. The tournament champions were Princeton.

    The Mount Vernon team took the field in their first game on Saturday against Lyon County.

  • Brittlebank swimmers finish second in Illinois

    The Brittlebank Barracudas swim team finished second to Olney in two meets this past week.

    In the first meet at Olney last Tuesday, individual winners were Lauren Hendricks in the girls 15-18 50 Meter Freestyle, girls 15-18 100 Meter Individual Medley, girls 15-18 100 Meter Freestyle, and girls 15-18 100 Meter Breaststroke.

    Matt Eaton won the boys 15-18 50 Meter Freestyle, boys 15-18 100 Meter Backstroke, and boys 15-18 100 Meter Freestyle.

    David Cole won the boys 15-18 100 Meter Individual Medley and the boys 15-18 100 Meter Breaststroke.

  • Mount Vernon sluggers make Big 8 team

    Two Mount Vernon baseball players were named to the Big 8 All-Conference Team. The Wildcat sluggers were co-champions of the conference. At right, Dakoda Choate, a Mount Vernon player named to the All-Conference team, runs the bases during a game this past season. Below, Eric Stemple, the other Wildcat to make All-Conference, hurls a pitch toward the plate.

  • Sports Briefs 6/17-6/24

    Summer Slam Tennis Tournament

    The second annual Mount Vernon Summer Slam Tennis Tournament to benefit the Red Cross Posey County Chapter will be held Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25 at the Mount Vernon High School tennis courts. This is a non-sanctioned novice event. There will be a boys’ and girls’ division for ages 7-9, 10-12 and 13-15. Registration fee is $10. Two matches are guaranteed. For more information or to register, call 838-2244.

  • Our Opinion: Support funding for public education

    State legilsators are back in Indianapolis with a heavy task — approving a state budget. We’ve read that the proposed budget of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels includes some major cuts, especially for counties in Southwest Indiana. Possibly the most important of the state goverment departments that will not see as much money as last year is education.

  • Posey County's enlightenment

    In July of 2005 after my friend Connie Weinzapfel with Historic New Harmony read my Gavel Gamut column about the Fourth of July she sent me a copy of New Harmony’s Fourth of July Tradition. This booklet was compiled by Donald Pitzer and Josephine Elliott. It includes Fourth of July speeches by Robert Owen (1826), William Owen (1827) and what may have been the first public address by a woman to an audience of men and women in America, Frances Wright (1828).

  • Stimulus money could allow school board to bring back three staff members

    Members of the Mount Vernon School District’s Board of Directors learned Monday night that, due to possible federal stimulus dollars, three staff members recently let go due to staff reduction could be able to return.

    Those staff members are Scott Lamar, an elementary school teacher; Amanda Rideout, a teacher at the junior high level; and Jennifer Mesker, a half-time special education teacher.

  • Children killed in I-64 wreck

    Two children were killed in a collision on Interstate 64 after the van they were in was run off the road and landed in oncoming traffic.

    According to Indiana State Police, on Thursday, June 4, at about 4:15 p.m., two tractor-trailers were traveling eastbound in the driving lane on Interstate 64 in Posey County when a 1998 Toyota minivan attempted to pass the two trucks in the left-hand lane.

    Police said that the second tractor-trailer moved into the passing lane to pass the truck ahead of him.

  • County council passes EDIT tax

    The Posey County Council voted to adopt the Economic Development Income Tax, also known as EDIT, Tuesday. The tax was implemented at a rate of .5 percent, which means that taxpayers will pay .005 cents for every dollar earned.

    For example, a taxpayer earning $30,000 a year will pay $150 in EDIT taxes.

    Tuesday’s council meeting began with a presentation by Brian Colton from Umbaugh and Associates.