Today's News

  • Readers' Letters

    Thanks for help raising money for Relay

    We would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all of the survivors, committee nembers, team captains, sponsors, participants and volunteers for all of your time, money and effort that has been contributed to our community’s 2009 Relay For Life event.

    So far this year you have helped raise over $82,000 with more expected to come in. Without you the various programs provided in this area and cancer research would not be possible.

  • What kind of legacy will we leave?

    Thursday afternoon, while driving home from work, I listened to the recent news of pop icon Michael Jackson’s death. The news was just breaking that afternoon, and because I have yet to pick a place to live in Posey County, my ride back to Rockport was long.

  • Local players set better examples than the pros

    During the summer of 1998, no one could escape the coverage of the home run race between Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals and Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs. Both sluggers were bringing people back to the stands after a strike had cost baseball a large number of fans. Both players would eventually break Roger Maris’ 37 year record of 61 home runs, McGwire with 70 and Sosa with 66.

  • Legion baseball racks up three more wins, one loss

    The Mount Vernon Legion Baseball team added three wins and only one loss to their record this week. Mount Vernon posted victories against Princeton, Newburgh, Owensboro and Boonville. The loss came against Rockport.

    Mount Vernon started the game off with Princeton last Tuesday with solid pitching by Kyle Goebel. Goebel surrendered only a walk in the top of the first. Mount Vernon scored a run on three hits in the bottom of the first when Dakoda Choate stole home.

  • Mount Vernon's swim teams see action this week

    The Mount Vernon Swim Team and the Brittlebank Barracudas were both in action last week and both teams fielded a strong showing.

    The Mount Vernon Swim Team competed in the Fishers Summer Jam in Fishers, Indiana.

    Winners for Mount Vernon were Claudia Crawford, who won the 9-10 200 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke, 200 Individual Medley, 100 Backstroke and the 100 Freestyle.

    Adele Schnautz won the Eight and Under 200 Freestyle, 50 Breaststroke, 100 Butterfly, 50 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 50 Backstroke, 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Backstroke.

  • Boaters rescued from Posey waters Monday

    A distressed boater was airlifted Monday morning after he and a passenger spent the night stranded on the Ohio River in Mount Vernon.

    On Sunday, June 21, a man and woman set out on the river on an 18-foot ski boat from the Mount Vernon Boat Club around noon, traveling towards Evansville.

    According to Indiana Conservation Officer Paul Axton, the boaters, Joe Roeder and Suzie Lewis, were near Mount Vernon when the boat broke down. The boat was beached on shore around 6 p.m.

  • Comin' through

    Wide loads continue to make their way through Posey County as part of a plan to deliver parts needed for a cooler at Duke Energy’s new power plant in Edwardsport.

    The parts, supplied by GE Energy, were made by Belleli Energy of Italy for GE Energy, according to Lew Middleton, a Duke Energy spokesperson. Duke is buying the parts from GE. Bigge Crane and Rigging of San Leandro, Calif., has been contracted to carry the load.

    Once made, the parts are put on a boat and transported to somewhere in the Gulf, then up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers to Mount Vernon.

  • New Harmony tweaks golf cart law

    As Americans witnessed the rise of gas prices last year to more than $4 a gallon, some began seeking other forms of transportation. As a result, an issue that has been brought up in communities around the state has been the use of golf carts on public roads.

    One Posey County community has been using golf carts for transportation around town for several years.

    New Harmony passed a golf cart ordinance in 2006 that requires all golf carts driven in town to be registered, have headlights and taillights, and stay off of busy state roads.

  • Storm leaves several Posey County residents without power, some into Tuesday

    A brief storm Monday evening left several Posey County and area residents without power until after midnight. And some didn’t get electricity turned back on until around midday Tuesday.

    At about 6:45, a thunderstorm moved through the Mount Vernon area, moving south-southeast, according to Rick Shanklin, a warning coordinator meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Paducah station. The storm lasted 10-15 minutes but left some damage along its trail.

  • Trees important to downtown area

    Mount Vernon residents are serious about planting new trees downtown ee" serious enough to donate funds needed to plant 20 trees at around $200 per tree. City Council member Steve Fuelling has declared the tree issue to be solved, thanks to the donations. Planting is set to begin in the fall. Before planting begins, however, the old trees, many of which are already dead, will have to be removed.

    Keeping trees downtown is crucial to the environment, and the city itself.