https://www.mvdemocrat.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Smithsonian exhibit coming to New Harmony next summer https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/smithsonian-exhibit-coming-new-harmony-next-summer <p> A special exhibit is headed to New Harmony next summer.</p> <p> &ldquo;Crossroads: Change in Rural America&rdquo; is a traveling Smithsonian exhibit that will make a stop in New Harmony May 9 - June 21, 2020.</p> <p> The exhibit will be hosted by USI and Historic New Harmony.</p> Posey Historical Society continues to grow in Hedges home https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/posey-historical-society-continues-grow-hedges-home <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hovey.jpg" alt="This old Hovey post office is one of many unique historical items on display at the Posey County Historical Society at the Hedges Community Center." title="This old Hovey post office is one of many unique historical items on display at the Posey County Historical Society at the Hedges Community Center." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> The Posey County Historical Society is now in its seventh year in the Hedges Community Center.</p> <p> Starting with one room those seven years ago, the Historical Society now resides in three rooms. While Hedges provides a safe, weather-proof home for the county&rsquo;s history, that was not always the case.</p> Kirk/Stewart family provides strong black history leagcy in Mount Vernon https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/kirkstewart-family-provides-strong-black-history-leagcy-mount-vernon <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vernon.jpg" alt="Vernon Kirk" title="Vernon Kirk" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> When black history is discussed in the United States, there are a handful of moments in time that dominate the conversation. The end of slavery in the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, the Presidential election of Barack Obama are three of the major discussions.</p> <p> But Sheila Stewart of Mount Vernon hopes that people would celebrate black history year round, not just February.</p> <p> For Stewart, her family provided her with a wealth of history to be proud of.</p> Wildcats to play on new turf field next season https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/wildcats-play-new-turf-field-next-season <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/field.jpg" alt="The Mount Vernon High School Football team will play on a new artificial turf field next season, paid for by community sponsors. Pictured are Mount Vernon Athletic Director Leigh Latshaw, Mount Vernon High School Principal Matt Thompson, Mount Vernon Football Coach Cory Brunson, Ken Juncker (Greater Mount Vernon Association) Belinda Pitts (CountyMark), Matt Smorch (CountryMark), School Board Members Beth McFadin Higgins, Mark Isaac, Joe Rutledge, Thomas Clowers and Mount Vernon School Superintendent Tom Kopatich." title="The Mount Vernon High School Football team will play on a new artificial turf field next season, paid for by community sponsors. Pictured are Mount Vernon Athletic Director Leigh Latshaw, Mount Vernon High School Principal Matt Thompson, Mount Vernon Football Coach Cory Brunson, Ken Juncker (Greater Mount Vernon Association) Belinda Pitts (CountyMark), Matt Smorch (CountryMark), School Board Members Beth McFadin Higgins, Mark Isaac, Joe Rutledge, Thomas Clowers and Mount Vernon School Superintendent Tom Kopatich." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> When the 2019 Mount Vernon Wildcats hit the gridiron in the fall, they will be doing so on a new artificial turf field.</p> <p> The Mount Vernon School Board met on Wednesday in a special meeting to break the news, and to vote for approval.</p> <p> The new field, which will cost $780,000 will begin construction in June according to Superintendent Tom Kopatich and be complete for the new school year.</p> <p> The cost of the field will be covered by four community sponsors, including Countrymark, WSI, the Greater Mount Vernon Association and an anonymous donor group.</p> New Harmony receives several bids for school building and land https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/new-harmony-receives-several-bids-school-building-and-land <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nhschool.jpg" alt="The New Harmony Town Board has received bids for the former school building to keep the building from being razed." title="The New Harmony Town Board has received bids for the former school building to keep the building from being razed." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Since the day it closed its doors in 2012, the New Harmony School has looked for new inhabitants. The initial proposal from the Workingmen&rsquo;s Institute, which would have been an ideal fit for the town, fell through after issues with bringing the building back up to standard and the costs that would add.</p> <p> Recently, the town accepted a new round of bids for the property, and several bidders stepped up to the plate.</p> <p> In total, the town received six bids and a request by one group to delay the process.</p> Reading and speaking promoted with Mount Vernon student's project https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/reading-and-speaking-promoted-mount-vernon-students-project <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/yarber.jpg" alt="Emma Yarber, a junior at Mount Vernon High School is promoting the importance of reading and public speaking with her Read It and Speak project." title="Emma Yarber, a junior at Mount Vernon High School is promoting the importance of reading and public speaking with her Read It and Speak project." align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> In today&rsquo;s culture, reading and communication in its traditional form has suffered with our advances in technology.</p> <p> Emma Yarber, a junior at Mount Vernon High School hopes to change that trend.</p> <p> Yarber&rsquo;s Read It and Speak project came from wanting to start a new platform in the community.</p> <p> &ldquo;I love to read and I am really comfortable with public speaking,&rdquo; said Yarber. &ldquo;I wanted to promote those important skills to the youth and the people in my community.</p> Fortune grateful for unexpected law enforcement career in Posey County https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/fortune-grateful-unexpected-law-enforcement-career-posey-county <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fortune.jpg" alt="Jeremy Fortune began his new role with the Posey County Sheriff’s Department on Jan 1., as the department’s Chief Deputy." title="Jeremy Fortune began his new role with the Posey County Sheriff’s Department on Jan 1., as the department’s Chief Deputy." align="left" hspace="6" width="87" height="85" /><p> Posey County has a new Chief Deputy on its Sheriff&rsquo;s Department, a familiar face in Jeremy Fortune.</p> <p> Fortune stepped in the door to work for the department in 1996.</p> <p> &ldquo;I did an internship through Vincennes University,&rdquo; said Fortune. &ldquo;Don Jackson was the Sheriff then, so he let me do the internship, working in the jail and serving civil process papers.</p> <p> He said that at that time, dispatch was still running out of the control room. As his internship was ending, dispatch was moving down to Mill St.</p> Retirement planning should be a year-round thought, not just a new year trend https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/retirement-planning-should-be-year-round-thought-not-just-new-year-trend <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/greenwell.jpg" alt="Jeff Greenwell is the owner of Smart Retirement Solutions LLC in Mount Vernon." title="Jeff Greenwell is the owner of Smart Retirement Solutions LLC in Mount Vernon." align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> Like physical fitness, financial fitness is often a goal of New Year&rsquo;s Resolutions. But according to Jeff Greenwell, owner of Smart Retirement Solutions LLC in Mount Vernon, it should be something on your mind year round and at a young age.</p> <p> &ldquo;Unless you put a real plan in place, it isn&rsquo;t going to change anything,&rdquo; said Greenwell. &ldquo;Retirement is a big deal. The closer I get to retirement the more important I think it is.&rdquo;</p>