https://www.mvdemocrat.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en House and Garden Tour set for June 2 https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/house-and-garden-tour-set-june-2 <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/house.jpg" alt="The home of Mark and Zeidy Nelson is one of four homes along with a church that will be on the Posey County Women’s Fund 2018 House and Garden Tour on June 2." title="The home of Mark and Zeidy Nelson is one of four homes along with a church that will be on the Posey County Women’s Fund 2018 House and Garden Tour on June 2." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> For many people, their home is their sanctuary, a place they can relax and get away from the world.</p> <p> A few brave souls in Mount Vernon are opening up those sanctuaries to the public for the Posey County Women&rsquo;s Fund House and Garden Tour on June 2.</p> <p> The tour will be from noon to 5 p.m., with the exception of the tours of St. Matthew&rsquo;s Church, which will end at 4:30 p.m.</p> Hostetter named Junior High Principal https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/hostetter-named-junior-high-principal <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hostetter.jpg" alt="Marc Hostetter was recently named as Principal of the Mount Vernon Junior High for the 2018-19 at the last school board meeting." title="Marc Hostetter was recently named as Principal of the Mount Vernon Junior High for the 2018-19 at the last school board meeting." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> When The Mount Vernon Junior High was in need of a new Principal for the 2018-19 school year, they didn&rsquo;t have to look to far.</p> <p> Marc Hostetter, the school&rsquo;s Assistant Principal, will make the long move across the hall this summer.</p> <p> Hostetter, known by most from his time as the Mount Vernon Boys Basketball coach, began as Assistant Principal just a year and a half ago. He said the Junior High is a good fit for him.</p> Van Haaften edges Warrum in Democrat Judge Primary https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/van-haaften-edges-warrum-democrat-judge-primary <p> The one contested primary race last Tuesday in Posey County was between Democratic Circuit Court Judge candidates Trent Van Haaften and Jake Warrum.</p> <p> Both candidates were active in their campaigns and left things in the voter&rsquo;s hands on Tuesday night.</p> <p> When the votes were finally counted, Van Haaften came out ahead, 1087-801.</p> <p> Van Haaften, the former Posey Couty Prosecutor and Indiana State Representative, thanked the voters via Facebook after the numbers were in.</p> Relay takes over Riverbend Park on Saturday https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/relay-takes-over-riverbend-park-saturday <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4101.jpg" alt="Surviviors take to the track at a recent Mount Vernon Relay for Live event. The event moved to Riverbend Park last year, where it will be held again this Saturday." title="Surviviors take to the track at a recent Mount Vernon Relay for Live event. The event moved to Riverbend Park last year, where it will be held again this Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> Riverbend Park will be a place of celebration, reflection and inspiration this weekend as the park hosts the Mount Vernon Relay for Life for the second year, starting at noon on Sat., May 12.</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s event theme is carnival.</p> <p> New attractions this year include a vendor fair. The vendor fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m.</p> <p> A variety show and a petting zoo will also be new this year. The petting zoo will be from 1 - 3 p.m. and the variety show will be at 6 p.m.</p> <p> Registration begins at 11 a.m., and Luminaria sales are open as well.</p> Wildcat English team tops in State https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/wildcat-english-team-tops-state <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/english_state.jpg" alt="The Mount Vernon Super Bowl English team captured the State Title this weekend at Purdue. Pictured are Landon Upshaw, Bryley Harms, Captain Lauren Earhart, Joseph Julian, Logan Culley and Coach Vicki Rueger." title="The Mount Vernon Super Bowl English team captured the State Title this weekend at Purdue. Pictured are Landon Upshaw, Bryley Harms, Captain Lauren Earhart, Joseph Julian, Logan Culley and Coach Vicki Rueger." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The Mount Vernon English Super Bowl team came into State competition this past weekend ranked number one, scoring higher than all other 278 teams in all classes at the Area meet last month.</p> <p> At the State meet, the tem didn&rsquo;t disappoint, winning the gold.</p> <p> At Conference, the English team was near perfect, scoring 24 out of 25 points.</p> <p> The Social Studies team was third, the Science team was second and the Math and Interdisciplanary team were both first at Conference.</p> City continues fight against blight https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/city-continues-fight-against-blight <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/blight_0.jpg" alt="This house is on the Mount Vernon Blight Elimination Program list to be taken down in the near future." title="This house is on the Mount Vernon Blight Elimination Program list to be taken down in the near future." align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> The City of Mount Vernon has been fighting the problem of blight in the community for several years, but the past few have been aided by a Federal program funding the Blight Elimination Program.</p> <p> Properties that go unattended cause neighboring property values to go down, and become eyesores for the community.</p> <p> Mount Vernon Building Commissioner Sherry Willis keeps a list of these properties that need addressing.</p> Inclusive riverfront playground find location https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/inclusive-riverfront-playground-find-location <p> The inclusive playground, approved earlier this year by the Mount Vernon Board of Public Works, has a location set for construction.</p> <p> However, the construction will take place after the funds are raised to make it a reality.</p> <p> Rachel Deno, who is heading up the project, a proposal made by her daughter Sydney, attended the Mount Vernon Board of Works meeting last Thursday to get approval for the location.</p> Four Seasons celebrates 50 years of business https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/four-seasons-celebrates-50-years-business <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fourseasons.jpg" alt="The Four Seasons Motel has been owned and operated for 50 years in Mount Vernon." title="The Four Seasons Motel has been owned and operated for 50 years in Mount Vernon." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> The Four Seasons Motel in Mount Vernon is celebrating 50 years of business in 2018, a business that Owners Jean and Rodney Cox say is all because of the wonderful customers they serve.</p> <p> Some of those customers have been there to lend a hand along the way.</p> <p> &ldquo;There was a crew staying here one time that said they thought it would look nice if there were wooden posts along the drive with rope going through them,&rdquo; said Rodney Cox. &ldquo;My mom and dad said that it would look nice, so the crew volunteered to do the work.&rdquo;</p>