https://www.mvdemocrat.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Thompson to become MSD of MV Superintendent https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/thompson-become-msd-mv-superintendent <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/thompson.jpg" alt="Matt Thompson, Mount Vernon High School Principal, will be replacing retiring Dr. Thomas Kopatich as MSD of Mount Vernon Superintendent this fall." title="Matt Thompson, Mount Vernon High School Principal, will be replacing retiring Dr. Thomas Kopatich as MSD of Mount Vernon Superintendent this fall." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The Metropolitan School District has a new Superintendent waiting in the wings.</p> <p> Matt Thompson, Principal of Mount Vernon High School, was named Superintendent at last Monday&rsquo;s School Board Meeting.</p> <p> Thompson, a native of Huntingburg, IN, had dedicated his entire working life to education.</p> Relay for Life this weekend at Riverbend Park https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/relay-life-weekend-riverbend-park <p> Relay for Life in Mount Vernon takes place this Saturday at Riverbend Park, but according to organizers Shelley Hargrove and Jessica Wright, you still can participate.</p> <p> The event will take place from noon to 10 p.m. and interested walkers can sign up at the event.</p> <p> As of last update, there are 15 teams registered, but the group is way ahead on participants.</p> <p> The theme of the event this year will be Superheroes.</p> <p> Since planning began in early 2019, there have been new events added that have organizers excited.</p> Groundbreaking held for Mount Vernon Trail Project https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/groundbreaking-held-mount-vernon-trail-project <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/groundbreak.jpg" alt="Mount Vernon Mayor Bill Curtis along with City Council members Mark clements, Mark Pharr, Andy Hoehn, Larry Williams and Becky Higgins break ground on the Mount Vernon Trail Project, a $5 Million Dollar grant project that will help beautify downtown." title="Mount Vernon Mayor Bill Curtis along with City Council members Mark clements, Mark Pharr, Andy Hoehn, Larry Williams and Becky Higgins break ground on the Mount Vernon Trail Project, a $5 Million Dollar grant project that will help beautify downtown." align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> Mayor Bill Curtis and the members of the Mount Vernon City Council broke ground last Tuesday at Second and Main Streets on the Mount Vernon Trail Project.</p> <p> The project will help beautify the downtown area, by providing walking paths and bike paths along Main St.</p> <p> The project will end at Sixth and Main Street, where a pocket park will be installed at the location of the old Police and Fire Station.</p> <p> At the Thursday evening City Council meeting, Lochmueller Project Manager Scott Schoenbachler spoke about the phases of the project.</p> Steward brings small town Mount Vernon upbringing to Rocky Top https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/steward-brings-small-town-mount-vernon-upbringing-rocky-top <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/steward.jpg" alt="Marshall Steward (right) visits with his former teacher Kyle Jones at Mount Vernon High School recently." title="Marshall Steward (right) visits with his former teacher Kyle Jones at Mount Vernon High School recently." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> When speaking to the student athletes of Mount Vernon two weeks ago, Marshall Steward, who is now the Executive Director of the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center at the University of Tennessee adapted Pat Summitt&rsquo;s Definite Dozen to take on an MV twist.</p> <p> (M) Make tough, responsible, and sometimes unpopular decisions. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship.</p> <p> (V) Visualize success. Know what it looks like. Ask questions.</p> <p> (H) Have a plan. Hit the big guy first. Dreams without goals remain dreams.</p> Ries celebrates 70 years of singing https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/ries-celebrates-70-years-singing <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dave_choir_pic_2.jpg" alt="Dave Ries recently celebrated 70 years of singing in his church choir." title="Dave Ries recently celebrated 70 years of singing in his church choir." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> For the past 70 years, First United Methodist&rsquo;s Church Choir has had one constant, David Ries.</p> <p> Ries&rsquo; journey into the choir began when his father, Oscar, told him that he was going to come with him and sing in the church choir. Since that day, singing has been a huge part of David&rsquo;s life.</p> <p> A life that got off to a shaky start.</p> <p> Dave was born in 1937, during the infamous flood. Delivered by midwife, he was just three pounds and three ounces.</p> 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>