https://www.mvdemocrat.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en School board announces book rental prices https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/school-board-announces-book-rental-prices <p> By Haley Jolley</p> <p> Correspondent</p> <p> On Monday, July 1, 2019, the Mount Vernon School Board met at the Mount Vernon High School.</p> Lions Club helps kids to see https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/lions-club-helps-kids-see <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ken_rudibaugh.jpg" alt="Ken Rudibaugh of the Mount Vernon Lions Club uses a device to take a picture of a child’s eyes for Operation KidSight." title="Ken Rudibaugh of the Mount Vernon Lions Club uses a device to take a picture of a child’s eyes for Operation KidSight." align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> Last Wednesday, a line of kids headed into a small, dark room at the CAPE building in Mount Vernon.</p> <p> In that room, they were greeted by Ken Rudibaugh of the Mount Vernon Lions Club and his special camera.</p> <p> Rudibaugh&rsquo;s camera takes a picture of a child&rsquo;s eyes, and from that picture, a diagnosis of developmental vision issues can be detected.</p> <p> The program the Lions Club participates in is called Operation KidSight.</p> May crowned Miss Delaware https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/may-crowned-miss-delaware <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/may.jpg" alt="Hillary May of Mount Vernon was recently crowned Miss Delaware." title="Hillary May of Mount Vernon was recently crowned Miss Delaware." align="left" hspace="6" width="87" height="85" /><p> A Mount Vernon native now has her eyes set on the crown of Miss America.</p> <p> Hillary May was recently crowned Miss Delaware in a pageant on June 16.</p> <p> She posted her reaction to winning on Facebook soon after.</p> Lions Club needs members, donations to survive https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/lions-club-needs-members-donations-survive <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lions_club.jpg" alt="Mount Vernon Lions Club members Bob Beste, new President Jessica Hansen and Ken Rudibaugh are looking for new members that want to help them serve the needs of Mount Vernon." title="Mount Vernon Lions Club members Bob Beste, new President Jessica Hansen and Ken Rudibaugh are looking for new members that want to help them serve the needs of Mount Vernon." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> The Mount Vernon Lions Club has a long standing tradition of service to the community.</p> <p> But that service provided by the club is in jeopardy, with the club in need of not only more donations, but a new influx of members.</p> <p> One issue with membership, according to past president Ken Rudibaugh, is that those involved with the club over the years are getting older.</p> <p> &ldquo;We need young members,&rdquo; said Rudibaugh. &ldquo;We have 18-20 members, but only five or six to do the work.</p> SABIC Wins First-Ever Sustainability Leadership Award for Environmental Protection and Circularity from the American Chemistry Council https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/sabic-wins-first-ever-sustainability-leadership-award-environmental-protection-and-circulari <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sabic.jpg" alt="Left: Greg Adams SABIC ACC Board of Director, Jerry MacCleary Chairman of ACC Board of Directors, Ramesh Rameswaran and Phillip Bell SABIC Project Team Members, Calvin Dooley ACC President and CEO, Greg Skelton SABIC Government Affairs" title="Left: Greg Adams SABIC ACC Board of Director, Jerry MacCleary Chairman of ACC Board of Directors, Ramesh Rameswaran and Phillip Bell SABIC Project Team Members, Calvin Dooley ACC President and CEO, Greg Skelton SABIC Government Affairs" align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, was the recipient of the first ever American Chemistry Council (ACC) Sustainability Leadership Award for Environmental Protection and Circularity.</p> <p> The winners, which were selected by an outside steering group, were announced June 4 at the ACC Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo.</p> <p> The ACC gave leadership awards in three categories: Transparency &amp; Collaboration, Environmental Protection &amp; Circularity and Societal Contributions.</p> Mount Vernon Council discusses 'nits' and that https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/mount-vernon-council-discusses-nits-and <p> The Mount Vernon City Council met last week and discussed a number of topics, including an ordinance on outdoor message boards and new law enforcement software.</p> <p> Mindy Bourne of the Area Plan Commission presented an ordinance ammendment proposal that addressed outdoor signs and electronic message boards.</p> <p> The ordinance states that if the board is lit during daylight hours between sunrise and sunset, the luminance shall be no greater than 5,000 nits. At other times, it can be no brighter than 250 nits.</p> <p> A nit is a unit to measure the brightness of light.</p> Mount Vernon Vocal Music to move to the Rhythm of the Knight https://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/mount-vernon-vocal-music-move-rhythm-knight <img src="https://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/knight_0.jpg" alt="Ryan Knight will replace retiring Mount Vernon Vocal Music Director Dana Taylor this fall." title="Ryan Knight will replace retiring Mount Vernon Vocal Music Director Dana Taylor this fall." align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> When Dana Taylor announced his retirement from Mount Vernon, a huge void in the music department was left.</p> <p> Filling that position would be tough, but the administration did not have to look far.</p> <p> Ryan Knight, who has served at Vocal Music Director at North Posey the past three years will be taking on the role at Mount Vernon this fall.</p> <p> Knight is a native of Benton Ill., and he studied music at Murray State University.</p> <p> From Murray, he earned his Bachelor&rsquo;s in Music and a Master&rsquo;s in Music Education.</p> 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>