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P C N SINCE 1882 Successor to The Poseyville News & New Harmony Times POSEY COUNTY’S ONLY LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED NEWSPAPER

Volume 139 Edition 13

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Midwest Fertilizer reaffirms commitment to Posey By Lois Mittino Gray “I have good news to share with the community. We have successfully resolved the IRS issue on our bonds and we are now free to go full force on negotiations with contractors to build the fertilizer plant,” announced Les Wright, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Fertilizer Company LLC. In a Monday morning phone interview,

Wright explained that the technical tax question raised in Washington put a stymie on everything concerning construction of the plant. “We thought it might be resolved by last fall, but with the government shutdown and slow processes, everything was on hold. We found out in March that the bonds are fully tax-exempt, so we are restarting contract negotiations and discussions right now and should have details

worked out in time so we can give the county more information.” The executive wished to express the gratitude his company has for the patience and support of several county groups, including the Posey County Commissioners, Posey County Economic Development Partnership, local businessmen, and state legislators. “We do keep in touch with them and are pleased with our good

relationships.” He added that the Fatima Group, primary owners and principal sponsor and developer of the project, are extremely grateful for the county’s patience. Patience is the word as county residents first heard about the plans for the state-of-theart two billion dollar plus production plant in

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Local man buys New Harmony School building By Lois Mittino Gray It’s finally sold. Members of the New Harmony Town Council voted 5-0 at its March 19, morning meeting to accept Erik Arneberg’s offer of $125,000 for the former New Harmony School property. Council President Alvin Blaylock opened the vote discussion by explaining that Arneberg’s bid was the highest of the six received at the February meeting for the school site that closed its doors in 2012. At the February meeting, there was a question as to how Arneberg planned to use the old school, so a vote was tabled at that time. He delivered his answer in a letter to the council one week before the March meeting. Arneberg primarily would like to stabilize the structure and save the building to explore possible redevelopment uses to meet community needs, perhaps as a trade school or craft school. Classrooms as artist’s studios, gymnasium use, and agricultural production where practical on surrounding land will be considered. His plan is very similar to the one first proposed by the town’s Workingmen’s Institute group several years ago. The town voted to give the WMI the property free of charge for the plan, until it was abandoned by WMI as unfeasible at the time. “I personally looked at the bid he submitted and its basically the same thing the library wanted to do with the same people involved in helping Erik, local people,” noted Councilman Gary Watson in making the motion to accept. President Blaylock asked for a second and all was quiet, so he seconded it himself. The action was met with a robust round of handclapping from the audience. “I would have a hard time rejecting a $125,000 offer for the same thing we were going to give away for free two years ago.” In discussion, Councilman David Flanders inquired about legal issues involved if other bidders could not modify their bids as well. Town Attorney Erin Bauer clarified that Arneberg did not modify his original bid opened in February, he just was asked to explain usage plans. Councilwoman Virginia Alsop said that, since she did not get a chance to talk to Arneberg, she wondered if he would be sole owner of the building. President Blaylock said yes, he plans to establish it under Erik Arneberg, LLC as sole owner. “I’m totally convinced we made the proper decision today. The bottom line is that he wants to save the building and that’s what we all want,” President Blaylock concluded. He congratulated the new owner, who was in the audience, who graciously accepted and told Councilwoman Alsop he was available to talk more at any time. As an act of good faith, Arneberg’s attorney Chris Wischer tendered a check for ten percent to the town, even though it was not required. “A great

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Mount Vernon man dies in another bypass wreck Special to the News Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham said on March 21, 2019 Posey County Deputies responded to a crash on the William Keck Bypass, north of Mount Vernon. When deputies arrived, they observed a red Chevrolet pick-up truck with severe front-end damage and a semi-tractor and trailer laying on its passenger side across both lanes of the by-pass. Preliminary investigation indicates the red pick-up truck driv-

en by 72 year-old Ronald Ricketts, of Mount Vernon, Ind., was traveling NW on the bypass and crossed the center line, striking the semi which was traveling SE and driven by 51-year-old Todd Woodruff, of Plainville Ind. Ricketts was killed in the crash while Woodruff refused medical treatment. The Posey County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation is ongoing. The Indiana State Police is assisting with the investigation.

County fathers approve new EMS ambulance By Lois Mittino Gray Posey County Emergency Medical Services is getting a brand new ambulance for its runs and Chuck Thompson, the EMS Director, is extremely pleased with the action taken by the Posey County Council at its March 12, morning meeting at the Hovey House. The council appropriated $43,129.00 to purchase the emergency vehicle. The 2019 model has been ordered from Alexis Fire Equipment of Alexis, Illinois and should arrive in a few weeks. It will replace an older unit currently in the fleet. An EMS employee commented that, “these vehicles can really get a lot of miles built up on them and a new one will be welcomed.”

Under other new business appropriations, council members voted to set rates to remunerate members who serve on local government boards. While some board positions do still remain unpaid, others were set at $50 to $60 per meeting, depending on the board involved. In other council action: • An appropriation request for $1600 from the Health Department was tabled to give a little more time to figure out balances in the line items involved. An employee quit and money needed to be paid out for sick days and holidays.

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Paul Roberts, store manager in Fairview Heights, Ill.; Tracy Killpack, store manager in Omaha, Neb.; Misty Reese, Mount Vernon store manager; Amanda Schmitzer, Mount Vernon assistant store manager; Randy Owens, Director of Southwest Indiana Chamber, Mount Vernon office; and Southwest Indiana Chamber members Nancy Denning and Brian Williams welcome Gordmans during grand opening ceremonies on Thursday in Mount Vernon. Photo by Theresa Bratcher

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure Former Posey sheriff Carl Dick shows he is multi-dimensional By Pam Robinson Soon enough, Carl branched out from yard birds to produce welcome signs. Cats, dogs, pigs, and swans may be cut out of Former Posey County Sheriff Carl Dick has a talent for tun- airplanes, butterflies, cats, dogs—a variety of art to match the small LP gas tanks to fashion a flower pot. Indiana state wall ing junk iron—all kinds of whirligigs and whatchamacallits— alphabet in length, if not in every letter. art appears from shaped wire filled with nuts and bolts. A spiinto jubilant yard art. Carl’s creations draw out so many der walks on nail legs, its body shaped from a ball head smiles, the neighboring farmers on Caborn Road save hammer. their scrap metal for him. Carl heads out junking for the “You use a little of everything,” Carl says. Additional rest at yard sales and flea markets and the like. The parts junk iron yard art includes flowers from mismatched cutfuel his imagination to design everything from the sacred lery and a wiener dog from a dislodged coil. Owls, ‘posto the secular, from awe-inspiring crosses to zany birds. sums, squirrels, and turtles—all these critters have capThe 75-year-old Posey County native got his start in tured Carl’s imagination as well. junk iron yard art last fall when a friend asked if he could Carl’s daughter snaps photos at auctions and flea marput her yard bird back together again. Carl drew on his kets to spark Carl’s imagination to try new art designs. skill learned from a 17-year career with B & M Plastics as The rest, he comes up with on his own. a welder, his job once he retired from the Posey County “You can make anything. It’s just your imagination,” Sheriff’s Department in 1986. Not only did Carl resurrect Carl states. “It’s a lot of fun. You start something and you his friend’s yard bird, but he turned out his own flock of don’t like it, you change it. You weld something else on birds, no two alike. there.” Neighbors started bringing old bikes, old farm parts off Individuals pay between $25 to $75 for Carl’s junk of plows and such, and old farm implements such as hay iron yard art. Carl can keep prices reasonable since scrap rakes. Carl put them together into a Big Bird with an attimetal is often given to him and he hunts for bargains. He tude. One bird featured a vegetable steamer turned upside must still recover costs, though, for gas to weld and a little down for a hat and two large round bolts to form bug eyes. Former Posey County sheriff Carl Dick shows off some of the artistic something for his labor of love. A sickle bar mower guard formed the beak; a yard rake, metal and steel items he has made and has for sale. Photo by Dave Pearce “It takes a lot of gas,” he explains. “A small bottle is the wings; and a shovel head, the body. $74 now.” “Anything laying around, you can use,” Carl says. “People Each piece is unique. The airplane is held together with spark The Antique Emporium in New Harmony, carries a selection call me and say, ‘Can you use this?’ Well, I can use anything. I plugs and table knives. Horseshoes from Ellis Park are transContinued on Page A9 may have to rework it, but I can use anything.” formed into butterflies along with crosses and popular USA and

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Ministerial Association Fifth Sunday Rally Starting Sunday, March 31, 6 p.m. Saint Matthew Catholic Church, MV

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MARCH 26, 2019 Robert Worman Robert “Bob” Wayne Worman, 75, of New Harmony, Ind., born to Forrest and Juanita (Creek) Worman on February 3, 1942 in Evansville, Ind., went to be with his Lord and family on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Premier Healthcare in New Harmony, Ind. Bob was a very social person and loved to be among other people. Bob resided at Premiere Healthcare in New Harmony for the past 11 years. Although he would have preferred living on his own, his health would not allow it. He contracted polio at the age of six and lost the use of his legs. Until his later years, the inability to use his legs never slowed him down. He walked on crutches nearly all his life and did not need additional assistance until the past 14 years. Bob was commonly seen with a smile on his face and he loved to laugh with others. As a child and even as an adult, he helped his father farm for many years in Stewartsville, Ind. He would drive a tractor by pulling himself up on the John Deere 4020, as well as other machines. Bob could drive any machine or vehicle he obtained the keys to. During his younger years, he attended the University of Evansville for accounting and worked as a bookkeeper for many years. He also enjoyed working on small engines and had his own radiator repair shop. Bob was President of the patient council at Premiere Healthcare for many years. He would meet with residents and take their concerns to management to discuss. Although not an official title or job, many people called him the greeter at Premiere. He was often found

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out front greeting people as they came and went. Bob never met a stranger and his memory was amazing. He could recall names of people he had not seen in 25 years when they walked up to the visit. Surviving are two sons and one step-daughter: Shawn (Dawn) Worman of New Harmony, Ind., Shannon Worman of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Melinda Medici of Daphne, Ala.; four grandchildren: Blayne Worman of New Harmony, Ind., Madison Hatch of Evansville, Ind., Brice Worman of Gulf Breeze, Fla. and Destiny Lee of Daphne, Ala.; two sisters: his twin Betty Gibbs and Vicki McWhirter as well as nieces and nephews. Preceded him in death were his parents and sister: Judy York. A special thank you to the staff of Premiere Healthcare for caring for Bob all these years. He built special bonds with many of the staff over the years. Per Bob’s request, no services will be held. Werry Funeral Home in New Harmony, Indiana was entrusted with handling Bob’s arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at:

Fred D. Essary, 85, entered heaven on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehab. He was born May 4, 1933 in Mount Vernon, Ind., to John and Blanche (Cooper) Essary. Fred attended Mount Vernon Senior High School. During his life, Fred enjoyed a variety of interesting careers. Among them, he worked at a local funeral home before transitioning to a career in the oil drilling and refining industry. He began as a “rough neck” while drilling oil wells and traveled to various locations before he began working in Mount Vernon at the Farm Bureau Refinery in 1956 as a pump repairman and where he later retired. Fred was a member of First Christian Church of Mount Vernon, where he served as an Elder. He received his 50-year Award of Gold in 2016 from Beulah Lodge 578 Free and Accepted Masons in Mount Vernon. He also held life memberships for the Fraternal Order of Police - Mount Vernon Lodge 133, American Legion - Owen Dunn Post 5, the Fraternal Order of Eagles - Aeria 1717 and the Mount Vernon Conservation Club. He was also a member of Hadi Shrine, the Loyal Order of Moose and the Indiana Sheriff’s Association. Fred loved and was very proud of his family and their accomplishments. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sue; sisters, Geneva Ashworth and Beulah Carr; brothers, James, Gene, Guild Elwood and Virgil; granddaughter, Amanda Howe; and greatgrandson, Anthony Dilcher. He is survived by his brother, John; daughters,

Cheryl (Steve) Kerzan, Cathy (Dwight) Howe and Chawn (Lawrence Tully) Essary; six grandchildren, Jeremy (Christi) Howe, Cayce (James) Carte, Courtny (Michael) Clayton, Karen (Bryan) Hayden, Joe (Janie) Kerzan and Tony (Auleen) Kerzan; fourteen great-grandchildren, Devon Denny, Aidyn and Brynnon Clayton, Jahvon and Meah Gibbs, James and Joseph Carte, Liv Howe, Savanna Dilcher, Stevi, Harleigh and Baileah Hayden, Ella and Levi Kerzan; many nieces, nephews and loving friends. He will be missed by all. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019 at First Christian Church, 1403 Country Club Road, Mount Vernon, Ind., with Pastor Rick Sellers officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. service time on Saturday at the church. A very special thank you to Dr. Joseph Lee and staff for the kindness and excellent care given to him. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church in Mount Vernon or to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be made online at

William Sebree, 61, formally of Evansville, passed away Friday, March 15,2019 in Florida. William was born September 9, 1957 in Evansville to Robert “Bob” and Thelma Sebree. William graduated from Mount Vernon Senior High School and obtained an associate degree at Ivy Tech in Healthcare Administration. William was employed in manufacturing and was an avid golfer. William is survived by his mother, Thelma Sebree; brothers, Richard (Vickie) Sebree, Phillip Sebree, Greg Sebree; sisters, Felicia Sebree, Charlotte Sebree. He is preceded in death by his father, Bob Sebree; and infant daughter Adrianna Sebree. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday,

April 6, 2019 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Mount Vernon with Pastor Mark Tabor officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time. A private burial in Bellefontaine will be held at a later date. William’s family will be having a meal and time for fellowship after the memorial service in the Harvestime Temple gym at 101 Roosevelt Drive.

Dordeania Turner Dordeania “Lee” Turner 75 of Mount Vernon passed away Monday March 18, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway in Newburgh, Ind., She was born April 16, 1943 in Evansville, the daughter of Willard C. and Dortha (Hadley) Stevens. She married Curtis L. Turner in 1970 and he preceded her in death on January 16, 2005. Lee worked in the laundry at Medco for 28 years. She is survived by her son, Larry D. (Greta) Smith; daughter, Jeanne (David) Anderson; grandchildren, Sabrina Young, Cassandra Anderson, Tessa Gott and Samantha Shofner; greatgranddaughter, Lynlee Grace Young; and one brother, Willard Stevens. She was preceded in death by her husband and her brother,

Ronald. Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. on Thursday March 21, 2019 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home at 1330 East Fourth Street, Mount Vernon with Rev. Dallas Robinson officiating. Friends visited from 4 p.m. until time of services. Online condolences may be left at

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Harold Rush Harold Lloyd Rush, age 74 of Randolph, Iowa, formerly of the Atlantic and Walnut, Iowa area, died Monday, March 18, 2019 at Tabor Manor following an extended illness. Harold was born May 10, 1944 in New Harmony, Ind., to Elvis Fredrick Rush and Evelyn Ruth (Reeves) Rush. He was married to Shirley Claudette Hughes on December 10, 1966 in Lewis, Iowa. Harold worked as a Farm Hand for many years, most recently for Gregory Feed Lots in Tabor, Iowa. Harold grew up farming and enjoyed raising livestock and crops around Southwest Iowa until he retired. He had many hobbies over the years including gardening, bowling, playing washers and horseshoes with fishing being his favorite. The family went on many fishing trips to Okoboji and Minnesota. Harold was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley Rush; and a brother, James Rush. He is survived by four sons, Curtis Rush and wife Cindy of Wiota, Iowa, Corey Rush and wife Holly of Omaha, Neb., Cyle Rush and wife Rory of Omaha, Neb., and Christopher Rush and wife Kylyn of Tabor, Iowa; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Nancy Davis and husband Roger of Atlantic, Iowa,


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Elizabeth Goodwater and husband Chuck of Audubon, Iowa; Marlene Rush and Preston Duke of Marshalltown, Iowa; brother, Wayne Rush and wife Barbara of Walnut, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews, Aunt Betty Barnett and Jenny Kimmel both of New Harmony, Ind., many other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the CrawfordMarshall Funeral Chapel in Tabor, Iowa with Pastor Richard Billingsley of the Connection in Glenwood, Iowa officiating. Visitations was with the family from 1:30 p.m. until service time on Saturday. A memorial fund has been established and interment of ashes will be later in the Layton Cemetery at Walnut, Iowa. The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Tabor, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

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Ronald Eugene Ricketts, 72, of Mount Vernon passed away March 21, 2019. He was born June 21, 1946 in Mount Vernon, Ind., to the late Homer and Emma (Mercer) Ricketts. Ronnie served in the National Guard. He had worked for Frank Moll Motors, Art Hall Motors, Weintraut Motors and K-B Auto. Ronnie was currently working at Bruce Hall Body Shop where he helped out any way he could. He was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Thomas. He is survived by his partner of 43 years, Katrina (Redden) Edwards; daughters, Raena (Zac) EdwardsStutsman, Julie Ricketts and Amber (Vernon) Bontrager; granddaughter, Alexis Anderson; brothers, Jerry Ricketts of Florida, Marvin Ricketts of California, Wayne Ricketts and Benny Ricketts both of Evansville; sisters, Rita Smith of Evansville, Glenda Bell of Kentucky and Janice Troncoso of Mount Vernon; sev-

eral nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Schneider Funeral Home, 512 Main Street, Mount Vernon, Ind., with Rev. Dallas Robinson officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 until 6 p.m. service time on Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital or the Posey Humane Society. Condolences may be made online at www. schneiderfuneralhome. com.

Ola Maxine Duncan Phillips, 97, of New Harmony, Ind., born January 28, 1922 to Calvin and Lila (Watson) Duncan in Little Dixie, Ky., passed away March 25, 2019 at Premier Healthcare in New Harmony, Ind. Maxine retired from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Historic sites the Workingmen’s Institute in New Harmony. She is survived by her two daughters; Norvola Rae Horned of Springfield, Miss., and Mary Anne Johns of Smyrna, Tenn., a son; David Phillips of New Harmony and a son in law; Paul Schorr of Mount Vernon, Ind., eight grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Phillips, a daughter, Rhonda Schorr, a brother Hughes Duncan and a son in law Gary Horned.


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Madeleine, this is the week that we say goodbye to winter; both oďŹƒcially with the ďŹ rst day of Spring, and mentally. Your family is going on a Spring Break trip, the trees are beginning to show some buds, and birds and animals have changed behaviors. Somehow, they know it is time to build nests and get ready for another summer. I drove up to the house a few days ago and could hear the squirrels barking loudly before I even got out of the car. My regular squirrel buddy was up in a tree, shaking his tail and angerly telling another guy to go away. This is not unusual. Like many birds and animals, they stoutly defend their territory, especially during mating season. I told them they should be ashamed to act like humans. One terrible thing happened, and even though it wasn’t my fault, I felt awful all day. On the way to South Terrace, a couple of birds were so intent on chasing each other that they weren’t paying attention. One of them swooped down and collided with my car. Poor guy; there was

nothing I could do. It won’t be long before it will be turtle moving time. I did my best to keep the squirrels and songbirds fed during these long cold months. I was amazed at the large number of bird species I saw at the feeder. I made sure that they ate well, and the blue jays seemed to become enormous, like big blue chickens. There were several species of woodpeckers, as always. My favorites were the sweet doves, and I had one couple here every day all winter. I have always enjoyed their evening cooing. It was easy to see they were a loving couple. In the years since we moved into this neighborhood, there have been many changes. This is the peaceful setting where we want to live out the later part of our lives. Hopefully we will be able to do that. It is the closest place to where I grew up that I have lived in adulthood. Grandpa does all that he can to keep the property mowed and looking good. Now on to another subject, but it does have a lot to do with warm weather returning. There are a lot of folks who join me in the lifelong diet war. I am way past just wanting to lose a few pounds to look better in summer clothing. Besides gaining over ten pounds in the past months, my body has other issues,


Lynn Walling avid Purdue and NASCAR Fan. Lynn was a supporter of all of his grandchildren’s actvities which included sports, music and dance competitions. Surviving are his children Ryan M. (LaVonne) Walling of Decatur, Ill., Barbara L. LaDage of Delphi, grandchildren Shaun (wife Molly), Rachel and Jessica Walling and Olivia LaDage. Also surviving are his siblings Stephen E. (Charlotte) Walling of Evansville, John R. (Joyce) Walling of Denver, Colo., and Charlotte A. (Eric) Gerst of Evansville. Lynn was preceded in death by a granddaughter Samantha LaDage. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday

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Cliord Briggs Cliord Carroll Briggs, 96, of Newburgh and formerly of Mount Vernon, Ind., passed away March 19, 2019 at Primrose Memory Care. He was born September 24, 1922 in Browns, Ill., to the late Otis and Ethel (Fieber) Briggs. Cliord was a graduate of Albion High School. He had been a medic in the U.S. Army. Cliord was an independent oil producer and was owner of farming operations. He had been on the Board of Directors for Peoples Bank and Trust for many years. Cliord was a member of the Western Hills Country Club, Elks and the American Legion. In 2007, he received Inaugural Recognition in the Indiana Oil and Gas Association Hall of Fame. Cliord enjoyed ďŹ shing, golďŹ ng, gardening and

traveling. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorcas Vance and Geneva Shepherd; and brother, Kenneth Briggs. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Kathleen (Wood) Briggs; daughter, Nancy (Ken) Johnson; son, David (Phyliss) Briggs; grandchildren, Scott (Julie) Zenthofer, Jerey (Jolene) Zenthofer, Ericson (Kara) Briggs and Jenna (Kevin) Schuchard; great-grandchildren, Cole and Kaitlyn Zenthofer, Lincoln and Everly Briggs and Lane Schuchard; several step-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, 601 Main Street, Mount Vernon, Ind., with Rev. David Stevens ofďŹ ciating and burial to follow

by his parents; brother Wayne Conrey; and sisters Mary Lou Phillips and Mildred “Teenie� Wilson. Norman is survived by his wife, Barbara Houchins Conrey; sons Michael (Gail) Conrey of Olney, Ill., Patrick (Tammy) Conrey of New Harmony, Ind.; daughters Laura (Nick) Bohler of Poseyville, Ind., and Amy Conrad Andreas of East Glacier Park, Mont.; sisters Hildred Niemeier of Mount Vernon, Ind., and Wilma Moore of Carmi, Ill.; grandchildren Liam Conrey Bohler and Maya Helen Andreas. Holder’s Funeral Home is honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Conrey. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March

and excess weight adds progress and knowledge to the problems. I know might be a good thing. No that almost everyone who money involved or signknows me is way past ing up for anything. wanting to hear me comWe all need not be doplain about both needing ing the same thing; just to rid myself of at least committing to trying to do twenty pounds, and my what we can to be more other aches and pains. I healthy and eating better. am sorry but this is my Everyone has a diernormal outlet for dealing ent set of hills to climb. with various problems. Surely there are others I am being totally honwho want and need to est when I tell everyone do this. No judgments; Issabella with daodils that I ďŹ ght to get dressed or anything ugly. I know every day. Combining lingering pain from fall- how I feel and I see others who have resigned ing several weeks ago, with my warped back themselves to being trapped in a body which and little short arms, I feel like a turtle on its limits them in some way. No matter what life back. I fear falling over and not being able to is dealing out, everyone does better when they get up. And, yes, this has happened. I know that are not ďŹ ghting alone. Friends who oer support losing weight would help. As always, I apolo- and understanding are better than pills. gize to everyone who has bigger things to face By the time we have to get our winter clothevery day. For a long time, I have been thinking ing out again and rake leaves, lets feel the satof doing the Keto diet, or at least a version of isfaction of being better. I am hoping this will it. It seems to be the answer for a lot of folks. help others and we can join together to make it However, I don’t do anything very well alone. I happen. Don’t disappoint me or yourself. Call am hoping that some others might want to start a me‌.812-963-3890 or 812-499-6413 or email. diet group. Meeting every week and comparing We can do this.

Birthdays March 26 - Traci Brown, Beth Franklin, Emma Lee Wildeman, Toni Lyke, Scott Straw, Marge Bundy, Jullette O’Dell, Kayce Moore, Camille Owens March 27 - John Allen, Alegra Mandez, Donna Brooks, Paul Wildeman, Susan Reynolds, Autumn Haycraft, Tamara Allison, Autumn Williams March 28 - Damien M. Hess, Taylor Dawn Hess, Marissa A. Slater, Adam Morgan, Grafton Grimm, Sheryl Seibert, Judy A. Morse, Ann Haggerty, Ryder Seymour, James Splittor March 29 - Colin Harrington, Leslie Bright, Richard Alan Overton, John Carroll,

Sr., Jody Roby March 30 - Brittany Middendorf, Russell Junior McIntire, David Alexander Ralph, Richard Garrett, Kathy Schmidt, Doug Hamman, Emily Willis March 31 - Aaron J. Trembczynski, Rodger Wilson, Matt Hines, Linda Biggs, David Childers, Paul Cameron April 1 - Kathy Curtis, Charles Price, David Rice, Ben Slagle, Emily Walsh, Rubert Schmitt If you have a name to be included, please send to: Posey County News, P.O. Box 397, New Harmony, IN 47631, or email: news@

Posey County Council on Aging News Need Transportation Doctors OďŹƒce, Pharmacy, Grocery Store or Dollar Store? Posey County Council on Aging will be available every Tuesday to transport you to these locations. A nominal fee between $3 to $4 dollars for ďŹ rst stop with a $2 fee for additional trips is available, Poseyville residents only. Surrounding area fees vary. Wheel chair trips are available at an additional fee. Please call our oďŹƒce at 812-838-4656 or 800-915-1919 to schedule your transportation. Appointments need to be scheduled by

2 p.m. each Monday prior to appointment. Posey County Council on Aging, Inc., 611 West Eighth Street, Mount Vernon, IN 47620. Updated Trip List: Only trip available is: The Lancaster and Dutch Country, September 30-October 5, $595, double occupancy. Visiting Philadelphia, experiencing the Amish lifestyle, see the action packed musical, “JESUS,� see the Ovation show at the American Music Theater and take a guided tour of Lancaster. We have several signed up for this show so sign up while it is still available.

SUBSCRIBE TODAY AND SAVE! 812-682-3950 in Bellefontaine Cemetery. Visitation was held from 9 until 11 a.m. service time on Friday at the church. Thank you to Primrose Memory Care and SouthernCare Hospice for their comforting care. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church. Condolences may be made online at

Norman Conrey Norman Paul Conrey, 87 of New Harmony, Ind., passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019 at his home. He was born in GriďŹƒn, Ind., on March 29, 1931 to the late Lela (Kern) Conrey and Charles Conrey. Norman graduated from GriďŹƒn High School in 1949. He served in the US Army, 24th Division, in the Korean Conict. After his military service he was employed by Superior Oil Company and Continental Oil Company. In 1970 he started his electrical business, Wabash Valley Electric. Later he was owner and operator of oil leases that major oil companies had left behind after the GriďŹƒn Oil Boom of the 1940’s. He was preceded in death

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Lynn Hugh Walling, 75, of Lafayette, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019 at his home. He was born July 27, 1943 in Evansville to the late Norman and Rhoda (Irwin) Walling. His marriage was to Judy Rowe on December 23, 1965. Lynn graduated in 1961 from Mount Vernon Senior High School and had attended the University of Evansville. He was a veteran of the Army serving from 1962 to 1965. While in the Army, Lynn was stationed in Orleans, France. He was a member of the Honor Guard and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. Lynn worked for Schwab Safe Corp. for 29 years and retired in 2010. He was an


26, 2019 at Holders Funeral Home from 10 until 11 a.m. with Memorial Service at 11 a.m. with Fr. Ed Schnur oďŹƒciating. Private interment will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in GriďŹƒn, Ind. Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Pleasant Cemetery P.O. Box 282 GriďŹƒn, IN 47616.


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Note: Dear Reader: With today’s article, I will start my third year of “News - 100 Years Ago.â€? To my readers, I say thank you for being faithful and encouraging these past two years. My wife, Marsha, and I have experienced a variety of emotions in this work of preservation of the past. For sure, some stories have produced happiness sadness, inspiration, enlightenment, blessings, respect, and have been very informative. To give an example from an article mentioned two weeks ago, the students in the schools were learning about the terrible plight of the Armenians in 1918-19. They took up donations at the schools. How much each school took up was front page news. What was most interesting and encouraging was the little contributions were recorded along with the big ones. As former school teachers, my wife and I were just as touched to see the contributions of the less auent schools and school children as the more auent. The lowest contribution was $4.35. God bless those kids for giving nickels, dimes and quarters for the relief of tens of thousands of Armenians who suered pillage and plunder and who had a shortage of basic things such as food, clothing, and medicine. Loan Workers To Receive Medals - Medals now being made of captured German cannon will be given to the workers in the Victory Loan Campaign (the ďŹ fth) which takes place April 21 to May 10. The names of all workers are being forwarded to Washington, and as soon as the state chairman receive the list and the medals, they will be given to the authorized

National and Local News 100 Years Ago News From The Western Star, March 26, 1919 - Mount Vernon

workers. This announcement, coming from the Treasury Department, will be pleasing to the local Women’s Division. However, we can state that the work of the women in the war eort was as it always has been in the past - purely voluntary without thought of reward. War Draft Deserters And More On The Victory Loan - Mr. Robert Baltzell, State Conscription Executive, has made public ďŹ gures showing that during the seventeen months the United States was in the World War, there were 6,561 draft deserters and delinquents in Indiana. The Victory Loan - The Victory Loan will be the acid test of America’s patriotism of its gratitude toward the men who did our share in making the world a tolerable place to live in. Let the country not lapse into a well-fed, thoughtless indierence about the Victory Loan. We must pay up our debts and continue to fund our Army. The Voice Of The People - President Wilson, before returning to France, expressed his complete conďŹ dence that the American people will stand with him in his labors for a League of Nations. However, there is opposition to his proposals. The question is, does the public want more world wars and public misery or peace? (from an editorial) Changes In Traction Cars - More passenger cars in and out of Mount Vernon were announced by the Evansville and Ohio Valley Railway Co. New cars will leave Mount Vernon at 9:05 and 11:05 a.m. and 1:05 and 3:05 p.m. News Briefs And Personals - A ďŹ re on Friday morning badly damaged the two-story brick home on the farm of Edwin Spencer. The house was occupied by the James Dowell family, who saved but

little of the household goods. Child Painfully Burned - Rubie Reister, age seven, was painfully burned Monday evening at her home on East Third Street, when her dress caught ďŹ re from matches which she was playing. Dr. Emmick reports that her injuries are painful, but not serious unless complications develop. Lent Services - Each Sunday night during the Lenten season, Father Bauer has arranged for a series of lectures which are given at the Saint Matthew’s Hall at 7:30. A Birthday Surprise Party - In honor of the thirtyďŹ fth birthday of Mrs. Bertha Dausman, quite a number of friends gathered at her home Tuesday evening. Mr. Dausman purchased an Edison Phonograph from Mr. Alles for the occasion. Death - A complication of disease following an attack of inuenza caused the death of Mrs. Margaret Frick, age 75. Marriage License - Laslie Simpson and Ida A. Nelson News From Mount Vernon 125 Years Ago, March 29 - Rosenbaums are moving into their new store on Main Street and will be ready to welcome their many customers by Monday night. Posey County Fire Association The members of the P. C. Fire Association met at Upton, Mon., and after receiving the reports of the secretary and treasurer, elected the following oďŹƒcers: Pres. - Thos. Erwin; Vice-Pres. - George Welborn; Treasurer - Lemuel Osborn; Trustees - Louis Uhde, George Alldredge, and David Downen. Marriage Licenses - Andrew F. Dipple and Maggie Brenner; William Murphy and Maggie Wolf; John H. Edwards and Mary Jones. Death - James W. Dunn, age 41, died March 28.

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Baier Spirit Award nominations being sought Applications are now being accepted for the Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award for 2019. The Award, in the amount of $500, is given annually to a high school junior who resides in Posey County and who is involved in community activities in Posey County. The Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award was created in September 2007 in honor of Elizabeth D. Baier’s 25th Anniversary as Executive Director of the United Way of Posey County. Michelle Hudson, member of the committee charged with selecting the Award recipient, said, “The United Way wanted to recognize Elizabeth for her service to the United Way, but we also wanted to honor her for her many years of leadership, community involvement, and volunteer services to Posey County. An award recognizing exemplary volunteerism by young people had been a dream of Elizabeth’s for many years, so the creation of the Youth Spirit Award in her name seemed to be the perfect way to honor her.” Funding for the Award was obtained entirely through private donations. An applicant for the Award must be a Posey County resident but may attend high school in Posey, Gibson, or Vanderburgh Counties or may be home schooled.

Applicants for this year’s Award must currently be in their junior year in high school and a member of the graduating class of 2020. Applicants must have exhibited outstanding leadership, volunteerism, and community involvement. Two or three letters of recommendation must accompany the application. Applications must be typed and must be postmarked no later than April 26, 2019, for consideration; and the Award recipient will be notified no later than June 7, 2019. An organization may nominate a student for the Award and provide supporting letters, but the nominated student must complete the application. The Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award was given for the first time in 2009 and was awarded to Abbigail Mayer, a student at North Posey Senior High School. The 2010 recipient was Johnathan Bradford, a student at Mount Vernon Senior High School, the 2011 recipient was Jillian Koester, a student at North Posey Senior High School., the 2012 recipient was Maggie Maier, a student at Mount Vernon Senior High School, the 2013 recipient was Olivia Goebel, a student at North Posey Senior High School, the 2014 recipient was Hunter Wilson, a student at Mount Ver-

non Senior High School, the 2015 recipient was Travis Koester, a student at North Posey Senior High School, and the 2016 recipient was Isaac Mayer, a student at North Posey Senior High School. In 2017, the Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award was given to two students: Jackson Baldwin, a student at Mount Vernon Senior High School and Lindsey Koester, a student at North Posey Senior High School. The 2018 recipient was Maria Turner, a student at Mount Vernon Senior High School. The Award for 2019 will be presented at the United Way of Posey County Leadership Giving Recognition Dinner in August. Applications for the Award have been mailed to schools, churches, clubs and civic organizations. Any student wishing to apply for the Award can also obtain an application at the office of the United Way of Posey County, 128 West Third Street, Mount Vernon, Indiana, or can obtain an application in electronic format by contacting the United Way office at 812-8383637 or at . The application is also available on the United Way website at

Left: Scott McMurtry grilling up pork chops at the BPOE Elks in Mount Vernon. Money raised from the pork chops or fish sandwiches goes to Relay For Life. Photo by Peg Heckman

Emma Yarber, a Junior at Mount Vernon Senior High School recently spoke to 7th grade English classes about the importance of public speaking and community service. She gave them several suggestions for confidence and ideas for success, and even demonstrated how to speak well with an impromptu persuasive speech. Yarber is dedicated to the platform she has created, “Read it and Speak”. On her Facebook page and website she encourages leadership and literacy for all. Photo submitted


Class Reunions Mount Vernon Class Of “1974” Join us on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 7 - 11 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Elks Lodge. Save the date, more information to follow. Contact numbers are; Cindy Cox Green, 812-449-8169, Janie Rueger Meinschein, 812-483-3578, Paula Ferguson Boarman, 812-985-3383.

4-H’ers of the Month - January

United Way of PC - Helping local people in 2019 Phillip Wells, President of the United Way of Posey County, announced that 18 local agencies that provide services to the people of Posey County will receive funding from the United Way of Posey County this year. Agencies included are: Albion Fellows Bacon Center $14,000; American Red Cross-Posey County $34,600; Big Brothers Big Sisters $12,000; Buffalo Trace Council-BSA $9,450; Catholic Charities $7,200; Children’s Learning Center of Posey County $26,000 (for Day Care Scholarships); Christian Church Day Care Center $28,000 (for Day Care Scholarships); Community Emergency Assistance $22,500; Easterseals Rehabilitation Center $11,340; Easterseals Rehabilitation Center-Posey County $61,200; Family Matters $19,000; Homeless Shelter of Mount Vernon $18,000; Lampion Center $13,500; New Harmony Ministry Association $9,000; Posey County Council on Aging $52,000; The Salvation Army $6,000; Willow Tree of Posey County $12,300; WNIN Radio Reading Program $900. Phillip Wells said that funding to local agencies was in addition to the contributions of

$116,577.18 specifically designated by contributors. There was also a one-time specific gift of $6,000 to Jacob’s Village for security and transportation. The United Way of Posey County also offers Information and Referral Assistance and a discount prescription drug program, runs a local Gifts In Kind program, and funds 2-1-1 for Posey County. 2-1-1 is the easy-to-remember telephone number to call for information on programs and referrals for assistance in Posey County. Wells said, “Through our United Way, we are all helping to make sure that these programs and the services of these agencies to the people of Posey County are there when needed to help ensure a strong community. Thank you to all the people, businesses, and industry of Posey County, whose continued support and generosity make this possible.” For more information about services provided by the United Way of Posey County or volunteer opportunities available, call 812-8383637, email, view the website at, or follow us on Facebook United Way of Posey County-Indiana.

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Curtis Pate was recently selected as one of two January 4-H’ers of the Month by the Posey County 4-H Council. Curtis has been a member of the Savah Rockets 4-H Club for ten years and has completed a variety of 4-H projects during his tenure, including the Junior Leader project wherein he assists with Mini 4-H programming for K-2 youth. He was also a huge help with the 4-H Fall Party last year and the recent 4-H Club Officer Training, leading the Secretary’s small group session. Curtis attends MVHS and is the son of John and Dana Pate of Mount Vernon. Olivia Woods has been selected by the Posey County 4-H Council as the other January 4-H’er of the Month. She is a fifth year member bell@communityfounda- of the Hoosier Boosters 4-H Club and attends NPJHS. Olivia is the current club News Re-

Countrymark scholarship applications sought Special to the News The Posey County Community Foundation is still accepting applications for the CountryMark Technical Trade Scholarship. Up to $4,500 is available and the deadline for applications has been extended to midnight on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. CountryMark Cooperative LLP established the scholarship fund with the Posey County Community Foundation in order to help students pursue advanced education toward a degree in technology or engineering. Applicants must be residents of Posey County, Indiana who are graduating seniors of an accredited high school and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must pursue a two or four year degree in technology or engineering at any accredited college, university, or technical/vocational school in Indiana or be planning to enroll in the Process Operations Technology Program at Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville. Additional details regarding eligibility criteria and the scholarship application are available on the Community Foundation’s website, scholarships/opportunities. For questions, contact John Campbell, Regional Director of Community

Engagement and Impact at 812-838-0288 or jcamp-

Posey County Republican Party Invites you to the 2019 Lincoln Day Dinner

Keynote Speaker –Governor Eric Holcomb Special Guest – Congressman Larry Bucshon Friday Evening, April 5, 2019

Private Reception with Governor beginning at 5:30 pm Social Time at 6:00 pm Buffet Dinner at 6:30 pm

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Olivia Woods porter and volunteers each year to make cards for nursing home residents and sing carols with her fellow club members at Christmastime. Olivia also promoted 4-H in the Autumnfest parade and was the top collector of donations for the Walk of Dreams two years in a row. Olivia is the daughter of Chris and Emily Woods of Wadesville. Both of these Posey County 4-H’ers will be awarded $25 at the 4-H Achievement Banquet in November. To receive this award, a 4-H’er must be nominated by a parent, 4-H Club Leader, or other adult. The Posey County 4-H Council selects two winners every month, from January through September. To find out more information, please contact the Posey County Extension Office by calling 812-838-1331 or emailing


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Hilton and Phyllis Reeves present a check to Don Schneck of American Legion Post 5 Honor Guard to help with the cost of the new transportation van. The donation was in memory of their Dad, Charlie Reeves, a World War II Veteran and a member of the original Post 5 Honor Guard. Pictured in the back row are, l to r: Patty Coe, Clint Willis, Bob Beste, Jim Folz, John Dyke, Gerald Price, Steve Cummings, Phil Handel, Bob Greenwell, and Don Oeth. Photo submitted Conservation Officer Joseph Haywood discussing ATV safety to Marrs Elementary students last Friday. Play for Kate foundation goes into schools all over Indiana to talk ways to protect themselves. Karyn Fisher shops at the new Photo by Peg Gordman’s in Mount Vernon. Photo Heckman by Theresa Bratcher

Community Table - March/April Kim Taviliili took a few moments to check out the new Gordman’s in Mount Vernon last Thursday morning. Photo by Theresa Bratcher

Free meal every Thursday, serving from 5 - 6 p.m. at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, Poseyville. Thursday, March 28 – Stromboli, Chips, Fruit, Dessert Thursday, April 4 – Chicken & Noodles, Relish Sticks, Roll, Applesauce, Brownies Thursday, April 11 - Ham

Slice, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Beans, Easter Cupcakes Thursday, April 18 – Sloppy Joe on bun, Chips, Salad, Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars Thursday, April 25 – Walking Taco, Corn, Fruit, Dessert No preaching. Just good eating. Everyone welcome.

Sermon of the Week: Please read Luke 4:1-13

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Briefly Saint Peter’s UMC schedules Easter Egg Hunt A Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Saint Peter’s United Methodist Church, 2800 Saint Phillips Road, on Saturday, April 20, 2019 starting promptly at 11:30 a.m. Ages 0-12. Bring your own baskets. Easter Egg Hunt, Crafts, Games, Story Time and Lunch for all. Learn the true meaning of Easter. All invited.

Johnson UMC Bible Study to begin April 3 Starting on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m., Johnson United Methodist Church in New Harmony will begin a six week Bible study based on the parable of the Prodigal Son, as told in Luke. The study is called,”The Prodigal God,” by Timothy Keller. Everyone is invited to attend. Johnson UMC is located at 403 Raintree Street, New Harmony, IN 47631. For more information, call the church at 812-6824648 and leave a message.

Ministerial Association announces new Worship Services - Fifth Sunday Rally The Mount Vernon Ministerial Association is hosting a new series of community worship services in 2019. Every month of the year with a fifth Sunday an evening worship service will be held. The services will rotate among local churches. The first Rally is scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at Saint Matthew’s Catholic Church. Refreshments will be served following the service. These Rallies will feature worship following the traditions of the host church, along with special music, and guest preachers. These services are designed to help build Christian unity among our various local denominations. Persons of all Christian denominations and faith traditions are welcome and encouraged to attend these services.

JUMC hosts Geranium and Fern Sale Rev. Sean Esterline Out of all the words in the English language, the conjunction “if” has the ability to be the most influential and to cause the most trouble. These two little letters are responsible for people losing whole periods of life as they agonize over “what if?” “What if I had done this? What if I hadn’t done that? Maybe things would be different.” We don’t know what the future holds, and it’s that uncertainty that can drive a person crazy. And then there’s the conditional nature of this little two-letter word. This is where the word “if” is at its greatest. This is where the word “if” wields the most power, influence, and potential for harm. “If you really love me; if you want to keep your job; if you want to keep this quiet and make sure no one else finds out, then you will do this, that, and the other thing for me.” You’ve probably never given it much thought before today, but like I said: that simple two-letter conjunction is extremely powerful, influential, and has tremendous potential to cause great harm and chaos in our lives. With this in mind it should come as no surprise that as we turn our ears to the Gospel lesson for this morning we hear Satan himself wielding this powerful two-letter conditional sword against Christ Jesus in an attempt to bring some sinful harm and chaos into the already troubled life of Jesus. After forty days of fasting in the middle of the desert wilderness the devil comes to Jesus with three simple propositions. “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread. If you fall down and worship me, all of this earthly authority and glory will be yours. If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from this highest point on the temple and let God’s angels catch you.” Do you notice what the devil is NOT doing here? He’s not coming at Jesus with all the fires and terrors of hell. He’s not forcing and coercing, scaring Jesus into doing something against His will. Rather, the devil is using an almost childish playground approach against Jesus. “If you really are the Son of God, prove it! I dare you! I double-dog dare you! I don’t believe you.” But Jesus didn’t bite. He didn’t give in to that sinful foolishness. He didn’t give in to the temptations aimed at exploiting the most basic human weaknesses; weaknesses like an empty stomach, or selfish feelings of no respect or power or authority, or the weakness of doing whatever you want and then expecting God to cover for you. But that’s just it: Jesus didn’t give in and fall prey to very basic temptations that you and I fall prey to all the time. Our Lord met and countered every temptation with the unerring and all-sufficient Word of God. He didn’t enter into a debate or argument with the devil. He didn’t try to reason with the devil. He simply countered the lies with the Word of God alone. So…it should come as no surprise that this leads us to the logical conclusion that everybody seems to naturally arrive at: If you want to beat the devil when you’re tempted then you just need to do what Jesus did. It makes sense, right? Well…I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but that conclusion is actually wrong. It’s amazing how good “saved by faith alone” Christians can become so foolishly synergistic and methodological in their faith. What do I mean

by that? Basically, people wrongly approach this text as a model for what we need to do in our life as we confront temptations. “What would Jesus do? Simple! The answer is right here. All we need to do is simply copy Jesus and everything will work out just fine. Follow this method; follow the poster-boy Jesus, and you too can triumph over the devil!” Here’s what is so wrong about this approach: If Jesus is the poster-boy example of what you need to do in your own life; if Jesus’ actions against Satan are nothing more than easy-to-follow examples that we must duplicate in our own lives, then why did Jesus have to take on our flesh and suffer and die? If it comes down to nothing more than “do what Jesus did,” then our salvation would no longer be grounded in faith and grace. It would be founded upon the rock of personal willpower and self-righteous works. “Do what Jesus did, and if that’s not working for you, then try harder!” I don’t know about you, but I can confess that if my salvation hinged upon my abilities to be just like Jesus, I would be doomed, no matter how hard I tried! And that’s just it: I can’t be just like Jesus. I can’t do what Jesus did. This is precisely why Jesus came to do what He did—because I can’t do it! And the same goes for each and every person borne of sinful Adam. What we see here in this Gospel lesson is not a method or how-to guide in overcoming temptation and beating the devil. No! What we see here is our perfect and complete substitute taking our place and doing perfectly what we fail at miserably, all so that His perfection could be credited to us for our salvation. I want you to think about that for a moment, because it’s something we often miss. Jesus Christ isn’t just our substitute on the Good Friday cross. He’s our perfect and complete substitute in every way, shape, and form, from His conception to His resurrection. Jesus came to do what He did, not just because we’re unable to work perfection in our lives, but so we will never have to go through what He did. He was forsaken by God so that we’ll never have to experience that hell. He suffered all our sins so that we’ll never have to pay that wretched, unbearable price. All this He did for us because of His great unconditional love for us and His unwavering, perfect love and obedience for His heavenly Father, who willingly and unconditionally gave His only-begotten Son to die for us so that we could have everlasting life and salvation with Him. Now, before we close I do want to bring attention to a point in the Gospel text that is often overlooked. “And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Jesus until an opportune time.” The devil didn’t simply quit after Jesus had bested him that one time in the wilderness. The devil never quits! Evil is not a one-and-done kind thing. Case in point: Satan came right back at Jesus with the very same two-letter temptation three years later when Christ was hanging on His cross. “If you are the Son of God save yourself! Prove it! Come down off your cross!” Talk about a more opportune time! What’s more opportune than being at the very end of your rope, completely forsaken and forgotten by everyone you love, including God Himself?! “Okay…you can overcome the temptations of an empty stomach, bruised

ego, and wrongly putting God to the test, but things are different now! Those were small things compared to your reality right now. This is a matter of unbelievable pain and suffering and torment. This is for all the marbles! If you really are the Son of God put that almighty power to good use and end all of this nonsense. Save yourself, come down off that cross and let these losers get what they deserve.” And that’s just it: If Christ would’ve given in and come down off that cross we would be finished. But that’s not how it worked out. Christ Jesus didn’t give in. “It is finished” was spoken in victory by the Son of God on His cross as the plan of our salvation was fulfilled. The reason I bring this up is because all too often we fall prey to the devil’s temptations when things really heat up in life and get difficult. We can stand firm and resist once, maybe twice, when the temptations are relatively small and easy, but when life really hits the fan its almost as if the rules change for us. We begin to falsely reason that extenuating circumstances call for extenuating measures. “Normally this would be wrong and I wouldn’t do it, but things are different here. This is a matter of life and death! It’ll be okay this time. God will understand.” Believe me: The devil is no dummy! He didn’t stop working on Jesus. He didn’t even bother to use different temptations. He used the same old temptation. He just waited for a more opportune time to strike; a time when that temptation would have more influence and leverage and power. If this was the case with Jesus, what makes you think the devil is going to stop working on you simply because you overcame his temptations once before? And here’s why I lay all this out to you: It doesn’t matter how good or bad life is going; it doesn’t matter how or when the devil tempts you. The answer is always the same: look to and hold fast to your Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Don’t look to Him as a poster-boy model of what you need to do. Nothing makes the devil happier than getting you to foolishly believe that different circumstances call for different measures and that you can actually assist in working your salvation and deliverance. Instead look to and hold fast to your perfect and complete substitute who did it all, perfectly and completely, for you. Hold fast to Son of God and His victorious and eternal proclamation, “It is finished!” In Christ, all of God’s promises of deliverance, life, forgiveness, and salvation are ours. “Resist the devil,” as James says in his epistle, “and he will flee from you.” Resist? Yes! Not with your own reason or strength. Not with your own personal feelings or progressive interpretations of the Scriptures. Not by practicing a prescribed method or format. Resist the devil by simply holding fast to and holding up Christ alone! For it is in Christ alone, our perfect and complete substitute, that the head of the devil has already been crushed, making us no longer enemies of God, but cherished and redeemed children of our Father; our Father who was willing to ransom His one and only Son, making us what we are today— God’s people who know that all our sins are forgiven, in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. -Rev. Sean Esterline, Messiah Lutheran Church, Evansville, IN

Johnson United Methodist Church in New Harmony will be holding their annual Geranium and Fern sale on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. - noon. Geranium color choices are red, salmon, pink, fuchsia, and white. Cost will be $4.75 each. Ferns will be available for $15. Reserve your plants, call the church office by Sunday, March 31, 812-682-4648 or text Rita Reynolds at 812-449-3820, Angela Wiley at 812-457-8581, Lisa Smith at 812-457-4825.

Saint Philip Catholic Church to hold Fish Fry Saint Philip Catholic Church will be having a fish fry Friday, April 12, 2019, from 5 - 7 p.m. Carry outs start at 4:45 p.m.

Community Good Friday service set for April 19 The Mount Vernon Ministerial Association will be holding its yearly Community Good Friday Service, April 19 from 12 to 1 p.m. It will be held this year at First Presbyterian Church at 120 East Sixth Street in Mount Vernon. Mr. Frank Liberti and Mr. Dennis Carr are organizing a Community Choir to assist with the music for this service. Frank and Dennis will be holding two choir rehearsals on Sunday afternoons, April 7 and April 14. Both choir rehearsals will begin at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Please plan to attend at least one of the two rehearsals at your convenience, and both if possible. A final rehearsal will be held at 11 a.m. on Good Friday, prior to the start of the service. We invite all singers from southern Posey County to sing in this community service.

Beyond the Walls Ministry Join us in a Christ centered support group held every Tuesday evening to help with all areas of life. Meal served at 6 p.m., bible study at 7 p.m. Meeting held at the Beyond the Walls Campus, 424 Vine Street, Mount Vernon. For more information contact Pastor Bryan Thompson 812455-3013.

Ladies Support Group We offer a Christ centered ladies only support group. We use a 12 - step program from Anchor Point Foundation. Journey through recovery with Jesus Christ becoming the Godly women you were designed to be. We meet Friday evenings at 6 p.m., at the Beyond the Walls Campus, 424 Vine Street, Mount Vernon. For more information contact Sally Denning 812-483-6692, Heidi Blackburn 812-4839294.

N.A. “Easy Does It” Meetings held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Beyond the Walls Campus located at 424 Vine Street, Mount Vernon. For more information contact Larry Elliot 812-781-9370.

Men’s Bible Study Come join us in a men’s only bible study every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Beyond the Walls Campus, 424 Vine Street, Mount Vernon.


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New Harmony ‘just feels right’ for Mason-Nordgauer Art Gallery When Dan Mason, and his partner, John Nordgauer, decided they wanted to open a contemporary art gallery, it did not take long to realize that New Harmony was the perfect location. Mason, a native of Oakland City, attended USI, worked for Bristol Myers, and after spending 20-plus years with Allstate, he began looking for the environment that would be a good place for their nine-year-old daughter to grow up in. Having visited several times since the 1990s, and then buying a secondary home in New Harmony, it had begun to feel just right. Although they have traveled to many places in the world, this has that feeling of home to return to. After Mason volunteered in several of the community’s events, such as the Arts in Harmony art auction and festival, Mason-Nordgauer Fine Arts Gallery opened in August 2018 and immediately was a popular place with 400 people attending the opening. One of the words which describe the gallery is “inspire.” Mason encourages those who are curious and still learning about art to come in and ask questions. “We work hard to present art from right here in New Harmony and around the world… pieces that you will only find in a major city. In many ways, New Harmony is the cultural hub for the area. That’s why we are here. New Harmony is the perfect town to live, work and play. My promise is that every time you come

into the gallery, you will find something new and interesting,” Mason stated. Including talks by area artists, there are many events throughout the year, which are always free. For example, on April 13 at 7 p.m., the gallery will be presenting a movie night featuring the work of Shepard Fairey, probably the most famous American artist currently. “It’s very important to me to give back to this amazing community,” Mason added. It is a gallery for everyone to enjoy. Besides local sales, items are shipped all over the world. Many of their unique items cannot be found anyplace else in the tri-state area. Like New Harmony itself, the gallery conveys a peaceful feeling of community and progressive ideas. With the summer season on the way, it will be open evenings and become an inviting place to find contemporary art, collectibles, and good conversation. In April, the gallery will also be partnering with Inman’s Picture Framing, a family-owned business from Evansville, and launching picture framing services in New Harmony. Mason-Nordgauer Fine Arts Gallery is located at 510 Main Street in New Harmony and is open Tuesday through Sunday. For more information about the gallery or events, you can check out or contact Dan Mason at or 502-994-1856.

Owner Dan Mason and Gallery Assistant Chelsie Walker of Mason-Nordgauer Fine Arts Gallery in New Harmony, Ind. Photo submitted

Briefly Posey County Retired Educators’ Spring Meeting slated for April 1 The Posey County Educators’ Association will have its spring meeting on April 1, 2019 at Trinity United Church of Christ located at 505 Mulberry Street in Mount Vernon at noon. Lunch will be $10. Program will be presented by Jason Long on the many NEA benefits offered to retired educators. Please contact Ann Scarafia 812-682-3364 or email or Steve Grannan 812-401-6423 or grannanstephen@ Please make your reservation by Wednesday, March 28. Remember to bring cleaning supplies to the meeting. See you in April

Keck Gonnerman to host Sunday Social

Thank you to everyone who came helped with the Posey County Historical Society cookout on March 21. Becky Higgins states, “We don’t know how much money yet was made from food sales but in donations we collected $111.25 along with two memberships turned in. All money raised will go towards purchasing a marker to be placed at Booker T. Washington School. Our next fundraiser for this project, will be on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. We will be touring the Booker T. Washington School itself where there are some very different memories of this school. Thanks again for the support.” Thanks to members, Ray Kessler (second from right), Jane Juncker Saltzman, Jackson Higgins and Becky Higgins for manning the food booth. (It was cold and windy, but had fun.) Special thanks to McKim’s IGA Mount Vernon employees - Brian Williams (middle), Matt Williams, (second from left), Rick Englebright (far left) and Candy Brink (far right), you can tell they’ve done this before. Photo by Theresa Bratcher

EMA offers free weather radios The Posey County Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has received a limited number of All Hazard Weather Alert Radios. The Posey County EMA will be giving these free radios to residents of Posey County that meet the guidelines to receive these radios. We will first issue the radios to resident who have some type of Special Needs or are Elderly or live in a Mobile Home. Also if a resident has received a free radio from the EMA in the past 4 years they will not be eligible for this program unless they meet certain conditions. If you have a need but perhaps do not meet the above conditions, please contact us. For additional information or questions please call the Posey EMA office at 812-838-1333 during 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday – Friday or Email us at

American Legion Auxiliary by Leacca Wilson The American Legion Auxiliary met February 26, 2019 with nine members present. President Linda opened the meeting, Chaplain Melba gave the opening prayer. Members recited the Pledge to the Flag and Preamble. Secretary Leacca read roll call and read minutes from previous meeting. Thank you’s were read from cancer society in memory of Linda Biggs. Posey County Humane Society memory of Bertha Ross, Indiana Veterans Home for William Otto and Claudia Cook, Memory of Joanne Maloney Whitney Wehr Memorial scholarship fund of Posey County Community Foundation.

Motion and second to pay bills. Linda reported membership at 383 - 80 percent. Poppy Days will be May 17 and 18. Any auxiliary member that could spare a couple hours either day would be appreciated. April 14 District Meeting at the Mount Vernon post. Meal at 11:30 a.m., meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Post 5 one hundredth birthday party will be June 5, dinner at 6 p.m., with a dance to follow at 8 p.m. This is for members only. Dues allowance winner Leacca Wilson. Chaplain Melba gave the closing prayer. President Linda closed the meeting, next meeting March 27, at 6 p.m.

Keck Gonnerman will host a Sunday Social on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Doors will open at 3 p.m. with dinner being served at 5 p.m. The meal will consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, and homemade chili and trimmings. Cost is $6 for adults, kids 10 years and under are free. Desserts will be furnished by members. The public is invited to come out and support the Keck Gonnerman Association and bring your family. Door prizes will be handed out. Contact Larry 812-457-8157 or David 812-550-3315 for more information.

April 9 date scheduled for Robinson Township meeting An additional appropriations board meeting for Robinson Township at 10799 SR 66, Wadesville, IN 47638 has been scheduled for Monday, April 8, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Posey County 4-H Talent Show coming soon The annual Posey County Share-the-Fun Talent Contest will be held Friday, April 12, 2019, at North Posey High School’s Auditorium. The event will begin at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend, and admission is free. Local 4-H members will participate in group acts and individual curtain acts, and 4-H trip and scholarship winners for the year will be announced. For more information on this or any other 4-H event, please contact the Purdue Extension-Posey County Office, 812-838-1331 or

Booker T. Washington School tour rescheduled for April 13 The Posey County Historical Society’s tour of Booker T. Washington School in Mount Vernon, which was postponed due to weather in February, has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. Everyone is asked to meet at the school, which is located at the southeast corners of Owen and Third streets. There will be photographs, articles and memorabilia available to see.

Mount Vernon Football Dinner and Auction set Members and coaches of the Mount Vernon High School football team invites the public to the Posey County Community Center on Saturday, April 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event, which will benefit the Mount Vernon football program, will include dinner and drinks including all you can drink beer, wine, and soft drinks. There will be a live auction, a silent auction, and live music. Proceeds go toward purchasing updated football equipment for both Mount Vernon Junior High School and Mount Vernon Senior High School. A live band, Akacia, will play from 8 until 11 p.m. at the Posey County Community Center. For more information, contact Sabrina Loehr at waylon-loehr@yahoo. com. If you have items you want to donate, please contact Erica Thomas at thomasel@

ALS support group offered at Saint Peter’s UMC ALS Support Group at Saint Peter’s United Methodist Church at 2800 Saint Philip Road South, Evansville, IN 47712 meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. March 27 the speaker is Dr. Anna Dauer, Palliative Care Physician at Deaconess Midtown, who will discuss her treatment of patients with ALS. April 24 the speaker is Meghan Bretz, a Phyisical Therapist with Saint Vincent who specializes in neurological disorder patients, who will discuss her treatment of patients with ALS. Free of charge. Snacks offered. Contact Martha Robinson at 317-498-6363 or or

APL News March 27 - Fabric Arts: Create a Magic Pillowcase. at 10 a.m. - Join Monica as she walks you through how to make a magic pillowcase. Supplies needed: scissors, sewing machine. We have a few sewing machines for inhouse use. If you’d like to use one, please call 812-838-3286 and ask to be put on the list for a machine. Registration is required and begins on February 25. March 27 - Dungeons and Dragons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Bring character sheets and dice if you have them, if not, some will be provided. Registration required and begins February 25. For those in grades six to 12. March 28, April 4, 11, 18, and 25 – Adult Drawing and Watercolor Workshops at 10 a.m. – This series is for anyone wishing to learn or perfect skills in drawing or watercolor. No registration needed.. If you need supplies or have questions about these workshops call Stan Campbell at 812838-3286. If you have your own art supplies come on in. March 28, April 4, 11, 18, and 25 - Laughs and Crafts at 3:30 p.m. - Laughs and Crafts Club is an after school program that offers educational and fun activities, including a variety of crafts, literature, games, short movies and snacks. Registration is required, but attendance at all programs is not required.

Registration begins on February 25. To register after March 14, please call the library. Join us for lots of laughs. This program is for kids in kindergarten through the fifth grade. April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 – Spring Baby/Toddler Storytime at 9:30 a.m. – Stories, rhymes, and songs

for children ages birth to 36 months and their caregivers. We will be meeting in the Kid’s Corner. You may register for either the Monday or the Tuesday program. Registration begins on February 25. (Please note: if you register after March 11, you will need to call the library.)

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April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 - Winter Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. This is a program for children ages three to five years that introduces reading in a fun way through stories, crafts, and other activities. Parents/caregivers are not required to attend storytime with their child,

but must remain in the library. You may register for either the Monday or the Tuesday program. Registration begins on February 25 (Please note: if you register after March 11, you will need to call the library.) How to register for a program - You can register well in

advance for any of our library programs by going to our website at https://alexandrianpl. org. Cannot register on-line? Call the library at 812-8383286 or visit in person. Our library staff representative will be ready to assist you and answer your questions. Check out our Facebook page.

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From time to time in this column, I venture my humble opinion about something or other going on in the world around me. Guess what? I’m doin’ it again. If you follow the news at all you most likely know that there is another scandal (say it isn’t so, right?!?) that the “havesâ€? seem to believe is their right, namely, buying their children a spot to the “rightâ€? university or college. Along with the legal ramiďŹ cations of the actions of the perpetrators, this particular issue is wrong on an even more important level. Wrong may not be the correct word. I think the word is sad. How sad that those parents didn’t believe in their children. Didn’t believe that their children were worthy of ďŹ nding their own way in the world. Didn’t believe their children could make good decisions aecting their future selves. As readers of this column well know, I love music. The lyrics of many songs tell a story more eloquently than I could ever imagine, so I share lyrics when I feel they are more appropriate. Country western singer Garth Brooks shares his thoughts about life and the many choices we make in his hit, “The Dance.â€? Although this particular song addresses a romance, I think it quite simply addresses life and relationships of all kinds: “And now I’m glad I didn’t know The way it all would end the way it all would go Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain But I’d have had to miss the danceâ€? And Carrie Underwood sings‌ “Living

might mean taking chances, but they’re worth taking‌and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance‌â€? (And, to be ďŹ led under “Too Much Information,â€? plans for my funeral include both of these songs being played or sung – stay tuned when you attend this event in my life in about ďŹ fty or so years‌) My point is that parents should let their children live their own lives, on their own merit. I don’t mean that children should make all their decisions. We as parents must ďŹ rst keep them safe, then stand beside them as they learn and grow, teaching them right from wrong, good from bad. Our children absolutely need guidance, but they also must be allowed to use their wings, to y, to make their own choices, and to learn that there are always, always, consequences to those choices. I was not the perfect parent. Not even close, as my children would most likely be quick to agree with. (Gotta give them something to complain about when they are adults, right?!) But I made my parenting choices and decisions based on what I knew about a given situation. I desperately wanted, and still want, the best for my children, as do most parents. But I also knew that they were unique individuals who deserved the chance to be what they wanted – and want – to be. And that included making their own mistakes. And there were choices – good and bad – my children (and I) made concerning their postsecondary education. Again, I wanted only the best for them. My choices, however, weren’t always the correct ones. My kids know that as we have talked about those choices. And while dwelling on the “what-ifsâ€? won’t change anything, my children are now amazing individuals, contributing to the improvement of the community and all those others in their

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lives, because of or in spite of our choices. But I always, always believed in my children. Sadly, many parents today seem to be either afraid that their children won’t like them, or they want the kiddoes to leave them alone. Some children are so over-scheduled, every minute of their lives under the control of a parent, that they have no idea how to be alone, how to take care of and be themselves. Technology so rules many of the lives of our children (and, sigh, adults, too‌) that they literally cannot think for themselves. And we’ve all heard of the devastating eects of technology on their emotional lives, but that’s another issue. I remember watching one of my children stomp up the stairs to their bedroom, shouting, “I hate you, I hate you, I hate you,â€? (hate not being a word normally allowed in our home) every step of the way. I had made an, obvious-

ly, unpopular parental decision. I had to curtail my urge to laugh out loud as I responded, “but I still love you.â€? Did I change my mind just to appease said child? Of course not. My job as a parent was to raise a child who didn’t always get their way, that there were boundaries, but who also knew that I loved them, absolutely, irrationally, completely, always‌ The many decisions our children make, and our support of and guidance to those decisions, are but steps in their dance of life. Sometimes they stumble and fall, and we cry as we watch them get back up, knowing that we can’t ďŹ x everything. And we applaud and cheer the steps that carry them further away from us into the rest of their lives. But we must let them dance. Just as our parents let us dance our way into our future. Never stop dancing. Literally, dance for your life. What a joy! And that is all that matters.

World War I to seize power. Given their utter lack of democratic experience, the Bolsheviks (who soon called themselves Communists) repressed their rivals (including democratic socialists) and established a one-party dictatorship. They also created a worldwide body, the Communist International, to compete with the established socialist movement, which they denounced ďŹ ercely for its insistence on democratic norms and civil liberties. In the following decades, the Communists, championing their model of authoritarian socialism, made a terrible mess of it in the new Soviet Union, as well as in most other lands where they seized power or, in Eastern Europe, took command thanks to post-World War II occupation by the Red Army. Establishing brutal dictatorships with stagnating economies, these Communist regimes alienated their populations and drew worldwide opprobrium. In China, to be sure, the economy has boomed in recent decades, but at the cost of supplementing political dictatorship with the heightened economic inequality accompanying corporate-style capitalism. By contrast, the democratic socialists―those denounced and spurned by the Communists―did a remarkably good job of governing their countries. In the advanced in-

dustrial democracies, where they were elected to oďŹƒce on numerous occasions and defeated on others, they fostered greater economic and social equality, substantial economic growth, and political freedom. Their impact was particularly impressive in the Scandinavian nations. For example, abouta quarterof Sweden’s vibrant economy is publicly-owned. In addition, Sweden has free undergraduate college/university tuition, monthly stipends to undergraduate students, free postgraduate education (e.g. medical and law school), free medical care until age 20 and nearly free medical care thereafter, paid sick leave, 480 days of paid leave when a child is born or adopted, and nearly free daycare and preschool programs. Furthermore, Sweden has 70 percent union membership, high wages, four to seven weeks of vacation a year, and an 82-year life expectancy. It can also boast the ninth most competitive economy in the world. Democratic socialism has produced similar results in Norway and Denmark. Of course, democratic socialism might not be what you want. But let’s not pretend that it’s something that it’s not. Dr. Lawrence Wittner, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor of History emeritus at

Guest Column: By Lawrence Wittner What Democratic Socialism Is and Is Not In recent weeks, Donald Trump and other Republicans have begun to tar their Democratic opponents with the “socialistâ€? brush, contending that the adoption of socialist policies will transform the United States into a land of dictatorship and poverty. In fact, though, like many of Trump’s other claims, there’s no reason to believe it. The ideal of socialism goes back deep into human history and, at its core, is based on the notion that wealth should be shared more equitably between the rich and the poor. Numerous major religions have emphasized this point, criticizing greed and preaching the necessity for “all God’s childrenâ€? to share in the world’s abundance. The goal of increased economic equality has also mobilized numerous social movements and rebellions. But how was this sharing of wealth to be achieved? Religious leaders often emphasized charity. Social movements developed communitarian living experiments. Revolutions seized the property of the rich and redistributed it. And governments began to set aside portions of the economy to enhance the welfare of the public, rather than the proďŹ ts of the wealthy few. In the United States, governments created a public sector alongside private enterprise. The American Constitution, drafted by the Founding Fathers, provided for the establishment of a U.S. postal service, which quickly took root in American life. Other public enterprises followed, including publicly-owned and operated lands, roads, bridges, canals, ports, schools, police forces, water departments, ďŹ re departments, mass transit systems, sewers, sanitation services, dams, libraries, parks, hospitals, food and nutrition services, and colleges and universities. Although many of these operated on a local level, others were nationwide in scope and became very substantial enterprises, including Social Security, Medicare, National Public Radio, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. armed forces. In short, over the centuries the United States has developed what is often termed “a mixed economy,â€? as have many other countries.


Nations also found additional ways to socialize (or share) the wealth. These included facilitating the organization of unions and cooperatives, as well as establishing a minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and a progressive tax policy―one with the highest levies on the wealthy and their corporations. Over the course of U.S. history, these policies, sometimes termed “social democracy,â€? have enriched the lives of most Americans and have certainly not led to dictatorship and economic collapse. They are also the kind championed by Bernie Sanders and other democratic socialists. Why, then, does a signiďŹ cant portion of the American population view socialism as a dirty word? One reason is that many (though not all) of the wealthy ďŹ ercely object to sharing their wealth and possess the vast ďŹ nancial resources that enable them to manipulate public opinion and pull American politics rightward. After all, they own the corporate television and radio networks, control most of the major newspapers, dominate the governing boards of major institutions, and can easily aord to launch vast public relations campaigns to support their economic interests. In addition, as the largest source of campaign funding in the United States, the wealthy have disproportionate power in politics. So it’s only natural that their values are over-represented in public opinion and in election results. But there’s another major reason that socialism has acquired a bad name: the policies of Communist governments. In the late 19thand early 20thcenturies, socialist parties were making major gains in economically advanced nations. This included the United States, where the Socialist Party of America, between 1904 and 1920, elected socialists to oďŹƒce in 353 towns and cities, and governed major urban centers such as Milwaukee and Minneapolis. But, in Czarist Russia, an economically backward country suering under a harsh dictatorship, one wing of the small, underground socialist movement, the Bolsheviks, used the chaos and demoralization caused by Russia’s disastrous participation in

Matt Hostettler, State Rep. Applications are now open for the Governor’s STEM Team Local high school students are encouraged to apply for the Governor’s STEM Team, which highlights the work of young Hoosiers in science, technology, engineering and math. Those selected will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Indiana’s College Choice 529 Savings Plan and letter jacket identifying them as a member of the team. This is an exciting opportunity for students to represent our community and showcase their STEM talents. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel

of STEM experts, including teachers, college and university instructors, and sta from the Indiana Department of Education and the State Board of Education. Winners will be announced at a Statehouse ceremony in early May. I encourage all interested students from our community to apply online before March 31. Please share this opportunity with your family and friends, and don’t hesitate to email me at if you have any questions.

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For many years many of America’s universities have gladly accepted contributions from wealthy donors whose children or grandchildren then receive special consideration for admission to those schools. The mock shock of the academic world over the current debacle concerning bribery and fraud in the admission process for colleges such as Yale, Texas, U.S.C., Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest and others rings hollow when the name on a building at a school is the same name as an under qualiďŹ ed admitted freshman. When colleges sell their academic or athletic souls in return for the naming rights to stadiums, gymnasiums, libraries, classroom buildings and even practice ďŹ elds, they have already set the bar at a level where money, not academic or athletic achievement or potential, is the criterion for admission. That does not mean there is anything anti-American about the donors or schools who engage in such practices. After all, there is little in our world that survives without transfusions of money. It is not those under qualiďŹ ed applicants who are let in that is the problem but those the ones let in keep out. No, it is not the generalized practice of giving preference to those the donors promote that should give us pause. Really, how many can there be who can aord to buy their family’s way into the “Eliteâ€? schools? Therefore, what universities should do is simply acknowledge the practice we all know has existed for years and continue to admit these not quite so bright or athletic applicants in spite of their shortcomings. They will probably fail in a year or two anyway. However, after accepting the non-merit applicants, then the colleges should expand the freshM E T B

man classes or the sports teams by the number of legacy kids admitted so that truly qualiďŹ ed students and athletes are not shut out. There is no great danger a genius or Heisman Trophy winner will be displaced by a ne’er-do-well as the true genius or excellent athlete will rise while the ne’er-do-well fades away. Of course, occasionally a legacy kid might later become a CEO or maybe even President, but he or she will most likely be insulated from running things into the ground by his or her advisors who have risen through merit. Gentle Reader, you might sense a certain cynicism in this approach. But I ask you to consider this most recent aront to our academic and athletic sensibilities has so far resulted in fewer than 100 charges and none of those have been against students or universities. Whom are we kidding? America is not going to change from a capitalistic society so why pretend. Let’s publicly fess up to the realities on the ground and deal with them by making sure our freshman classes can accommodate both the few non-merit super wealthy applicants and those who truly merit admission. Of course, the universities need to set the sales price for non-merit admission high enough that only truly wealthy families can participate. After all, we would not want merely middle class parents to put second mortgages on their homes so their children can attend those colleges willing to participate in this scheme. Such a practice might result in many more Americans getting the opportunity to rub shoulders with the “Eliteâ€?. That would dilute the pool of graduates and make the value of their degrees much the same as those of other schools where degrees are not negotiable. For more Gavel Gamut articles go to or “Likeâ€? us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooks&Knitting. S W


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Mount Vernon City Council OKs April 10 sale of parcels By Lois Mittino Gray Mount Vernon Police Chief Tony Alldredge beamed as he introduced the city’s newest police officer at the March 14, meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Works. Clerk-Treasurer Christi Sitzman administered the Oath of Office to new probationary officer Karlee Eickhoff, who was then congratulated by the board and a dozen members of her circle of family and friends present at City Hall. Her first day of work is Monday, March 18. The board took the final action to wrap up the Blight Elimination Project (BEP) by passing a third resolution, 19-7, listing the last properties available for sale. Over 30 parcels of property will be available for purchase at a sale on April 10 at 9 a.m. at City Hall. Notices will be sent to the newspaper with a full listing of all properties for sale. In addition, 52 letters were sent out to adjacent property owners notifying them of the sale date. Board Member Larry Williams asked if there will be a minimum bid. Attorney Higgins replied there is a set offer price in the listing, based on appraisals and city costs, as required by state guidelines. However, she said the sale price can be negotiable, because they would like to sell as many as possible, “before mowing season arrives.” Kudos were given by Board Member Williams to Building Commissioner Sherry Willis for her hard work on the BEP these past years. “It has been very rewarding to see the impact this program has made on the community,” she replied. Mayor Bill Curtis explained that Commissioner Willis had to do a survey for the BEP in the areas where the homes were torn down as part of the program finale. BEP personnel will do the tabulations, but he feels very strongly that the results will be overwhelmingly positive. This was a very time consuming process involving a lot of work. Willis added it has been a group effort between herself, Attorney Higgins, and Deb Bennett Stearsman with the Economic Development Coalition. Action was taken on another project that will be getting finished up, the East Side Gravity Sewer Project. Attorney Higgins reminded the board that last fall they approved an emergency resolution to accept quotes to complete the abandoned work. The request was based on having an open construction site, with open trenches, after the company doing it backed out. Declar-

ing an emergency allowed them to get two quotes to complete the job, a third declined upon request. Blankenberger Brothers, an original bidder on the project, won the successful quote and their plans have been approved by IDEM and SRF. Andy Sucharitakul, Project Engineer with Lochmueller Group, has no issue with the quote. The board voted to proceed with Blankenberger Brothers on the East Side Gravity Flow Sewer Project, subject to paperwork. It is a “soggy site” now, but work will begin as soon as possible. In other board action: • Police Chief Alldredge reported 233 calls since the last meeting. Fire Chief Wes Dixon reported his department had three fire calls, five accidents, and 28 medical runs, for a total of 36 calls, since the last meeting. • Utilities Superintendent Chuck Gray stated his employees flushed 10,954 feet of sewer main since the last meeting. Due to the heavy rains in the past few days, the sewer plant has run 8.5 million gallons of water through the system. • Street Commissioner Max Dieterle reported that, since the last meeting, they have had $280 in income from special pickups, $300 for sale of millings, and 96 tons hauled to the landfill.

‘Ambulance’ continued from Page A1 • A routine request from Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham was approved to be able to spend $20,000 from the Misdemeanor Account for operations, if necessary. The money is from state funds paid to the county for housing inmates having misdemeanor offenses, but the state requires council approval to spend it. • In Old Business, an ordinance was approved as written setting the Sheriff’s Administrative Assistant position salary at $35,885. This is commensurate with what all administrative assistants are paid in county employ, so the ordinance had to be rewritten to include all. However, the first year, his new assistant Erin Fuelling, will make one thousand dollars less as required by the state. • The January Clerk’s report and minutes were approved from February 12, 2019. • There were no transfers or reimbursements on the docket this month.

His department fixed three sinkholes. “With these rains, we have completely flushed the water system,” he added with a smile. • Board Member Becky Higgins commented she recently finished reading all of the department annual reports. “I realized that what is reported at the meetings is the big stuff. There is so much more that goes on that we are never aware of in your daily activities. I appreciate everything you all do every day.” Mayor Curtis agreed that was very well said, and much deserved. • action on the demolition quote for 500 Mulberry, submitted by Russell’s Excavating and opened at the last meeting, was accepted. The board waited to act on it until Willis returned from a vacation to look it over. Willis stated she is fine with the quote and would like to proceed with the demolition and the landowners have been notified.

‘Carl’s art’ continued from Page A1 of Carl’s work for sale. He will be selling his yard art at the Gibson County Fairgrounds on April 27 as well. “It’s just something to keep myself busy,” Carl insists. “I gotta keep busy.” Carl is busy enough already with his wife, Nancy, two children (a son as well as a daughter), three grandchildren, a lawn service, and ushering at the Ford Center. The junk iron yard art may fulfill a deeper need. “I’m always out in the barn doing something to keep me out of the house,” he comments. “I enjoy it out there.” In repurposing junk, Carl does his part to help us all “enjoy it out there.”

‘New Harmony School’ continued from Page A1 step forward,” Blaylock enthused. “Remember our office door is always open and so are the phone lines.” “Likewise,” replied the new owner. In other council business: • Brian Fribley, representing No Sleep Adventures, told the council about his application for a permit to conduct a twelve hour race on June 8. He said 120150 participants are expected, consisting of 30-35 teams. They will begin by biking in Harmonie State Park, hiking and following GPS points across Indian Mound Farms, and walking in town to the boat launch ramp to canoe back to the park. “They will straggle along at their own rate and come into town in a trickle, so no streets need to be blocked.” With proper insurance papers in hand, the race was approved. • A permit for the Peace Run and Harmony Race was also approved, but an alcohol permit for a beer garden in Murphy Park was denied to the group. Saturday, May 4 will be a 5K race, primarily based in Murphy Park and Sunday, May 5, will be a half marathon race from town to Harmonie State Park and back. The alcohol permit was denied for fear of establishing precedent for other groups and because people living around the park didn’t want it. • During Open Forum, Henry Johnson, a filmmaker from Indianapolis, introduced himself and announced he will be making a film in New Harmony in a window from April 30 to May 13. “We are a small production company and will get with you about proper permission and permits. We are looking for catering places to feed our crew and places to stay,” he said. President Blaylock asked if they planned to close any streets for it. Johnson said no, he planned to use Harmonie State Park and the town’s historical sites. “There may be some walking through town shots. If somebody wants

to be extra, I’ll be around all day to talk,” he remarked. • Donnie Matthews was given permission to install New Harmony Alumni flags on the town light posts in May. Laura Nicholson received permission to hang Farmers Market banners on the town light posts from April 27 until the end of September, excluding the two weeks when the alumni flags are up. “We’ll cooperate and work together,” she assured the council. • A motion was made to reopen Murphy Park to vehicular traffic, since it was closed last winter, to help maintain the road. • The Arts in Harmony festival permit application was approved for June 1 and 2 from 7 a.m. to 6p.m. All the usual street closings were approved. • The bid for street paving using the Community Crossings Grant was awarded to E and B Paving for $ 83,760. All paperwork was in order. • Historic New Harmony was given permission to close the usual streets from April 16-19 for its annual Heritage Days. Permission to park school buses at the former school property was given by the town and Mr. Arneberg. • Rodney Wade’s new $25,000 bid for the properties on South Street was rejected. The town will resolicit bids for sixty days. A potential buyer from Nashville wants to come up and look at the lots. He will pay to have the property lines surveyed. In a letter to the council, Rodney Wade expressed concern that his brother, Roger Wade, a councilman, participated in the vote when the initial offer of $45,000 was rejected at an earlier meeting. He feels it violated conflict of interest laws. Councilman Wade agreed to abstain from votes on the lots. • entered into an annual agreement with the Ribeyre Gymnasium to pay $750 toward rest room cleaning supplies.

• opened two sealed bids on the former police car, a 2011 Dodge Charger. The bid was awarded to Michael MacGregor for $1559.69, as long as he has cash in hand. • Sue Krozel, Parks Board Chairman, made a report on town trees. There are 17 trees ready to be planted this spring along trails. There are 17 more small sycamores that will be ready in the fall. Anyone wishing one may contact her or attend a regular park meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. in the Town Hall. She reminded everyone that permission is necessary from the town to plant a street tree. An arborist is coming to check out the town trees and make a plan “to keep the quintessential canopy that New Harmony is known for,” • Councilman David Flanders reported that he is still working on where to recycle batteries in New Harmony. Battery collection at Chris Pharmacy is no longer available as there is a safety issue with exploding batteries. He said the January-February monthly report of fund balances is now posted online. He also commended Town employee Rebecca Harvey on her use of Facebook to keep citizens informed of activities, including this meeting. • Town Marshal Aaron Straub announced that annual Golf Cart Inspections are scheduled for the last three weekends in April on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. He said to just go to his office back door, behind the Town Hall. • Councilman Roger Wade reported that the golf cart trail around the river is closed with barricades due to high water. • President Blaylock announced Vectren is changing to low energy LED lights in fixtures at the fire station to save energy costs. Motion sensors will be put in to save energy lighting the vehicle bay.

Carl Dick talks with fellow vendor Phyllis Reeves at a recent show. Photo submitted

Major Pharr’s son, Mark A. Pharr, was appointed as Deputy Sheriff. The photograph attached depicts Deputy Pharr taking his oath of position from Posey County Circuit Court Judge Goedde. Photo submitted

Jail Commander Mark Pharr was given the Rank of Major to fit his role as Jail Commander. Pharr has been with the Posey County Jail since 1997 and has served in the capacity as Jail Commander since 2005. Photo submitted

‘Midwest’ continued from Page A1 2014. In an interview with the Posey County News back in March, 2015, President and CEO Michael Chorlton projected groundbreaking would begin that year. January 2018 was the anticipated date for completion of the facility, amidst all kinds of hoopla and excitement for what it would mean for the county’s economic development. Groundbreaking dates were pushed forward several times and then construction progress was in a holding pattern. Wright is hesitant to set a new groundbreaking date for construction or give details as contracts have not been let yet. “We need to freshen up everything and all our estimates, as some time has passed. However, I can give you some ball park figures. Construction cost estimates may range from 2.4 billion to 2.8 billion dollars.” An EPC contract (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) will need to be renegotiated. At least two thousand jobs are estimated for the plant construction and Wright said there “will be a heavy emphasis on using local contractors and craftsmen.” Using Union labor, the construction time frame, and jobs involved are contract negotiation details to be worked out. From 180-200 permanent employees are envisioned for the plant’s daily operation. “These will be good jobs with competitive play and good benefits. We want to go for quality here and we know that if you treat people right, they

will be engaged and take pride in their work and the company,” Chorlton said when the plans were first announced. Land purchasing will start after the financial closing and options are in place to buy, according to Wright. Core sample drilling went fine and will be used by the engineers to help design the building foundations. The plant is going to be built on a 226 acre parcel outside of Mount Vernon at the southeast corner or Sauerkraut Lane and Mackey Ferry Road. He hopes the traffic problem with delivery trucks for construction will be alleviated by the Western Bypass and he has been following progress on the proposed roadway. None of the design or prod-

ucts being made will change. The plant will make and sell three different products. One is fertilizer in small solid 3 mm granules, the other is DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) for use in diesel trucks and urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) in solution for spraying. 99 percent of the products made at the plant will be used locally, with perhaps the remaining one percent possibly going to Canada. The Fatima Group is a leader in the fertilizer industry and has diverse manufacturing businesses in fertilizer, textiles, sugar and energy. Wright addressed concerns about emissions from the plant’s fertilizer producing process. “We will be an eco-friendly plant. We do not create any greenhouse gas

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North Posey basketball doles out special awards By Chris Morlan The North Posey boys’ basketball team had their end of the season awards banquet on Monday, March 18, at the North Posey High School cafeteria. Carriage Inn served meals to the coaches, players, parents and fans at the beginning of the event. After the meal, Viking Head Coach Heath Howington had a few announcements about the basketball season. Coach Howington thanked the coaching staff, families, faculty, students and feeder teams for their support. Freshman Coach Rusty Seymour announced his team and spoke about the season. The Viking Freshman team finished with four wins and eleven losses. Coach Seymour said, “our schedule was tough, and we played half of our games against teams that were Class 3A or higher. I was very proud of this team and they worked hard each day.” The following freshman players awarded a junior varsity letter were Bret Bullington, Clay Douglas, Alec Elpers, Carter Hannah, Dylan Teeter, Jake Will, Brayden Bauer, Dawson Wunderlich and Lucas Bass. Clay Douglas was awarded the teams “Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year”. Carter Hannah was named the teams “Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year”. Junior Varsity Coach Jeremy Schipp spoke about the Vikings 10-12 basketball season. Coach Schipp talked about each player on the Junior Varsity team. The following players on this team were Draike Farrar, Issac Rose, Clay Douglas, Devin Lintzenich, Carter Hannah, Owen Spears, Brandt Elpers, Johnson Koester, Kedrick Wahl and Logan Wunderlich. Coach Schipp presented Logan Wunderlich with the “Most Assists” and “Best Free Throw Percentage” awards. Varsity basketball coach Heath Howington was the final speaker of the evening. Coach Howington said, “we played 13 of our 23 basketball games against Class 3A and 4A schools. Injuries hurt us all season. These kids did not bat an eye and always moved forward. This was one of my favorite teams I have ever coached. The kids worked hard and never talked back.” As a team, the Vikings broke a school record with a season high free throw percentage of 78.5 percent. Coach Howington also praised the team managers for their hard work during the season. Managers Eric Reynolds, Nicholas Stump, Hunter Harvey and Michael Goedde were key contributors to the teams’ success.

On Monday, March 18, 2019, the North Posey Boys Basketball team held their annual awards banquet. Pictured left to right are special award winners Shane Harris, Jonathan Ricketts, Harold Bender, Jacob Newman, Logan Wunderlich, Josiah Ricketts, Camden Bender and Carter Hannah. Photo by Chris Morlan. Awarded varsity letters were Shane Harris, Jacob Newman, Dalton Cox, Josiah Ricketts, Camden Bender, Logan Wunderlich, Cole Koester, Johnson Koester, Kedrick Wahl, Owen Spears, Isaac Rose, Jonathan Ricketts and Harold Bender. Two players were recognized for their achievements and named to the All-Pocket Athletic Conference basketball team. Josiah Ricketts was first team all-conference for the third year in a row, while Jonathan Ricketts made the allconference honorable mention squad. Coach Howington presented awards to Freshman Jonathan Ricketts for “Best Three-Point Percentage” and “Leading Rebounder”. Freshman Harold Bender was given the “Most Assist” award. Shane Harris was presented the ‘Defensive Stopper” award. Jacob Newman received the “Most Charges”

award. Newman led the conference by taking twelve charges for the season. Camden Bender was presented the “Mental Attitude” award. Josiah Ricketts received three trophies. Ricketts was named the “Winner of the Practice Efficiency”, “Best Free Throw Percentage” and “Leading Scorer”awards. Senior Shane Harris was awarded the 2019 Poseyville Kiwanis Boys Basketball Player of the Year. This award is award is given to a senior athlete for outstanding academic, athletic and attitude during the basketball season. Harris also won the David Snyder Memorial Award for the positive way he represented North Posey. Harris will attend the University of Louisville on a baseball scholarship next season. North Posey return a ton of talent for the 2019-2020 basketball season. The Vikings should be one of the better teams in the conference and area next year.

Mount Vernon honors basketball team at banquet By Thomas Butler The Mount Vernon High School Boys basketball team wrapped up their season with a banquet catered by Hawg-N-Sauce on March 19 in the high school cafeteria. Although the season ended with a 2-23 record, there were still successes. “I was really proud with how the guys accepted the challenge of change. They are going to be able to walk out of here successful in life. They fought through the adversities with great character. The seniors came

in every day and worked hard and set a good example for the younger guys. We had guys that battled and played hard and you couldn’t ask for anything better. I am proud of this group. They are great role models,” head coach B.J. Aldridge said. Three awards were given at the banquet. The Highest Free Throw Percentage award went to junior Breckan Austin. The Top Rebounder award went to senior Sam Thomas. The Leading Assists award went to senior Ben Varner.

Three awards were given at the boys basketball banquet. The Highest Free Throw Percentage award went to junior Breckan Austin. The Top Rebounder award went to senior Sam Thomas. The Leading Assists award went to senior Ben Varner.

Arena Weekly sports schedules for March 26 - April 1, 2019 Mount Vernon High School Baseball (Varsity) Tuesday, March 26, at Evansville Central, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at home against Webster County, KY, 11 a.m. (Junior Varsity at 1 p.m.) Softball Saturday, March 30, at Forest Park, 10 a.m. Members of the fifth grade Illions State Championship team from Poseyville are in rront, Elle Johnson, Mallory Luigs, Siri Fullop, and Katelyn Seibert. In back are Coach Kent Johnson, Jazz Ward, Ella Weatherholt, Addie Murphy, Kyleigh Bender, and Coach Erik Bender. MOUNT VERNON




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Viking track teams come up short in cold, windy opener in Ferdinand By Chris Morlan Last Thursday night, the North Posey girls track teams traveled to Ferdinand for their ďŹ rst meet of the season. The Vikings went against conference rival Forest Park Lady Rangers. It was a cold and windy night at the track meet. North Posey had some great

individual performances but came up short on the team total points at the end of the meet. The Lady Vikings lost a close battle to the Lady Rangers by the score of 66-56. The top three places in this event scored points for their teams. In the running events, North Posey won the 4 x

Sports News Harris, Newman are IBCA Academic All-State On Tuesday, March 18, the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association announced their ďŹ rst-team and honorable mention Academic All-State Selections A total of 382 student athletes, 203 boys and 179 girls, were selected to receive honors. North Posey seniors Shane Harris and Jacob Newman were named academic all-state honorable mention. Harris committed to play baseball next season at the University of Louisville. Newman will attend University of Southern Indiana and major in sports management. The IBCA Academic All-State team is a program where academics and athletic ability are both considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average, college board scores and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game. Head coaches from schools across the state may nominate their seniors who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one’s class, an SAT score of 1,100 (on the reading and math sections) or an ACT score of 24.

Lady Vikings lose season opener at Reitz The North Posey girls’ softball team played their ďŹ rst game of the season last Thursday night at Evansville Reitz. This matchup was a rough outing for the Lady Vikings, and they were shutout by the Lady Panthers 8-0. North Posey had four hits and struck out 14 times in the game. Evansville Reitz had two good innings against the Lady Vikings. During the second inning, the Lady Panthers scored three runs and then scored another four runs in the ďŹ fth inning to beat North Posey. Rylee Farr led the Lady Vikings with two hits on three at bats. Haley Lowe and Allison Roy each had a hit in the game. Megan Brenton started on the pitching mound for the Lady Vikings. Brenton pitched four innings, allowed four hits, six runs, three walks and three strikeouts. Paige Patterson pitched the ďŹ nal two innings and allowed no hits, gave up two runs, two walks and struck out one batter.

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800-meter relay with the team of Brooke Coleman, Audrey Hirsch, Emma Goebel and Lauren Zirkelbach in a time of 11:31. Madison Cates won the 100-meter hurdle race in a time of 16.9 seconds. Cates turned around and went back to the starting line without a breather and won the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.45 seconds. Elise O’Risky ďŹ nished third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.90 seconds. Brooke Coleman placed second in the 1600-meter run. North Posey’s 4 x 100-meter relay team of Madison Cates, Elise O’Risky, Lyndsey Gentil and Kennedy Devine won the relay in a time of 56.15 seconds. Lauren Zirkelbach ďŹ nished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:10.20. Kennedy Devine won the 200-meter dash in a time of 28.75 seconds. Brooke Coleman won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:45. In the ďŹ eld events, Freshman Lyndsey Gentil won the high jump by clearing the bar at four feet and eight inches. Lauren Zirkelbach ďŹ nished second in the long jump with the distance of twelve feet and six inches. During the shot put event, Destiney Nottingham placed second with a throw of twenty-four feet and ten inches. Elise O’Risky ďŹ nished third in the shot put with the distance of twentythree feet and ten and a half inches. Kennedy Devine ďŹ nished second in the discus event with a throw of sixtyfour feet and four inches. The Lady Vikings will compete again on Thursday April 4, at Southridge in a tri-

angular meet against the Lady Raiders and Princeton with a start time of 5 p.m. local time. On Saturday, April 6, the Lady Vikings will travel to Princeton for the Princeton Co-Ed showcase that will begin at 9 a.m. The North Posey boys’ track team competed in their ďŹ rst track meet of the season last Thursday night at Forest Park. During the cold and windy night on the track, the Vikings had some great individual performances. The Vikings only had eighteen athletes compete in this meet and only had one person competing in some events. This situation hurt the Vikings when Forest Park had at least three participants in each race or event. Forest Park beat the Vikings 77-55. During the running events, Hunter Harvey won the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 17.58 seconds. Zach Siebert won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.76 seconds. Dawson Wunderlich ďŹ nished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.4 seconds. The 4 x 100-meter relay team of Hunter Harvey, Clayton Lutz, Dawson Wunderlich and Zach Siebert won the race in a time of 47.31 seconds. Austin Danhauer won the 400-meter dash in a time of 56.8 seconds. Kedrick Wahl

placed second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.64 seconds. Wahl was in last place at the ďŹ rst turn on the track during this race. In the ďŹ nal 100-meters, Wahl kicked it in and ďŹ nished the race in second place. Riley Basham placed third in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:42. Zach Siebert won his third race of the day in the 200-meter dash. Siebert ďŹ nished the race in a time of 25.71 seconds. Dawson Wunderlich ďŹ nished second in the 200-meter dash for another outstanding performance in a time of 25.88 seconds. In the ďŹ eld events, Noah Pharr placed third in the shot put with a throw of thirtythree feet and ten inches. Christian Mills ďŹ nished third in the discus throw with the distance of eighty-nine feet and ten inches.

North Posey swept the high jump and long jump events by placing ďŹ rst, second and third in each event. In the high jump, Austin Danhauer won with a jump of six-feet. Clayton Lutz ďŹ nished second with a height of ďŹ ve-feet and four inches. Kedrick Wahl placed third in the high jump with clearing the bar at ďŹ ve-feet and four inches. Hunter Harvey won the long jump with the distance of seventeen feet and six inches. Clayton Lutz placed second with a jump of seventeen feet and Zach Siebert ďŹ nished third with a jump of 16 feet and 7 inches. The Vikings will compete again on Thursday April 4, at Southridge in a triangular meet against the Raiders and Princeton at 5 p.m. On Saturday, April 6, the Vikings will travel to Princeton for the Princeton Co-Ed showcase that will begin at 9 a.m.

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MARCH 26, 2019

Court News Arrests March 13 Mark Forsee - Mount Vernon - Warrant, Nonsupport of a Dependent Child - MVPD Kelley Beagle - Evansville - Driving While Suspended, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I, Possession of Marijuana - NHPD Lacole Mosley - Mount Vernon - Driving While Suspended - MVPD

Stephen Mattingly - Evansville - Criminal Reckless with a Firearm - PCS March 14 Brian Cooper - Evansville - Warrant, Residential Entry, Stalking - PCS March 15 Cory Waters - Mount Vernon - Domestic Battery MVPD Jinny Snelling - Mount

Vernon - Operating While Intoxicated, Breath Test Refusal, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana - ISP March 16 Donald Hurm - Evansville Domestic Battery - PCS Carlton Terah - Marion Ill., - Operating While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana - ISP Logan Ellison - Norris City, Ill., - Operating While Intoxicated, Possession of Parapher-

Legal Ads 2019-50 LETTER OF NOTIFICATION - Delinquent Tax Sale Certificate of Purchase Pursuant to IC 6-1.1-25-4.5 TO: W. Regis Palmer and Llolanda P. Palmer P.O. Box 445 Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 RE: Cause Number: 65C01-1808-TS-386 STATE PARCEL NUMBER: PARCEL NUMBER: MAP NUMBER: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: ACREAGE: LOCATION ADDRESS:

nalia - ISP March 17 Virginia Dyson - Evansville - Driving While Suspended, Dealing in Marijuana - MVPD Eric Richardson - Mount Vernon - Warrant, Operating a Vehicle as an Habitual Violator - PCS Imeri Gzim - Mount Vernon - Criminal Trespass - MVPD Christopher Huckleby Mount Vernon - Invasion of Privacy, Resisting Law Enforcement - PCS Kyle Saum - Mount Vernon - Warrant, Public Intoxication, Public Nudity (petition to revoke) - PCS Daniel Sherretz - Mount Vernon - Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury - PCS

March 19 Jeffrey Cross - Mount Vernon - Warrant, Theft (petition to revoke) - PCS

advised that the son of the tenant punched the maintenance guy in the head - Fourth Street, Mount Vernon

March 20 Calvin Quertermous Mount Vernon - Warrant, Criminal Recklessness - PCS

March 12 12:10 a.m. - Family Fight - Caller advised male subject was trying to fight his son Pearl Street, Mount Vernon 10:42 a.m. - Theft - Has had some storage units broken into. Locks have been cut - Edson Street, Mount Vernon 11:12 a.m. - Theft - Had money stolen out of his bank account - James Drive, Mount Vernon 6:19 p.m. - Domestic Violence - Male and female fighting. Female left in white four-door car - Second Street, Mount Vernon 6:58 p.m - Domestic Violence - Caller advised his mom and dad were getting ready to fight - Saint Francis Street, Poseyville 8:39 p.m. - Theft - Caller advised his children are taking stuff out of his house. Request an officer - Copperline Road, Mount Vernon

Complaints March 11 9:42 a.m. - Family Fight - Caller advised brother is causing problems, verbal and physical - Pearl Street, Mount Vernon 11:25 a.m. - Window Peeping - Caller advised some male subject was in back field and has been staring at her - Adam Street, Mount Vernon 2:29 p.m. - Fight - Caller

2019-60 Notice to Taxpayers of Proposed Additional Appropriations

65-14-06-320-025.000-19 65-14-06-320-025.000-19 008-00790-00 HARBORTOWN LOT 25 .30A 0.300000 6210 CHESHIRE DRIVE MT VERNON, IN 47620

Notice is hereby given the taxpayers of Posey County that the proper legal officers of The Posey County Council will meet at 330 Walnut Street, Mt. Vernon, Indiana on April 9th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. to consider the following additional appropriations in excess of the budget for the current year.

This letter serves as legal notification to any person(s) holding a financial interest in the above-named property. On September 24, 2018, I, Stephen E. Utley Jr. purchased DELINQUENT TAX CERTIFICATE OF PURCHASE # 651800111 in the amount of one hundred sixty-seven dollars and twenty-four cents ($167.24) which was in the name of Palmer, W Regis & Llolanda P (hereinafter called “owner” whether one or more) with the most current address of P.O. Box 445, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620. This certificate was purchased from the TREASURER OF POSEY COUNTY, INDIANA under the supervision of Vicki J. Peerman TREASURER of POSEY COUNTY. I, Stephen E. Utley Jr. am entitled to receive a deed for the tract or item of real property if it is not redeemed before the expiration of the period of redemption. The AUDITOR of POSEY COUNTY, INDIANA, or Stephen E. Utley Jr., or Stephen E. Utley Jr.’s assignee is entitled to reimbursement for additional taxes or special assessments on the tract or item of real property that were paid by these entities subsequent to the tax sale, lien acquisition, or purchase of the certificate of sale, and before redemption, plus interest. Stephen E. Utley Jr. has completed a title search dated October 17, 2018. The title search revealed Palmer, W Regis & Llolanda P as having a financial interest in the above-named property. This letter is to inform you that I shall apply for the tax deed on or before September 24, 2019. At the time of this letter, HARBORTOWN LOT 25 had not been redeemed and is eligible for redemption by anyone in the amount of one hundred sixty-seven dollars and twenty-four cents ($167.24) not including any additional taxes or special assessments on the tract or item of real property that were paid by these entities subsequent to the tax sale, lien acquisition, or purchase of the certificate of sale, and before redemption, plus interest. As the owner Palmer, W Regis & Llolanda P may have a right to any tax sale surplus, if any exists. HARBORTOWN LOT 25 must be redeemed on or before September 24, 2019, pursuant to IC 6-1.1-25-4.5. I, Stephen E. Utley Jr. am entitled to receive reimbursement for costs associated with the purchase of HARBORTOWN LOT 25 not to exceed the limitations pursuant to IC 6-1.125-4.5

Name of Fund Purpose Intended Prosecutor Clerical Assistant Health Board Utilities Rainy Day Other Services Highway Restricted Fund Tires and Tubes Highway Restricted Fund Diesel Fuel Highway Restricted Fund Oil and Lube Highway Restricted Fund Gasoline Highway Restricted Fund Contractual Services Highway Restricted Fund Bituminous Highway Restricted Fund Stone

Amount $30,000.00 $4,000.00 $5,000.00 $25,500.00 $90,000.00 $9,000.00 $25,000.00 $800,000.00 $200,000.00 $450,000.00

Taxpayers appearing at the meeting shall have a right to be heard. The additional appropriations as finally approved will be referred to the Department of Local Government Financing. The Department will make a written determination as to the sufficiency of funds to support the appropriations within (15) days of receipt of a certified copy of the action taken at the above meeting.

March 13 9:32 a.m. - Theft - Advised officers were just at his residence - Lee Drive, Mount Vernon 11:09 a.m. - Violation of Restraining Order - Daughter calling caller, said she filed restraining order against her soon to be ex-husband - Third Street, Mount Vernon 2:46 p.m. - Criminal Mischief - Advised female subject

Sarah Beth Meighen Posey County Auditor Published in the Posey County News on March 26, - hspaxlp

Stephen E. Utley Jr. 6201 Cheshire Drive Mt. Vernon, IN 47620


Published in the Posey County News on March 19, March 26, April 2, 2019 - hspaxlp

TO: W. Regis Palmer and Llolanda P. Palmer P.O. Box 445 Mt. Vernon, IN 47620

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LETTER OF NOTIFICATION - Delinquent Tax Sale Certificate of Purchase Pursuant to IC 6-1.1-25-4.5

2019-61 RE: Cause Number: 65C01-1808-TS-386

ADVERTISEMENT TO BID North Posey High School Document 000100 Field Turf Installation Project No. 2019004.10 Track Resurfacing Project No. 2019004.20

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PROJECT IDENTIFICATION North Posey High School Field Turf Installation And North Posey High School Track Resurfacing

65-14-06-320-024.000-19 65-14-06-320-024.000-19 008-00789-00 HARBORTOWN LOT 24 .36A 0.360000 BOARDWALK DRIVE MT VERNON, IN 47620

This letter serves as legal notification to any person(s) holding a financial interest in the above-named property.

The work is to be constructed according to Plans and Specifications prepared by VPS Architecture, 528 Main Street, Suite 400, Evansville, Indiana 47708 (812) 423-7729. DESCRIPTION OF WORK Notice is hereby given that MSD of North Posey County will receive sealed bid proposals until 1:00 P.M., local time, Wednesday, April 24,2019, and not thereafter, at the Office of the Superintendent, MSD of North Posey County, 101 N. Church Street, Poseyville, IN 47633, for the furnishing of all materials and labor for the North Posey High School Field Turf Installation project and the North Posey High School Track Resurfacing project. Bids will be opened and read publicly at 1:15 P.M. Each project will be bid as a single prime contract. TIME OF COMPLETION: Substantial Completion: July 26, 2019. Construction shall begin as soon as contract is awarded. EXAMINATION AND PROCUREMENT OF DOCUMENTS: The Plans and Specifications may be examined at the following: Office of the Architect VPS Architecture 528 Main Street, Suite 400 Evansville, IN 47708


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Copies of Plans and Specifications may be obtained at Repro Graphix, 14 N.W. 6th Street, Evansville, Indiana 47708, (812) 422-2400, upon depositing the sum of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($ 150.00) for each set. If paying by check, please make checks payable to Repro Graphix, Inc. The deposit will be refunded in full to any prime contract bidder when the Plans and Specifications have been returned to Repro Graphix within ten (10) days after the time set for receiving bids, in good re-usable condition. If Plans and Specifications are returned after this ten (10) day limit, or in an unusable condition, the deposit shall be forfeited to cover the cost of reproduction.

On September 24, 2018, I, Stephen E. Utley Jr. purchased DELINQUENT TAX CERTIFICATE OF PURCHASE # 651800110 in the amount of one hundred seventy dollars and seventy-eight cents ($170.78) which was in the name of Palmer, W Regis & Llolanda P (hereinafter called “owner” whether one or more) with the most current address of P.O. Box 445, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620. This certificate was purchased from the TREASURER OF POSEY COUNTY, INDIANA under the supervision of Vicki J. Peerman TREASURER of POSEY COUNTY. I, Stephen E. Utley Jr. am entitled to receive a deed for the tract or item of real property if it is not redeemed before the expiration of the period of redemption. The AUDITOR of POSEY COUNTY, INDIANA, or Stephen E. Utley Jr., or Stephen E. Utley Jr.’s assignee is entitled to reimbursement for additional taxes or special assessments on the tract or item of real property that were paid by these entities subsequent to the tax sale, lien acquisition, or purchase of the certificate of sale, and before redemption, plus interest. Stephen E. Utley Jr. has completed a title search dated October 17, 2018. The title search revealed Palmer, W Regis & Llolanda P as having a financial interest in the above-named property. This letter is to inform you that I shall apply for the tax deed on or before September 24, 2019. At the time of this letter, HARBORTOWN LOT 24 had not been redeemed and is eligible for redemption by anyone in the amount of one hundred seventy dollars and seventy-eight cents ($170.78) not including any additional taxes or special assessments on the tract or item of real property that were paid by these entities subsequent to the tax sale, lien acquisition, or purchase of the certificate of sale, and before redemption, plus interest. As the owner Palmer, W Regis & Llolanda P may have a right to any tax sale surplus, if any exists. HARBORTOWN LOT 24 must be redeemed on or before September 24, 2019, pursuant to IC 6-1.1-25-4.5. I, Stephen E. Utley Jr. am entitled to receive reimbursement for costs associated with the purchase of HARBORTOWN LOT 24 not to exceed the limitations pursuant to IC 6-1.1-25-4.5. Stephen E. Utley Jr. 6201 Cheshire Drive Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 Published in the Posey County News on March 19, March 26, April 2, 2019 - hspaxlp

2019-59 ORDINANCE NO. 2019 02-19-02

Complete set of bidding documents $150.00/ set Individual Drawing Sheets $15.00/ each Individual Specification Section $10.00/ each


If mailing is required, mailing costs shall be paid for by the bidder. The Bidder shall refer to the Instructions to Bidders, bound in the Project Manuals, for additional bidding procedures and requirements. North Posey High School Field Turf Installation Project No. 2019004.10 Track Resurfacing Project No. 2019004.20

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PRE BID CONFERENCE Pre-Bid Conferences will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at North Posey High School. Conference will start at 2:30 P.M. BID SECURITY Each proposal must be accompanied by a certified check made payable to MSD of North Posey County in an amount equal to not less than five percent (5%) of the base bid or an acceptable bidder’s surety bond made payable to MSD of North Posey County, in a SPECIFIC AMOUNT of not less than five percent (5%) of the base bid, executed by a surety company authorized to do business in the State of Indiana. The certified check or bidder’s bond shall be a guarantee that said bidder will, if the contract is awarded to him, execute within ten (10) days from the acceptance of his proposal a contract for the work bid upon, and furnish acceptable surety bonds as set forth in the specifications. However, if the contractor has not executed the contract within the ten (10) day period or has failed to furnish acceptable surety bonds as indicated, the Owner reserves the right to award the contract to the most responsive and responsible bidder, and the bid security will be forfeited. Bid Forms shall be properly and completely submitted on Contractor’s Bid for Public Bidding Form No. 96 as prescribed by the State Board of Accounts for the State of Indiana, in addition to the Bid Form included in these specifications. No bidder may withdraw his bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for the opening of bids. BIDDER’S QUALIFICATIONS A Financial Statement is a required attachment to Form 96. Check each project’s manual for specific qualifications and forms to include in the bid package. OWNER’S RIGHT TO REJECT BIDS Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any defects or irregularities if deemed to be for the best interest of the Corporation. LAWS AND REGULATIONS Attention of bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to conditions of employment to be observed and the minimum wage rates to be paid under the Contract. All wages on this project shall be not less than the common wage rates as determined by the members of the Common Construction Wage Committee appointed pursuant to I.C. 5-16-7. All bidders must conform with the anti-discrimination provisions of the Indiana law. By order of MSD of North Posey County Published in the Posey County News on March 26, - hspaxlp

WHEREAS, Posey County, Indiana seeks to promote private investment in broadband infrastructure in the unincorporated areas of Posey County, Indiana; and WHEREAS, Posey County, Indiana seeks to be designated as a Broadband Ready Community pursuant to I.C. 5-2828.5. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Commissioners Posey County, Indiana, as follows: SECTION 1. As used in this chapter, “permit means any local permit, license, certificate, approval, registration, or similar form of approval required by policy, administrative rule, regulation, ordinance or resolution with respect to a project. SECTION 2. As used in this chapter, “project” means the construction or deployment of wireline or wireless communications facilities to provide communications services (as defined in 1.C. 8-1-32.5-3) in a unit. SECTION 3. Notwithstanding any other ordinance, policy or practice of Posey County, Indiana, the following shall apply to a project: The Board of Commissioners of Posey County shall: a) Appoint a single point of contact for all matters related to a project b) Establish procedures to allow all forms, applications, and documentation related to a project to be filed or submitted and signed by electronic means; c) Review and approve or reject all applications for a permit related to a project within ten (10) business days after an application is filed or submitted; d) Assure that after an application is approved pursuant to subsection (3) (c), any inspections, including any additional necessary approvals, related to a project will occur in a timely and expeditious manner, SECTION 4. Posey County shall adopt adequate processes and procedures to implement the provisions of Section 3. Processes and procedures established hereunder may not do the following: a) Require an applicant to designate a final contractor to complete a project; b) Impose a fee to review an application or issue a permit for a project; c) Impose a seasonal moratorium on the issuance of permits for a project; d) Discriminate among communications service providers or utilities with respect to any action described in this section or otherwise related to a project, including granting access to public rights-of-way, infrastructure and poles, river and bridge crossings, and any other physical assets owned or controlled by Posey County. SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect after its passage by the Board of Commissioners of Posey County, Indiana, and following publication as provided by 1.C. 5-3-1. First passed by the Board of Commissioners of Posey County this 19th day of February, 2019. Final passage by the Board of Commissioners of Posey County this 5th dav of MARCH 2019. BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF POSEY COUNTY, INDIANA Carl Schmitz, President Randy Thornburg, Vice President Jay Price, Member Attest: Sarah Beth Meighen Posey County Auditor Approved As To Legal Form: Joseph H. Harrison, Jr. Posey County Attorney Published in the Posey County News on March 26, - hspaxlp



Court News Continued just threw a brick through the window of caller’s mom’s house - Second Street, Mount Vernon 3:41 p.m. - Threatening Caller advised he had a male on a motorcycle and threatened to “whoop him” - No Location 8:49 p.m. - Harassment - Caller advised her granddaughter is harassing her, sending her letters - Kennedy Drive, Mount Vernon 9:56 p.m. - Family Fight Caller advised her grandson is acting out and wants him to leave - Pearl Street, Mount Vernon 10:19 p.m. - Domestic Violence - Male and female fight - Boberg Road, Evansville March 14 1:52 p.m. - Theft - Car charger taken. Have a picture of subject’s vehicle and has it on video - Fourth Street, Mount Vernon 3:52 p.m. - Domestic Violence - Male and female fighting - Coronado Drive, Mount Vernon 3:56 p.m. - Domestic Violence - Wants male subject to leave - Kimball Street, Mount Vernon March 15 11:04 a.m. - Family Fight - Caller advised brother placed his hands on him Pearl Street, Mount Vernon 6:52 p.m. - Domestic Violence - Advised niece and her boyfriend are arguing - No location 11:46 p.m. - Domestic Violence - Neighbor came over and advised that her brother kicked her out - Ramsey Court, Evansville March 16 3:58 a.m. - Assault - Request an officer. Advised her baby-daddy assaulted her Sixth Street, Mount Vernon 4:31 p.m. - Threatening - Caller advised someone hacked into his account and they are now threatening him - Main Street, Mount Vernon 5:34 p.m. - Sex Offense - Would like to report a sex crime that happened sometime last week - Country Club, Mount Vernon

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Larry Ronald White, Jr., 56, Evansville and Carol Ann Weems, 54, Evansville Alice Laverne Johnson, 24, Oakland City and William Thomas Stevens, 24, Mount Vernon Henry Bruce Jeffries, 68, Wadesville and Melanie Marie Gulledge, 65, Wadesville Doug Cox, 56, New Harmony and Lischelle Kei Cox, 51, New Harmony Cara Hoskins, 22, Mount Vernon and John Dunn, 25, Louisville, Ky. Madison Renee Schenk, 20, Wadesville and Eugene Alan Schmitt, 35, Poseyville Kaylee Hodge, 25, Salem, Ill., and Blake Finney, 29, Salem, Ill. Kevin Daniel Owen, 26, New Harmony and Amber Dawn Rose, 29, New Harmony Sierra Rains, 23, Mount Vernon and Kathryn Coleman, 28, Mount Vernon Aaron Robert Choate, 26, Mount Vernon and Kayla N. Schoettlin, 22, Mount Vernon Kristina Dell, 35, Mount Vernon and Michael Givens, 37, Mount Vernon Destiny Nicole Mosley, 21, Cynthiana and Collin

Douglas Haley, 23, Cynthiana Deserae Maxine Bichler, 19, Mount Vernon and Caleb Bachtel, 18, Mount Vernon Logan Stephen Butler, 38, Evansville and Brittney Mae Deig, 33, Evansville Christopher Lee Wire, 55, Poseyville and Luwana Ream Ma-E, 53, Poseyville.

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NOTICE OF DETERMINATION Pursuant to Indiana Code $ 6-1.1-20-5, notice is hereby given that the Board of Education of the Metropolitan School District of North Posey County has preliminarily determined to enter into a lease agreement or agreements and issue bonds, in one or more series, to fund the following separate and distinct projects: (i) renovation of and improvements to North Posey High School, including site improvements (the “High School Project”); (ii) renovation of and improvements to North Elementary School, including site improvements (the “North Elementary Project”); and (iii) renovation of and improvements to South Terrace Elementary School, including site improvements (the “South Terrace Project”). The High School Project will cost a maximum of $5,000,000. The North Elementary Project will cost a maximum of $1,300,000. The South Terrace Project will cost a maximum of $1,200,000.


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United States of America, acting through Rural Housing Service, its successors and assigns, United States Department of Agriculture Plaintiff, v. James Wayne Gibson Timothy Paul Mendez Jane Clark Julia Hodges Linda Phillips Ida Skaggs Unknown Heirs, Assigns, Devisees, and Legatees, if any of Susan M. Gibson Defendants.

Dated: March 11, 2019 Amy Will Secretary, Board of Education Metropolitan Sehool District of North Posey County


Published in the Posey County News on March 19, March 26, 2019 - hspaxlp

The State of Indiana to the defendant(s) named above and any other person or persons who may be concerned. You are notified that you have been sued in the Court named above. The nature of the suit against you is: Foreclosure of real estate mortgage on: The North Half (N/2) of Lot Fifty-Nine (59) in Model Enlargement to the City of Mt. Vernon, Posey County, Indiana. Address: 616 Munchoff Street, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 Parcel: 65-2708-220-046.000-018 This summons by publication is specifically directed to the following named defendants whose addresses whereabouts is unknown; Jane Clark, James Wayne Gibson, Julia Hodges, Timothy Paul Mendez, Linda Phillips, Ida Skaggs, Unknown Heirs, Assigns, Devisees, and Legatees, if any of Susan M. Gibson, In addition to the above-named defendants being served by this summons there may be other defendants who have an interest in this lawsuit. If you have a claim for relief against the plaintiff arising from the same transaction of occurrence, you must assert it in your written answer. You must answer the Complaint in writing, by you or your attorney, within thirty (30) days after the third Notice of Suit is published, and if you fail to do so, a judgment will be entered against you for what the plaintiff has demanded.

2019-57 ORDINANCE NO. 2019-02-19-04 AN AMENDMENT TO THE ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING FEES FOR THE POSEY COUNTY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of Posey County, Indiana as the legislative body of Poşey County, is authorized to adopt ordinances relating to the betterment of the public’s health, safety, and general welfare; and WHEREAS, the Posey County Emergency Medical Services Department (“EMS”) has recommended to the Board of Commissioners of Posey County that it amend the current EMC Fee Ordinance to and a fee of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for an ALS Intercept run; and WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of Posey County desires to adopt a fee for an ALS Intercept run. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Commissioners Posey County, Indiana, as follows: SECTION 1. AMENDMENT TO POSEY COUNTY EMS FEES. A. A fee of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) shall be charged for an ALS Intercept run. SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect after its passage by the Board of Commissioners of Posey County, Indiana, and following publication as provided by 1.C. 5-3-1. First passed by the Board of Commissioners of Posey County this 19th day of February, 2019.

Respectfully submitted, Final passage by the Board of Commissioners of Posey County this 5th dav of MARCH 2019. Patricia L. Johnson Patricia L. Johnson (23332-15) Gerner & Kearns Co., L.P.A. Attorney for Plaintiff 7900 Tanners Gate Lane Florence, KY 41042 Phone: 513-241-7722 Fax: 859-292-5300

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF POSEY COUNTY, INDIANA Carl Schmitz, President Randy Thornburg, Vice President Jay Price, Member Attest: Sarah Beth Meighen Posey County Auditor Approved As To Legal Form: Joseph H. Harrison, Jr. Posey County Attorney

ATTEST; Clerk of the Posey Circuit Court Published in the Posey County News on March 19, March 26, April 2, 2019 - hspaxlp

Published in the Posey County News on March 26, - hspaxlp

Marriage Applications



James Matthew Gassman, 53, Mount Vernon and Rhonda Beth Schmitt, 54, Mount Vernon Wesley James Nemitz, 24, Tequesta, Fla., and Jennifer Leigh McBride, 28, Mount Vernon Lisa Renee Baxter-Dodson, 41, Owensboro, Ky., and Jason Roy Tarpley, 41, Mount Vernon Kasie Lynn Dillman, 35, Poseyville and Nicholas Joseph Seibert, 33, Poseyville Nichalous Eugene D’Angelo, 42, Poseyville and Sara Ann Barrow, 33, Wadesville Lacy Stewart, 35, Cynthiana and Zackary Stewart, 35, Cynthiana Mark Alan Stevens, 66, New Harmony and Queen Aquino Concepcion, 40, New Harmony Eric Eugene Buchanan, 39, Mount Vernon and Susan Ilene Miller, 38, Lafayette

ORDINANCE NO. 2019-02-19-01 AMENDMENT TO THE ORDINANCE CONCERNING MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC Be it ordained and enacted by the Board of Commissioners of Posey County, State of Indiana that pursuant to Ordinance No. 1981-5-4, the Ordinance Concerning Motor Vehicles and Traffic, and as the same has been amended from time to time, the Board of Commissioners of Posey County desires a modification for the requirements of travel at the intersection of Frontage Road and Lockwood Road in Robb Township, Posey County, Indiana, 1. Motor vehicles and all other means of travel traveling north on Lockwood Road at the intersection of Frontage Road shall be required to stop at said intersection. 2. A violation of this Ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of not less than One Dollar ($1.00) and no more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00). 3. All Ordinances or parts of Ordinances in conflict herewith are specifically repealed. 4. This Ordinance shall take effect following, publication according to law and after posting of a sign indicating the requirements for travel as set by this Ordinance. First passed by the Board of Commissioners of Posey County this 19th day of February, 2019. Final passage by the Board of Commissioners of Posey County this 5th dav of MARCH 2019. BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF POSEY COUNTY, INDIANA Carl Schmitz, President Randy Thornburg, Vice President Jay Price, Member Attest: Sarah Beth Meighen Posey County Auditor Approved As To Legal Form: Joseph H. Harrison, Jr. Posey County Attorney Published in the Posey County News on March 26, - hspaxlp

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MARCH 26, 2019


Farm Land For Sale

GATE ATTENDANTS, HOUSEKEEPERS, SECURITY OFFICERS & LIFEGUARDS Needed at Harmonie State Park for the upcoming season.


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HELP WANTED! SEVERAL POSITIONS OPEN! We are in need of Retail, Greenhouse, and Part-time Cashier. Also, Skid steer operator and Landscaper with drivers license. Call 812-963-3257 for more information, or apply at:

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For Rent

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Lawnmower Repair Need your mower cleaned, repaired? Get ready for the mowing season.

Must be able to work weekends and flexible hours.

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Your Home Should Be Your Castle! For information contact:

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Big Creek Apartments Now accepting applications for nice one-bedroom apartment. No Pets. $395 monthly + $395 deposit

Rear-tine Tiller and several mowers repaired and ready for sale!

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163 S. Church St., Poseyville

Rummage/Yard/Garage Sales

Brittlebank Pool - Assistant Manager, concession workers, ticket takers, cashiers, pool maintenance, lifeguards and water safety instructors (WSI) and swim coaches.


1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments 3 Bedroom Townhouses • Total Electric • Water Included • Appliances Furnished • Laundry Facility on Site • Rent Based on Income • Immediate Occupancy with Approved Application

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MV-Black Township Parks & Rec is now accepting applications for Summer Positions.

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St. Matthew Spring Rummage Sale 401 Mulberry Street, Mt. Vernon, IN

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The solution to last week’s puzzles:

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Happier, Healthier, Independent Longer Mary Williams and Margie Mobley, both of New Haven, Ill., enjoyed their shopping spree at Gordman’s, located in Southwind Shopping Center in Mount Vernon, during the Grand Opening held Thursday, March 21, 2019. Photo by Theresa Bratcher

Madi Covert, age four and daughter of Christy Nelson, helped sell baked goods last Saturday at the Lions Pancake Breakfast held at the Legion in Mount Vernon. Photo by Peg Heckman

Charles Ford Retirement Communities. A safe place for mom and dad that provides them with the care and compaionship they need + chef prepared meals and group outings exploring historic New Harmony and beyond!

Second grader, Elizabeth Flores, and ďŹ rst grader, Warren Bredemeier were winners in the recent Evansville Philharmonic Color of Symphony Art Contest. Students had to listen to two selected music pieces and then create an artwork on their interpretation. Photo by Peg Heckman

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