Salvation Army volunteers recognized at reception

Volunteer groups and individuals who participated in the 2018 campaign were honored on Sunday as the Vernon Salvation Army hosted a reception in Wesley Hall of the First United Methodist Church. Nancy Ritchey of the local unit announced that 485 total hours were donated during the 2018 campaign with $23,340.47 collected. She thanked each one…

United Fund tops $85,000

With the addition of $2,152 pledges and donations during the last week, the 2020 Wilbarger County United Fund currently stands at $85, 074.40. United Fund has set a goal for the coming year of $136, 500 in allocations for eight local agencies plus administrative expenses. Allocations are as follows: Boys & Girls Club, $62,000; Camp…

Vernon plans downtown trick-or-treating

Halloween will be celebrated downtown on October 31. The Vernon Main Street advisory board approved the event during Monday’s board meeting. Vernon Main Street/Tourism Director Amanda Lehman presented the event, called Munchkins on Main, to celebrate Halloween on October 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. Lehman said that the event will include downtown businesses handing…

Arrests made in federal narcotics investigation

A 7-month narcotics investigation ended with multiple arrests in Vernon and other locations. The investigation included the Vernon Police Department, Texas DPS Narcotics, 46th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, DEA, Homeland Security, Hardeman County Sheriff’s office and Oklahoma City Police Department. Vernon Police Chief Randy Agan said that on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 8:30 a.m., five…

United Fund kicks off 2020 campaign for 8 agencies

Joyce Ashley Vernon Record Wilbarger United Fund held its kickoff at 12 noon, Wednesday, Aug. 7, at The Loft, 1423 Main Street, as the campaign got underway for 2020 to provide needed funding for eight local non-profit agencies in Wilbarger County. United Fund captains and organization representatives were on hand for the event with Mayor…

SLB 2019 roars into history

Joyce Ashley Vernon Record The 30th edition of Summer’s Last Blast rolled through Vernon over the weekend with classic cars and vintage vehicles, car shows, concerts, Extreme bike air show, Burnout, food booths, vendors and lots of spectators on hand as the event concluded Saturday night with the much-anticipated Nostalgic Cruise Over 800 cruisers took…

Vernon season tickets on sale Monday

Ticket sales director, Claudette Owen, has announced that season tickets for the Vernon Lion 2019 Football Season will go on sale, Monday, August 19, 2019. Purchasers will be able to start buying their season tickets starting at 8am in the Vernon ISD Administration Center, 1713 Wilbarger Street. First time purchasers may buy season tickets during…

Texas Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding hunters and anglers that all current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except the year-to-date fishing license) expire the end of August, and new licenses for 2019-20 go on sale Thursday, Aug. 15. Outdoor enthusiasts in Texas purchase more than 2.4 million hunting and fishing licenses annually.…

Understanding the state constitutional election questions

Deputy Secretary of State Joe Esparza last week drew the ballot order for 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that will appear on the November 5 ballot. In order to appear on the ballot, the proposed amendments must be approved by at least two-thirds of the members of both the Texas Senate and the…

City property values up $10,000,000

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The Vernon City Commission held their July meeting Tuesday and dealt with a light agenda, with commissioners Don Aydelott, Pam Gosline and Mayor Doug Jeffrey in attendance. During a budget workshop City Manager Marty Mangum saying he had received the certified property tax roll for properties and minerals in the city.…