Vernon City Commission gives support to Tyson expansion

November 24, 2020

The Vernon City Commission met Tuesday, Nov. 17 — moving the normal monthly meeting up a week due to the fourth Tuesday of November falling during Thanksgiving week. The commission accepted the resignation of Place 2 commissioner Justin Marsh. Marsh was reelected earlier this month; however, he sold his home in the city limits and…

Holiday Meal schedule

November 21, 2020

Requests for the Holiday Spirit Program for Thanksgiving is currently underway and will continue until Nov. 24. Those wishing a meal delivered may call between   8 a.m. and 8 p.m., 940-414-0401 Sharon and Billy Goins, coordinators of the meal, note that the meal will be on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26., but will be by pick…

32nd annual NTSH Forensic Conference underway

November 19, 2020

The 32nd annual Forensic Conference, hosted by North Texas State Hospital, kicked off Tuesday at the Wilbarger Auditorium under unusual conditions. “It is a very unusual time, and unusual circumstances but we are proud to again have this first-rate Forensic Conference in Vernon,” NTSH Superintendent Jim Smith said. Superintendent Smith said that due to coronavirus…

Two 2nd round football playoff games will be played locally

November 19, 2020

Two football playoff games will be played locally on Friday. The Class 3A D II Region I Area features Canadian (10-1) vs Bangs (9-1), at 7 p.m. Friday at Vernon’s Lion Stadium. The Class 1A six-man DII Region I Regional features Follett vs. Anton, at 7 p.m. Friday at Chillicothe

Community Leaders Urge Residents to Stay Safe

November 18, 2020

“Everyone needs to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Dr. Travis Lehman. While many health experts are pointing to pandemic fatigue as the cause behind the recent spike in cases nationwide, local officials are encouraging everyone to stay diligent in their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Mayor…

Time to register for Christmas parade

November 18, 2020

Clubs, groups, organizations, families or individuals wishing to take part in this year’s Lighted Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, are encouraged to register for the event. The parade is sponsored by the Lighted Christmas Parade committee. The theme this year is “All About Christmas.” There is no entry fee. Entries must have some…

Northside moves to online learning until Nov. 30

November 16, 2020

Northside ISD announced Saturday that the district has switched all students to distance/virtual instruction starting this week. Face-to-face instruction in the classroom will not resume until after the Thanksgiving holiday break, on Monday, Nov. 30. A letter to parents of Northside students stated the district was stopping face-to-face instruction due to a number of students…

UPDATE: Sen. Perry town hall cancelled due to covid concerns

November 16, 2020

Sen. Charles Perry’s planned town hall meeting at the Wilbarger Auditorium  on November 19th has been cancelled. This was due to senator’s concern for the spike in covid cases and hospitalization rates. ***********   Sen. Charles Perry is hosting a town hall meeting at the Wilbarger Auditorium in the Forum Room from 1:00 p.m. until…

Semi fire under investigation

November 10, 2020

Traffic was slowed on U.S.287 and one northbound lane closed Monday night. A semi pulling a Mayflower trailer caught fire and was fully engulfed in flames at around 8 p.m. Monday night. The incident occurred on U.S. 287 near CR 93 north of Vernon. Vernon Fire Department personnel were on scene fighting the fire, which…

Friday night ice storm update: 150 still without power, restoration pushed back to Saturday night

October 30, 2020

Restoration of service to customers impacted by the west Texas winter storm is entering its final phases.  As of 4 p.m., the number of customers without power totaled approximately 250 in the Abilene District, as compared to approximately 14,400 at 10:30 Wednesday morning. “The restoration team will continue addressing individual outages until we have restored…