Moer recognized by state legislature for stopping kidnapper in Wilbarger Co.

Last week, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Corporal Joshua Moer was honored by members of the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives for being named the IACP/Motorola Solutions 2018 Trooper of the Year. Cpl. Moer was selected for Trooper of the Year following his heroic actions in saving the life of a young…

74th Santa Rosa Roundup winds up with great action in rodeo arena

The 74th annual Santa Rosa Roundup concluded its four-night run Saturday at the Santa Rosa Arena south of Vernon. Vernon’s Caine Riddle of Vernon riding Tic Tac put up an impressive score of 75 in bareback competition on Saturday, the final night of competition. That left him in the money with a fourth place overall…

Northside ISD employs 2 new teachers

Northside school trustees approved the employment of two new faculty members for the 2019-2020 school year and accepted the retirements of two others during a monthly business meeting Tuesday, May 14. RaeLyn Kitchens was hired as a secondary science teacher while Jarrod Ford was approved for employment as a secondary language arts teacher. Trustees also…

Wet month obliterates drought

April showers were abundant across the area, and they helped put an end to a drought that had been developing across northwest Texas through the first three months of 2019. Vernon reported 6.22 inches of rain fell during the month of April. That appears to fall just shy of breaking the record for the month.…

April construction activity totals $137,230

A $16,200 heating/air conditioning installation led construction activity here during the month of April when 27 construction permits with a total value of $137,230 were issued by the City of Vernon. That figure brings the year-to-date total for construction permits to $792,187 for the first four months of 2019. By comparison, there were $56,242.25 in…

It’s Roundup week

Some 70 entries will make up this year’s Santa Rosa Rodeo parade set to get underway at 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, to kick off the 74th edition of the Santa Rosa Roundup. Leading the Santa Rosa Roundup parade will be Grand Marshal Don Goodrum along with his wife Shirley. Born in Vernon, Goodrum’s family…

136th Doan’s Picnic draws crowd to event

The 136th Doan’s May Picnic was held Saturday, May 4, 2019, on the grounds of the Doan’s Adobe as a large number of pioneer descendants and others gathered beneath the tall trees next to the oldest structure in the county to witness the historic event which was first begun in 1884. Despite a number of…

WGH directors get assistance in improving hospital efficiency, stability

Directors of Wilbarger General Hospital were introduced to Ron Vigus, regional vice president for Quorum Health Resources which is assisting the hospital with reorganization efforts to improve efficiency and financial stability, during a monthly business meeting Tuesday in which they also approved changing the schedule of monthly meetings. Vigus addressed the board about Quorum’s efforts…

Chillicothe ISD voters approve $7.5 million bond issue for new facilities

CHILLICOTHE – Voters in the Chillicothe Independent School District overwhelmingly approved a $7.5 million bond issue to build new facilities at bot the elementary school and high school by a margin of nearly 80 percent during an election Saturday, May 4 in which they also decided on local school board and hospital board seats. The…

Plans set for 136th Doan’s Picnic at historic Adobe

On Saturday, May 4, the 136th Doan’s May Picnic will be celebrated as visitors from near and far gather on the grounds of the historic Doan’s Adobe north of Vernon. Reigning over the festivities will be the 2019 King and Queen, Eli Lynn Wilson and Caylee Olivia Streit and their courts. A highlight of the…