Springer holds Vernon town hall

Texas state representative Drew Springer held a town hall on Tuesday at the Wilbarger Auditorium where he discussed the recent legislative session and answered questions from the two dozen or so citizens in attendance. “We’re putting more money into rural Texas. We know we haven’t done a good job of that in the past,” Springer…

As Defense Bill heads to the floor, Thornberry comments on NDAA

Ahead of anticipated floor consideration this week, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following remarks on HR 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020: “Normally the NDAA is a product of bipartisan consensus that allows Congress to execute our most important Constitutional duty. Unfortunately,…

Prisoner gets short-lived freedom after mistaken release

A Wilbarger County man sought by authorities after being mistakenly released from jail is back in custody. He was arrested a few short hours after authorities realized that he had incorrectly been released by a jailer, stated District Attorney Staley Heatly. Christopher Odell McManus was being held in the Wilbarger County Jail for charges stemming…

State approves funding for Wilbarger County Airport

Approximately $1.1 million for Wilbarger County Airport was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission at its June meeting. The funds will be used for planned airport improvements, including lighting improvements. A project bid will be completed this summer. Project costs will be funded through Wilbarger County and TxDOT’s Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and…

City fireworks show planned

The City of Vernon is sponsoring a Independence Day themed event with the Red River Rhythm set for Saturday July 6. It will be held at the Santa Rosa Arena and takes the place of the city’s annual fireworks show, traditionally held at Lion Memorial Stadium. “We will have food trucks, drinks, bounce houses, a…

Lots of activities at Copper Breaks in early July

July will be packed with lots of fun and learning activities for the whole family at Copper Breaks State Park. The park is located off of highway 6, between Crowell and Quanah. Thursday July 4 — 10 a.m. Archery 101 Come join us and learn how to shoot a bow. Archery equipment will be provided…

Increased oil production could mean lower property tax

Daniel Walker Vernon Record Precertified taxable values have been made available to the county’s taxing entities, and they show tax rates could go down. The Wilbarger County Appraisal District sent the preliminary data to each entity on April 29. During June’s Vernon College board of trustees meeting, college president Dr. Dusty Johnston presented an update…

Plumbing crisis averted

Daniel Walker Vernon Record A potential clog in how plumbing is regulated in Texas has been averted, at least temporarily. The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners would have been abolished effective Sept. 1, 2019, after state lawmakers inadvertently forgot to extend the life of the agency that regulates plumbers and plumbing in the state…

WGH celebrates golden jubilee

Daniel Walker Vernon record Hundreds gathered on Tuesday to help Wilbarger General Hospital celebrate 50 years of service to the community. Rev. Irl Holt opened the event with a prayer, giving thanks for the vision of the community to build the hospital and asking divine oversight for the hospital’s future. Hospital CEO Dennis Jack received…

New lighting approved at Wilbarger County Airport

Daniel Walker Vernon Record A divided Wilbarger County Commissioners approved a budget amendment on Monday that will allow new runway lighting to be installed at the airport. The court tied 2 to 2 with County Judge Greg Tyra casting the tiebreaker in favor of the project. Judge Tyra said that the ongoing TxDOT airport renovation…