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Man indicted in burglary, shooting livestock

November 21, 2021

The man accused of a breaking into a home, stealing a gun and shooting livestock this past summer has been indicted by the Wilbarger County Grand Jury. Trenton Ray Wilson was indicted for the Felony-2 offense of Burglary of a Habitation; Felony-3 offense of Criminal Mischief with a Firearm (Death of Livestock); and State Jail…

Friday is last day to request holiday meal

November 18, 2021

Meal requests for the Thanksgiving Holiday Spirit Meal currently total 234 delivered meals, Sharon Goins, coordinator of the program along with her husband, Billy Goins, reported on Tuesday as preparations continue for the annual event. Goins said more delivery requests are expected. “We will receive the lists from Meals on Wheels on Friday, Nov. 19,”…

Community Thanksgiving service set for Sunday

November 18, 2021

The annual Community Thanksgiving service sponsored by the Wilbarger County Ministerial Alliance, will be held at 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Second Baptist Church, 2815 Sand Road. Giving the Thanksgiving message will be Pastor Brooks Kimmey of the First Baptist Church. Pastor Ric Rosalez, Second Baptist Church, will give the opening prayer, and…

Four county incumbents announce re-election bids; filing period opens Nov. 13

November 1, 2021

Four Wilbarger County elected officials announced they will seek re-election to office. County Judge Greg Tyra, County Clerk Jana Kennon, County Commissioner Josh Patterson, and County Commissioner Phillip Graf all announced Monday that they will be seeking re-election. Other positions up for election this year include District Judge (Dan Mike Bird), District Court Clerk (Brenda…

Lady Lions playoff tickets need to be bought in advance

October 30, 2021

Vernon will have its Lady Lions volleyball bi-district playoff game on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 6 p.m. in Graham. Vernon will take on Stephenville. The Honeybees were winners of 4A District 6 with an undefeated district mark and a 28-10 overall record. Tickets will have to be purchased online. Tickets are $4. Tickets can…

NTSH Forensic Conference: Using Art as Therapy

October 30, 2021

North Texas State Hospital’s 33rd annual Forensic Conference kicked of last Monday afternoon, and continued all last week at the Wilbarger Auditorium with around 300 registered attendees. This year, NTSH held a special “Creative Arts as a Therapeutic Intervention” networking event, and learning on Tuesday at the Red River Valley Museum. More than 70 conference…

County judge snatches gun away from courthouse assailant

October 29, 2021

Wilbarger County Judge Greg Tyra was uninjured after a woman pulled a gun and threatened him earlier this week. Lisa Kemp was booked into the Wilbarger County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant following the incident, which occurred Monday afternoon. Judge Tyra said he had left the courthouse to run…

Lots of Halloween fun this weekend

October 29, 2021

Sunday, Oct. 31, is the official day of Halloween but activities in Vernon are not confined to just one day this year as the week preceding the spooky holiday is also filled with a number of activities  with the fun concluding on Halloween with the Munchkins on Main Street Celebration and the Second Baptist Church’s …

Vernon approves joining Opioid Settlement

October 29, 2021

The Vernon City Commission approved participating in the Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council and Settlement Allocation Term Sheet. The action came as part of Tuesday night’s regular meeting for October. City Manager Marty Mangum said that after years of lawsuits, a settlement had been reached in ongoing opioid litigation brought against three pharmaceutical companies. The…

No vaccine requirement for Wilbarger General Hospital staff, yet

October 24, 2021

  Wilbarger General Hospital Chief Executive Officer Tom Siemers told WGH directors that the federal government has required that healthcare workers be vaccinated. However, the Texas governor has an executive order “that we cannot require that.” He said that the federal order has been delayed to December. “Honestly it is going to end up in…