Indictment in Federal two-state drug investigation

The Wilbarger County Grand Jury recently met and returned more than 40 indictments, including one stemming from a federal investigation into a two-state drug ring. Steven Anthony Mitchell was indicted for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Mitchell was arrested on Sept. 19, 2019 in Vernon. On that date five…

Covid spike: City Hall closing to inside traffic (again)

Vernon City Manager Marty Mangum announced early Friday morning that Vernon City Hall will again close to inside business, starting Monday, July 6. All business will be conducted through the office’s drive-thru window. Mangum said this is in response to the rise in coronavirus cases statewide and Gov. Abbott’s recent directives. The latest numbers from…

Fourth of July closings

  The City of Vernon offices and the Wilbarger County Courthouse will both be closed on Friday, July 3 for the Fourth of July weekend. On Saturday, July 4, the Post Office will be closed with no box or home deliveries. Carnegie City-County Library will be closed on Saturday as will the Red River Valley…

Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings…

Fireworks show set Saturday

The City of Vernon’s annual fireworks show for the 4th of July will be held at Lion Stadium and will be held on, Saturday, July 4. The show will be similar to previous year’s, when it was held at the stadium. It is expected t0 include at least 180 artillery shells, 15 3-inch shot racks,…

Mayor denies permission for Summers Last Blast to be held

The mayoral declaration cancelling this year’s Summer’s Last Blast was signed on Tuesday, however, it was not made public until Wednesday afternoon. The order states: WHEREAS, a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been recognized globally as a contagious respiratory virus; and WHEREAS, COVID-19 continues to spread and to pose an increasing, imminent threat of disaster throughout…

Declaration of Independence to be read at Wilbarger Courthouse on Thursday

  Members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association are reading the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the Wilbarger County Courthouse, Thursday, July, 2, 2020, at approximately 3:15 pm as part of the organization’s annual readings. The readings serve as a reminder of the sacrifices of the founders and the importance of the…

House names defense authorization act after Thornberry

WASHINGTON – Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee unanimously voted to name H.R. 6395, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, the ‘William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act.’   Chairman Adam Smith offered this amendment in honor of Congressman Thornberry’s tenure as Chairman of the…

Grand jury returns indictments in counterfeit money cases

The Wilbarger County Grand Jury recently convened and returned indictments against two individuals in counterfeiting cases Alicia Rae Berry was indicted for the felony 3 offense of forgery. The incident allegedly occurred on Dec. 9, 2019 in Vernon. On that date, police received a report that a woman attempted to pass a $100 bill at…

Temporary Pause Of Additional Reopening Phases

  Governor Abbott said that the  State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard…