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Updated: Wilbarger blaze burned 28K acres

May 18, 2022

Final update: On Monday, May 23 at 9 a.m., the Texas A&M Forest Service reported that the “Coconut Fire” in south west Wilbarger County was 100 percent contained after it had burned through 28,448 acres over the previous week. Friday Morning Update: Texas A&M Forest Service updated the status of the brush fire burning across…

Incumbents fall in local elections

May 7, 2022

Wilbarger County voters went to the polls Saturday to elect three Vernon Independent School District trustees and a contested director seat for Wilbarger General Hospital. The incumbent lost in the VISD election. Amanda Lehman defeated incumbent Tom Scott with 559 (65.8%) votes to 290 for Scott in VISD Place 5. The incumbent also lost in…

Early voting ends, election Saturday

May 4, 2022

There were 573 early voters in the current election, with early voting concluding Tuesday, May 3. There were 205 mail in voters. The election includes three contested seats on the  VISD board of trustees, one contested seat on the Wilbarger General Hospital board of directors, and two Texas state constitutional questions. See the Vernon Record…

First Texas Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in a Wild Bird in Wichita County

May 4, 2022

 The National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed this week the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a great horned owl at a rehabilitation facility in Wichita County — the first such confirmed case in a wild bird in Texas. The facility quickly notified the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) after the owl…

Bi-district baseball on Friday, tickets must be purchased online

May 4, 2022

The Vernon Lions bi district playoff game this week is against Brownwood. The game will be at Jacksboro High School’s field at 7 o’clock on Friday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. See the print and online edition for a preview. Tickets will be sold online and not at the gate. Here…

Vernon facing fire emergency Monday night

May 2, 2022

The Vernon Fire Department has dealt with as many as 12 fires today, due to high temperatures, single digit humidity and winds sustained in excess of 20 mph. City Manager Marty Mangum reported at 11 p.m. that five fires were burning in Wilbarger County, including a structure fire at Houston and Wanderer. Fire crews were…

Dangerous fire weather on Monday, thunderstorms later in the week

May 2, 2022

The Vernon Fire Department is working multiple fires, including one at the metal recycler on US 283. VFD has responded to at least six grass fires today. Dangerous fire weather persists with 91 degrees, 8 percent humidity and sustained winds over 20 mph at 8 p.m. The fire danger subsides tomorrow, with a new threat…

Early voting begins Monday

April 24, 2022

Early voting begins next week in the VISD trustee and WGH director elections as well as the state constitutional amendment election. Early voting is at the Wilbarger Auditorium April 25-28 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 2-3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election day set for Saturday May 7 from 7 a.m.…

VISD adjusts end of the year calendar

April 23, 2022

Due to having to close on March 29, 2022, for the City Boil Water Order, Vernon ISD has had to amend the Vernon ISD 2021-2022 school calendar. The district will now have full school days on May 26 and May 27 — they were previously scheduled as half days. May 27 is still the last…

60th Zion BBQ on Friday

April 21, 2022

Zion Lutheran Church in Lockett is hosting a barbecue on Friday, April 22, 2022, beginning at 5 p.m. Live music and over 2700 pounds of meat are the features of the event, as well as over 50 gallons of home-made barbecue sauce. Tickets are $15 per person. You can purchase your tickets at the door…