VHS One-Act Play advances to bi-district

The Vernon High School One-Act Play Company “The Book of Everything” advanced to compete at the bi-district level after winning first place at the district level during the district contest Saturday, March 9 at Wilbarger Auditorium. Brandon Goins, Lillian James and J.C. Freeman were named to the “All-Star Cast” while Eli Goodman and Ezekiel Walker…

Springer’s bill would eliminate signature requirement for WGH board election

State Rep. Drew Springer introduced legislation last week that would change how candidates run for a seat on the board of directors of Wilbarger General Hospital. HB 2888 removes the provision requiring candidates for the Wilbarger Hospital Board to gather 100 signatures before being on the ballot. “Removing this requirement will reduce a barrier for…

Multiple sentences handed out last week in District Court

Two men and one woman were sentenced during proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County this past week in Vernon. Maldonado Justin Lee Maldonado, 38, of Vernon, was sentenced to three years in prison following his plea of guilty to possession of a controlled substance. On October 7, 2017, Maldonado was stopped…

Report released on Vernon bound plane crash

A preliminary report regarding the crash of a single-engine aircraft into the Red River was released last week by the National Transportation Safety Board. Killed in the crash were pilot Richard Lennard and passenger Michael Hollis. The report offers new details but no determination of the cause for the aircraft to plummet into the Red…

Victim ID’d in officer-involved shooting at Quanah

QUANAH – The identity of a man killed in an officer-involved shooting here on Saturday, March 9 was released by authorities on Wednesday. The man was identified as 59-year-old Tommy Wayne Welch. The incident occurred at approximately 9:15 a.m. that morning when a deputy of the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Department responded to an incident involving…

New store downtown will support volunteer efforts at NTSH

A new resale shop will be opening on south Main Street later this spring. And you are invited to help name it. The shop will be operated by the Volunteer Services Council of North Texas State Hospital–Vernon. The proceeds from the shop will go to fund the VSC’s efforts in support NTSH employees and clients…

Talbot’s plans downtown grand opening on Saturday

A grand opening is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Talbot’s Home Showroom Furniture and Flooring, 1432 Main. The business, operated by Billy and Carolyn Talbot, has been located at 1509 Main for many years. The new location, caddy corner from the old location, is in a building that has…

Wine Walk set for Saturday

The Vernon Wine Walk is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the downtown area. The event will be led by local artisans and include free tastings of wine, beer, cheese and chocolates but for an admission fee of $10 per person. The wine and beer tastings will only…

Pilot in fatal plane crash owned local ranch

The Piper Malibu Mirage that went down in the Red River near Shreveport last Thursday morning was recovered late Saturday night. The plane was bound for Wilbarger County Airport. The pilot has been identified as Ricky Lennard, who recently purchased a 1,000-acre ranch in Wilbarger County. The sole passenger was Scott Hollis. Both reportedly died…

VFW sued in connection with 2017 fatal accident

A Quanah resident filed a lawsuit in 46th District Court in Hardeman County last month against the Ray Cox VFW Post 4747 in Vernon and another defendant in connection with a fatal accident that occurred in 2017 in Hardeman County. See more in the online edition