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VISD trustees propose tax rate

August 7, 2022

The Vernon Independent School Board of Trustees have set Aug. 25 for a public meeting to discuss the 2022-2023 Budget and Property Tax Rate. The action was part of a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 1. During discussion on the tax rate, district Chief Financial Officer Clay Montgomery stated that he was recommending a tax…

August 7, 2022

The Vernon City Commission, in a July 26 meeting, approved a request by the Vernon Street Machines for blocking of streets for SLB Cruise weekend activities. Temporary closings of parts of Pease, Cumberland, and Main Streets were approved. Commissioners approved a resolution to create tax abatement for the newly created Zone 3 Tax Reinvestment Zone.…

Gearing up for Summer’s Last Blast

August 5, 2022

The 33rd edition of Summer’s Last Blast, hosted by the Vernon Street Machines and Classics Association, will be back on the streets of Vernon this year as the event takes place Aug. 11, 12, and 13. Jim Gryseels, VSMCA president, said he expects as many if not more participants as in the past years. “We…

The Center seeking assistance

August 5, 2022

The Center at 2300 Pease Street is seeking assistance with a much-needed facelift. The Center is a vital ministry helping women choose life for their babies. It provides options counseling, verification of pregnancies, JOMA classes, and in some cases sonograms (in Wichita Falls) and soon STD/STI testing. The Center is currently in need of a…

City’s water supply is in strong shape

July 29, 2022

The City of Vernon’s water supply is in good shape, even as neighboring communities, such as Quanah, have implemented conservation plans due a dwindling supply. Vernon draws drinking water from a series of 28 wells in the northern part of Wilbarger County and uses a separate series of 10 high-nitrate water wells in Vernon for…

Vernon to be promoted as Bacon City, USA

July 28, 2022

In honor of 100 years of Bacon the Wright Way, the company plans a nationwide promotion with Vernon, Texas to be renamed as Bacon City, USA for the weekend of September 16-17, 2022. “Of course we are not going to change our name from Vernon, that would be impossible,” Vernon City Manager Marty Mangum clarified.…

Wilbarger burn ban is back

July 28, 2022

After a short hiatus to allow for agricultural cleanup and the Fourth of July holiday, the Wilbarger County Commissioners Court reinstated a burn ban for the county. The ban will last for 90 days. The commissioners court met with Wilbarger Emergency Coordinator Cody Alexander on Monday to hear his assessment of the fire danger. Alexander…

Accused trafficker investigated for aggravated sexual assault

July 27, 2022

Vernon Police are involved in a multi-jurisdiction investigation into the activities of a suspected human trafficker. Vernon Police Lt. Mickey Allen said the local authorities were contacted at about 7:21 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 by the Wichita County Sheriff Office. “They had made a traffic stop between Wichita Falls and Henrietta, and a male…

Weekend events planned at Copper Breaks SP

July 27, 2022

A couple of events are planned this weekend at Cooper breaks State Park, located off of Highway 6 between Crowell and Quanah. On Friday, July 29, you can take a night hike with a ranger, at 9 p.m. Reservations are required. Call CBSP Headquarters to sign up to explore the Dark Side of Copper Breaks.…

Oklahoma chase ends in Wilbarger County

July 22, 2022

A high-speed pursuit that began in Altus, Oklahoma and ran through three Oklahoma counties ended in Wilbarger County in Texas Wednesday, July 20. Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy stated that the chase started at around 11:30 p.m. when a patrol officer observed two vehicles racing in the 1400 block of East Broadway in Altus, heading…