United Fund kicks off 2020 campaign for 8 agencies

Joyce Ashley Vernon Record Wilbarger United Fund held its kickoff at 12 noon, Wednesday, Aug. 7, at The Loft, 1423 Main Street, as the campaign got underway for 2020 to provide needed funding for eight local non-profit agencies in Wilbarger County. United Fund captains and organization representatives were on hand for the event with Mayor…

SLB 2019 roars into history

Joyce Ashley Vernon Record The 30th edition of Summer’s Last Blast rolled through Vernon over the weekend with classic cars and vintage vehicles, car shows, concerts, Extreme bike air show, Burnout, food booths, vendors and lots of spectators on hand as the event concluded Saturday night with the much-anticipated Nostalgic Cruise Over 800 cruisers took…

Vernon season tickets on sale Monday

Ticket sales director, Claudette Owen, has announced that season tickets for the Vernon Lion 2019 Football Season will go on sale, Monday, August 19, 2019. Purchasers will be able to start buying their season tickets starting at 8am in the Vernon ISD Administration Center, 1713 Wilbarger Street. First time purchasers may buy season tickets during…

Texas Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding hunters and anglers that all current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except the year-to-date fishing license) expire the end of August, and new licenses for 2019-20 go on sale Thursday, Aug. 15. Outdoor enthusiasts in Texas purchase more than 2.4 million hunting and fishing licenses annually.…

Understanding the state constitutional election questions

Deputy Secretary of State Joe Esparza last week drew the ballot order for 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that will appear on the November 5 ballot. In order to appear on the ballot, the proposed amendments must be approved by at least two-thirds of the members of both the Texas Senate and the…

City property values up $10,000,000

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The Vernon City Commission held their July meeting Tuesday and dealt with a light agenda, with commissioners Don Aydelott, Pam Gosline and Mayor Doug Jeffrey in attendance. During a budget workshop City Manager Marty Mangum saying he had received the certified property tax roll for properties and minerals in the city.…

Drivers license office to cut back days open

The Texas Department of Public Safety’s driver’s license office hours are changing – at least temporarily. Wilbarger County Judge Greg Tyra confirmed this week that the Vernon DPS drivers license office, located in the basement of the county courthouse, would be open only two days a week beginning in August due to the impending retirement…

Driver license renewal red tape

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The red tape for renewing your driver’s license has gotten a lot thicker. New federal rules are creating hardships for drivers trying to renew their license. A representative with the Texas Department of Public Safety told the Vernon Record that a new rule that took effect in Texas means drivers cannot…

City contemplates grant program for downtown sidewalk repairs

  Daniel Walker Vernon Record The Vernon City Commission continues work putting together a budget. The most recent budget, coming from a budget workshop earlier this month, saw the commissioners trim out a few capital requests but add $25,000 for sidewalk repairs in the Main Street corridor. Property owner Layne Chapman addressed the commission. “I’m…

Vernon College moves to seek tax support from Wichita County

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The Vernon College board of trustees took the first step in seeking property tax support from Wichita County property owners. The trustees voted Monday to send an application to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for approval to pursue a branch campus designation and a branch campus maintenance tax in Wichita…