Chase ends in wreck

By Daniel Walker Vernon Record A high speed chase Sunday afternoon ended when the chased vehicle struck another car in an uncontrolled intersection. Vernon police had reportedly attempted to pull over the truck. The truck fled on residential streets. Witnesses said the chased truck was traveling in excess of 70 mph on Yamparika Street at…

Five sentenced in District Court

Several cases involving methamphetamine were adjudicated during recent proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court last week in Wilbarger County. Marcos Villa Ramon, 33, of Vernon, was sentenced to two years in state jail following his plea of guilty to possession of methamphetamine. Brandy Nicole Fraticelli, 35, of Vernon, was placed on mandatory probation for…

Wilbarger County under Flood Watch through Sunday

Vernon is under a National Weather Service issued Flood Watch through Sunday morning. The NWS calls for a 100 percent chance of rain, with accumulations of 1.25 to 2 inches expected. The NWS calls for winter-like temperatures Sunday with wind chils in the 30s and 20s possible. Drought improves Last weekend’s rains put a huge…

O’Rourke raises $38.1M, triples Cruz despite sagging polls

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Beto O’Rourke said Friday that he raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in the last three months, more than tripling the haul of his Republican opponent, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, in a Texas race that’s become one of the country’s hottest — if not its closest. O’Rourke said the funding came…

Social Security checks will grow in 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten. Following a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2019 is the highest in seven…

Girls In Flight Training academy underway at airport

Gift Academy, Inc. is sponsoring its eighth annual GIFT (Girls In Flight Training) Academy at the Wilbarger County Airport this week during which women of all ages receive training to fly a small airplane. There are some 15 women from Texas, Oklahoma and across the nation from as far away as Maine and Florida attending…

Wilbarger unemployment rate at 4.3 percent

Wilbarger County’s unemployment rate was 4.3 percent during the month of August, which represents a decrease from the 4.8 percent reported in August of 2017, according to a report from the Texas Workforce Commission. The TWC report stated that 4,675 people were employed and 209 were unemployed in Wilbarger County during August, 2018 compared to…

Fun Ride raises $1,455 for Relay or Life

Despite the unfavorable weather at the start of the day on Saturday as the Wilbarger County Relay for Life Fun Ride got underway, 27 riders turned out for the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Marilyn Ramirez, Wilbarger County Relay for Life chairman, reported that 24 motorcycles and 27 riders participated in the event, which…

Inmon heading to DC on Honor Flight

On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 former Wilbarger County resident Clint Inmon will participate in the South Plains Honor Flight out of Lubbock as he and other veterans will fly to Washington D.C., to view the War Memorials and meet with several dignitaries. See the online edition for more

Shooting damages houses, vehicle

Vernon Police continue to investigate a reported shooting that damaged two houses and a vehicle on Sunday morning. Officers were called to the 2800 block of Maiden Street at 6:29 a.m. A caller reported hearing gunshots outside a house. A car was hit and two houses. One bullet went into a kitchen,” Police Chief Randy…