New construction in 2018 neared $2 million

A $200,000 new business led construction activity here during the month of December when $302,290 in building permits were issued. The eight building permits issued during December contributed to total construction activity of $1,924,775 for the City of Vernon during the year 2018, which was well below the $6,684,634 construction total for 2017 but still…

Northside and Chillicothe stock shows set

Northside Northside ISD’s annual stock show is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12. The show will be held at the Wilbarger County Exhibit building in Vernon this year. There will be 45 exhibitors showing 89 projects. The show will have a judge from the Texas Tech Livestock team. Judging of the livestock projects will begin around…

Burglar sentenced to prison

A Vernon man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for burglary of a habitation during proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court in Vernon on Monday. Donnell Deshawn Thomas, 41, of Vernon, pleaded guilty to burglarizing a local residence on July 31, 2017. On that date, the homeowner reported to police that she had…

Perry wants to take lead on updating state facilities

(Editor’s Note: The Vernon Record will presenting weekly updates on issues related to Wilbarger County throughout the current legislative session.) Problem solving. That’s the theme State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, kept coming back to while discussing the upcoming 86th Texas Legislative Session, which began Tuesday. “I’m excited about where we are headed. I really think…

Looking back at the VDR’s big stories of 2018

JANUARY –A 2-year-old girl abducted by a man at a Vernon location on Jan. 4 was found safe by police a few hours later. The suspect, Salvador Bernal, Jr., 26, of Vernon was arrested and charged with felony unlawful carrying of a weapon and felony kidnapping. — Joe Rogers, who had served as Vernon’s mayor…

Lions receive All-State, All-District honors

Vernon Lions senior defensive lineman Marc Rodriguez was named Co-MVP for District 3 Class 4A Division II, it was announced this week. Rodriguez shares the Co-MVP honors with Graham senior Chase Gilmore. Vernon sophomore quarterback B.T. White was named to First-Team Offense along with senior tackle Truman Castleberry, sophomore running back Christian Ochoa and senior…

Parade features 40 entries

There were 40 entries in the 13th annual Christmas on the Western Trail lighted parade, held Saturday night in downtown Vernon. The parade had been delayed one week due to winter weather. That delay helped usher in perfect weather for the holiday festivities downtown all day on Saturday. The first place float went to Wilbarger…

Christmas meal preparations underway

Sharon Goins, coordinator of the Holiday Spirit Meals, says that plans are on track for the annual Christmas meal set to be served in the Empire Room of Wilbarger Auditorium on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. “Everything is pretty well on track. We may be a little down in call-in requests, but I think…

City agrees to give easement to B&G Club

The Vernon City Commission unanimously approved a request, on a motion from Justin Marsh, from the Boys & Girls Club, for a release of easement for a 5,012 square foot tract of land located adjacent to their facility on Yamparika Street. The action came during Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the commission for December. The…

Christmas parade ready to roll, events set on Saturday

Inclement weather last weekend forced a postponement of the Vernon Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas on the Western Trail activities, but all activities and the events will go on this coming Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, according to Bubba Rich, president of the Lighted Christmas Parade Committee. Rich said all activities originally planned are scheduled to…