President George H.W. Bush remembered as ‘gentle soul’ and ‘great man’

A national Day of Mourning has been declared for Wednesday in honor of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday. Federal offices, including the Vernon Post Office will be closed. The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death Monday with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains…

Nov. 22, 1963: Vernon’s ties to a President’s assassination

Fifty-five years ago, on Nov. 22 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas. That’s according to the Warren Commission appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the crime. Several witnesses in the Warren Commission investigation had ties to Vernon due to the fact that Oswald’s mother,…

Vigil remembers fallen VPD officer

A downtown vigil was held on Saturday night, Nov. 17, to mark the 27th anniversary of Vernon Police Sgt. Richard Beck being killed in the line of duty. Beck was shot on Nov. 17, 1991 while responding to a domestic disturbance call. See more photos in the online edition.

Meal, display lighting highlights holiday

Thursday will be a busy day in Vernon as residents celebrate Thanksgiving and will have the opportunity to take part in at least two community events to launch the holiday season. At 12 noon on Thursday, the traditional community Thanksgiving meal will be served in the Empire Room of Wilbarger Auditorium. Preparations have been underway…

City ends required employee deduction

The Vernon City Commission rolled back an employee required contribution for employee health insurance, during a meeting Monday night. City Manager Marty Mangum told the commission that several years ago, during a budget crisis, the city began requiring city employees to contribute $21.50 per pay period toward employee-only health insurance. Mangum said in one year…

VISD moves ahead with allowing guns on campuses

Vernon school trustees unanimously approved actions related to the Defender Program, under which certain faculty or staff members will have authorization to possess firearms while on school premises during a monthly business meeting Monday. See more in the online edition.

Manhunt ends on the Waggoner Ranch

A Vernon man was booked into the Wilbarger County Jail on Friday after he allegedly tried to run over a Vernon Police Officer and then led officers on a chase that ended on the Waggoner Ranch. Shawn Andrew Benson was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant with a motor vehicle, evading arrest with…

Vernon celebrated peace 100 years ago

Vernon was the center of a regional celebration when the report of an Armistice to end the Great War was announced on November 11, 1918. The newspaper reported that citizens from all parts of the county, and as far away as Crowell and Chillicothe descended on Vernon for a celebration. Fearing accidental injury from falling…

Veterans’ Day activities planned

The American Legion and Vernon Kiwanis Club will host a Veterans’ Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at the American Legion. The VFW Post 4747 will hold a flag raising ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, followed by lunch at 12 noon for veterans at the Post home. In addition,…

Star Tree registration on Sunday

Each year, the Vernon Jaycees sponsors a Star Tree to provide gifts for youngsters in Vernon who might not otherwise have a merry Christmas. Parents or a legal guardian can register their youngsters for this program on one day only – Sunday, Nov. 11, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will take place at…