WGH reports on October finances

The Wilbarger General Hospital directors received the financial report for October. The fiscal year’s first month of financials were a mixed bag – but ultimately the hospital finished the month with a positive bottom line of $23,000, according to Barbara Brooks, interim Chief Financial Officer. Brooks told the directors that October statistics were below budget…

Are local elections secure? County contracts to find out

The Wilbarger County Commissioners okayed having a security firm review the county’s election process. The action came in Monday’s commission meeting. County Clerk Jana Kennon told the commission that there is $24 million in grant money available to Texas counties for purchasing new voting machinery. But the only way to qualify for the grant is…

VISD trustees approve audit report, appoint new trustee

Vernon school trustees unanimously approved the district’s 2017-2018 audit report during a monthly business meeting Monday. The audit report was presented by Doug Pharis of Vernon accounting firm Moore, Truelove, Pharis, Meyers & Marsh CPA’s PLLC. Pharis reported that the audit report received a “good, clean” opinion with the district’s books in good shape and…

Governor Abbott Proclaims Day Of Mourning: State offices closed Wednesday

Governor Greg Abbott today proclaimed December 5, 2018, as an official Day of Mourning in Texas in honor of former President George H.W. Bush. Under this proclamation, the people of Texas are encouraged to gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings,…

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.