Livestock entries shown at county stock show

The Wilbarger County Junior Livestock Show got underway Monday morning and concluded Tuesday afternoon at the Wilbarger County Exhibit Building where many livestock entries were judged. Those included goats, sheep, swine, rabbits, chickens and steers. Complete results and champion photos are in the o

City OK with new senior development

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The Vernon City Commission approved a resolution in support of a senior housing development, despite some opposition. The commission also voted down a request to allow domestic partners of city employees to be added to city insurance. The actions were part of a lengthy city commission meeting held Tuesday night. The…

McArthurs named Vernon’s citizens of the year

The Citizen of the Year award was presented to Charles and Mamie McArthur during the 108th annual Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday night, held at Wilbarger Auditorium. Chamber vice president Chris Dunson presented the award. “This award goes out to a group, person or persons that have made a great impact on the community…

Fatality accident reported on on U.S. 183

A fatality accident occurred Monday in Baylor County, between Vernon and Seymour on U.S. 183. Freddie Lee Tinney Jr., a 47-year-old man of Wichita Falls, died at a Seymour hospital according to the Texas DPS. DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing reported that Tinney Jr. was traveling north in a 2000 Jeep Wrangler on Hwy 183 about…

Quanah explosion kills retired Vernon firefighter

A fire and explosion in Quanah on Friday killed a retired Vernon firefighter, according to Hardeman County Sheriff Office and confirmed by Vernon Fire personnel. Hardeman County Sheriff Pat Laughery said they got a call around 11:30 about an explosion that broke out at Isnhower Auto Repair. Crews from Quanah Fire Department, Chillicothe FD, and…

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…