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…

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…