Wilbarger County under Flood Watch through Sunday

Vernon is under a National Weather Service issued Flood Watch through Sunday morning. The NWS calls for a 100 percent chance of rain, with accumulations of 1.25 to 2 inches expected. The NWS calls for winter-like temperatures Sunday with wind chils in the 30s and 20s possible. Drought improves Last weekend’s rains put a huge…

O’Rourke raises $38.1M, triples Cruz despite sagging polls

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Beto O’Rourke said Friday that he raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in the last three months, more than tripling the haul of his Republican opponent, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, in a Texas race that’s become one of the country’s hottest — if not its closest. O’Rourke said the funding came…

Social Security checks will grow in 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten. Following a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2019 is the highest in seven…

Girls In Flight Training academy underway at airport

Gift Academy, Inc. is sponsoring its eighth annual GIFT (Girls In Flight Training) Academy at the Wilbarger County Airport this week during which women of all ages receive training to fly a small airplane. There are some 15 women from Texas, Oklahoma and across the nation from as far away as Maine and Florida attending…

Wilbarger unemployment rate at 4.3 percent

Wilbarger County’s unemployment rate was 4.3 percent during the month of August, which represents a decrease from the 4.8 percent reported in August of 2017, according to a report from the Texas Workforce Commission. The TWC report stated that 4,675 people were employed and 209 were unemployed in Wilbarger County during August, 2018 compared to…

Fun Ride raises $1,455 for Relay or Life

Despite the unfavorable weather at the start of the day on Saturday as the Wilbarger County Relay for Life Fun Ride got underway, 27 riders turned out for the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Marilyn Ramirez, Wilbarger County Relay for Life chairman, reported that 24 motorcycles and 27 riders participated in the event, which…

Inmon heading to DC on Honor Flight

On Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 former Wilbarger County resident Clint Inmon will participate in the South Plains Honor Flight out of Lubbock as he and other veterans will fly to Washington D.C., to view the War Memorials and meet with several dignitaries. See the online edition for more

Shooting damages houses, vehicle

Vernon Police continue to investigate a reported shooting that damaged two houses and a vehicle on Sunday morning. Officers were called to the 2800 block of Maiden Street at 6:29 a.m. A caller reported hearing gunshots outside a house. A car was hit and two houses. One bullet went into a kitchen,” Police Chief Randy…

Walk with a Doc planned for Saturday

Walk with a Doc is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.at the Wilbarger General Hospital walking path. All residents are invited to walk with Dr. Adanna Amechi-Obigwe and Dr. Robert Borchardt of the Hillcrest Clinic. Dr. Amechi, Dr. Borchardt and other experts will provide support to participants and answer questions…

Officials: 4 men remain missing in West Texas flooding

By RYAN TARINELLI and JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Emergency crews are set to resume searching Tuesday morning for four co-workers who disappeared when their recreational vehicle was swept away by raging floodwaters that prompted dramatic air and water rescues in a small West Texas city. Heavy rains Sunday night caused the South…