WGH audit shows $1.57 million loss

Directors of Wilbarger General Hospital unanimously approved the hospital district’s fiscal year 2017-2018 audit report for which the bottom line was a deep financial loss compared to the previous year. The action was taken during a monthly business meeting on Tuesday. See the online edition for details

Sound system at auditorium approved

The Wilbarger County Commissioners’ Court met on Monday, accepting a donation from a wind mill project. County Auditor Sid Beebe said the county received around $10,200 from a wind mill company and the commissioners needed to approve a budget amendment so it could be used to purchase a sound system for the Wilbarger Auditorium. See…

Divided commission awards truck bid

The commission was divided on the purchase of a new pickup for use by Code Enforcement/City Hall, and ultimately voted 3-1 with Pam Gosline having to vote as mayor pro tem to approve the purchase. The item had been carried over from last month when the commission had been presented with a low bid, and…

Citywide Clean Up Day planned

The City of Vernon will hold its 5th Annual Citywide Clean Up Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the old Gibson’s Discount Center parking lot on Expressway 287. The city and Progressive Waste will provide a large trash container at the site. Volunteers will be at the site to help…

Police enforcing handicap spots, fire lanes

The Vernon Police Department is advising residents to obey the law on handicap parking spaces and fire lanes. “We are beefing up enforcement,” Chief Randy Agan said. “If you do not have a handicap sticker you will receive a ticket.” Police Captain Wayne Hodges said several citations have already been issued and the fines are…

VHS One-Act Play advances to bi-district

The Vernon High School One-Act Play Company “The Book of Everything” advanced to compete at the bi-district level after winning first place at the district level during the district contest Saturday, March 9 at Wilbarger Auditorium. Brandon Goins, Lillian James and J.C. Freeman were named to the “All-Star Cast” while Eli Goodman and Ezekiel Walker…

Springer’s bill would eliminate signature requirement for WGH board election

State Rep. Drew Springer introduced legislation last week that would change how candidates run for a seat on the board of directors of Wilbarger General Hospital. HB 2888 removes the provision requiring candidates for the Wilbarger Hospital Board to gather 100 signatures before being on the ballot. “Removing this requirement will reduce a barrier for…

Multiple sentences handed out last week in District Court

Two men and one woman were sentenced during proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County this past week in Vernon. Maldonado Justin Lee Maldonado, 38, of Vernon, was sentenced to three years in prison following his plea of guilty to possession of a controlled substance. On October 7, 2017, Maldonado was stopped…

Report released on Vernon bound plane crash

A preliminary report regarding the crash of a single-engine aircraft into the Red River was released last week by the National Transportation Safety Board. Killed in the crash were pilot Richard Lennard and passenger Michael Hollis. The report offers new details but no determination of the cause for the aircraft to plummet into the Red…

Victim ID’d in officer-involved shooting at Quanah

QUANAH – The identity of a man killed in an officer-involved shooting here on Saturday, March 9 was released by authorities on Wednesday. The man was identified as 59-year-old Tommy Wayne Welch. The incident occurred at approximately 9:15 a.m. that morning when a deputy of the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Department responded to an incident involving…