Big turnout for early voting

Turnout in early voting for next Tuesday’s election topped 2,100 on Friday in Wilbarger County, making it the highest not-presidential year turnout ever for early voting. See the next edition of the Vernon record for more details.

DPS honors exceptional, lifesaving efforts

    AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented two Medals of Valor, one Director’s Citation and eight Lifesaving Awards to DPS employees at Thursd ay’s PSC meeting. Additionally, four non-DPS personnel were recognized for their remarkable efforts. “The caring citizens and exceptional…

New K-9 hits the streets

Vernon Police Chief Randy Agan presented the department’s K-9 “Jak” and handler Quinton Hall to the Vernon City Commission last Tuesday night. See the online edition for more.

Lots to do during Halloween week

Halloween this year falls on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. With superheroes, ghosts and goblins out in full force there will be plenty of opportunities to seek lots of treats. In addition to going door-to-door in the neighborhoods, the treat-seekers will also have a number of local activities to visit that will offer plenty of fun,…

Stone, Lehman hired as directors by City of Vernon

Two new directors have been hired by the City of Vernon. Marsha Jo Stone will be joining the city as City Secretary. Amanda Lehman will be the Main Street Tourism Director. See the online edition for more.

Texans say voting machines changing straight-ticket choices

AUSTIN (AP) — Some Texas voters are complaining that machines flipped their straight-ticket selections to the other party in key races during early voting, especially the much-watched Senate battle between Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke. The secretary of state’s office said Friday that there have been reported issues with Hart eSlate voting machines,…

County commission meets

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court met on Monday. County Auditor Sid Beebe presented the quarterly investment report. He told the commission that there was not a lot of activity but he had reinvested some mature CDs. He said he moved some investments out of money market accounts into CDS as “they were not drawing as…

High turnout in early voting

There were more than 300 voters on the first day of early voting in Wilbarger County, Monday. “That’s pretty high,” election judge Don Ramsey said. Ramsey said he expects turnout to continue heavy this week as early voting continues at the Wilbarger Auditorium. See the Vernon Record for sample ballots and candidate profiles.

Chillicothe ISD trustees approve agreement on property appraisals for wind farm

CHILLICOTHE – Chillicothe school trustees unanimously approved the engagement of an agreement for limitation of appraised property values for the district in connection with a wind farm project during a special meeting Friday. Powell & Leon will negotiate an agreement for limitation on appraised property valuations for school district maintenance and operation taxes with Blue…

VISD trustees hear support for adding soccer to athletics

A large crowd of public members were in attendance at Monday’s meeting of Vernon school trustees during which several community members addressed the board during a public forum session and called for the district to implement a UIL soccer program at the middle school and high school levels. Meg Heatly spoke on behalf of the…