Endurance bikers battle elements in epic ride

Bret McCormick Vernon Record The torrential rains blessing our farmers this past week ended the journey of several bicyclists participating in an ultra-marathon called the Ride Across Texas 1000, referred to by the riders as, R.A.T. 1000. The R.A.T. 1000 began in Texarakana Friday and Saturday (October 5 and 6) depending on the category of…

Local resident part of ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’

For more than 30 years, the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Don’t Mess with Texas” campaign has forged partnerships with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Strait, Willie Nelson, LeAnn Rimes and Grupo Fantasma to share its important message. Now the search is on for a new amateur musical talent to represent the iconic litter-prevention…

VISD trustees approve project development agreement

Vernon school trustees approved a project development agreement for the development of an energy efficiency and facility improvement project along with contracts for roofing projects at the Vernon High School field house and multi-purpose building during a monthly business meeting Monday. The project development of an energy efficiency and facility improvement suggested a few months…

Chase ends in wreck

A high-speed chase Sunday afternoon ended when the chased vehicle struck another car in an uncontrolled intersection in east Vernon. Joseph Daniel Ramirez, 31 of Vernon, was arrested for evading arrest in a motor vehicle causing serious bodily injury.   See the online edition for more.

Five sentenced in District Court

Several cases involving methamphetamine were adjudicated during recent proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court last week in Wilbarger County. Marcos Villa Ramon, 33, of Vernon, was sentenced to two years in state jail following his plea of guilty to possession of methamphetamine. Brandy Nicole Fraticelli, 35, of Vernon, was placed on mandatory probation for…

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…