It was a wintery start to New Year

January 9, 2021

New Year’s Eve brought a messy mix of wintry weather to Wilbarger County. From 4 to 8 inches of snow fell over the County, with additional accumulations of rain and ice reported. There were few of the usual New year’s Eve alcohol -related crimes this year.  VPD Captain Wayne Hodges credited the weather with limiting…

Grand Jury indicts man who punched officer

January 8, 2021

The Wilbarger County Grand Jury convened in December, issuing 49 indictments against 39 individuals. One of those indicted was John Albert Franco, Jr. He was indicted for the Felony 2 offense of assault on a peace officer, which allegedly occurred June 12, 2020.On that date, at around 3:10 p.m., animal control was dispatched to the…

Weekend heavy snow possible

January 8, 2021

The National Weather Service is calling for snow across the area, beginning Saturday night — with up to five inches of snow possible in local counties and heavier amounts to the west. According to NWS forecasters, an upper level low will approach from the southern Rockies late Saturday and Sunday. The NWS reports “Highest snow…

More vaccine heading to area

January 7, 2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 949 providers in 158 Texas counties this week. The CDC will deliver 167,300 doses of the vaccine manufactured by Moderna and 37,050 doses of the Pfizer vaccine directly to…

Five file for state house seat — early voting starts Monday

January 6, 2021

Four Republicans and one Democrat have filed for the special election to replace state Sen.-elect Drew Springer, R-Muenster, in the Texas House, representing the 22 counties in HD 68, which includes Wilbarger and Hardeman counties. The filing deadline for the Jan. 23 election was 5 p.m. Monday. The four GOP candidates for the seat in…

First vaccines administered in Wilbarger County

January 1, 2021

The first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Wilbarger County. The Vernon campus of North Texas State Hospital received doses of the Moderna version of the vaccine and began vaccinations last Wednesday, according to spokesperson Christine Mann. Mann said that they received “our first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine today at North Texas…

Pedestrian killed on 287

December 31, 2020

The Vernon Police Department reported that on Monday, December 28, 2020, at around 12:16 a.m, emergency dispatch received a 911 call reporting a “pedestrian vs. vehicle” accident on northbound U.S 287 near the Bentley Street exit. Officers responded and found a male subject who had been struck by a semi-truck trailer laying on the highway.…

County bids farewell to 2 commissioners

December 31, 2020

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court held its final meeting of 2020 on Monday, Dec. 28 — and it was the final meeting for  Precinct 1 commissioner John Wright and Precinct 3 commissioner Kelly Joe Neel. “It’s been a pleasure,” Wright told the court. “I got some things accomplished that I set out to do —…

Special election called for HD68 seat

December 30, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott, on Monday, day issued a proclamation announcing Saturday, January 23, 2021, as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives Dis-trict 68 seat recently vacated by Senator-elect Drew Springer. Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary…

Holiday Spirit feeds 920 at Christmas

December 29, 2020

Vernon Holiday Spirit Meal served a total of 920 Christmas dinners on Friday, according to Sharon Goins, co-cordinator with her husband, Billy, for the annual event. Goins said the number represented 679 meals delivered and 231 that were picked up at the auditorium. Although the number of  volunteers was lower than in previous years, Goins…