County Judge optimistic for 2020

Wilbarger County Judge Greg Tyra said that 2019 was a good year for Wilbarger County and he is optimistic for 2020. “I think it’s going to be a good year for Wilbarger County. As always, there are challenges we will have to face, but there are no pressing issues that we have not dealt with.…

Vernon Ministerial Alliance reorganizes

The Wilbarger County Ministerial Alliance (WCMA) has spent the last year reestablishing the organization, and redefining its purpose.  This process included, rewriting the bylaws, which primarily focused the alliance in two general areas.  The foremost purpose of the WCMA, is to consistently bring the good news of Jesus Christ, to the county.  The secondary, but…

Crowded field in primary election

A crowded field has filed for county offices in Wilbarger County on the Republican ticket. A candidate forum is planned for Thursday, January 23 at 7 p.m. at the Wilbarger County Auditorium. Two offices drew three candidates each. The Tax Assessor-Collector position will be contested between Tisha Taylor, Angie Boyd and current office holder Sherrie…

Star Trees go up in Vernon

Bright yellow stars bearing the Christmas wishes of local youngsters hang from the branches of trees set up in the lobbies of the Waggoner National Bank and the Herring Bank for this year’s Star Tree/Toys for Tots program. The stars, totaling 125, reflect the children who were registered earlier this month for the annual program…

VISD board of trustees discusses texting, cell phones

Vernon ISD Superintendent Jeff Byrd reported to the VISD board that the district needed to change its use of texting. The discussion was part of Monday’s regular meeting of the VISD board for November. Byrd said a new state law will require that the district needs to archive all school-related texts sent or received and…

Grand Jury weighs in on Chillicothe shooting

Last Wednesday a Hardeman County Grand Jury determined that a Hardeman County Deputy Sheriff’s use of force was justified in a shooting that occurred in Chillicothe on August 4, 2019. On that date, the Vernon Record reported that Chillicothe police responded to a report of an aggravated assault at a residence on 7th Street in…

Commission hears of proposed new senior living development

  The Vernon City Commission heard a presentation on Tuesday regarding a proposed senior development project in the City of Vernon. Michael Beard, of Befco, discussed the development with the commissioners, and field any questions at that time. Beard said Vernon Pioneer Crossing for Seniors is proposing “a high quality Senior Apartment Community in Vernon…

Getting ready for Christmas — courthouse decoration lighting this week

Santa is in his sleigh, Rudolph is ready to go and the Christmas trees and wreaths are festooned with plenty of lights. It won’t be long now until all the Christmas decorations surrounding the Wilbarger County Courthouse will be lit to usher in Vernon’s Christmas on the Western Trail and Lighted Parade. Members of the…

Community Thanksgiving meal on Thursday — deadline to sign up for delivery is Sunday

      Thanksgiving is Thursday, and preparations are underway to once again provide a community Thanksgiving meal this month through the Holiday Spirits Meals program. The Thanksgiving meal will be served to anyone wishing to attend on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., in the Empire Room of Wilbarger…

Community Thanksgiving service set Sunday

  The Vernon Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church Sunday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m. Pastor Brian Pounds of Assembly of God will deliver the evening message with other pastors assisting in the service as well. The choirs/vocalist from several churches will be joining their voices as a community choir, led…