City ends required employee deduction

The Vernon City Commission rolled back an employee required contribution for employee health insurance, during a meeting Monday night. City Manager Marty Mangum told the commission that several years ago, during a budget crisis, the city began requiring city employees to contribute $21.50 per pay period toward employee-only health insurance. Mangum said in one year…

VISD moves ahead with allowing guns on campuses

Vernon school trustees unanimously approved actions related to the Defender Program, under which certain faculty or staff members will have authorization to possess firearms while on school premises during a monthly business meeting Monday. See more in the online edition.

Manhunt ends on the Waggoner Ranch

A Vernon man was booked into the Wilbarger County Jail on Friday after he allegedly tried to run over a Vernon Police Officer and then led officers on a chase that ended on the Waggoner Ranch. Shawn Andrew Benson was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant with a motor vehicle, evading arrest with…

Vernon celebrated peace 100 years ago

Vernon was the center of a regional celebration when the report of an Armistice to end the Great War was announced on November 11, 1918. The newspaper reported that citizens from all parts of the county, and as far away as Crowell and Chillicothe descended on Vernon for a celebration. Fearing accidental injury from falling…

Veterans’ Day activities planned

The American Legion and Vernon Kiwanis Club will host a Veterans’ Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at the American Legion. The VFW Post 4747 will hold a flag raising ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, followed by lunch at 12 noon for veterans at the Post home. In addition,…

Star Tree registration on Sunday

Each year, the Vernon Jaycees sponsors a Star Tree to provide gifts for youngsters in Vernon who might not otherwise have a merry Christmas. Parents or a legal guardian can register their youngsters for this program on one day only – Sunday, Nov. 11, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will take place at…

Big turnout in election; Thornberry wins reelection

Forty-two percent of Wilbarger County voters cast a ballot during this year’s general election. See Wednesday’s Vernon Record print and online editions for complete election results. Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13) won reelection for Texas’s 13th Congressional District. He received 80.8 percent of the vote in Wilbarger County. “I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the…

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.