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Mark Wynn named new Lions head basketball coach

June 18, 2022

Mark Wynn is the new Lions basketball coach at Vernon High School. Wynn grew up in East Texas at Fayetteville and graduated from the University of North Texas an has spent 14 years as a coach, with the past four years at Petrolia. “Vernon is to good of an opportunity to pass up, it reminds…

Thomas Robinson will lead Lady Lions hoops

June 17, 2022

Thomas Robinson is the new head basketball coach of the Vernon Lady Lions. Born and raised in Chicago, Coach Robinson took a path through the military to land as coach in Vernon. He has two grown sons who have graduated college, and he has been married to his wife Felicia for 23 years. “I spent…

Jo Stone named Chillicothe ‘Citizen of the Year’

June 16, 2022

CHILLICOTHE – Mary Creighton and Reta Ford received “Lion of the Year” honors for 2021-2022 by the Chillicothe Lions Club during an annual Awards and Installation Banquet Monday at First Baptist Church. Creighton and Ford are longtime members of the organization, having joined the Chillicothe Lions Club in 1988 as its first two female members,…

Audit: WGH has solid financial year

June 16, 2022

The Wilbarger General Hospital Board of Directors received the Annual Hospital Audit for the previous fiscal year, as part of last Thursday board meeting. It was good news. Deborah Whitley, CPA with Forvis LLC of Waco, gave the detailed audit report on WGH’s finances. Whitley stated that the hospital’s revenue is up considerably from the…

Swaize Lee takes reins as new VC rodeo coach

June 16, 2022

is the new rodeo coach at Vernon College. “Vernon College has a rich rodeo history and I wanted to be a part of that legacy, and also to put my own stamp on it going in to the future. I really wanted to be a coach in Texas, where I am from. I already feel…

3rd Annual “Better than Ever” Juneteenth Celebration planned

June 12, 2022

The 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held June 17 to June 19. The Celebration will kick off on Friday June 17 with a co-ed volleyball tournament at the Boys and Girls Club. On Saturday June 18, events will begin at 8:00 A.M and end at 10:00 P.M. at Lyday Park. A parade will be…

Five sentenced in District Court cases

June 12, 2022

Several prison sentences were handed down during recent proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court sitting in both Wilbarger and Hardeman counties. Drugs in purse Kristi Lynn Love, 40, of Vernon, was sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of 25 grams of methamphetamine following her plea of guilty last week. On March 10,…

Byrd resigns as VISD superintendent

June 9, 2022

Vernon ISD Superintendent Jeff Byrd announced that he is resigning to accept the superintendent position in Dalhart. He was named as the lone finalist for the position of Dalhart ISD superintendent during a board meeting on June 2. Byrd has served as Vernon ISD superintendent for the past five and a half years,replacing Tom Woody,and…

Downtown bars, breweries, wineries get City approval

June 9, 2022

The Vernon City Commission held a public hearing as part of its May 31 regular commission meeting. The hearing was in regards to whether breweries, wineries, distilleries and taverns (bars) should be allowed in the Central Business District. During the public hearing Charles McArthur and Jason Maldonado, both with the Planning and Zoning Committee, spoke…

Vernon High graduates garner scholarships

June 9, 2022

A number of scholarships were presented to Vernon High School seniors this past week at the annual Scholarship Banquet. Recipients were: –Mary Beth and Dee McStay Scholarship, Amanda Mendoza, Jesus Castellanos, Reina Quilodran –Vernon College, Jasmine, Jackson, Melany Chavira, Lori Trinidad, Austen Fleming, Jordan Mullen, Jasmine Salazar, Madison Varela, Paw Sa, Paw Wah, Auston Bray,…