Vernon High School graduates receive diplomas

Some 120 Vernon High School students from the 2019 graduation class were issued their diplomas during commencement exercises held Friday, May 24 at Wilbarger Auditorium. The commencement exercises were originally set to be held at Lion Stadium, but moved to the auditorium due to a weather forecast of rain and thunderstorms. VALEDICTORIAN Valedictorian Rahul Bhakta…

Legislature approves county hotel tax; lets WGH change election policy

A bill to allow Wilbarger County to adopt a Hotel Occupancy Tax looks to be close to becoming state law, after escaping a concerted effort from House Democrats to stop it. Representative Drew Springer’s House Bill 2959 was filed in March. During a hearing on April 10 Rick Hardcastle spoke before the committee on behalf…

Tourism Board accepting funding requests

The Vernon Tourism Advisory board  held a discussion last Tuesday about the upcoming Hotel Occupancy Tax Funding Review meeting set for June 18. The City of Vernon tourism department is currently accepting applications for events that will qualify for hotel occupancy tax funding for which the submission deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, May 31. The…

Vernon’s recycling program is over — for now

Vernon citizens no longer have the opportunity to recycle. The city’s waste contractor, Waste Connection, has removed all of its recycling bins from the city. City Manager Marty Mangum said he was caught by surprise that the company had removed all of the bins, but understood that they did it because of complaints and due…

VISD trustees approve energy efficiency project

Vernon school trustees unanimously approved a proposal to pay for an E3 facility improvement project during a monthly business meeting Tuesday, May 21 during which trustees also approved a number of personnel actions. Supt. Jeff Byrd recommended that the district pay cash for the estimated $1,342,158 project rather than to pay it out through financing…

Pautsky, Flores, Disbrow named top students at Chillicothe

Chillicothe High School has announced its top three students for the 2019 graduating class. Commencement exercises for the graduating class will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, also in the school auditorium. Brianna Pautsky, daughter of Bobby and Susan Pautsky, was named valedictorian on a 3.802 GPA. She will be attending West Texas A&M…

Sawin and Amechi named top students at Northside

Northside High School has named Bryant Sawin as valedictorian and Chiamaka Lilly Amechi as salutatorian of the 2019 graduating class. Commencement exercises for the 19-member graduating class are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 24 in the school gym. Sawin, the son of Lynn and Brice Sawin, was named valedictorian on a 98.515 GPA. He…

Matute, Patterson named top students at Harrold

Harrold High School has named Alexis Matute as valedictorian and Gabryana Patterson as salutatorian of the 2019 graduating class. Commencement exercises for the six-member graduating class will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24 in the school gym. Matute, daughter of Grace and Roberto Sanchez, was named valedictorian on a grade point average of 94.…

Hardeman Deputy cleared by grand jury in shooting

A Hardeman County Deputy Sheriff was cleared by a grand jury of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a Quanah man that happened earlier this year, on March 9. According to District Attorney Staley Heatly, on that date a Hardeman County Deputy responded to a Quanah residence a little after 9:15am following a 911…

Bhakta, Morales, Brints named top students at VHS

Vernon High School has announced its top three students from the 2019 graduating class including Rahul Bharat Bhakta, valedictorian; Christian Jeffrey Morales, salutatorian; and Cailtlin Taylor Brints, third-ranking student. Commencement exercises for the 120-member graduating class will be at 8 p.m. Friday, May 24 at Lion Stadium. Bhakta was named valedictorian on a 4.855 grade-point-average.…