Childress under boil order –with update

Repairs to the water line have been completed and normal water supplies have been restored in the city of Childress. However, a MANDATORY BOIL ORDER is still in effect.    Childress experienced a main water line break Thursday morning that has the entire city without water.  Major steps have been taken by local officials to…

Relay for Life motorcycle ride ready to roll Saturday

The Wilbarger County Relay for Life Motorcycle Fun Ride is all set for Saturday, Oct. 6, as cyclists will meet on Main Street for registration and directions for the route. The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and is this year being held in memory of Kenneth Kieschnick, who participated in all…

Retail gasoline prices increase this week

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas and nationwide retail gasoline prices increased this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide rose 3 cents to reach an average $2.65 per gallon. Drivers across the country face gasoline prices 4 cents higher than a week ago at an average $2.91 per gallon.…

Needs, future of Kid League Park under discussion

Over 40 community members attended a public meeting Monday to address the needs of the baseball/softball complex at Kid League Park. During Monday’s meeting, the several findings were reported including that the land that the current baseball and softball complex is on is owned by the City of Vernon and is labeled as a city…

Thornberry discusses tax reform 2.0

The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills last week as a part of “Tax Reform 2.0:” H.R. 6760 – “Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018,” “H.R. 6757 – “Family Savings Act of 2018,” and H.R. 6756 – “American Innovation Act of 2018.” These three bills build upon the “Tax Cuts…

Vernon raises awareness of domestic violence

October is national domestic violence awareness month and a slate of activities are scheduled throughout the month in Vernon. Vernon Mayor Doug Jeffrey, IV, kicked off the events by signing a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Vernon on Tuesday. The proclamation recognizes that “…the crime of domestic violence…

Early voting hours expanded for Nov. 6 general election

Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election will begin Oct. 22 and continue through Nov. 22 with the last day for registration Oct. 9.  See sample ballots and precinct details in Sunday’s edition of the Vernon Record.

Commissioners take no action on animal proposal

Vernon city commission members took no action on a proposal to strengthen animal ordinances related to dangerous dogs and outline penalties for such offenses during a monthly business meeting Tuesday. City Attorney Jonathan Whitsitt said after review of such proposals, he didn’t feel the city was quite ready to take action concerning the revisions. Click…

WGH sets new budget; expects $1.9 million loss

The Wilbarger General Hospital board of directors approved a budget that forecasts a better financial outlook next year, while rebounding from a dismal 2018 fiscal year. Interim Chief Financial Officer Jay Hodges first presented the financial report for August, 2018. Click here to read the full story.

County raises tax rate 8%

The Wilbarger County Commissioners approved a budget with $9.7 million of income and $9.3 million in expenses for the next fiscal year. They also set a tax rate that represents an 8.21 percent increase over the current year during a meeting held on Monday at the courthouse. Click here to read the full story.