VC trustees extend president’s contract, sell land to hotel owner

February 18, 2021

The Vernon College board of trustees appointed Betsy Smith to fill the unexpired term of Anne Spears, who resigned from her place on the board in January. The action was part of the February board of trustee meeting last Wednesday. The trustees accepted a bid of $140,001 from Joe Rogers, of Rogers Lodging, to purchase…

Vernon to have its first Black city commissioner

February 17, 2021

Vernon is going to have its first Black city commissioner. Early Williams III was unopposed for the open spot of Place 1 on the city commission when the filing period ended on Friday. The Place 1 seat is for a one-year term to complete the unexpired term of Justin Marsh who resigned in December. “That’s…

Record breaking cold, snow hit

February 16, 2021

Wilbarger County residents saw between five and eight inches of snow fall Sunday, and drifts over a foot deep from high winds. Some roads, especially dirt county roads, were impassable. That prompted Vernon ISD to cancel school on Monday. After assessing the roads again Monday, the district decided to close school again on Tuesday. Vernon…

Winter Storm Warning through Wednesday evening

February 16, 2021

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM WEDNESDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. * WHERE…Portions of central, east central, northern, northwest, southeast, southern, southwest and western Oklahoma and northern Texas. * WHEN…Until 6 PM CST Wednesday. * IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could…

Rotating power outages anticipated to continue over next 24 hours

February 15, 2021

At 1:25 Monday morning, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) directed transmission and distribution companies to begin controlled rotating outages as an emergency procedure to avoid a sustained large-scale outage and prevent long-term damage to the electric system. AEP Texas began rotating the areas affected so that consumers are impacted for a limited amount…

Knights of Columbus fish fries set

February 15, 2021

The local chapter of the Knights of Columbusis again sponsoring a Friday Fish Fry during Lent. The meal will be served each Friday from Feb. 19 to March 26 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2200 Roberts Street in Vernon. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the meal will be provided as take-out or curbside delivery only this…

WGH finances continue positive trend

February 14, 2021

Wilbarger General Hospital continued a positive financial trend in December. Interim Chief Financial Officer Jim Bash told the hospital’s board of directors that “it was a good month.” He said that Wilbarger General Hospital had a net profit of $338,000 for December. Breaking it down, he said gross revenue for December was $6.2 million, and…

Lots of snow, bitter cold expected over the weekend

February 12, 2021

Winter will really be making its presence known with dangerously cold temperatures/wind chills and significant snowfall expected Sunday into Monday. Any preparations for the upcoming winter weather should be done either today or Saturday. “Dangerous wind chills are expected Friday through early next week. A winter storm is possible Sunday into Monday.” That is how…

Lady Lions in playoffs, game moved to Friday

February 12, 2021

Vernon wrapped up the No. 3 seed in District 5-4A with a 49-43 road win at Hirschi last Friday. The Lady Lions were led by three players in double figures. Macy Flowers led the way with 13 points, Carli White added 11 and Shay Williams had 10. Vernon was scheduled to play No. 15 stated…

Early voting begins Tuesday in runoff election

February 12, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott has set Feb. 23 as the date for the House District 68 special election runoff to replace former state Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, who is now in the Texas Senate. Early voting for the House District 68 runoff will begin Tuesday, Feb. 16. Wilbarger County Clerk Jana Kennon said that early voting…