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Heatly earns highest ACT score

June 9, 2022

Oliver Heatly, son of Meg and Staley Heatly and a sophomore at Northside High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. Fewer than half of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2021, only 4,055 out of 1.29 million…

Library donations for Humane Society

June 9, 2022

Carnegie City-County Library at 2810 Wilbarger will be collecting donations to assist the Wilbarger Humane Society. Donations can be dropped off at the library until Saturday, June 25, when Humane Society staff will collect them. For additional information call 940-552-2462.

Texas Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit locates woman missing for over 40 years

June 9, 2022

    AUSTIN –In 1981, two deceased individuals, who were the apparent victims of a homicide, were discovered in a wooded area in Houston, Texas, and their identities could not be determined at that time. In 2021, Identifinders International, through the use of genetic genealogy, was able to positively identify the bodies that were found…

Wilbarger voters mostly mirrored state results in runoff

June 2, 2022

The final Primary runoff results from last week’s election were to late for last week’s edition. Turnout was reported at just 4 percent in the county with 347 of 8,340 voters casting a ballot. There 282 votes cast in Wilbarger County during the Republican Primary runoff, with two under votes. There were 95 votes cast…

Updated: Wilbarger blaze burned 28K acres

May 18, 2022

Final update: On Monday, May 23 at 9 a.m., the Texas A&M Forest Service reported that the “Coconut Fire” in south west Wilbarger County was 100 percent contained after it had burned through 28,448 acres over the previous week. Friday Morning Update: Texas A&M Forest Service updated the status of the brush fire burning across…

Incumbents fall in local elections

May 7, 2022

Wilbarger County voters went to the polls Saturday to elect three Vernon Independent School District trustees and a contested director seat for Wilbarger General Hospital. The incumbent lost in the VISD election. Amanda Lehman defeated incumbent Tom Scott with 559 (65.8%) votes to 290 for Scott in VISD Place 5. The incumbent also lost in…

Early voting ends, election Saturday

May 4, 2022

There were 573 early voters in the current election, with early voting concluding Tuesday, May 3. There were 205 mail in voters. The election includes three contested seats on the  VISD board of trustees, one contested seat on the Wilbarger General Hospital board of directors, and two Texas state constitutional questions. See the Vernon Record…

First Texas Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in a Wild Bird in Wichita County

May 4, 2022

 The National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed this week the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a great horned owl at a rehabilitation facility in Wichita County — the first such confirmed case in a wild bird in Texas. The facility quickly notified the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) after the owl…

Bi-district baseball on Friday, tickets must be purchased online

May 4, 2022

The Vernon Lions bi district playoff game this week is against Brownwood. The game will be at Jacksboro High School’s field at 7 o’clock on Friday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. See the print and online edition for a preview. Tickets will be sold online and not at the gate. Here…

Vernon facing fire emergency Monday night

May 2, 2022

The Vernon Fire Department has dealt with as many as 12 fires today, due to high temperatures, single digit humidity and winds sustained in excess of 20 mph. City Manager Marty Mangum reported at 11 p.m. that five fires were burning in Wilbarger County, including a structure fire at Houston and Wanderer. Fire crews were…