October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 30, 2020

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and local officials are calling on citizens to actively work toward eradicating domestic violence in our community. At a signing ceremony on Tuesday at Vernon City Hall, Mayor Pam Gosline signed an official proclamation demonstrating the city’s commitment to fighting domestic violence. The proclamation recognizes that “…the impact…

Register by Oct. 5 in order to vote

September 28, 2020

  Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs has invited all eligible Texans to celebrate and participate in National Voter Registration Day by ensuring they are registered to vote ahead of the October 5th voter registration deadline for the November 3rd election. With two weeks until the deadline, the Secretary issued a final call to…

VISD trustees donate lots to city for economic development

September 27, 2020

The Vernon Independent School District board of trustees met last Monday for a regular business meeting. In action items, the trustees signed over VISD’s interest in two parcels of tax foreclosed properties. The properties, located at 2802 Bacon, and 2804 Bacon, were signed over to the City of Vernon on a motion from trustee Chris…

VISD trustees hash out Homecoming protocols

September 27, 2020

Vernon High School Homecoming is a go, at least for the moment. Homecoming week is next week, with the crowning at half-time of next Friday’s football game. The Vernon Independent School District board of trustees discussed Homecoming activities as part of Monday’s regular meeting for September. Vernon High School Principal Tommy Cummings said he needed…

Wilbarger Covid cases skyrocket — masks now mandatory

September 25, 2020

The exemption for Wilbarger County to not have to comply with Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order requiring face masks in public has ended. Masks must be worn in public and in all commercial buildings. First violation is a written warning and a second violation is a $250 fine. The county applied for, and was granted…

Masks now mandatory in Wilbarger County

September 25, 2020

The exemption for Wilbarger County to not have to comply with Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order requiring face masks in public has ended. Masks must be worn in public and in all commercial buildings. First violation is a written warning and a second violation is a $250 fine. The county applied for, and was granted…

Busy Friday for area teams

September 24, 2020

The Vernon Lions renew an old rivalry with Burkburnett this Friday, with both teams winless and hungry for a win. Vernon owns the all-time series 48-20-3, which dates to 1922, but the Lions have lost two in a row to the Bulldogs. Burkburnett blew out the Lions 49-17 last year. Last Friday, the Vernon Lions…

Wilbarger Grand Jury issues indictments

September 24, 2020

The Wilbarger County Grad Jury convened on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The Grand Jury handed out 37 indictments against 23 individuals. Mason Dale Ray Munoz was indicted on four counts, stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred on July 12, 2020. He was indicted on two counts of aggravated sexual assault, both Felony 1; a count…

County Covid-19 numbers from state are still not adding up

September 23, 2020

The latest Covid-19 numbers in Wilbarger County showed a steady increase from last week – and a huge surge of infections at the Vernon campus of North Texas State Hospital. Patients at NTSH are reported in their home counties’ coronavirus numbers, and do not reflect in local data. As of Tuesday, there are 44 active…

Crime Stoppers for Sept. 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

Crime: Theft of property, $2,500 to $30,000 Date: 09/05/20 Location: Wilbarger County Gun Range, Oklaunion Details: The Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a report of theft of property, $2,500 to $30,000. Sometime on or before the date of 05-05-2020 at an unknown time a suspect(s) entered the property owned by Wilbarger County in…