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Chance of freezing rain Friday

February 24, 2023

The National Weather Service reports a slight chance of freezing rain before noon on Friday, then a slight chance of rain showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. North northeast wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Burglary Suspect Arrested

February 22, 2023

Beginning Jan. 23 a series of residential, commercial and vehicle burglaries were reported in Vernon. Vernon Police Department detectives began investigating these crimes and were able to develop several leads. Detectives put in some long days and brought several of these cases to a conclusion. On Feb. 16 Vernon Police arrested Cody Hagerman, 31, of…

Vernon Lions Basketball Win Bi-District Championship to Advance in Playoffs

February 22, 2023

The Vernon Lions basketball team, coaches and support personnel are pictured with the Bi-District trophy Feb. 21 following their 56-48 win against Early High School.   Following the Vernon Lions win against the Early Longhorns Feb. 21 to claim the Bi-District Championship, the Lions advance to the Area playoff and will face the Brady Bulldogs at…

TPWD Seeks Input on Texas Freshwater Fishing Regulation Proposals for 2023–24

February 21, 2023

  AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) 2023–24 proposed freshwater fishing regulation changes focus on simplifying and clarifying fishing-related rules on waters within public parks, particularly Community Fishing Lakes (CFLs). Additional changes could remove unnecessary exceptions and clarify water-body boundaries. “We aim to make those angling experiences as easy and enjoyable as…

Prison for Cefco robber

February 21, 2023

Kuron Kelin Owens, 26, of Houston, pleaded guilty in the 46th District Court to the offense of robbery and he was sentenced to five years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. On July 31, 2022, at around 3 a.m., Owens entered the CEFCO truck stop and was standing at the register as the clerk…

Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast set for March 4

February 17, 2023

Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast set The 68th annual Kiwanis Club Pancake breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 4, in the Empire Room of Wilbarger Auditorium. Tickets are $10 per person with children 6 and under free. Contact Kiwanis members for ticket information. Proceeds from this and other Kiwanis fundraising…

Green hydrogen facility construction 12 to 18 months away

February 7, 2023

Representatives from Air Products and AES met with local officials and community leaders to discuss their development of an estimated $4 billion renewable energy and green hydrogen project in Wilbarger County. The project will be owned and operated through an equal partnership between Air Products and AES. The facility will be powered by renewable energy…

Proposed speed limit change for portion of 287

February 5, 2023

According to Adel Lewis TXDOT Public Information Officer, there is a proposed speed limit change pending approval by the Texas Transportation Commission that would affect a section of U.S. 287 through Oklaunion. The proposal is to lower the speed limit from its current 75 mph down to 65 mph. This would be from 2.667 miles…

Lehman, Munson named citizens of the year

February 4, 2023

The Vernon Chamber of Commerce held its 11th annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet last Thursday at the Wilbarger Auditorium Several local citizens were recognized for their contributions over the past year. Dr. Steven Rapp was presented the Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Farmer of the Year Award, while Amanda Lehman and Garrett Munson were…

Fraticelli announces reelection bid

February 3, 2023

Dustin Fraticelli has announced his intention to run for a second term as a Commissioner, Place 4 for the City of Vernon. “It has been a privilege and honor to serve the citizens of Vernon in this capacity,” he stated. “During the last couple of years, the commission members and city staff have been able to accomplish…