Increased oil production could mean lower property tax

Daniel Walker Vernon Record Precertified taxable values have been made available to the county’s taxing entities, and they show tax rates could go down. The Wilbarger County Appraisal District sent the preliminary data to each entity on April 29. During June’s Vernon College board of trustees meeting, college president Dr. Dusty Johnston presented an update…

Plumbing crisis averted

Daniel Walker Vernon Record A potential clog in how plumbing is regulated in Texas has been averted, at least temporarily. The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners would have been abolished effective Sept. 1, 2019, after state lawmakers inadvertently forgot to extend the life of the agency that regulates plumbers and plumbing in the state…

WGH celebrates golden jubilee

Daniel Walker Vernon record Hundreds gathered on Tuesday to help Wilbarger General Hospital celebrate 50 years of service to the community. Rev. Irl Holt opened the event with a prayer, giving thanks for the vision of the community to build the hospital and asking divine oversight for the hospital’s future. Hospital CEO Dennis Jack received…

New lighting approved at Wilbarger County Airport

Daniel Walker Vernon Record A divided Wilbarger County Commissioners approved a budget amendment on Monday that will allow new runway lighting to be installed at the airport. The court tied 2 to 2 with County Judge Greg Tyra casting the tiebreaker in favor of the project. Judge Tyra said that the ongoing TxDOT airport renovation…

Wilbarger General Hospital: 50 years

Wilbarger General Hospital will host a 5oth Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday — and you are invited. The event is Tuesday, June 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food trucks, bounce house, Air Evac Helicopters static display and more will be available for the community. “We hope everyone will attend. This is the community’s hospital…

Vernon man arrested on 5 child porn charges

A subject was arrested Thursday in Vernon, charged with five felony counts of possession of child pornography. Jimmy Lloyd McPeak, 53 of Vernon, was still held in the Wilbarger County Jail on Friday evening, with bond set at $30,000 — $6,000 per count. On June 6, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the Vernon Police Department in…

Dogs gone wild

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The Vernon Police Department reported three dog bite cases in the city during the past week. On Thursday a Meals on Wheels delivery person was bitten on the hip while delivering meals in the 2400 block of Nabors at lunchtime. The dog has been placed in a 10-day quarantine at a…

June is packed with fun at Copper Breaks

Saturdays in June will be packed with lots of fun family learning a outdoor activities at Copper Breaks State Park, located off of Highway 6 between Crowell and Quanah. June 9 — 10 a.m. Backyard bass Join a Park Ranger for a game of Backyard Bass. Learn about the fish communities that call Copper Breaks…

Busy summer weekend on tap

Joyce Ashley Vernon Record A busy weekend is scheduled in Vernon with a number of fun and food events on tap. Beginning Saturday morning, June 8, the Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon with Blackberry Day as the theme. Vendors will be set up around the courthouse square to offer…

City wells in good shape

Daniel Walker Vernon Record May continued a streak of three months with well above-average rainfall – and that has the city’s water well fields in strong shape heading into the summer months, even as another wetter than normal month is forecast. The month of May had 6.92 inches of rainfall in Vernon. That pushed the…