Wilbarger County voters were in a mood for change

Wilbarger County voters were in a mood for change as one of four local incumbents went down to defeat on Tuesday night in the Republican Primary. Another one of the races was deemed to close to call while the other two incumbents will face runoffs after both finished second out of three candidates. There may…

WGH selects new CEO

The Wilbarger General Hospital Board of Directors has taken the first step toward selecting a new chief executive officer. A motion was approved to hire Tom Siemers as CEO, replacing interim chief Peter Hofstetter beginning April 1. A follow-up vote will occur March 12, where the board will consider a technical correction to the initial…

Plenty to eat in Vernon this weekend

  There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy good food in Vernon this week while also supporting local worthy causes. The Knights of Columbus of Holy Family Catholic Church will hold a Fish Fry on Friday, March 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Parish Hall. Tickets are $12 or $5 for…

VISD Family Learning to be held on Thursday

Vernon ISD will host the annual Family Learning Event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in the Vernon  High School cafeteria. There will be interactive hand-on booths and activities set up for all ages. The event is free and the  community is invited to attend. Light snacks will be offered. and there…

Pleas entered in District Court

Several guilty pleas were entered during proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County during proceedings this week. Cody Allen Baldwin, 28, of Vernon, was sentenced to six years in prison for aggravated assault. Baldwin was originally placed on probation on March 8, 2017. A motion to revoke Baldwin’s probation was filed by…

Runoff needed to replace Thornberry

The race to replace Congressman Mac Thornberry  in District 13 has been narrowed down to two competitors on the Republican side, out of an initial field of  15 candidates. Retired Admiral, and White House doctor Ronny Jackson looked to be the choice to face off with Josh Winegarner in the run-off in May. Winegarner had…

Mental Health First Aid workshop set in March

  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wilbarger County and the Helen Farabee Center will offer a free Mental Health First Aid workshop this month. The eight-hour class is designed to equip participants to help address issues like suicide, drug addiction and mental illness. On average, about 123 people die by suicide each day, according to…

Jury: Man found guilty of shooting police officer

Daniel Walker Vernon Record Walter Emilio Orellana, 24 of Wichita Falls, was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday for shooting a Vernon Police officer with a sawed off shotgun last year. The sentence was handed out in the 46th District Court after a trial before a jury of eight women and four men…

County changes who’ll handle delinquent collections

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court met on Monday and approved an agreement with the City of Vernon over using a county radio system, signed a contract with a new vendor to handle tax collections, and received word that the airport manager is quitting Tony Fidelis, of the law firm Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins and Mott…

VISD cuts ties with embattled principal

The Vernon Independent School District board of trustees held a lengthy closed session to discuss personnel on Monday night. In the end they opted to cut ties with one embattled principal and asked another administrator to meet their higher expectations. The trustees first considered Superintendent Jeff Byrd’s recommendation to terminate Central Elementary school principal Cindy…