One killed in Wednesday accident in Oklaunion

December 24, 2020

A fatality accident occurred on the curve in Oklaunion at approximately 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 according to DPS Trooper Sgt. Dan Buesing. A 2011 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Paxton Cole Nelson, 20 of Plano, Texas, was traveling south on US highway 287 just east of Oklaunion. The pickup entered the center median for…

NTSH begins vaccinations

December 24, 2020

The Vernon campus of North Texas State Hospital received doses of the covid vaccine and began vaccinations on Wednesday, according to spokesperson Christine Mann. Mann said that that they received “our first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine today at North Texas State Hospital-Vernon and will be vaccinating staff as soon as possible. The vaccine, manufactured by…

Vernon’s 14th annual Lighted Christmas Parade

December 20, 2020

Winners in the 14th annual Lighted Christmas Parade held Saturday, Dec. 12 in downtown Vernon were : Floats, first place, Bevo’s Drive-In; second, Relay for Life; Vehicles, first place, Wayne and Juanita Enloe; second place, Eddie Graham; Golf Cart/ATV/Razor Michele Townson, first place; Ashley Hall & family, second place; Miscellaneous/Tractor, Horses/Motorcycles,  Iyla Reese, first place;…

Wilbarger commissioners meet

December 17, 2020

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court met Monday and dealt with routine business. Bills were paid on a motion from Commissioner Phillip Graf. Commissioner John Wright did question a bill of $1,724 to the Odell Fire Department. Judge Greg Tyra stated that it was for insurance, in case there was an accident. The bills were then…

VC looks for energy savings

December 16, 2020

The Vernon College board of trustees signed an agreement last week, an agreement which could result in a savings on energy costs by a goal of $2.4 million over 15 years. College President Dusty Johnston said that a company, Ideal Impact, began by specializing in energy audits and cost savings plans for churches in Texas.…

Deadline approaches to order Christmas meal

December 14, 2020

Sharon and Billy Goins, co-organizers of the Holiday Spirit Meals, barely had time to rest from the Thanksgiving meal when they began preparations for the Christmas Day meal. The Thanksgiving meal resulted in 1,158 being served this year as a new record for the program, and its possible that many meals could be served on…

VISD trustees to consider fate of remote instruction

December 14, 2020

The Vernon ISD returned to in-person instruction this week following a week of remote instruction, due to low staff from Covid-9 quarantines. The district has allowed students to chose either in-person or remote instruction this first semester of the school year, that may change. When schools reopened for the fall semester, the state education agency…

Christmas parade on tap this weekend

December 11, 2020

In just two weeks, Santa Claus will be coming to town to bring toys and gifts, but before then Santa will pay a special visit to Vernon at the annual Lighted Christmas Parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be among the colorful array of floats and other entries that will make up this year’s 14th…

District court hands out sentences

December 11, 2020

Several prison sentences have been handed down recently in the 46th Judicial District Court for cases in Wilbarger, Hardeman, and Foard counties. Brandon Lee Baker, 24, of Vernon, was sentenced to eight years in prison following his plea of guilty to possession of a controlled substance. On January 20, 2020, Vernon police were dispatched to…

Burglary, high speed chase ends in prison sentence

December 9, 2020

Jacob Daniel Smith, 28, of Dallas, was sentenced to five years in prison following his plea of guilty in the 46th Judicial District Court to unlawful possession of a firearm and evading arrest with a motor vehicle. On March 24, 2020, the Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle burglary on Highway…