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House fire suspected to be arson

August 18, 2021

Vernon emergency personnel responded to a fully engulfed structure fire on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at around 5:45 p.m. in the 2700 block of Olive Street. A fire investigator is expected on scene later this week to investigate the fire, which is being called suspicious. See more information in Wednesday’s print edition.

Bandits steal truck, use it to break into bank ATM

August 18, 2021

Crooks staged a brazen burglary of the ATM at Pilgrim’s Bank, located in the 900 block of Hillcrest, early Sunday morning. An alarm at the bank was triggered at 6:08 a.m., and records show that officers were on scene within three minutes. When officers arrived they found someone had ripped open the front of the…

County facing big deficit, works on budget

August 17, 2021

Wilbarger County is facing a loss of more than $600,000 from this year to next year, due in large part to a drop in expected property tax revenue after the AEP powerplant in Oklaunion shut down. “Somewhere, we’ve gotta knock about $615,000 out of this budget,” County Judge Greg Tyra told the Wilbarger County Commissioners…

SWRE holding ‘drive-thru’ annual meeting

August 15, 2021

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the area, Southwest Rural Electric Association, Inc. (SWRE) has transitioned the membership meeting set for Thursday, August 19, at Wilbarger Auditorium in Vernon, to a Drive-Thru Annual Meeting. Registration will take place from 5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. SWRE members will be able to participate without leaving…

Summer’s Last Blast features lots of cars, great music

August 12, 2021

Summer’s Last Blast is set to get underway with activities beginning on Thursday, Aug, 12, and concluding with the cruise itself on Saturday, Aug. 14. Jim Gryseels, president of the Vernon Street Machines and Classics Association, hosts of Summer’s Last Blast, said he was pleased with the turnout last Saturday night for the Mini Cruise.…

Man arrested in killing of horses

August 11, 2021

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrested Trenton Ray Wilson, 32, on two felony warrants outside of Woodward, Oklahoma on Highway 34, at around 7:45 a.m. last Tuesday, August 2. Wilson was booked into the Wilbarger County Jail on Aug. 5 on two felony charges — burglary of a habitation and  criminal mischief with a firearm/death of…

Another child victim comes forward accusing AG pastor of abuse

August 11, 2021

Daniel Walker Vernon Record A new victim has come forward, accusing former Vernon First Assembly of God Pastor Brian Pounds of illegal sexual behavior with a child. The allegations were unsealed Friday and a new charge of sexual assault of a child was added to Pounds, who is currently being held in the Wilbarger County…

Covid on rise in Texas: Governor asks for help, local hospital CEO concerned

August 10, 2021

Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday a series of actions the State of Texas is taking to mitigate the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will be utilizing staffing agencies to provide medical personnel from out-of-state to Texas health care facilities to assist in COVID-19 operations. The…

Police serve search warrant in Hop-In armed robbery

July 29, 2021

Vernon Police officers and deputies from the Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the 1400 block of Pease shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday in relation to a reported armed robbery of a convenience store overnight. Two individuals were placed under arrest at the scene. Additional details and photos will  be in the …

VISD trustees talk cyber safety

July 27, 2021

Vernon Independent School District trustees held a public hearing on the district’s internet safety policy, as part of their July board meeting. Superintendent Jeff Byrd said that with giving students Chromebooks, the district will use Cisco Meraki and GoGuardian to educate and protect students. Meraki offers a complete cloud-managed wireless network that’s built to simplify…