Local youth excel at state livestock shows

March 11, 2021

Coye Conner attended the Texas Elite Showcase Breeding gilt Show. Coye had a successful couple of days showing as he exhibited the 1st place light weight Cross bred gilt and the 4th place light weight Berkshire gilt. Lyric Thompson, Brady Lemon, and Cooper Lemon exhibited breeding goats and breeding ewe lambs in San Antonio. Brady…

VISD keeping mask order in place –for now

March 10, 2021

The Vernon Independent School District board of trustees voted to continue requiring students, staff, and visitors to wear masks when inside VISD buildings – at least for the next four weeks. But they agreed to lessen some of the more stringent policies – such as no longer banning parents from eating with their children at…

Band booster fundraiser on Friday

March 10, 2021

The Vernon Band will hold a brisket sandwich fundraiser on Friday, March 12 at TJ Smith’s lot on Wilbarger (Methvin’s car lot). The sale begins at 10:30 a.m. until sold out. Meals are $10. Delivery is available by calling 940-357-1805.

Mayor issues disaster declaration for winter storm

March 5, 2021

Mayor Pam Gosline issued a Disaster Resolution on February 23 for the City of Vernon in response to damage done by the most recent winter storm from Feb. 14 – 22. This state of disaster declaration was issued to allow for the city and its citizens to be eligible for FEMA aid. That declaration must…

State Leadership Announces Funding For Texas School Systems To Support In-Person Instruction

March 5, 2021

  Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced today that the State of Texas will provide a “hold harmless” to Texas school systems for the rest of the 2020-2021 academic school year only. This means funding will be made available to school systems in Texas that have seen enrollment and attendance declines…

Texas SNAP Recipients Eligible to Replace Lost Food

February 23, 2021

Governor Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced two new policies this week aimed at helping low-income Texans recover food lost during last week’s severe winter storm. Texans participating in SNAP are now eligible to replace food that was lost or destroyed due to power outages by requesting replacement benefits. SNAP…

Three contested races set

February 21, 2021

The filing period for local elections ended on Friday with three contested races set. At the Vernon city commission, Place 4 incumbent Britt Ferguson is seeking re-election, but he is being challenged by Dustin Fraticelli for the two-year term on the commission. Don Aydelott, the incumbent for City Commission Place 3, filed for re-election and…

AEP Texas restores more than 150,000 customers as generation increases on the electric grid

February 18, 2021

  AEP Texas restored electric service to approximately 150,000 customers overnight late Wednesday into Thursday morning as more generation came online in ERCOT. We are actively working to restore power to customers throughout our service territory. Crews are working around the clock to restore power to all impacted customers. We know many of our customers…

Covid numbers continue to decline in Wilbarger County

February 18, 2021

Wilbarger County reported 9 active Covid 19 cases on Monday, Feb. 15, as the county’s positive rate continues to stay in single digits. The mandatory mask requirement for the county is still in place. The state’s current requirement is “The county must have 30 or fewer new COVID-19 cases during the previous 14 day period.”…

VC trustees extend president’s contract, sell land to hotel owner

February 18, 2021

The Vernon College board of trustees appointed Betsy Smith to fill the unexpired term of Anne Spears, who resigned from her place on the board in January. The action was part of the February board of trustee meeting last Wednesday. The trustees accepted a bid of $140,001 from Joe Rogers, of Rogers Lodging, to purchase…