Matute, Patterson named top students at Harrold

Harrold High School has named Alexis Matute as valedictorian and Gabryana Patterson as salutatorian of the 2019 graduating class. Commencement exercises for the six-member graduating class will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24 in the school gym. Matute, daughter of Grace and Roberto Sanchez, was named valedictorian on a grade point average of 94.…

Hardeman Deputy cleared by grand jury in shooting

A Hardeman County Deputy Sheriff was cleared by a grand jury of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a Quanah man that happened earlier this year, on March 9. According to District Attorney Staley Heatly, on that date a Hardeman County Deputy responded to a Quanah residence a little after 9:15am following a 911…

Bhakta, Morales, Brints named top students at VHS

Vernon High School has announced its top three students from the 2019 graduating class including Rahul Bharat Bhakta, valedictorian; Christian Jeffrey Morales, salutatorian; and Cailtlin Taylor Brints, third-ranking student. Commencement exercises for the 120-member graduating class will be at 8 p.m. Friday, May 24 at Lion Stadium. Bhakta was named valedictorian on a 4.855 grade-point-average.…

Moer recognized by state legislature for stopping kidnapper in Wilbarger Co.

Last week, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Corporal Joshua Moer was honored by members of the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives for being named the IACP/Motorola Solutions 2018 Trooper of the Year. Cpl. Moer was selected for Trooper of the Year following his heroic actions in saving the life of a young…

74th Santa Rosa Roundup winds up with great action in rodeo arena

The 74th annual Santa Rosa Roundup concluded its four-night run Saturday at the Santa Rosa Arena south of Vernon. Vernon’s Caine Riddle of Vernon riding Tic Tac put up an impressive score of 75 in bareback competition on Saturday, the final night of competition. That left him in the money with a fourth place overall…

Northside ISD employs 2 new teachers

Northside school trustees approved the employment of two new faculty members for the 2019-2020 school year and accepted the retirements of two others during a monthly business meeting Tuesday, May 14. RaeLyn Kitchens was hired as a secondary science teacher while Jarrod Ford was approved for employment as a secondary language arts teacher. Trustees also…

Wet month obliterates drought

April showers were abundant across the area, and they helped put an end to a drought that had been developing across northwest Texas through the first three months of 2019. Vernon reported 6.22 inches of rain fell during the month of April. That appears to fall just shy of breaking the record for the month.…

April construction activity totals $137,230

A $16,200 heating/air conditioning installation led construction activity here during the month of April when 27 construction permits with a total value of $137,230 were issued by the City of Vernon. That figure brings the year-to-date total for construction permits to $792,187 for the first four months of 2019. By comparison, there were $56,242.25 in…

It’s Roundup week

Some 70 entries will make up this year’s Santa Rosa Rodeo parade set to get underway at 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, to kick off the 74th edition of the Santa Rosa Roundup. Leading the Santa Rosa Roundup parade will be Grand Marshal Don Goodrum along with his wife Shirley. Born in Vernon, Goodrum’s family…

136th Doan’s Picnic draws crowd to event

The 136th Doan’s May Picnic was held Saturday, May 4, 2019, on the grounds of the Doan’s Adobe as a large number of pioneer descendants and others gathered beneath the tall trees next to the oldest structure in the county to witness the historic event which was first begun in 1884. Despite a number of…