One-time federal fugitive sentenced

A second group of defendants from the FBI’s Flat Rate raids in Vernon and surrounding areas last July were sentenced in federal court on Thursday. Trevor Clifford Scott, who was one of the Scott brothers who was on the run for several weeks, was one of those sentenced. All defendants were sentenced to a term…

Vernon Police equip guns with cameras

The Vernon Police Department became the first police department in Texas to implement the use of gun-mounted cameras. The department has been testing the cameras for the past three months and officially unveiled 20 of the cameras on Tuesday. The weapon-mounted camera begins recording as soon as the gun is removed from the holster. It…

Vernon Robotics team makes strong showing

Vernon’s robotics team, the VR Fitness Crew, had a strong showing at the First Lego League Championship Robotics Tournament held in Dallas on Saturday, Feb. 9. The North Texas region had over 450 teams participate in First Lego League this season. From these 450 teams, only 60 teams earned a spot through qualifying tournaments to…

man sentenced for drug possession after traffic stop in Vernon

A 24-year-old Savannah, Ga. man was sentenced to three years in prison in Wilbarger County this week following a two-day trial for felony possession of marijuana, District Attorney Staley Heatly announced. Emory Tyler Barton was convicted of the crime by a jury in 46th District Court in connection with an incident that occurred nearly a…

Chillicothe ISD trustees call $7.5 millon bond issue election

CHILLICOTHE – Chillicothe ISD trustees unanimously approved an order to call a May 4 bond issue election for projects at the elementary and high school campuses during a monthly business meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12. The election is for $7.5 million bond issue to construct a new cafeteria at the elementary school and convert the present…

Six from Vernon sentenced in federal court, stemming from FBI-led raids

Approximately half of the defendants from the FBI-led Flat Rate takedown from last summer were sentenced in federal court in Wichita Falls on Monday by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor. Six of those sentenced were from Vernon and each defendant was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance (methamphetamine). The…

Vernon among stops as monarchs head to Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As the colorful monarch butterfly makes its way to Mexico, the Texoma area, including Vernon, is on its flight path and residents have reported sightings of the butterfly. The population of monarch butterflies wintering in central Mexico is up 144 percent over last year, experts said Wednesday. The data presented by…

Beer, wine tasting event planned for Vernon’s downtown

Vernon Main Street Advisory Board members approved the scheduling of a Main Street Event in March, discussed the formation of program committees and outlined the components of the Main Street program to business owners during a monthly business See more in the online edition.

Incumbents file for office

Newly-appointed Vernon ISD Place 3 trustee J.J. Oznick filed as a candidate Thursday for a full three-year term to his seat which is to be decided during the May 4 general election. Oznick was recently appointed to his seat to fill out the remaining months of the current term vacated by Rodney Garrard following his…

A total of $156,600 in premiums went toward purchases of 107 livestock during the premium sale of the 2019 Wilbarger County Junior Livestock Show held

A total of $156,600 in premiums went toward purchases of 107 livestock during the premium sale of the 2019 Wilbarger County Junior Livestock Show held Tuesday at the Wilbarger County Exhibit Building. See more details in the online edition.