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Terrible Tuesday remembered: The story of a photograph

April 11, 2019

Editor’s note:The Vernon Daily Record remembers the 40th anniversary of Terrible Tuesday, April 10, 1979 when multiple tornadoes struck the area. An iconic photo from the time showed a City of Vernon vehicle in the living room of a house. The VDR told the story of the truck on the one-year anniversary in 1980, as…

Terrible Tuesday remembered: Timeline of April 10, 1979

April 11, 2019

Timeline of April 10, 1979 tornado Editor’s Note: On the 40th anniversary of Terrible Tuesday, April 10, 1979 The Vernon Daily Record remembers those events with a timeline created from the VDR archives. — Daniel Walker Tuesday, April 10, 1979 dawned bright and clear, a change from the thundershowers that threatened the area for the…

Churches to hold community Palm Sunday service

April 11, 2019

Joyce Ashley Vernon Record The traditional community Palm Sunday service will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 6 p.m., at the Second Baptist Church presented by the Vernon Ministerial Alliance as all denominations are invited to come together for the special event as Holy Week begins. Rev. Ric Rosalez, Second Baptist Church pastor,…

Child Welfare Board bringing awareness to child abuse prevention

April 11, 2019

By JOYCE ASHLEY Vernon Record As the spring breeze blows through the trees on the west lawn of Wilbarger County Courthouse, 211 blue pinwheels turn in the wind. Behind them 203 pairs of shoes hang from a white rack. The pinwheels and shoes symbolize grim facts – 211 child deaths that took place in Texas…

Big projects on ballot at CISD

April 11, 2019

MARK POTTER VERNON RECORD CHILLICOTHE – Voters in the Chillicothe Independent School District will go to the polls on May 4 to decide on a $7.5 bond issue to build a new cafeteria at the elementary school, renovate the existing cafeteria into additional classroom space and construct a new ag science classroom at the high…

New Construction: Solar plans taking shape

April 11, 2019

A $250,000 business remodeling and installation of two solar panels led construction activity here during the month of March when 20 construction permits totaling $448,808 were issued by the City of Vernon, contributing to a year-to-date construction total of $654,957 for the first three months of 2019. Both the March and year-to-date totals are well…

VHS literary criticism team places at district contest

April 11, 2019

Ten Vernon High School students placed in events during the High School District Academic UIL Contest on Wednesday, March 27 in Burkburnett with five members of one team and another student advancing to the regional contest scheduled for April 12-13 in Lubbock. Rachel Roth placed third in copy editing to advance to regionals. Also advancing…

Nine felony sentences handed out in District Court

March 30, 2019

Several prison and probation sentences were handed down over the last few days during proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County. Felony DWI James Valdez, 50, of Vernon, was sentenced to four years in prison following his plea of guilty to felony driving while intoxicated. On August 5, 2018, Vernon police were…

DNA leads to conviction of Vernon burglar

March 29, 2019

DNA evidence gathered from blood at a crime scene led to a Vernon burglar’s conviction this week in the 46th District Court. William Austin Young, 19, of Vernon, was sentenced to probation for a period of five years and ordered to complete a term of confinement in an intermediate sanction facility by Judge Dan Mike…

County’s tourism tax request draws opposition from hotels

March 28, 2019

State Rep. Drew Springer has introduced legislation that, if passed, would allow Wilbarger County to tax hotel stays in the County. That legislation prompted a protest from local hotel owners at Tuesday night’s Vernon City Commission meeting. Joe Rogers, owner of the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express, presented a petition to the commission asking…