Friday morning ice storm update: 250 still without power in Vernon

Restoration of service to customers impacted by the west Texas winter storm is entering its final phases.  As of 8:30 a.m., the number of customers without power totaled approximately 440 in the Abilene District, as compared to approximately 14,400 at 10:30 Wednesday morning.  In Vernon, the estimate to restore power by Thursday night proved to…

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Friday morning Ice Storm update: AEP reports 250 still without power in Vernon — power expected back by 9 p.m. Friday

Restoration of service to customers impacted by the west Texas winter storm is entering its final phases.  As of 8:30 a.m., the number of customers without power totaled approximately 440 in the Abilene District, as compared to approximately 14,400 at 10:30 Wednesday morning.  In Vernon, the estimate to restore power by Thursday night proved to…

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Travel discouraged, ice accidents piling up

Vernon First Responders were on the scene of three separate accidents on U.S. 287 at 9 p.m. Monday. The accidents all occurred at overpasses  and were due to ice-covered roads. U.S. 287 northbound was closed at College Drive after a U-Haul ruck with trailer flipped onto its side and blocked traffic. Traffic had backed up…

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VHS Bass Team fish fry planned

  The Vernon High School  Bass Team will hold its annual fish fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 3130 Wilbarger. Price is $12 per plate and will include 5 pieces of fish, potato salad, coleslaw, pinto beans, homemade dessert and drink. Plates are carry out only.

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Vernon, Northside open District play Friday

The Vernon football Lions have had a tough go in the first part of the 2020 season, finishing non-district with an 0-6 record. There have been some close calls, and a few what ifs, but non of that matters now. The Lions open district play this Friday at 7 p.m., hosting Mineral Wells (1-4, 0-1).…

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Covid numbers climbing

The Tuesday evening Covid-19 case count showed Wilbarger County with 243 cases, 48 in Hardeman County and 19 in Foard County. There were just 7 reported as active in Wilbarger, while 16 were active in Hardeman and none in Foard. The NTSH-Vernon campus reported 4 patients and 8 staff were positive as of Monday. Last…

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Big turnout on first day of early voting

Turnout was high in Wilbarger County on Tuesday Oct. 13, the first day of early voting. Wilbarger County County Clerk Jana Kennon reported 377 votes were cast on the first day.Sample ballot 2020 Kennon said her office was petitioned by the local Democratic Party to have extended Early Voting hours. Enough signatures were obtained that…

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order To Open Bars In Qualifying Counties

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50% capacity in conjunction with county officials. In hospital regions with low COVID-19 hospitalizations, County Judges will be able to opt their county into opening bars beginning October 14th, provided they assist in enforcing health protocols. The Governor’s…

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