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Lots to do Saturday: Wine & Art Walk, Imagine the Possibilities Tour

Saturday will be busy in downtown Vernon. This Saturday, September 25 from 4 to 7 p.m., the Vernon Main Street District is once again hosting the Vernon Main Street Wine & Art Walk with a special Imagine the Possibilities Tour. The Wine & Art walk private shopping and social experience will have wine, beer, dessert…

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Vernon hosts Burkburnett for Homecoming Friday

Friday is Homecoming with Burkburnett coming to Vernon. “(Homecoming) comes at a good time for is, to kind of put the last two weeks behind us, and get us looking ahead. District is almost here, and we are using the next two games to prepare for that. Homecoming is exciting for the kids. There are…

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Texas A&M AgriLife peanut sheller to be unveiled Monday

A new $1 million-plus peanut sheller at Texas A&M AgriLife Foundation Seed in Vernon will be unveiled Monday. Vernon Business Development Corporation managing consultant Rick Hardcastle announced the ribbon cutting as part of the BDC meeting, last week. The sheller was installed, in part, thanks to BDC funding of the project. Texas A&M AgriLife and…

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Vernon ISD’s proposed bond explained

Dear Vernon ISD Resident: On Thursday, August 12, 2021, the Vernon ISD School Board called a bond election for $40 million. The board and administration worked with a number of bond committee members to develop this bond package. (See more information here  Page 1B ) Together, they reviewed the district’s facilities, demographics, equipment, and educational…

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Coin toss held for ballot spot

A coin toss was held at the Vernon Independent School District boardroom on Monday to determine place on the ballot in the November special election for trustee. Sjohonton Fanner won the toss and declared that he wished to appear second on the ballot. He is facing Leah Saylor for the open seat vacated by former…

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Vernon football hosts Holliday on Friday

The Lions will host the Holiday Eagles on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are not available at the gate, they must be prepurchased. Click here to purchase tickets. After playing back-to-back games against higher division 4A-DI foes, the 4A-DII Lions step down two divisions to play the 3A DII Eagles, but they may well be…

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Two file for VISD special election

The whirlwind week-long filling period for the special election for a seat on the Vernon Independent School District board of trustees ended Wednesday with two candidates. One candidate is Leah Saylor, interim Chief Nursing Officer at Wilbarger General Hospital, and has been at WGH for the past 11 years. The second candidate is Sjohonton Fanner,…

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House fire suspected to be arson

Vernon emergency personnel responded to a fully engulfed structure fire on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at around 5:45 p.m. in the 2700 block of Olive Street. A fire investigator is expected on scene later this week to investigate the fire, which is being called suspicious. See more information in Wednesday’s print edition.

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Bandits steal truck, use it to break into bank ATM

Crooks staged a brazen burglary of the ATM at Pilgrim’s Bank, located in the 900 block of Hillcrest, early Sunday morning. An alarm at the bank was triggered at 6:08 a.m., and records show that officers were on scene within three minutes. When officers arrived they found someone had ripped open the front of the…

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County facing big deficit, works on budget

Wilbarger County is facing a loss of more than $600,000 from this year to next year, due in large part to a drop in expected property tax revenue after the AEP powerplant in Oklaunion shut down. “Somewhere, we’ve gotta knock about $615,000 out of this budget,” County Judge Greg Tyra told the Wilbarger County Commissioners…

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