Pool opening delayed

  The Orbison Park Aquatic Center’s opening has been delayed. The pool normally opens Memorial Day weekend, but extensive damage was done  to the pool and its infrastructure during the lengthy freeze in February when the facility lost power. “The earliest we may be able to open the pool will be on June 7 and…

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VISD trustees plan special meeting for Friday

During their May board meeting on May 17, the Vernon ISD trustees continued discussion from previous meetings regarding an Alternatives Campus. Superintendent JeffByrd said that buying a portable building would cost approximately $92,000, while renting one would include a $12,000 set up fee, and a $10,000 pickup fee. It would cost $48,000 to rent for…

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Great crowds, great excitement at 75th Santa Rosa Roundup

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The 75th Santa Rosa Roundup, which wrapped up its 4-day run on Saturday, featured sold-out crowds, record numbers of contestants, and perfect weather in the 70s each night. Organizers stated that it was believed to be the best attended Roundup since 1969. The rodeo also included 514 competitors chasing  nearly $60,000…

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Vernon ISD ends mask mandate

The Vernon Independent School District board of trustees met on Monday and unanimously approved ending the mask mandate when the summer school session begins. Superintendent Jeff Byrd said that recent CDC guidance regarding masks meant he recommended that the mask mandate be lifted, and he said it would be a good trial run for when…

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Armed robbery suspect caught after scary chase

An attempted armed robbery of a Vernon pharmacy led to a high speed chase across Wilbarger County last Wednesday. Richard Vernon Fox, 38, of Clancy, Montana, was booked into the Wilbarger County Jail on felony charges of aggravated robbery and evading arrest with a motor vehicle. He is still being held on bonds totaling $70,000.…

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Ready for the Roundup

The 75th Santa Rosa Roundup rides into Vernon this week for four days of rodeo action. The excitement starts on Wednesday, May 12, with the traditional rodeo parade. The parade will get underway at 4 p.m., with colorful floats, plenty of horses and other entries, all vying for prizes. Bringing up the parade will be…

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14 building permits approved

There were 14 building permits approved in the City of Vernon during April. A solar panel project was approved at 4401 Foster with Davis Electric as the contractor. A sign was approved for the Church of Christ at 2515 Wilbarger. There were three permits for HVAC, all with Fancher Electric as contractor. Five permits were…

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Incumbents fall: Craighead, Fraticelli and Parmer win elections

The local election Saturday saw two incumbents go down in defeat. For Wilbarger General Hospital board of directors, Place 5, Kathy Craighead beat incumbent and current board chairman Melanie Milner  with 65 percent of the vote — 504 to 262. For Vernon Independent School District board of trustees, place 2, Patrick Parmer beat Allen Overby…

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Masks still required at VISD

The Vernon Independent School District board of trustees opted to keep the mask mandate in place for all students, staff and visitors – at least through the end of the school year, which ends in May.  The vote was part of the Wednesday, April 21 VISD trustee meeting. But the trustees were divided about the…

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