Christmas parade ready to roll, events set on Saturday

Inclement weather last weekend forced a postponement of the Vernon Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas on the Western Trail activities, but all activities and the events will go on this coming Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, according to Bubba Rich, president of the Lighted Christmas Parade Committee. Rich said all activities originally planned are scheduled to…

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Lady Lions down Archer City

Vernon went on the road Tuesday night and the Lady Lions came home with a 65-54 win over Archer City. The Lady Lions were hot early, outscoring the hosts 26-16 in the first quarter before taking a 32-25 lead into halftime. Vernon poured it on on the third quarter with 22 points and led 54-42…

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Vernon robotics takes first place

The Vernon Boys and Girls Club robotics team, VR Fitness Crew, had a successful showing at the recent First Lego League First Round Qualifier held at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth on Saturday, Dec 8. The team received such a high overall score that they will advance straight to the Champions round, bypassing…

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WGH reports on October finances

The Wilbarger General Hospital directors received the financial report for October. The fiscal year’s first month of financials were a mixed bag – but ultimately the hospital finished the month with a positive bottom line of $23,000, according to Barbara Brooks, interim Chief Financial Officer. Brooks told the directors that October statistics were below budget…

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Are local elections secure? County contracts to find out

The Wilbarger County Commissioners okayed having a security firm review the county’s election process. The action came in Monday’s commission meeting. County Clerk Jana Kennon told the commission that there is $24 million in grant money available to Texas counties for purchasing new voting machinery. But the only way to qualify for the grant is…

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VISD trustees approve audit report, appoint new trustee

Vernon school trustees unanimously approved the district’s 2017-2018 audit report during a monthly business meeting Monday. The audit report was presented by Doug Pharis of Vernon accounting firm Moore, Truelove, Pharis, Meyers & Marsh CPA’s PLLC. Pharis reported that the audit report received a “good, clean” opinion with the district’s books in good shape and…

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Governor Abbott Proclaims Day Of Mourning: State offices closed Wednesday

Governor Greg Abbott today proclaimed December 5, 2018, as an official Day of Mourning in Texas in honor of former President George H.W. Bush. Under this proclamation, the people of Texas are encouraged to gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings,…

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Red River rematch: No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 9 Texas for Big 12

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas players celebrated on the field at the State Fair of Texas, flashing “Hook ‘Em Horns” signs and posing for pictures with the “Golden Hat” trophy that goes to the winner of their Red River rivalry against Oklahoma. Soon after leaving the field, though, the Longhorns were already thinking about the…

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Massive, extended data breach within Marriott’s hotel empire

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A security breach inside Marriott’s worldwide hotel empire has compromised the information of as many as 500 million guests, exposing in some cases credit card numbers, passport numbers and birthdates, the company said Friday. Alarming security analysts, Marriott said that unauthorized access to data at the hotels, once run by Starwood,…

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