City commission proposes lower tax rate

The Vernon City Commission held a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and proposed a property tax rate for 2020. City Manager Marty Mangum, in a memo to the commission, said that the budget anticipates a tax rate of $0.52422 per $100 in valuation, down from the current $0.56471. The commission approved Mangum’s recommendation on…

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Solar project asks county for tax abatement

The Wilbarger County Commissioners received a request for a tax abatement for a solar power generating complex. The request was part of Monday’s county commission meeting. After meeting with company officials in closed session for nearly an hour, the commission reconvened in open and voted to table action until September. Eric Clifft, project manager of…

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First Covid-19 death reported in Wilbarger County

Texas’ new way to count Covid-19 data revealed that there has been a coronavirus-caused death in Wilbarger County. On July 27 Texas DSHS began reporting COVID-19 fatality data based on death certificates. A fatality is counted as a COVID-19 fatality when the medical certifier attests on the death certificate that COVID-19 is a cause of…

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Adams Creek Solar Project taking shape

Representatives from the proposed Adams Creek Solar Project met with the Vernon College board of trustees last week. The solar project is planned in eastern Wilbarger County under development by Savion. The company requested a tax value limitation agreement with the Harrold ISD in February and is expected to ask tax breaks from other county…

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County discusses new hotel tax

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court met on Monday to discuss whether to enact a 2 percent hotel occupancy tax, the authority to enact it was authorized by the state legislature in SB 3127 last session. The matter was ultimately tabled. Three members of the public spoke against implementing it and one spoke in favor of…

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VISD holding special meeting on Thursday

  The Vernon Independent School District board of trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration building boardroom. The only action item on the agenda is approval to purchase more Chromebooks. The board has previously discussed the need for the computers in case the district has to…

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Cattle truck wreck causes fireworks stand explosion

First responders and private citizens were pressed into action following an accident which  set off an explosion rocking the south part of Chillicothe during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers stated a semi, hauling a trailer full of cattle, was northbound on U.S. 287. The 18-wheeler drifted across the…

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Indictment in Federal two-state drug investigation

The Wilbarger County Grand Jury recently met and returned more than 40 indictments, including one stemming from a federal investigation into a two-state drug ring. Steven Anthony Mitchell was indicted for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Mitchell was arrested on Sept. 19, 2019 in Vernon. On that date five…

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Free Covid testing on Wednesday

    Mobile COVID-19 testing is coming to Vernon this week. This will be the third time the mobile clinic has been in Vernon. Texas Health and Human Services will be operating the testing at the Carnegie Library, 2810 Wilbarger Street, from 10 a.m. until 4  p.m Wednesday, June 17. Call 512-883-2400 or visit txcovidtest.org…

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