District Court proceedings

Recent hearings in the 46th Judicial District Court resulted in prison and probation sentences. Jason Fry, 40, of Vernon, was sentenced to four years in prison when his probation was revoked in a case of assault family violence. The basis for the revocation was an allegation that Fry had committed the offense of burglary of…

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WGH update on Covid stats

In his CEO report, Wilbarger General Hospital’s Tom Siemers gave an update to the hospital board of directors on Thursday regarding how Covid had affected the hospital. He said 60 of 175 employees had contracted the illness with 522 work days lost. There were 4 staff that took FMLA and one that died. In the…

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Flowers, Thomas, McBride, Hildebrand win Area titles

Vernon crowned three Champions at last week’s Area track meet, and Northside had one Area champion . The Lady Lions advanced in six individual events and one relay to Region from Area.  The Area meet was held at Mineral Wells’ Jackie Harvey Complex. The top four in each event advance to Region I-4A Meet in…

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Wrestling: Czelusta advances to State with silver at Regional

Vernon High School junior Andrew Czelusta has qualified for the 5A UIL State Boys Wrestling Tournament after finishing as Region 1 runner-up in the 152 lb. class last week in El Paso. Ina flip from last week, Czelusta took 2nd at Region after also taking 2nd at District, while the District champion ended up falling…

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Unemployment scam targets Vernon city employees

A number of workers in Vernon have been caught up in a widespread fraud regarding claims for unemployment benefits. “Often the employees have no idea it is being done,” said Vernon Police Lt. Mickey Allen. The Vernon Police Department became aware of the issue last fall when several unemployment claims arrived at City Hall, but…

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Chillicothe ISD receives bond upgrade

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an A1 issuer rating to Chillicothe Independent School District and concurrently upgraded the district’s general obligation unlimited tax rating to A1 from Baa1. The issuer rating reflects the district’s ability to repay debt and debt-like obligations without consideration of any pledge, security or structural features. The action affects $6.8 million…

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VISD trustees to debate mask requirement again

The Vernon ISD trustees will again take up the matter of whether to mandate students, visitors and staff wear masks at VISD facilities. Action on the matter is part of the Vernon ISD board of trustees meeting set for Wednesday, April 21 at the Administration Building, 1713 Wilbarger, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open…

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Legislation filed to add Western Trail to National Trails System

Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas and fellow Republican Ron Estes of Kansas introduced legislation on April 15 to add the Chisholm and Western Trails to the National Trails System. “As our country expanded westward, the Chisholm Trail and the Western Trail became critical lifelines for the people of the Great Plains. Cattle ranchers across…

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Prison sentence in bail jumping case

Both prison and probation sentences were handed down during recent proceedings in the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County. Christopher McManus, 39, of Vernon, was sentenced to eight years in prison on two separate charges from 2016. On January 16, 2016, a Vernon police officer attempted a traffic stop on McManus at around 2:30…

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Texas rolls out vaccine scheduler

According to data from Texas Health and Human Services, 40.47 percent of Wilbarger County residents over 16 have received at least on dose of Covid-19 vaccine and 31.45 % of the county is fully vaccinated. There are plenty of opportunities to get vaccinated, as Gov. Greg Abbott has opened vaccinations up to all Texans. Family…

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