Lions battle Greenwood in bi-district to finish season

ABILENE – The Vernon Lion baseball team played Midland Greenwood in a Class 4A bi-district game on Saturday, May 4. The Lions would close out their season as they fell to the Rangers 6-1. The Lions were first on the scoreboard in the first inning and then Greenwood would respond by tying the game 1-1…

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136th Doan’s Picnic draws crowd to event

The 136th Doan’s May Picnic was held Saturday, May 4, 2019, on the grounds of the Doan’s Adobe as a large number of pioneer descendants and others gathered beneath the tall trees next to the oldest structure in the county to witness the historic event which was first begun in 1884. Despite a number of…

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WGH directors get assistance in improving hospital efficiency, stability

Directors of Wilbarger General Hospital were introduced to Ron Vigus, regional vice president for Quorum Health Resources which is assisting the hospital with reorganization efforts to improve efficiency and financial stability, during a monthly business meeting Tuesday in which they also approved changing the schedule of monthly meetings. Vigus addressed the board about Quorum’s efforts…

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Chillicothe ISD voters approve $7.5 million bond issue for new facilities

CHILLICOTHE – Voters in the Chillicothe Independent School District overwhelmingly approved a $7.5 million bond issue to build new facilities at bot the elementary school and high school by a margin of nearly 80 percent during an election Saturday, May 4 in which they also decided on local school board and hospital board seats. The…

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Plans set for 136th Doan’s Picnic at historic Adobe

On Saturday, May 4, the 136th Doan’s May Picnic will be celebrated as visitors from near and far gather on the grounds of the historic Doan’s Adobe north of Vernon. Reigning over the festivities will be the 2019 King and Queen, Eli Lynn Wilson and Caylee Olivia Streit and their courts. A highlight of the…

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Man draws hefty sentence for causing wreck while fleeing cops

A man who caused a serious accident while fleeing from police received a 60-year prison sentence last week during a proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County. Joseph Daniel Ramirez, 32, of Vernon, was sentenced to 60 years in prison following his plea of guilty to evading arrest with a motor vehicle.…

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Vernon makes revisions to animal ordinance

Vernon city commission members unanimously approved updates to the city’s ordinance concerning animal violations and a revised Drought Contingency Plan during a monthly business meeting Tuesday. The revisions to the ordinances regarding animal violations, which take effect immediately, require that fencing in back yards or outdoor enclosures where animals are kept be up to standard…

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BDC directors approve letter opposing House Bill 1221

Directors of the Business Development Corporation of Vernon unanimously approved action to write and submit a letter in opposition of House Bill 1221 during a monthly business meeting Wednesday, April 17. House Bill 1221, which was passed by the Texas house with a similar bill approved by the senate, is now in committee. This bill…

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VISD trustees review soccer results

Vernon school trustees were presented results of a district survey of students concerning a proposal to add a soccer program to the district’s sports offerings at the middle school and high school levels during their monthly business meeting Monday. Vernon Middle School Principal Blaise Boswell said that surveys of the school’s 408 students found that…

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Another wind farm is planned for county

Another wind mill farm will be coming to Wilbarger County. The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court met with representatives of Lincoln Clean Energy on Monday to begin the process for a new wind mill farm, similar to projects Lincoln Clean Energy already has in Wilbarger County. The company previously erected the Electra Farm, which stretches along…

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