Governor Abbott announces Phase III to Open Texas

Governor Greg Abbott, on Wednesday, announced the third phase of the State of Texas’ plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase III, effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions. Business that previously have been able…

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Gosline is first woman to serve as mayor of Vernon

Pam Gosline is Vernon’s new mayor. In an historic first, she becomes the first woman to serve as mayor of Vernon. She took over following the resignation of Doug Jeffrey, officially accepted on Tuesday night. Gosline was the only candidate for mayor, and in a normal year would have assumed office in May. However, due…

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Gov. Abbott says hair, nail salons can open Friday

Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday, held a press conference where announced that he is issuing an Executive Order to expand openings of certain businesses and activities. The Governor also announced new guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on graduation ceremonies and the creation of Surge Response Teams to combat any COVID-19 flare ups in…

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Wilbarger County offices operating by appointment only

Wilbarger County offices will now be operating by appointment only.  Access to the courthouse will be limited after the Wilbarger County Commissioners held an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the coronavirus. Judge Greg Tyra asked the Commissioners Court to ratify a declaration of emergency last Monday, which he had proclaimed earlier. The declaration would expire…

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Restaurants struggle to stay open

Vernon restaurants and the Vernon Plaza movie theater are facing an unprecedented challenge after Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order closing them. Gov. Abbott, on Thursday, issued an executive order that will close restaurants and schools, among other things to combat the spread of the coronavirus. During a news conference at the state Capitol, Abbott…

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County schools grapple with changing conditions

Wilbarger County schools will be shut down this week, with plans to offer online distance learning, starting March 30 as well as meals to students. The details on how that will work are still being ironed out this week by school staff. The rapidly shifting conditions have created nightmares for local schools trying to develop…

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Railroad Commission’s Wayne Christian discusses oil market

  AUSTIN – As Saudi Arabia and Russia flood the international energy market with a glut of crude oil, prices have dropped to unsustainable levels that threaten the future of the Texas oil and gas industry, its associated benefits to the state economy, and American energy dominance. The United States recently became the largest producer…

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Gov. Abbott discusses his declaration closing restaurants

Jonathon Tillove Austin American Statesman Texas Pool Reporter Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference Thursday to discuss is declaration closing restaurants, bars and schools. He was joined by Texas Health Service director, Dr. John Hellerstedt, who was seated to Abbott’s right. and Texas Department of Emergency Management, led by Chief Nim Kidd, seated…

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WGH Implementing Tighter Restrictions

Wilbarger General Hospital continues to focus on preparation efforts regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following suggested infection prevention protocols and guidance from the CDC. As recommended by the CDC and out of caution, we are implementing visitor restrictions and close monitoring of all individuals who enter the hospital. Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, all visitors…

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Public access to VDR offices temporarily halted

  In an effort to keep our employees, subscribers, and advertisers safe during this event, Vernon Daily Record offices are closing to the public effective March 18th for a period of three weeks or until further notice.  The health and safety of our employees and our community are very important to us and we’re doing…

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