Lots of snow, bitter cold expected over the weekend

Winter will really be making its presence known with dangerously cold temperatures/wind chills and significant snowfall expected Sunday into Monday. Any preparations for the upcoming winter weather should be done either today or Saturday. “Dangerous wind chills are expected Friday through early next week. A winter storm is possible Sunday into Monday.” That is how…

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Lady Lions in playoffs, game moved to Friday

Vernon wrapped up the No. 3 seed in District 5-4A with a 49-43 road win at Hirschi last Friday. The Lady Lions were led by three players in double figures. Macy Flowers led the way with 13 points, Carli White added 11 and Shay Williams had 10. Vernon was scheduled to play No. 15 stated…

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Early voting begins Tuesday in runoff election

Gov. Greg Abbott has set Feb. 23 as the date for the House District 68 special election runoff to replace former state Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, who is now in the Texas Senate. Early voting for the House District 68 runoff will begin Tuesday, Feb. 16. Wilbarger County Clerk Jana Kennon said that early voting…

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New WGH wound center headlines January building permits

  Nine building permits were issued in Vernon during January. The big permit was for a remodel at Wilbarger General Hospital for the creation of a new wound center. In a December 2020 meeting, the Wilbarger General Hospital board of directors accepted a bid of $373,750 for the new Wound Care Center project. WGH Chief…

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Lady Lions 38, Burkburnett 35

The Vernon defense held host Burkburnett to just one first quarter point as the Lady Lions jumped out to a 9-1 lead on Friday, Jan. 29 in Burkburnett. Vernon built a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter and then held on down the stretch to sweep the season series against Burkburnett with a 38-35 win.…

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Vernon lost phone service after AT&T line cut

  Phone service in Vernon was out for several days after a contractor for another utility doing work in Vernon cut the main AT&T line in town on Thursday. The cut affected both residential and commercial hard-line customers. The Vernon Police Department was one of those affected — reporting at 11:17 a.m. that they had…

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HD 68 candidate’s 4-year-old daughter killed in accident

Candidate for HD68’s daughter killed A runoff date for the House District 68 seat, vacated by Drew Springer has not been set. Republicans David Spiller and Craig Carter are headed to a runoff in the special election. This past Sunday evening, members of Craig Carter’s family were killed in a fatal, hit and run car…

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Lady Lions 75, Mineral Wells 53

  The Lady Lions went on a 7-0 run, keyed by 6 straight points from Shay Williams, to build a 24-4 first quarter lead last Tuesday, Jan. 26, on the way to a 75-53 win at Mineral Wells. Vernon had six different players score in the first quarter as their pressure rattled the hosts into…

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Lady Lions snubbed in preseason softball poll

Iowa Park is the softball team to beat in the region, at least according to the Texas High School Coaches. The Coaches Preseason  Poll, released Monday, picked the Lady Hawks as the 4A No. 3 team in the state and the favorite to win the district over Vernon, Burkburnett, Graham, Hirschi and Mineral Wells. The…

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County gives tax abatement for Tyson expansion

Tax abatement given The Wilbarger County Commissioner, on Monday, were presented with a request to give a tax abatement to Tyson Refrigerated Processed Foods, Inc. County Judge Greg Tyra said that the City of Vernon had taken the lead on negotiating with Tyson, and had approved an abatement last month. He said the Tyson project…

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