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New lighting approved at Wilbarger County Airport

Daniel Walker Vernon Record A divided Wilbarger County Commissioners approved a budget amendment on Monday that will allow new runway lighting to be installed at the airport. The court tied 2 to 2 with County Judge Greg Tyra casting the tiebreaker in favor of the project. Judge Tyra said that the ongoing TxDOT airport renovation…

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Wilbarger General Hospital: 50 years

Wilbarger General Hospital will host a 5oth Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday — and you are invited. The event is Tuesday, June 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food trucks, bounce house, Air Evac Helicopters static display and more will be available for the community. “We hope everyone will attend. This is the community’s hospital…

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Vernon man arrested on 5 child porn charges

A subject was arrested Thursday in Vernon, charged with five felony counts of possession of child pornography. Jimmy Lloyd McPeak, 53 of Vernon, was still held in the Wilbarger County Jail on Friday evening, with bond set at $30,000 — $6,000 per count. On June 6, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the Vernon Police Department in…

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Dogs gone wild

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The Vernon Police Department reported three dog bite cases in the city during the past week. On Thursday a Meals on Wheels delivery person was bitten on the hip while delivering meals in the 2400 block of Nabors at lunchtime. The dog has been placed in a 10-day quarantine at a…

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June is packed with fun at Copper Breaks

Saturdays in June will be packed with lots of fun family learning a outdoor activities at Copper Breaks State Park, located off of Highway 6 between Crowell and Quanah. June 9 — 10 a.m. Backyard bass Join a Park Ranger for a game of Backyard Bass. Learn about the fish communities that call Copper Breaks…

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Busy summer weekend on tap

Joyce Ashley Vernon Record A busy weekend is scheduled in Vernon with a number of fun and food events on tap. Beginning Saturday morning, June 8, the Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon with Blackberry Day as the theme. Vendors will be set up around the courthouse square to offer…

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City wells in good shape

Daniel Walker Vernon Record May continued a streak of three months with well above-average rainfall – and that has the city’s water well fields in strong shape heading into the summer months, even as another wetter than normal month is forecast. The month of May had 6.92 inches of rainfall in Vernon. That pushed the…

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Remembering D-Day in Vernon

Daniel Walker Vernon Record D-Day, the allied invasion to liberate France occurred 75 years ago Thursday, on June 6, 1944. The Vernon Daily Record reported the headline “Vernon observes Invasion Day.” The story reported: “News of the invasion of Western Europe came to Vernon Tuesday morning at 3 o’clock. Most residents heard the fire siren…

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City firework show set for July 6

Tourism Director Amanda Lehman reported that the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration will be called the Red River Rhythm this year. It is which scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 6 at the Santa Rosa Rodeo Grounds south of Vernon. The event will include a battle…

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Cases heard in district court

Two defendants were sentenced to prison while two others received probation during proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County last week. J.D. Nava, 37, of Vernon, was sentenced to five years in prison following the revocation of his probation in a case of felony assault family violence. Nava was placed on probation…

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