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Fatal accident reported Sunday in Childress County

Date/Time: 9/18/2022 at approximately 12:15 p.m. County: Childress Location: US 287 – Approximately eight miles Northwest of Childress. Posted Speed Limit: 75 Weather/Road: Condition: Clear/Dry paved road   Vehicle 1: 2004 Ford Expedition towing a U-Haul trailer Driver: Deceased – Gladys Roath, 57, of Miami, Florida. She was pronounced deceased on scene by Childress County Justice…

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Burn ban ends

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court was convened Monday at their Courtroom in the Wilbarger County Courthouse, County Judge Greg Tyra presiding. On the advice of the Vernon Fire Chief Chris Cook, the commissioners voted unanimously to lift the County’s burn ban effective immediately. It was noted that that after a dry start to the year,…

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Vernon College celebrated 50 years

A celebration ceremony to mark Vernon College’s 50th year of operation was held Friday afternoon, Sept. 2, 2022 in the King Center on the Vernon College campus in Vernon. The theme of the celebration was “Thank You Wilbarger County.” The ceremony included comments from board of trustee chairman Bob Ferguson, College president Dr. Dusty Johnston,…

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Vernon hosts Idalou on Friday

Vernon hosts the Idalou Wildcats on Friday, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. “Idalou is a football haven around Lubbock. They have outstanding participation, and they know how to win. They typically play 2 or 3 rounds into the playoffs and they expect to win,” Vernon Coach Kevin Sherrill said. Idalou (2-1) suffered its first…

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Welcome to Bacon City USA

Bacon City, USA will come to life at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Vernon with vendors spread throughout the downtown. From 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., food trucks will be parked in the vacant lot behind the Vernon Plaza Theatre. At the Wright Pavilion on Pease Street between Three Hearts Steakhouse and C&N Flowers & Gifts,…

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Vernon adopts new, lower tax rate

A special meeting of the Vernon City Commission was held Tuesday, Sept. 6. Mayor Gosline called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with all city Commissioners present. After the invocation and pledges of allegiance, the Commissioners went right into their agenda. The commissioners approved a property tax rate of $0.52990 per $100 evaluation. This…

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Under One Fence: Special Waggoner Ranch presentation planned

A special video, Under One Fence: The Land and Legacy of the Waggoner Ranch will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 at 6 p.m. The online educational presentation by Jeff Bearden is sponsored by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and the Red River Valley Museum. Anyone can register to watch it by…

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Buddy Holly songwriter, Sonny West, buried in Chillicothe Wednesday

Sonny West, noted songwriter of Buddy Holly’s hit songs “Oh Boy” and “Rave On” passed away on September 8, 2022 in Grove, Okla. at the age of 85. West and Holly were boyhood friends. West was born as Joe Bob West on July 30, 1937 to Hardeman County sharecroppers. West was buried in a service…

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WGH board plans tax rate hearing

Wilbarger General Hospital Chief Financial Officer Charles Cave reported to the hospital’s board of directors during a regular board meeting Thursday that the hospital currently has 190 days cash-on-hand with net receivables just over $6 million and $18.7 million in the general fund. In other business, the board voted unanimously during the meeting to approve…

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Three arrested for fraud after tip

Three females were arrested in Wichita County for a series of crimes that occurred in Vernon last week. The Vernon Police Department contacted the Wichita County’s Sheriff’s office on Wednesday, August 31 regarding a vehicle involved in a theft. Working off that tip, at around 5:15 p.m., information was relayed about a vehicle involved in…

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