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Recent District Court proceedings

Defendants were placed on probation, ordered to jail, and sent to rehabilitation during recent court proceedings in the 46th Judicial District Court in Vernon. Woodrow Ethan Quoyser, 19, of Vernon, was placed on probation for a period of five years and ordered to a court residential treatment center following his plea of guilty to the…

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Adams joins Sheriff’s Department

The Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office has added Ronnie Adams as the department’s new administrative assistant. Adams is a native of Odell, Texas. He is the son of Lynn Adams of Odell  and Donna Alexander of Cisco, Texas. “This is the first time in Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office history that a Texas Licensed Peace Officer will…

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Solar project asks county for tax abatement

The Wilbarger County Commissioners received a request for a tax abatement for a solar power generating complex. The request was part of Monday’s county commission meeting. After meeting with company officials in closed session for nearly an hour, the commission reconvened in open and voted to table action until September. Eric Clifft, project manager of…

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First Covid-19 death reported in Wilbarger County

Texas’ new way to count Covid-19 data revealed that there has been a coronavirus-caused death in Wilbarger County. On July 27 Texas DSHS began reporting COVID-19 fatality data based on death certificates. A fatality is counted as a COVID-19 fatality when the medical certifier attests on the death certificate that COVID-19 is a cause of…

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City commission approves Cares Act expenditures

City Manager Marty Mangum said the city received $112,068 from the federal CARES Act to deal with Covid-19. He said 25 percent of could be used for projects. he presented three projects — an access control/intrusion system at City Hall, at a cost of $7,472; the purchase of two metal detectors/Covid thermometer units for use…

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Soccer Registration underway

Sign-up for the Boys & Girls Club of Vernon soccer season has begun. This year a new high school league is being added. Registration continues through August 18 with teams available for players from kindergarten through high school age. The divisions will depend on the number of players that sign-up. The cost is $20 for…

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City Commission meeting will require social distancing

The regular July City Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. While the meeting will be open to the public, several Covid-19 precautions will be observed. City Manager Marty Mangum said that via Facebook live due to the increase in COVID cases within the county.  Social distancing will…

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Vernon City Commission to discuss hazard pay for first responders

The Vernon City Commission is considering giving hazardous pay to the city’s first responders including Fire, EMS, and Police personnel. The Commission is slated to discuss the matter as part of the regular July City Commission meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Funding for the proposal is expected to…

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Texas has given public schools permission to keep campuses closed longer

Texas has given public schools permission to keep campuses closed for more than 5 million students well into the fall as the state scrambles to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, Vice Chair Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, and House Appropriations Committee…

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Texas projects $4.6 Billion shortfall due to pandemic

  Texas’ budget forecast plummeted to a projected $4.6 billion shortfall as the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices take a heavy toll on one of America’s largest economies, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Monday. The new assessment is a sharp reversal from October’s forecast that had Texas in line for an estimated $3 billion…

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