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No vaccine requirement for Wilbarger General Hospital staff, yet

  Wilbarger General Hospital Chief Executive Officer Tom Siemers told WGH directors that the federal government has required that healthcare workers be vaccinated. However, the Texas governor has an executive order “that we cannot require that.” He said that the federal order has been delayed to December. “Honestly it is going to end up in…

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Prefix required on 940 calls

Prefix required on 940 calls Residents in the 940 area code will be required to dial 10 digits when making a local phone call. People with seven Texas area codes will be required to dial 10 digits (the area code and the telephone number) for all local calls starting Oct. 25. According to the Public…

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“Crazy” few weeks for Covid at VISD

Vernon Independent School District Superintendent Jeff Byrd said, in terms of Covid, it has been the “craziest three weeks as far as numbers go” that he’d seen. Byrd updated the VISD board of trustees during Monday’s October board meeting. He said that County Medical Authority Dr. Travis Lehman reported that Covid numbers were decreasing county-wide,…

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Robert Thomas III convicted in Cowboy Club murder

A Wilbarger County jury of seven women, and five men, took about one hour on Friday to convict Robert Thomas, III, 26, of Vernon, of capital murder in a case that occurred in May of 2017. Thomas was sentenced by 46th Judicial District Judge Dan Mike Bird to life in prison without parole in accordance…

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Take a virtual tour: Vernon’s proposed new elementary

As part of Monday night’s board of trustees meeting, the Vernon Independent School District’s trustees received printed copies of the architect’s rendering of the proposed new elementary school. VISD voters are currently deciding whether to approve a $40 million bond to build the school, which would replace two old out-dated campuses. Early voting continues 8…

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LEARN MORE: VISD bond town halls planned

A Town Hall meeting to discuss the proposed Vernon ISD $40 million bond will be held at the Wilbarger Auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.. A second will meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the Forum Room of the Wilbarger Auditorium from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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Huge wind farm on Waggoner Ranch comes online

Ørsted has completed the 367 MW Western Trail Wind Farm located on the Waggoner Ranch in Wilbarger and Baylor counties. It is the company’s largest onshore wind project, and it brings Ørsted’s total onshore capacity to over 2.8 GW of wind, solar, and battery storage in operation. The project has secured long-term power purchase agreements…

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Just One Mom to Another Class begins

The Just One Mom to Another Class begins Monday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at The Center. The class is for pregnant women to learn more about raising babies. Prizes are given each week, and a shower held at the end of this three week class. The Center is located at 2300 Pease Street. Call…

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