Local News

Star Trees go up in Vernon

Bright yellow stars bearing the Christmas wishes of local youngsters hang from the branches of trees set up in the lobbies of the Waggoner National Bank and the Herring Bank for this year’s Star Tree/Toys for Tots program. The stars, totaling 125, reflect the children who were registered earlier this month for the annual program…

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VISD board of trustees discusses texting, cell phones

Vernon ISD Superintendent Jeff Byrd reported to the VISD board that the district needed to change its use of texting. The discussion was part of Monday’s regular meeting of the VISD board for November. Byrd said a new state law will require that the district needs to archive all school-related texts sent or received and…

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Grand Jury weighs in on Chillicothe shooting

Last Wednesday a Hardeman County Grand Jury determined that a Hardeman County Deputy Sheriff’s use of force was justified in a shooting that occurred in Chillicothe on August 4, 2019. On that date, the Vernon Record reported that Chillicothe police responded to a report of an aggravated assault at a residence on 7th Street in…

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Commission hears of proposed new senior living development

  The Vernon City Commission heard a presentation on Tuesday regarding a proposed senior development project in the City of Vernon. Michael Beard, of Befco, discussed the development with the commissioners, and field any questions at that time. Beard said Vernon Pioneer Crossing for Seniors is proposing “a high quality Senior Apartment Community in Vernon…

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Community Thanksgiving service set Sunday

  The Vernon Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church Sunday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m. Pastor Brian Pounds of Assembly of God will deliver the evening message with other pastors assisting in the service as well. The choirs/vocalist from several churches will be joining their voices as a community choir, led…

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Vernon awards bids for water well renovations

The Vernon City Commission awarded bids Tuesday that should bring three water wells online at the city’s West Acres well field in the north part of Wilbarger County. Bids were accepted for Wells #3, #4, #5 to provide well conversions and fence construction. Public Works director Darell Kennon said that the commission had allocated $142,000…

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Salvation Army volunteers recognized at reception

Volunteer groups and individuals who participated in the 2018 campaign were honored on Sunday as the Vernon Salvation Army hosted a reception in Wesley Hall of the First United Methodist Church. Nancy Ritchey of the local unit announced that 485 total hours were donated during the 2018 campaign with $23,340.47 collected. She thanked each one…

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United Fund tops $85,000

With the addition of $2,152 pledges and donations during the last week, the 2020 Wilbarger County United Fund currently stands at $85, 074.40. United Fund has set a goal for the coming year of $136, 500 in allocations for eight local agencies plus administrative expenses. Allocations are as follows: Boys & Girls Club, $62,000; Camp…

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