Local News

Relay Life dinner planned

Relay for Life chairman Marilyn Ramirez reports that the annual Survivor’s Dinner is being planned for March 6 in the Empire Room of  Wilbarger Auditorium for cancer survivors and caregivers. Cancer survivors or caregivers may contact Ramirez at 940-886-6006. The meal will be provided by Cody’s Cowpunchers. At 6 p.m., on Feb. 6 a meeting…

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County gives tax abatement for Tyson expansion

Tax abatement given The Wilbarger County Commissioner, on Monday, were presented with a request to give a tax abatement to Tyson Refrigerated Processed Foods, Inc. County Judge Greg Tyra said that the City of Vernon had taken the lead on negotiating with Tyson, and had approved an abatement last month. He said the Tyson project…

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Another hotel tax to fund tourism approved

The Wilbarger County Commissioners instituted a new Hotel Occupancy Tax as part of Monday’s commission meeting. It was the first meeting for new commissioners Billy Taylor and Scott Inglish, who both stated during their campaigns last year that they would vote for the tax to be instituted if elected. The vote to enact the tax…

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Wilbarger County Stock Show schedule

The 2021 stock show season has kicked off with the first shows held over the weekend at Harrold ISD and Chillicothe ISD. The Wilbarger County Junior Livestock Show starts Saturday. A revised schedule has been set due to Covid-19 precautions: Saturday, January 16, 2021 — 1 p.m. Show opens; Baked goods and arts and crafts…

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Building permits: Solar panels popular in 2020

The City of Vernon issued 12 construction permits in December – a total of 161 permits were issued during 2020. Two of Decembers permits were for the installation of new solar panels, one at a business and the other at a residence. Family Pharmacy, 1720 Hillcrest, was the business. William Teague received the permit for…

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No new vaccine in Wilbarger this week

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 1,508 confirmed or probable Covid-19 cases in Wilbarger County as of Monday, Jan. 11. Of those 28 were active and there have been 40 Covid-related deaths in the county. Hardeman has had 276 cases, 6 are active with 9 fatalities; Foard County has had 71 cases, one…

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Filing period begins for local offices

The City of Vernon is now accepting applications for candidates interested in running for any of three spots on the Vernon City Commission. The election will be Saturday, May 1. The filing period is from January 13 to Feb. 12. Packets can be picked up from City Secretary Jo Stone at City Hall. Place 1…

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Early voting underway — and very slow

Early voting began Monday to pick a successor to Drew Springer in Texas HD 68. Four Republicans and one Democrat filed for the special election including John Berry, a Jacksboro financial planner; Jason Brinkley, former Cooke County judge; Craig Carter, a former candidate for Senate District 30; David Spiller, a Jacksboro attorney and school board…

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Grand Jury hands out indictments

The Wilbarger County Grand Jury convened in December, issuing 49 indictments against 39 individuals. John Albert Franco Jr was indicted for the Felony 2 offense of assault on a peace officer, which allegedly occurred June 12, 2020. Charla Scott was indicted for the state jail felony offense of theft (0-$2,500/U-$30,000), which allegedly occurred on July…

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Elected officials sworn in

Monday, January 4, was the first official day of county business in the new year. The day began with Wilbarger County Judge Greg Tyra swearing in new and returning elected officials Monday morning. At 9 a.m. Judge Tyra (picture, at left) swore in (from right with right hand raised) County Attorney Cory Curtis, Sheriff Brian…

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