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Audit: Vernon’s finances are greatly improved

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The City of Vernon’s finances are in the strongest shape that they have been in recent history. The Vernon City Commission received the annual audit, on March 26, 2019, for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2018, and heard good news from auditor Mike Edgin, of the accounting firm Edgin,…

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Holy Week activities planned

The  Holy Week activities in Vernon include the traditional Men’s Breakfasts hosted by the various churches and held at 7 a.m., each morning with all men invited to attend. The breakfasts will begin on Monday, April 15, 2019, at the Wilbarger Street Church of Christ; Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at First United Methodist Church; on…

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Appeals Court upholds lengthy sentences in local cases

In opinions handed down recently, the Seventh Court of Appeals based in Amarillo affirmed judgments against two Chillicothe men who were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences by Hardeman County juries in recent child sex abuse cases. In an opinion issued on March 22, 2019, the Amarillo appellate court affirmed the conviction of Jimmie Kyle Anderson,…

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Man’s wrench attack leads to prison

Several prison sentences were handed down during proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court sitting in both Wilbarger and Hardeman counties this past week. Vincent Ray Mitchell, 32, of Quanah, was sentenced to 35 years in prison following his plea of guilty to felony assault family violence with a deadly weapon. On November 7, 2018,…

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Terrible Tuesday remembered: ‘I was sucked up in it’

By DANIEL WALKER Vernon Daily Record Editor Tuesday, April 10, 1979 seemed like a perfect spring day – right up until a tornado appeared seemingly out of nowhere, cutting a path through Wilbarger County and Vernon that left 11 dead, dozens injured and millions of dollars of property destroyed. “It was just a regular old…

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Terrible Tuesday remembered: The story of a photograph

Editor’s note:The Vernon Daily Record remembers the 40th anniversary of Terrible Tuesday, April 10, 1979 when multiple tornadoes struck the area. An iconic photo from the time showed a City of Vernon vehicle in the living room of a house. The VDR told the story of the truck on the one-year anniversary in 1980, as…

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Terrible Tuesday remembered: Timeline of April 10, 1979

Timeline of April 10, 1979 tornado Editor’s Note: On the 40th anniversary of Terrible Tuesday, April 10, 1979 The Vernon Daily Record remembers those events with a timeline created from the VDR archives. — Daniel Walker Tuesday, April 10, 1979 dawned bright and clear, a change from the thundershowers that threatened the area for the…

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Churches to hold community Palm Sunday service

Joyce Ashley Vernon Record The traditional community Palm Sunday service will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 6 p.m., at the Second Baptist Church presented by the Vernon Ministerial Alliance as all denominations are invited to come together for the special event as Holy Week begins. Rev. Ric Rosalez, Second Baptist Church pastor,…

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Child Welfare Board bringing awareness to child abuse prevention

By JOYCE ASHLEY Vernon Record As the spring breeze blows through the trees on the west lawn of Wilbarger County Courthouse, 211 blue pinwheels turn in the wind. Behind them 203 pairs of shoes hang from a white rack. The pinwheels and shoes symbolize grim facts – 211 child deaths that took place in Texas…

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Big projects on ballot at CISD

MARK POTTER VERNON RECORD CHILLICOTHE – Voters in the Chillicothe Independent School District will go to the polls on May 4 to decide on a $7.5 bond issue to build a new cafeteria at the elementary school, renovate the existing cafeteria into additional classroom space and construct a new ag science classroom at the high…

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