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Jury: Man found guilty of shooting police officer

Daniel Walker Vernon Record Walter Emilio Orellana, 24 of Wichita Falls, was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday for shooting a Vernon Police officer with a sawed off shotgun last year. The sentence was handed out in the 46th District Court after a trial before a jury of eight women and four men…

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County changes who’ll handle delinquent collections

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court met on Monday and approved an agreement with the City of Vernon over using a county radio system, signed a contract with a new vendor to handle tax collections, and received word that the airport manager is quitting Tony Fidelis, of the law firm Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins and Mott…

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VISD cuts ties with embattled principal

The Vernon Independent School District board of trustees held a lengthy closed session to discuss personnel on Monday night. In the end they opted to cut ties with one embattled principal and asked another administrator to meet their higher expectations. The trustees first considered Superintendent Jeff Byrd’s recommendation to terminate Central Elementary school principal Cindy…

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Vernon OK with off road vehicles — with some restrictions

The Vernon City Commission, in their January 27 meeting,  approved Ordinance Number 1753 regarding HB 1548 and allowing Off Highway Vehicles in Vernon — however operators must register with the state’s Department of Motorized Vehicles before apply to the City of Vernon for a permit. And currently the state is not yet able to register…

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Last letter from missing WWII sailor needs to be delivered

By Daniel Walker dwalker@vernonrecord.com Jack Edwin Haynes was a 20-year-old torpedoman’s mate, third class, in Hawaii during the week before Christmas 1944. He was jovial and burning through his paycheck while staying at the beach-front Royal Hawaiian Hotel. But it was also a nervous time as he waited for the call to board his submarine,…

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Vernon robotics wins Region, advances to World

The Vernon Boys & Girls Club robotics team made an unprecedented showing at the North Texas First Lego League Regional Championship in Dallas on Saturday. The Vernon team, Insert Name Here, won the 1st Place Champion’s Award, placing first among the 68 teams to advance to the World Festival in Houston, which will be held…

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Divided city commission approves new senior development

A packed house gathered at City Hall on Tuesday night as the Vernon City Commission waded through several contentious issues. The commission voted 3-2 to support the efforts of a developer wanting to build an affordable housing complex, named Vernon Pioneer Crossing LLC, to be located at 1916 Stadium Drive. Michael Beard, a consultant representing…

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County agrees to help VISD Middle School fix traffic congestion

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court has agreed to allow the Vernon Independent School District to restructure a parking lot that the county and school district co-own between the Vernon Middle School and Wilbarger Auditorium. Judge Greg Tyra said that VISD superintendent Jeff Byrd had approached him with a plan to alleviate traffic congestion around the…

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Candidates for Wilbarger County assessor/collector face off in forum

The 10 candidates for four county offices took the stage on Thursday night and answered questions. Each of the four races will be highlighted in upcoming editions of the Vernon Record. Today’s candidates are those running for tax assessor/collector. They are incumbent Sherrie Campsey and challengers Tissha Taylor and Angie Boyd. Not all questions are…

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Vernon Lions Club plays Santa Claus for special children

The Vernon Lions Club played Santa Claus on Friday as they donated six specially-designed bicycles to area children with special needs. “This is a special day,” Lion Club member Mike Moore said. “We have five special young boys and girls with us.” Moore said the Vernon Lions Club had partnered with the local community and…

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