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Texas A&M AgriLife vice chancellor gets hands-on look into agriculture’s local impact

Daniel Walker Vernon Record Texas A&M AgriLife’s vice chancellor, Dr. Patrick Stover, visited Vernon and Chillicothe on Monday and Tuesday to meet with AgriLife staff, local agriculture producers and community leaders to discuss the future of agriculture. On Monday night Stover met with about 80 local agriculture producers to discuss bridging the gap between producers…

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Chillicothe hospital to close

The Chillicothe Hospital Board of directors held a special meeting on Monday, July 8. The board entered a closed session to discuss the hospital’s future, and set a tax rate. The board returned to open session and voted 5-0 to close the Chillicothe hospital, but leave the clinic open. The last day of operation for…

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Another wind farm coming

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The Vernon Independent School District approved entering into a property tax appraised value limitation for another wind farm. The action was part of the July VISD board of trustees meeting held Monday night. Charlie Smith, of Lincoln Clean Energy, said his company has just finished construction of the Lockett Wind Farm…

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Summer’s Last Blast plans taking shape

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The Vernon City Commission moved forward on finalizing plans for the 30th annual Summer’s Last Blast, set for Aug. 9 and 10. The commission heard from Jay Young, owner of Rusty Spur, as part of a special meeting Tuesday night. Young said he would like to have an outdoor street dance…

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Springer holds Vernon town hall

Texas state representative Drew Springer held a town hall on Tuesday at the Wilbarger Auditorium where he discussed the recent legislative session and answered questions from the two dozen or so citizens in attendance. “We’re putting more money into rural Texas. We know we haven’t done a good job of that in the past,” Springer…

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As Defense Bill heads to the floor, Thornberry comments on NDAA

Ahead of anticipated floor consideration this week, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following remarks on HR 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020: “Normally the NDAA is a product of bipartisan consensus that allows Congress to execute our most important Constitutional duty. Unfortunately,…

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Prisoner gets short-lived freedom after mistaken release

A Wilbarger County man sought by authorities after being mistakenly released from jail is back in custody. He was arrested a few short hours after authorities realized that he had incorrectly been released by a jailer, stated District Attorney Staley Heatly. Christopher Odell McManus was being held in the Wilbarger County Jail for charges stemming…

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State approves funding for Wilbarger County Airport

Approximately $1.1 million for Wilbarger County Airport was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission at its June meeting. The funds will be used for planned airport improvements, including lighting improvements. A project bid will be completed this summer. Project costs will be funded through Wilbarger County and TxDOT’s Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and…

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City fireworks show planned

The City of Vernon is sponsoring a Independence Day themed event with the Red River Rhythm set for Saturday July 6. It will be held at the Santa Rosa Arena and takes the place of the city’s annual fireworks show, traditionally held at Lion Memorial Stadium. “We will have food trucks, drinks, bounce houses, a…

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Lots of activities at Copper Breaks in early July

July will be packed with lots of fun and learning activities for the whole family at Copper Breaks State Park. The park is located off of highway 6, between Crowell and Quanah. Thursday July 4 — 10 a.m. Archery 101 Come join us and learn how to shoot a bow. Archery equipment will be provided…

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