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District Court proceedings

Recent hearings in the 46th Judicial District Court resulted in prison and probation sentences. Jason Fry, 40, of Vernon, was sentenced to four years in prison when his probation was revoked in a case of assault family violence. The basis for the revocation was an allegation that Fry had committed the offense of burglary of…

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WGH update on Covid stats

In his CEO report, Wilbarger General Hospital’s Tom Siemers gave an update to the hospital board of directors on Thursday regarding how Covid had affected the hospital. He said 60 of 175 employees had contracted the illness with 522 work days lost. There were 4 staff that took FMLA and one that died. In the…

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Flowers, Thomas, McBride, Hildebrand win Area titles

Vernon crowned three Champions at last week’s Area track meet, and Northside had one Area champion . The Lady Lions advanced in six individual events and one relay to Region from Area.  The Area meet was held at Mineral Wells’ Jackie Harvey Complex. The top four in each event advance to Region I-4A Meet in…

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Revival Sunday at 2nd Baptist

  An “Empower” revival will be held by the Second Baptist on Sunday featuring evangelist and Christian speaker Mike Satterfield. The revival will start on Sunday April 25, and continue through Wednesday,  April 28 with a meal each night at 5:30 followed by the service. Rev. Ric Rosales is pastor of the church. In realm…

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Pinwheels, contest bring awareness

  Wilbarger County Child  Welfare Board along with representatives from the local Child Welfare Agency and the 2INgage Organization gathered at Wilbarger County Courthouse this past week to bring awareness to child abuse in Texas and Wilbarger County. The group placed 251 pinwheels around the square to represent the number ofTexas children who lost their…

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Wrestling: Czelusta advances to State with silver at Regional

Vernon High School junior Andrew Czelusta has qualified for the 5A UIL State Boys Wrestling Tournament after finishing as Region 1 runner-up in the 152 lb. class last week in El Paso. Ina flip from last week, Czelusta took 2nd at Region after also taking 2nd at District, while the District champion ended up falling…

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Unemployment scam targets Vernon city employees

A number of workers in Vernon have been caught up in a widespread fraud regarding claims for unemployment benefits. “Often the employees have no idea it is being done,” said Vernon Police Lt. Mickey Allen. The Vernon Police Department became aware of the issue last fall when several unemployment claims arrived at City Hall, but…

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VISD trustees to debate mask requirement again

The Vernon ISD trustees will again take up the matter of whether to mandate students, visitors and staff wear masks at VISD facilities. Action on the matter is part of the Vernon ISD board of trustees meeting set for Wednesday, April 21 at the Administration Building, 1713 Wilbarger, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open…

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Legislation filed to add Western Trail to National Trails System

Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas and fellow Republican Ron Estes of Kansas introduced legislation on April 15 to add the Chisholm and Western Trails to the National Trails System. “As our country expanded westward, the Chisholm Trail and the Western Trail became critical lifelines for the people of the Great Plains. Cattle ranchers across…

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Zion BBQ scheduled

Zion Lutheran Church in the Lockett Community will hold its 59th annual BBQ on Friday, April 9. Serving will be 5 p.m. until gone and will be either dine-in or to-go: $13 per pound. Dine-in will be at separate tables. Tickets are available at the door. Call 940-886-6805 or 940-886-8273.

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