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A night of remembrance

A large group gathered on the track area at Wilbarger General Hospital to recognize and remember friends and family who had died of Covid-19 during a “Vernon Remembers” event held at sunset Monday evening. The event, hosted by the hospital, opened with the welcome by hospital CEO Tom Siemers. Pastor Early Williams gave the opening…

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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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Texas rolls out vaccine scheduler

According to data from Texas Health and Human Services, 40.47 percent of Wilbarger County residents over 16 have received at least on dose of Covid-19 vaccine and 31.45 % of the county is fully vaccinated. There are plenty of opportunities to get vaccinated, as Gov. Greg Abbott has opened vaccinations up to all Texans. Family…

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Tyson offers vaccinations to employees

Team Members at the Tyson Foods plant in Vernon received free, on-site COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday. There were 300 team members that received their first vaccination dose. The vaccinations are voluntary, but highly encouraged. “The health and safety of our team members is our top priority and offering all of our team members free and…

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Texas to open COVID-19 vaccination to all adults on March 29

All adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas beginning Monday, March 29. The Texas Department of State Health Services expects vaccine supplies to increase next week, and providers in multiple parts of the state have made great strides in vaccinating people in the current priority groups. The state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation…

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Big turnout on first day of early voting

Turnout was high in Wilbarger County on Tuesday Oct. 13, the first day of early voting. Wilbarger County County Clerk Jana Kennon reported 377 votes were cast on the first day.Sample ballot 2020 Kennon said her office was petitioned by the local Democratic Party to have extended Early Voting hours. Enough signatures were obtained that…

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order To Open Bars In Qualifying Counties

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50% capacity in conjunction with county officials. In hospital regions with low COVID-19 hospitalizations, County Judges will be able to opt their county into opening bars beginning October 14th, provided they assist in enforcing health protocols. The Governor’s…

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and local officials are calling on citizens to actively work toward eradicating domestic violence in our community. At a signing ceremony on Tuesday at Vernon City Hall, Mayor Pam Gosline signed an official proclamation demonstrating the city’s commitment to fighting domestic violence. The proclamation recognizes that “…the impact…

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Texas to Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 26

This Saturday, Sept. 26 is National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF), and Texas hunters and anglers are encouraged to invite others to join them in their outdoor adventures. Whether it is a child or grandchild, friend, co-worker, neighbor or someone completely new to hunting and fishing, recreating in the outdoors is a great way to…

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