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The Vernon City Commission, in a July 26 meeting, approved a request by the Vernon Street Machines for blocking of streets for SLB Cruise weekend activities. Temporary closings of parts of Pease, Cumberland, and Main Streets were approved. Commissioners approved a resolution to create tax abatement for the newly created Zone 3 Tax Reinvestment Zone.…

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Chillicothe ISD trustees approve contracts, budgets

CHILLICOTHE – Chillicothe ISD school trustees approved a contract for the district’s audit report and budgets of two county appraisal districts during a monthly business meeting Monday, July 25. Trustees approved a contract with Moore, Truelove, Pharis and Meyers of Vernon to conduct the district’s audit report on a motion made by Cheryl McGlocklin and…

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Gearing up for Summer’s Last Blast

The 33rd edition of Summer’s Last Blast, hosted by the Vernon Street Machines and Classics Association, will be back on the streets of Vernon this year as the event takes place Aug. 11, 12, and 13. Jim Gryseels, VSMCA president, said he expects as many if not more participants as in the past years. “We…

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The Center seeking assistance

The Center at 2300 Pease Street is seeking assistance with a much-needed facelift. The Center is a vital ministry helping women choose life for their babies. It provides options counseling, verification of pregnancies, JOMA classes, and in some cases sonograms (in Wichita Falls) and soon STD/STI testing. The Center is currently in need of a…

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City’s water supply is in strong shape

The City of Vernon’s water supply is in good shape, even as neighboring communities, such as Quanah, have implemented conservation plans due a dwindling supply. Vernon draws drinking water from a series of 28 wells in the northern part of Wilbarger County and uses a separate series of 10 high-nitrate water wells in Vernon for…

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Vernon to be promoted as Bacon City, USA

In honor of 100 years of Bacon the Wright Way, the company plans a nationwide promotion with Vernon, Texas to be renamed as Bacon City, USA for the weekend of September 16-17, 2022. “Of course we are not going to change our name from Vernon, that would be impossible,” Vernon City Manager Marty Mangum clarified.…

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Wilbarger burn ban is back

After a short hiatus to allow for agricultural cleanup and the Fourth of July holiday, the Wilbarger County Commissioners Court reinstated a burn ban for the county. The ban will last for 90 days. The commissioners court met with Wilbarger Emergency Coordinator Cody Alexander on Monday to hear his assessment of the fire danger. Alexander…

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Accused trafficker investigated for aggravated sexual assault

Vernon Police are involved in a multi-jurisdiction investigation into the activities of a suspected human trafficker. Vernon Police Lt. Mickey Allen said the local authorities were contacted at about 7:21 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 by the Wichita County Sheriff Office. “They had made a traffic stop between Wichita Falls and Henrietta, and a male…

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Weekend events planned at Copper Breaks SP

A couple of events are planned this weekend at Cooper breaks State Park, located off of Highway 6 between Crowell and Quanah. On Friday, July 29, you can take a night hike with a ranger, at 9 p.m. Reservations are required. Call CBSP Headquarters to sign up to explore the Dark Side of Copper Breaks.…

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Texas Prepaid Tuition Program Newborn Enrollment Deadline Approaches

(AUSTIN) — Texas families have through July 31 to enroll their newborns at 2021-22 prices in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund®, the state’s prepaid college tuition program. Newborns are children younger than 1 year of age at the time of enrollment. * “It is never too early for Texas families to consider enrolling their newborns…

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