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B&G Club offering free school supplies

As students prepare to return to school on Monday, Aug. 17, the Boys & Girls Club is helping with the effort by providing free school supplies for all students in Vernon ISD & Northside ISD. Salvation Army is providing supplies to Harrold ISD. “We are providing supplies to all students from Pre-K – 12th grade,”…

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Latest Covid-19 numbers for area counties

The latest numbers from the Texas Department of State Health Services show that there are 75 cases of Covid-19 reported in Wilbarger County with 4 active. There has been 1 death in the county attributed to the virus. On July 27 Texas DSHS began reporting COVID-19 fatality data based on death certificates. A fatality is…

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Recent District Court proceedings

Defendants were placed on probation, ordered to jail, and sent to rehabilitation during recent court proceedings in the 46th Judicial District Court in Vernon. Woodrow Ethan Quoyser, 19, of Vernon, was placed on probation for a period of five years and ordered to a court residential treatment center following his plea of guilty to the…

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First Covid-19 death reported in Wilbarger County

Texas’ new way to count Covid-19 data revealed that there has been a coronavirus-caused death in Wilbarger County. On July 27 Texas DSHS began reporting COVID-19 fatality data based on death certificates. A fatality is counted as a COVID-19 fatality when the medical certifier attests on the death certificate that COVID-19 is a cause of…

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Texas has given public schools permission to keep campuses closed longer

Texas has given public schools permission to keep campuses closed for more than 5 million students well into the fall as the state scrambles to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, Vice Chair Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, and House Appropriations Committee…

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Texas projects $4.6 Billion shortfall due to pandemic

  Texas’ budget forecast plummeted to a projected $4.6 billion shortfall as the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices take a heavy toll on one of America’s largest economies, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Monday. The new assessment is a sharp reversal from October’s forecast that had Texas in line for an estimated $3 billion…

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Adams Creek Solar Project taking shape

Representatives from the proposed Adams Creek Solar Project met with the Vernon College board of trustees last week. The solar project is planned in eastern Wilbarger County under development by Savion. The company requested a tax value limitation agreement with the Harrold ISD in February and is expected to ask tax breaks from other county…

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Taylor & Campsey win runoffs; Jackson claims Dist. 13 nomination

Two county races that began as three-way contests were settled Tuesday night in a run-off primary election. Incumbent John Wright lost to Billy Taylor for the Commission Precinct 1 nomination by a 310 (62%)to 190 count. Taylor had led in the first round 343 votes to 252 for Wright and 157 for Guy Spears. Incumbent…

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Northside ISD welcomes new principal for 20-21 school year

  Benny Barnett has been named as the new principal of Northside ISD. Barnett succeeds Molly Lemon, who resigned to accept a position as first grade teacher at McCord Elementary School in Vernon. Barnett was raised in Sentinel, Okla., where he graduated from Sentinel High School.  He received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education in…

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Coronavirus cancellations adding up

In addition to the cancellation of Summer’s Last Blast, the 2020 Vernon Burnin’ Bike Ride has also been cancelled, according to Ride coordinator Rick Graf. Graf said the decision to cancel the Ride, which traditionally follows the weekend after Summer’s Last Blast and is co-sponsored by the Vernon Jaycees and the Vernon Optimist Club, was…

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