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Four county incumbents announce re-election bids; filing period opens Nov. 13

Four Wilbarger County elected officials announced they will seek re-election to office. County Judge Greg Tyra, County Clerk Jana Kennon, County Commissioner Josh Patterson, and County Commissioner Phillip Graf all announced Monday that they will be seeking re-election. Other positions up for election this year include District Judge (Dan Mike Bird), District Court Clerk (Brenda…

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NTSH Forensic Conference: Using Art as Therapy

North Texas State Hospital’s 33rd annual Forensic Conference kicked of last Monday afternoon, and continued all last week at the Wilbarger Auditorium with around 300 registered attendees. This year, NTSH held a special “Creative Arts as a Therapeutic Intervention” networking event, and learning on Tuesday at the Red River Valley Museum. More than 70 conference…

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County judge snatches gun away from courthouse assailant

Wilbarger County Judge Greg Tyra was uninjured after a woman pulled a gun and threatened him earlier this week. Lisa Kemp was booked into the Wilbarger County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant following the incident, which occurred Monday afternoon. Judge Tyra said he had left the courthouse to run…

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Lots of Halloween fun this weekend

Sunday, Oct. 31, is the official day of Halloween but activities in Vernon are not confined to just one day this year as the week preceding the spooky holiday is also filled with a number of activities  with the fun concluding on Halloween with the Munchkins on Main Street Celebration and the Second Baptist Church’s …

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Vernon approves joining Opioid Settlement

The Vernon City Commission approved participating in the Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council and Settlement Allocation Term Sheet. The action came as part of Tuesday night’s regular meeting for October. City Manager Marty Mangum said that after years of lawsuits, a settlement had been reached in ongoing opioid litigation brought against three pharmaceutical companies. The…

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Prefix required on 940 calls

Prefix required on 940 calls Residents in the 940 area code will be required to dial 10 digits when making a local phone call. People with seven Texas area codes will be required to dial 10 digits (the area code and the telephone number) for all local calls starting Oct. 25. According to the Public…

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“Crazy” few weeks for Covid at VISD

Vernon Independent School District Superintendent Jeff Byrd said, in terms of Covid, it has been the “craziest three weeks as far as numbers go” that he’d seen. Byrd updated the VISD board of trustees during Monday’s October board meeting. He said that County Medical Authority Dr. Travis Lehman reported that Covid numbers were decreasing county-wide,…

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Huge wind farm on Waggoner Ranch comes online

Ørsted has completed the 367 MW Western Trail Wind Farm located on the Waggoner Ranch in Wilbarger and Baylor counties. It is the company’s largest onshore wind project, and it brings Ørsted’s total onshore capacity to over 2.8 GW of wind, solar, and battery storage in operation. The project has secured long-term power purchase agreements…

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Lots to do Saturday: Wine & Art Walk, Imagine the Possibilities Tour

Saturday will be busy in downtown Vernon. This Saturday, September 25 from 4 to 7 p.m., the Vernon Main Street District is once again hosting the Vernon Main Street Wine & Art Walk with a special Imagine the Possibilities Tour. The Wine & Art walk private shopping and social experience will have wine, beer, dessert…

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