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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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Texas A&M AgriLife peanut sheller to be unveiled Monday

A new $1 million-plus peanut sheller at Texas A&M AgriLife Foundation Seed in Vernon will be unveiled Monday. Vernon Business Development Corporation managing consultant Rick Hardcastle announced the ribbon cutting as part of the BDC meeting, last week. The sheller was installed, in part, thanks to BDC funding of the project. Texas A&M AgriLife and…

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Vernon ISD’s proposed bond explained

Dear Vernon ISD Resident: On Thursday, August 12, 2021, the Vernon ISD School Board called a bond election for $40 million. The board and administration worked with a number of bond committee members to develop this bond package. (See more information here  Page 1B ) Together, they reviewed the district’s facilities, demographics, equipment, and educational…

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Governor Abbott announces Third Special Session date and agenda

Governor Abbott, on Tuesday, issued a proclamation announcing that he will convene a third special legislative session at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021. The proclamation identifies 5 agenda items for the third Special Session. “The Texas Legislature now has the opportunity to redraw legislative and congressional districts in accordance with the new census…

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County facing big deficit, works on budget

Wilbarger County is facing a loss of more than $600,000 from this year to next year, due in large part to a drop in expected property tax revenue after the AEP powerplant in Oklaunion shut down. “Somewhere, we’ve gotta knock about $615,000 out of this budget,” County Judge Greg Tyra told the Wilbarger County Commissioners…

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SWRE holding ‘drive-thru’ annual meeting

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the area, Southwest Rural Electric Association, Inc. (SWRE) has transitioned the membership meeting set for Thursday, August 19, at Wilbarger Auditorium in Vernon, to a Drive-Thru Annual Meeting. Registration will take place from 5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. SWRE members will be able to participate without leaving…

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Summer’s Last Blast features lots of cars, great music

Summer’s Last Blast is set to get underway with activities beginning on Thursday, Aug, 12, and concluding with the cruise itself on Saturday, Aug. 14. Jim Gryseels, president of the Vernon Street Machines and Classics Association, hosts of Summer’s Last Blast, said he was pleased with the turnout last Saturday night for the Mini Cruise.…

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Man arrested in killing of horses

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrested Trenton Ray Wilson, 32, on two felony warrants outside of Woodward, Oklahoma on Highway 34, at around 7:45 a.m. last Tuesday, August 2. Wilson was booked into the Wilbarger County Jail on Aug. 5 on two felony charges — burglary of a habitation and  criminal mischief with a firearm/death of…

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Another child victim comes forward accusing AG pastor of abuse

Daniel Walker Vernon Record A new victim has come forward, accusing former Vernon First Assembly of God Pastor Brian Pounds of illegal sexual behavior with a child. The allegations were unsealed Friday and a new charge of sexual assault of a child was added to Pounds, who is currently being held in the Wilbarger County…

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Covid on rise in Texas: Governor asks for help, local hospital CEO concerned

Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday a series of actions the State of Texas is taking to mitigate the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will be utilizing staffing agencies to provide medical personnel from out-of-state to Texas health care facilities to assist in COVID-19 operations. The…

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