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Texas lawmakers look to quicken parole for youth offenders

AUSTIN (AP) — Lawmakers looking to shrink Texas’ prison population and costs are considering a bill that would allow some people convicted of committing serious crimes as minors to apply for parole in half the time they’re currently allowed. The bill sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Joe Moody, of El Paso, would allow people convicted…

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2 bills could help Texas landowners near transmission towers

HOUSTON (AP) — Two proposed bills could give Texas landowners more options should electric transmission towers be put up on or near their property. Republican Sen. Larry Taylor has introduced a bill that would require utilities to notify nearby homeowners and hold public hearings before making transmission upgrades. Republican Rep. Ed Thompson filed a bill…

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Area athletes receive District 16-A girls basketball honors

The District 16-A girls all-district team has been announced. Area players selected for the All-District First Team were Lyndzie Disbrow of Chillicothe, Kelly Carroll and Tara Manney of Crowell and Hailey Teague of Northside. Named to the All-District second team were Paig Moya and Kinley Moore of Crowell, Miranda Perkins of Chillicothe and Alexis Matute…

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Wine Walk set for Saturday

The Vernon Wine Walk is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the downtown area. The event will be led by local artisans and include free tastings of wine, beer, cheese and chocolates but for an admission fee of $10 per person. The wine and beer tastings will only…

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Northside, Harrold, Chillicothe players named All District

he Boys Basketball District 16A All District teams for 2018-19 have been announced. Northside’s Devon Mathews was named Defensive MVP and Jeremy Reeder was named Coach of the Year. On the 1st Team locally were Northside’s Dakota Haynes and Will Thomas along with Harrold’s Hunter Edwards and Mark White. Named to the 2nd Team locally…

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Chillicothe ISD appoints election judge

CHILLICOTHE – Chillicothe school trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Sheila Clay as election judge for the May 4 school trustee election during a special meeting Monday. In that election, voters will decide on two at-large seats for which three candidates filed including incumbent Cheryl McGlocklin and newcomers Delores Flores and Seth Baird. The other…

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One-time federal fugitive sentenced

A second group of defendants from the FBI’s Flat Rate raids in Vernon and surrounding areas last July were sentenced in federal court on Thursday. Trevor Clifford Scott, who was one of the Scott brothers who was on the run for several weeks, was one of those sentenced. All defendants were sentenced to a term…

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Texas senator defends bill empowering husband’s office

AUSTIN (AP) — The wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday that a bill she filed that would change state securities law “has literally nothing to do” with her husband facing criminal charges of defrauding investors, even as experts said the proposal appears to strike near the heart of his indictment. Republican state…

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Chillicothe ISD trustees call $7.5 millon bond issue election

CHILLICOTHE – Chillicothe ISD trustees unanimously approved an order to call a May 4 bond issue election for projects at the elementary and high school campuses during a monthly business meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12. The election is for $7.5 million bond issue to construct a new cafeteria at the elementary school and convert the present…

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Six from Vernon sentenced in federal court, stemming from FBI-led raids

Approximately half of the defendants from the FBI-led Flat Rate takedown from last summer were sentenced in federal court in Wichita Falls on Monday by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor. Six of those sentenced were from Vernon and each defendant was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance (methamphetamine). The…

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