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Arrests made in federal narcotics investigation

A 7-month narcotics investigation ended with multiple arrests in Vernon and other locations. The investigation included the Vernon Police Department, Texas DPS Narcotics, 46th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, DEA, Homeland Security, Hardeman County Sheriff’s office and Oklahoma City Police Department. Vernon Police Chief Randy Agan said that on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 8:30 a.m., five…

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United Fund kicks off 2020 campaign for 8 agencies

Joyce Ashley Vernon Record Wilbarger United Fund held its kickoff at 12 noon, Wednesday, Aug. 7, at The Loft, 1423 Main Street, as the campaign got underway for 2020 to provide needed funding for eight local non-profit agencies in Wilbarger County. United Fund captains and organization representatives were on hand for the event with Mayor…

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Texas Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding hunters and anglers that all current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except the year-to-date fishing license) expire the end of August, and new licenses for 2019-20 go on sale Thursday, Aug. 15. Outdoor enthusiasts in Texas purchase more than 2.4 million hunting and fishing licenses annually.…

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Understanding the state constitutional election questions

Deputy Secretary of State Joe Esparza last week drew the ballot order for 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that will appear on the November 5 ballot. In order to appear on the ballot, the proposed amendments must be approved by at least two-thirds of the members of both the Texas Senate and the…

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Driver license renewal red tape

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The red tape for renewing your driver’s license has gotten a lot thicker. New federal rules are creating hardships for drivers trying to renew their license. A representative with the Texas Department of Public Safety told the Vernon Record that a new rule that took effect in Texas means drivers cannot…

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Vernon College moves to seek tax support from Wichita County

Daniel Walker Vernon Record The Vernon College board of trustees took the first step in seeking property tax support from Wichita County property owners. The trustees voted Monday to send an application to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for approval to pursue a branch campus designation and a branch campus maintenance tax in Wichita…

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Texas A&M AgriLife vice chancellor gets hands-on look into agriculture’s local impact

Daniel Walker Vernon Record Texas A&M AgriLife’s vice chancellor, Dr. Patrick Stover, visited Vernon and Chillicothe on Monday and Tuesday to meet with AgriLife staff, local agriculture producers and community leaders to discuss the future of agriculture. On Monday night Stover met with about 80 local agriculture producers to discuss bridging the gap between producers…

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Chillicothe hospital to close

The Chillicothe Hospital Board of directors held a special meeting on Monday, July 8. The board entered a closed session to discuss the hospital’s future, and set a tax rate. The board returned to open session and voted 5-0 to close the Chillicothe hospital, but leave the clinic open. The last day of operation for…

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Springer holds Vernon town hall

Texas state representative Drew Springer held a town hall on Tuesday at the Wilbarger Auditorium where he discussed the recent legislative session and answered questions from the two dozen or so citizens in attendance. “We’re putting more money into rural Texas. We know we haven’t done a good job of that in the past,” Springer…

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As Defense Bill heads to the floor, Thornberry comments on NDAA

Ahead of anticipated floor consideration this week, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following remarks on HR 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020: “Normally the NDAA is a product of bipartisan consensus that allows Congress to execute our most important Constitutional duty. Unfortunately,…

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