Regional

Mental Health First Aid workshop set in March

  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wilbarger County and the Helen Farabee Center will offer a free Mental Health First Aid workshop this month. The eight-hour class is designed to equip participants to help address issues like suicide, drug addiction and mental illness. On average, about 123 people die by suicide each day, according to…

Read More

Jury: Man found guilty of shooting police officer

Daniel Walker Vernon Record Walter Emilio Orellana, 24 of Wichita Falls, was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday for shooting a Vernon Police officer with a sawed off shotgun last year. The sentence was handed out in the 46th District Court after a trial before a jury of eight women and four men…

Read More

Last letter from missing WWII sailor needs to be delivered

By Daniel Walker dwalker@vernonrecord.com Jack Edwin Haynes was a 20-year-old torpedoman’s mate, third class, in Hawaii during the week before Christmas 1944. He was jovial and burning through his paycheck while staying at the beach-front Royal Hawaiian Hotel. But it was also a nervous time as he waited for the call to board his submarine,…

Read More

Thornberry talks about arrest of alleged Chinese spy at Harvard

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the charges brought against Dr. Charles Lieber, Chair of Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The FBI arrested Dr. Lieber on charges related to his participation in the People’s Republic of China’s Thousand Talents Program. According…

Read More

Thornberry critical of UK’s decision on Huawei

Mac Thornberry chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, voiced his disapproval of the United Kingdom’s decision to allow Huawei to help build its 5G network: “The U.K.’s decision to allow Huawei a role in building parts of its 5G network is troubling. While the U.K. believes that they can mitigate the…

Read More

Grand Jury weighs in on Chillicothe shooting

Last Wednesday a Hardeman County Grand Jury determined that a Hardeman County Deputy Sheriff’s use of force was justified in a shooting that occurred in Chillicothe on August 4, 2019. On that date, the Vernon Record reported that Chillicothe police responded to a report of an aggravated assault at a residence on 7th Street in…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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.…

Read More

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…

Read More