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Gov. Abbott says use a mask

John Moritz Texas Pool Reporter Gov. Greg Abbott arrived at the news conference on Monday in Austin wearing a red, white and blue mask. He was joined by Dr. John Hellersted, his medical point person for the pandemic and head of the Texas Department of State Health Services, physician and former state Rep. John Zerwas,…

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VISD trustees wrestle with uncertainty for Fall

Daniel Walker Vernon Record Uncertainty over the how the next school year will unfold dominated discussion at the regular June meeting of the Vernon Independent School District board of Trustees, held Monday, June 15. Superintendent Jeff Byrd said they were working on balancing increased costs, uncertain finances with concerns about a second wave of coronavirus…

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Abbott expects return to school

Gov. Greg Abbott, on Tuesday, said he anticipates an announcement this week or next on the upcoming school year. “It is my expectation to see students return to schools in a classroom setting — able to interact with teachers as well as able to interact with other students.” He hopes students will also have the…

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Gov. Abbott updates on coronavirus and hospital beds

By Nicole Cobler Texas Pool Reporter (Austin American-Statesman) Gov. Greg Abbott entered a room outside of the State Operations Center at 1:13 p.m. Tuesday.  He was joined by Dr. John Zerwas, a physician from Richmond who is on a team working to expand hospital capacity and procure needed medical supplies. “We are here today to…

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Free Covid testing on Wednesday

    Mobile COVID-19 testing is coming to Vernon this week. This will be the third time the mobile clinic has been in Vernon. Texas Health and Human Services will be operating the testing at the Carnegie Library, 2810 Wilbarger Street, from 10 a.m. until 4  p.m Wednesday, June 17. Call 512-883-2400 or visit txcovidtest.org…

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Ortega signs to wrestle for Wayland Baptist

Vernon High School senior Felicity Ortega has signed to wrestle for Wayland Baptist University. She becomes the first female wrestler from Vernon to receive an athletic scholarship. “It was a disappointing senior year, first with the injury and then not being able to finish (due to the coronavirus shutdown,” Ortega said. “(This) really means everything…

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Vernon High athletes begin summer workouts

Vernon High School athletes are back on campus for the first time in three months. Activities were suspended in March statewide due to Covid-19 concerns. Vernon students began summer conditioning activities this week — the boys started on Monday evening at the high school and the girls started Tuesday morning at the middle school. The…

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Vouchers available for fresh fruits and veggies

The Vernon Farmers Market is off and running, set up each Saturday morning on the north side of the Wilbarger County Courthouse, and on Tuesday afternoons between 4-6 p.m. on the front lawn of Wilbarger General Hospital at the midweek market. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides seniors and WIC participants with fresh fruits…

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Commissioners update on Covid-19 status

Wilbarger County Judge Greg Tyra reported that local nursing homes have been tested by state and he had received no reports of coronavirus from that testing. Testing of state employees at all three campuses of North Texas State Hospital is also underway, and results will be reported at a later date. There are no new…

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Campaigning begins in earnest for runoff election

Ronny Jackson, a candidate for U.S. House District 13, visited with Vernon residents during a meet-and-greet this week at a local restaurant. Jackson is in a runoff election with Josh Winegarner to replace Mac Thornberry. The runoff will be July 14. More from the candidates along with sample ballots will be in a special voting…

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