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Vernon College increases tax rate, gives tax abatement to solar farm

The Vernon College Board of Trustees unanimously set the college’s tax rate for next year at $0.232436 per $100 valuation. The current rate is a penny less, at $0.221055. The tax rate is the “no new revenue rate”, which used to be called the “effective rate” because it generates the same amount of revenue as…

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Gov. Abbott announces new guidelines for nursing home visitation

Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference on Thursday, part of which announced new guidelines for nursing home visitation. He directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to expand visitation to all COVID-negative residents in long-term care and allow the designation of two essential caregivers for residents. This directive will go into place on September 24th. “Allowing safe in-person…

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Wilbarger County sets tax rate

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court held a special meeting on Friday, September 4 to adopt a budget for the coming fiscal year, and to set a property tax rate. The commissioners unanimously adopted a tax rate of $0.541504 per $100 of valuation. The motion was made by Commissioner Phillip Graf, and seconded by Commissioner Josh…

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Rules set for mail-in ballots

Mail-in ballots The last day that a person can apply for a ballot by mail is Oct. 23, 2020. Wilbarger County Clerk Jana Kennon said that there is great interest in mail-in ballots, with nearly 400 requested so far. Kennon said that for the November General Election, a person can walk their ballot into the…

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Wilbarger County gives tax abatement for solar farm

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court entered into an agreement on Friday, Sept. 4, to give  a full tax abatement for 10 years to Savion LLC, on the proposed Adams Creek Solar Farm in northeast Wilbarger County. The estimated cost of the Solar Farm is $225,000,000. Savion representatives had met with the commissioners in July in…

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Early voting hours extended

There will be lots of chances to vote in this year’s General Election. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 5, 2020. County Clerk Jana Kennon said her office was petitioned by the local Democratic Party to have extended Early Voting hours. Enough signatures were obtained that new hours have been added. In…

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Chillicothe ISD approves tax rate

The Chillicothe ISD board of trustees held a special meeting on Aug 31 to approve a budget and set a tax rate. A Public Hearing was held at 6:05 p.m. on the 2020-2021 proposed budget and tax rate. Superintendent Todd Wilson explained the proposed budget and tax. rate to the board. Trustee Cheryl McGlocklin made…

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Gov. Abbott extends diseaster declaration

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has extended the state’s disaster declaration in response to the coronavirus pandemic as the state approaches nearly 13,500 deaths. The extension of the disaster declaration came as three of the state’s largest school districts experienced technical problems on Tuesday as their students started the new school year virtually because of concerns…

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Quanah Parker Day on Saturday

Quanah Parker Trail arrows will stand a little taller on Saturday, Sept. 12 – Quanah Parker Day in Texas. The statewide observance, which Texas Governor Greg Abbott decreed for the second Saturday of each September, commemorates the life of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker. In the Texas Plains Trail Region, volunteer leaders launched a Quanah Parker…

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WGH reports successful trial treatment on Covid patient

Last week, Wilbarger General Hospital reported that one long-term patient has made a full recovery. Salvador Perez left the hospital after 45 days of being hospitalized with a serious case of COVID-19. Dr. Travis Lehman, WGH Chief of Medical Staff, obtained FDA approval from the FDA and Mayo Clinic to administer the convalescent plasma treatment…

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