Regional

It was a wintery start to New Year

New Year’s Eve brought a messy mix of wintry weather to Wilbarger County. From 4 to 8 inches of snow fell over the County, with additional accumulations of rain and ice reported. There were few of the usual New year’s Eve alcohol -related crimes this year.  VPD Captain Wayne Hodges credited the weather with limiting…

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Grand Jury indicts man who punched officer

The Wilbarger County Grand Jury convened in December, issuing 49 indictments against 39 individuals. One of those indicted was John Albert Franco, Jr. He was indicted for the Felony 2 offense of assault on a peace officer, which allegedly occurred June 12, 2020.On that date, at around 3:10 p.m., animal control was dispatched to the…

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Weekend heavy snow possible

The National Weather Service is calling for snow across the area, beginning Saturday night — with up to five inches of snow possible in local counties and heavier amounts to the west. According to NWS forecasters, an upper level low will approach from the southern Rockies late Saturday and Sunday. The NWS reports “Highest snow…

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More vaccine heading to area

The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 949 providers in 158 Texas counties this week. The CDC will deliver 167,300 doses of the vaccine manufactured by Moderna and 37,050 doses of the Pfizer vaccine directly to…

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Five file for state house seat — early voting starts Monday

Four Republicans and one Democrat have filed for the special election to replace state Sen.-elect Drew Springer, R-Muenster, in the Texas House, representing the 22 counties in HD 68, which includes Wilbarger and Hardeman counties. The filing deadline for the Jan. 23 election was 5 p.m. Monday. The four GOP candidates for the seat in…

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First vaccines administered in Wilbarger County

The first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Wilbarger County. The Vernon campus of North Texas State Hospital received doses of the Moderna version of the vaccine and began vaccinations last Wednesday, according to spokesperson Christine Mann. Mann said that they received “our first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine today at North Texas…

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Special election called for HD68 seat

Governor Greg Abbott, on Monday, day issued a proclamation announcing Saturday, January 23, 2021, as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives Dis-trict 68 seat recently vacated by Senator-elect Drew Springer. Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary…

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One killed in Wednesday accident in Oklaunion

A fatality accident occurred on the curve in Oklaunion at approximately 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 according to DPS Trooper Sgt. Dan Buesing. A 2011 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Paxton Cole Nelson, 20 of Plano, Texas, was traveling south on US highway 287 just east of Oklaunion. The pickup entered the center median for…

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NTSH begins vaccinations

The Vernon campus of North Texas State Hospital received doses of the covid vaccine and began vaccinations on Wednesday, according to spokesperson Christine Mann. Mann said that that they received “our first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine today at North Texas State Hospital-Vernon and will be vaccinating staff as soon as possible. The vaccine, manufactured by…

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Vernon’s 14th annual Lighted Christmas Parade

Winners in the 14th annual Lighted Christmas Parade held Saturday, Dec. 12 in downtown Vernon were : Floats, first place, Bevo’s Drive-In; second, Relay for Life; Vehicles, first place, Wayne and Juanita Enloe; second place, Eddie Graham; Golf Cart/ATV/Razor Michele Townson, first place; Ashley Hall & family, second place; Miscellaneous/Tractor, Horses/Motorcycles,  Iyla Reese, first place;…

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