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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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Lots of activities at Copper Breaks in early July

July will be packed with lots of fun and learning activities for the whole family at Copper Breaks State Park. The park is located off of highway 6, between Crowell and Quanah. Thursday July 4 — 10 a.m. Archery 101 Come join us and learn how to shoot a bow. Archery equipment will be provided…

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Increased oil production could mean lower property tax

Daniel Walker Vernon Record Precertified taxable values have been made available to the county’s taxing entities, and they show tax rates could go down. The Wilbarger County Appraisal District sent the preliminary data to each entity on April 29. During June’s Vernon College board of trustees meeting, college president Dr. Dusty Johnston presented an update…

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Plumbing crisis averted

Daniel Walker Vernon Record A potential clog in how plumbing is regulated in Texas has been averted, at least temporarily. The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners would have been abolished effective Sept. 1, 2019, after state lawmakers inadvertently forgot to extend the life of the agency that regulates plumbers and plumbing in the state…

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Wilbarger General Hospital: 50 years

Wilbarger General Hospital will host a 5oth Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday — and you are invited. The event is Tuesday, June 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food trucks, bounce house, Air Evac Helicopters static display and more will be available for the community. “We hope everyone will attend. This is the community’s hospital…

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June is packed with fun at Copper Breaks

Saturdays in June will be packed with lots of fun family learning a outdoor activities at Copper Breaks State Park, located off of Highway 6 between Crowell and Quanah. June 9 — 10 a.m. Backyard bass Join a Park Ranger for a game of Backyard Bass. Learn about the fish communities that call Copper Breaks…

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