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136th Doan’s Picnic draws crowd to event

The 136th Doan’s May Picnic was held Saturday, May 4, 2019, on the grounds of the Doan’s Adobe as a large number of pioneer descendants and others gathered beneath the tall trees next to the oldest structure in the county to witness the historic event which was first begun in 1884. Despite a number of…

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Chillicothe ISD voters approve $7.5 million bond issue for new facilities

CHILLICOTHE – Voters in the Chillicothe Independent School District overwhelmingly approved a $7.5 million bond issue to build new facilities at bot the elementary school and high school by a margin of nearly 80 percent during an election Saturday, May 4 in which they also decided on local school board and hospital board seats. The…

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Plans set for 136th Doan’s Picnic at historic Adobe

On Saturday, May 4, the 136th Doan’s May Picnic will be celebrated as visitors from near and far gather on the grounds of the historic Doan’s Adobe north of Vernon. Reigning over the festivities will be the 2019 King and Queen, Eli Lynn Wilson and Caylee Olivia Streit and their courts. A highlight of the…

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Another wind farm is planned for county

Another wind mill farm will be coming to Wilbarger County. The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court met with representatives of Lincoln Clean Energy on Monday to begin the process for a new wind mill farm, similar to projects Lincoln Clean Energy already has in Wilbarger County. The company previously erected the Electra Farm, which stretches along…

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Chillicothe ISD trustees approve hiring of staff

CHILLICOTHE – Chillicothe school trustees unanimously approved the employment of paraprofessionals and other staff members during a monthly business meeting Tuesday, April 16. Among the paraprofessional, cafeteria and custodial personnel approved for at-will employment contracts were Francine Belcher, Florine West, Jennifer Pachacek, Trista Leija, Susan Pautsky, Dianne Graves, Corrie Lane, Frinrick “Donnie” Wilson, Steve Cheek,…

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Texas settles lawsuit over bungled search for illegal votes

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas officials announced Friday that they settled a lawsuit over a bungled search for ineligible voters that President Donald Trump stoked but that resulted in the U.S. citizenship of thousands of people being wrongly called into question. The agreement officially ends a botched scouring of Texas voter rolls that began in January…

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Appeals Court upholds lengthy sentences in local cases

In opinions handed down recently, the Seventh Court of Appeals based in Amarillo affirmed judgments against two Chillicothe men who were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences by Hardeman County juries in recent child sex abuse cases. In an opinion issued on March 22, 2019, the Amarillo appellate court affirmed the conviction of Jimmie Kyle Anderson,…

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Man’s wrench attack leads to prison

Several prison sentences were handed down during proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court sitting in both Wilbarger and Hardeman counties this past week. Vincent Ray Mitchell, 32, of Quanah, was sentenced to 35 years in prison following his plea of guilty to felony assault family violence with a deadly weapon. On November 7, 2018,…

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Terrible Tuesday remembered: ‘I was sucked up in it’

By DANIEL WALKER Vernon Daily Record Editor Tuesday, April 10, 1979 seemed like a perfect spring day – right up until a tornado appeared seemingly out of nowhere, cutting a path through Wilbarger County and Vernon that left 11 dead, dozens injured and millions of dollars of property destroyed. “It was just a regular old…

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Terrible Tuesday remembered: The story of a photograph

Editor’s note:The Vernon Daily Record remembers the 40th anniversary of Terrible Tuesday, April 10, 1979 when multiple tornadoes struck the area. An iconic photo from the time showed a City of Vernon vehicle in the living room of a house. The VDR told the story of the truck on the one-year anniversary in 1980, as…

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