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Texas SNAP Recipients Eligible to Replace Lost Food

Governor Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced two new policies this week aimed at helping low-income Texans recover food lost during last week’s severe winter storm. Texans participating in SNAP are now eligible to replace food that was lost or destroyed due to power outages by requesting replacement benefits. SNAP…

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Three contested races set

The filing period for local elections ended on Friday with three contested races set. At the Vernon city commission, Place 4 incumbent Britt Ferguson is seeking re-election, but he is being challenged by Dustin Fraticelli for the two-year term on the commission. Don Aydelott, the incumbent for City Commission Place 3, filed for re-election and…

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Covid numbers continue to decline in Wilbarger County

Wilbarger County reported 9 active Covid 19 cases on Monday, Feb. 15, as the county’s positive rate continues to stay in single digits. The mandatory mask requirement for the county is still in place. The state’s current requirement is “The county must have 30 or fewer new COVID-19 cases during the previous 14 day period.”…

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VC trustees extend president’s contract, sell land to hotel owner

The Vernon College board of trustees appointed Betsy Smith to fill the unexpired term of Anne Spears, who resigned from her place on the board in January. The action was part of the February board of trustee meeting last Wednesday. The trustees accepted a bid of $140,001 from Joe Rogers, of Rogers Lodging, to purchase…

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Winter Storm Warning through Wednesday evening

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM WEDNESDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. * WHERE…Portions of central, east central, northern, northwest, southeast, southern, southwest and western Oklahoma and northern Texas. * WHEN…Until 6 PM CST Wednesday. * IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could…

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Rotating power outages anticipated to continue over next 24 hours

At 1:25 Monday morning, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) directed transmission and distribution companies to begin controlled rotating outages as an emergency procedure to avoid a sustained large-scale outage and prevent long-term damage to the electric system. AEP Texas began rotating the areas affected so that consumers are impacted for a limited amount…

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Early voting begins Tuesday in runoff election

Gov. Greg Abbott has set Feb. 23 as the date for the House District 68 special election runoff to replace former state Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, who is now in the Texas Senate. Early voting for the House District 68 runoff will begin Tuesday, Feb. 16. Wilbarger County Clerk Jana Kennon said that early voting…

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New WGH wound center headlines January building permits

  Nine building permits were issued in Vernon during January. The big permit was for a remodel at Wilbarger General Hospital for the creation of a new wound center. In a December 2020 meeting, the Wilbarger General Hospital board of directors accepted a bid of $373,750 for the new Wound Care Center project. WGH Chief…

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