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One positive Covid case in Wilbarger County

Texas officials report one active Covid-19 casein Wilbarger County this week. Wilbarger County has had 46 percent of the population over the age of 12 is vaccinated, compared to 59 percent statewide. Elsewhere in Texas the numbers are ramping up among unvaccinated population, Wichita County is reporting 133 active cases. The positivity rate, which measures…

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New solar project coming to Wilbarger County

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court learned of a new solar energy project planned for Wilbarger County. Orsted is planning to set a 400 megawatt producing solar power farm in southern Wilbarger County. Jordan Shontz told the county commissioners that the project will be on the Wilbarger Estate “tucked in next to the wind project.” It…

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Prison for man who tried to rob pharmacy with a bomb

Richard Vernon Fox, 38, of Helena, Montana, was sentenced to five years in two separate cases following his plea of guilty to robbery and evading arrest with a motor vehicle. On May 5, 2021, Vernon police were dispatched to Family Pharmacy in reference to a male subject who had passed a note through the drive…

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Jail limiting intake due to medical outbreak

The Wilbarger County Jail has had limited its intake of prisoners over the past two weeks due to a medical issue. “Due to HIPAA we can’t discuss the nature of the medical issues,” Sheriff Brian Fritze said, declining to confirm or deny if the medical issues were related to Covid-19. The Texas Department of Health…

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Assembly of God pastor arrested

Brian Keith Pounds, pastor of Vernon’s First Assembly of God, was arrested Friday, July 16, 2021 on a felony charge of sexual assault of a child. Pounds was reportedly taken into custody at around noon at a Wichita Falls hospital by Texas DPS Rangers. Pounds was booked into the Wichita County Jail on a Vernon…

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Splash pad unveiled

The splash pad at Allingham Park was turned on last Tuesday, following a ribbon cutting. The pad operates from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily by push-button The spray area of the splash pad is over 1,733 square feet and includes 16 different spray features manufactured by Water Odyssey that are perfect for toddlers to…

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Several sentenced in district court

Multiple cases were processed in the last weeks in the 46th Judicial District Court sitting both in Wilbarger and Hardeman counties. Christina Magilene Nava Smith, 45, of Vernon, was sentenced to eights years in prison following her plea of guilty to possession of methamphetamine. On April 26, 2020, a Vernon police officer made a traffic…

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Daniels sentenced in first Wilbarger trial since Covid hiatus

A Vernon man was sentenced to 70 years in prison by a jury for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the first jury trial last week in the 46th Judicial District Court in over one year. Beauford Deshawn Daniels, 41, was convicted of brutally assaulting a woman in the early morning hours of May…

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Sen. Perry holds town hall

Senator Charles Perry held a town hall meeting in Vernon earlier this month, in advance of the special session. The town hall was held at the Wilbarger Auditorium was attended by about 40 people. The state representative was also planned to be at the town hall, but he did not attend. Sen. Perry discussed that…

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City issues 17 building permits in June

The City of Vernon issued 17 building permits in June, a big drop off from last year when 37 permits were issued in June, 2020. The biggest permit of the month was for a mobile home, issued on June 30. It will be placed at 2109 Sherman with HV Seven as the contractor and Austin…

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