Skip to content

Governor Abbott announces Third Special Session date and agenda

September 8, 2021

Governor Abbott, on Tuesday, issued a proclamation announcing that he will convene a third special legislative session at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021. The proclamation identifies 5 agenda items for the third Special Session. “The Texas Legislature now has the opportunity to redraw legislative and congressional districts in accordance with the new census…

County facing big deficit, works on budget

August 17, 2021

Wilbarger County is facing a loss of more than $600,000 from this year to next year, due in large part to a drop in expected property tax revenue after the AEP powerplant in Oklaunion shut down. “Somewhere, we’ve gotta knock about $615,000 out of this budget,” County Judge Greg Tyra told the Wilbarger County Commissioners…

SWRE holding ‘drive-thru’ annual meeting

August 15, 2021

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the area, Southwest Rural Electric Association, Inc. (SWRE) has transitioned the membership meeting set for Thursday, August 19, at Wilbarger Auditorium in Vernon, to a Drive-Thru Annual Meeting. Registration will take place from 5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. SWRE members will be able to participate without leaving…

Summer’s Last Blast features lots of cars, great music

August 12, 2021

Summer’s Last Blast is set to get underway with activities beginning on Thursday, Aug, 12, and concluding with the cruise itself on Saturday, Aug. 14. Jim Gryseels, president of the Vernon Street Machines and Classics Association, hosts of Summer’s Last Blast, said he was pleased with the turnout last Saturday night for the Mini Cruise.…

Man arrested in killing of horses

August 11, 2021

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrested Trenton Ray Wilson, 32, on two felony warrants outside of Woodward, Oklahoma on Highway 34, at around 7:45 a.m. last Tuesday, August 2. Wilson was booked into the Wilbarger County Jail on Aug. 5 on two felony charges — burglary of a habitation and  criminal mischief with a firearm/death of…

Another child victim comes forward accusing AG pastor of abuse

August 11, 2021

Daniel Walker Vernon Record A new victim has come forward, accusing former Vernon First Assembly of God Pastor Brian Pounds of illegal sexual behavior with a child. The allegations were unsealed Friday and a new charge of sexual assault of a child was added to Pounds, who is currently being held in the Wilbarger County…

Covid on rise in Texas: Governor asks for help, local hospital CEO concerned

August 10, 2021

Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday a series of actions the State of Texas is taking to mitigate the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will be utilizing staffing agencies to provide medical personnel from out-of-state to Texas health care facilities to assist in COVID-19 operations. The…

Police serve search warrant in Hop-In armed robbery

July 29, 2021

Vernon Police officers and deputies from the Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the 1400 block of Pease shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday in relation to a reported armed robbery of a convenience store overnight. Two individuals were placed under arrest at the scene. Additional details and photos will  be in the …

One positive Covid case in Wilbarger County

July 21, 2021

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…

New solar project coming to Wilbarger County

July 21, 2021

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…