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Still no sign of NTSH escapee

July 6, 2022

Vernon Police Chief Randy Agan reported Tuesday that state and federal law enforcement are providing assistance in the search for escaped NTSH patient Alexander Ervin. Ervin escaped on Sunday June 26 and was not discovered missing for 10 hours, during a med check Monday morning after 7 a.m.. Video showed him climbing a fence and…

Contestants sought for Bacon City USA Food Truck Competition on September 16

July 6, 2022

The City of Vernon will host the Bacon City USA Food Truck Competition on September 16, 2022, featuring Wright Brand Bacon. The Tourism Department and Wright Brand Bacon will review all food vendor applications. Below are factors that are considered for selection: •Quality & type of food, price points & special bacon dish description —…

Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension Of Emergency SNAP Benefits For July 2022

July 1, 2022

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $301.8 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of July. The allotments are expected to help about 1.4 million Texas households. “With the extension of emergency SNAP benefits, Texans across the state…

Charging stations planned on Texas highways

June 21, 2022

Texas is planning to add enough electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state to support 1 million electric vehicles with dozens of new stations to allow for easier long-distance travel. In a draft plan released this month, the Texas Department of Transportation broke down a five-year. Charging stations will be every 50 miles along non-business…

Burn ban ended, fireworks permitted

June 20, 2022

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to end the county’s burn ban – at least for a little while. The commissioners also voted not to limit aerial fireworks during the Fourth of July season. “Let’s use some good judgment when burning,” Judge Greg Tyra appealed to county residents, even as he advocated for lifting…

‘End of Watch’ vigil at VC

June 19, 2022

Vernon College Police Officer Greg Young died from complications of Covid-19, acquired in the line-of-duty in September 2021. Young was one of approximately 600 fallen officers killed in the line of duty across the United States in 2021. This past weekend a memorial was held in the parking lot of the Osborne Administration building at…

Jo Stone named Chillicothe ‘Citizen of the Year’

June 16, 2022

CHILLICOTHE – Mary Creighton and Reta Ford received “Lion of the Year” honors for 2021-2022 by the Chillicothe Lions Club during an annual Awards and Installation Banquet Monday at First Baptist Church. Creighton and Ford are longtime members of the organization, having joined the Chillicothe Lions Club in 1988 as its first two female members,…

Audit: WGH has solid financial year

June 16, 2022

The Wilbarger General Hospital Board of Directors received the Annual Hospital Audit for the previous fiscal year, as part of last Thursday board meeting. It was good news. Deborah Whitley, CPA with Forvis LLC of Waco, gave the detailed audit report on WGH’s finances. Whitley stated that the hospital’s revenue is up considerably from the…

Five sentenced in District Court cases

June 12, 2022

Several prison sentences were handed down during recent proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court sitting in both Wilbarger and Hardeman counties. Drugs in purse Kristi Lynn Love, 40, of Vernon, was sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of 25 grams of methamphetamine following her plea of guilty last week. On March 10,…

Local runoff returns mostly mirrored state results

June 9, 2022

The final Primary runoff results from last week’s election were to late for last week’s edition. Turnout was reported at just 4 percent in the county with 347 of 8,340 voters casting a ballot. There 282 votes cast in Wilbarger County during the Republican Primary runoff, with two undervotes. There were 95 votes cast on…