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No vaccine requirement for Wilbarger General Hospital staff, yet

October 24, 2021

  Wilbarger General Hospital Chief Executive Officer Tom Siemers told WGH directors that the federal government has required that healthcare workers be vaccinated. However, the Texas governor has an executive order “that we cannot require that.” He said that the federal order has been delayed to December. “Honestly it is going to end up in…

Prefix required on 940 calls

October 23, 2021

Prefix required on 940 calls Residents in the 940 area code will be required to dial 10 digits when making a local phone call. People with seven Texas area codes will be required to dial 10 digits (the area code and the telephone number) for all local calls starting Oct. 25. According to the Public…

“Crazy” few weeks for Covid at VISD

October 22, 2021

Vernon Independent School District Superintendent Jeff Byrd said, in terms of Covid, it has been the “craziest three weeks as far as numbers go” that he’d seen. Byrd updated the VISD board of trustees during Monday’s October board meeting. He said that County Medical Authority Dr. Travis Lehman reported that Covid numbers were decreasing county-wide,…

Katherine Sue Newsom

October 20, 2021

Katherine Sue Newsom, 70, of Quanah, passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 17, 2021 in Wichita Falls. A funeral service is planned for 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at First United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Dr. David Smith will offi ciate and interment will follow at Quanah Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will…

Robert Thomas III convicted in Cowboy Club murder

October 20, 2021

A Wilbarger County jury of seven women, and five men, took about one hour on Friday to convict Robert Thomas, III, 26, of Vernon, of capital murder in a case that occurred in May of 2017. Thomas was sentenced by 46th Judicial District Judge Dan Mike Bird to life in prison without parole in accordance…

Take a virtual tour: Vernon’s proposed new elementary

October 20, 2021

As part of Monday night’s board of trustees meeting, the Vernon Independent School District’s trustees received printed copies of the architect’s rendering of the proposed new elementary school. VISD voters are currently deciding whether to approve a $40 million bond to build the school, which would replace two old out-dated campuses. Early voting continues 8…

Katherine (Casey) Nelson Michael

October 13, 2021

Katherine (Casey) Nelson Michael, age 58, died Sept. 9, 2021 in Springfi eld, Oregon. She was born Jan. 21, 1963, in Vernon, Texas to Josephine Wheat Nelson Short and Carl Wayne Nelson. She graduated from high school in Houston, Texas. She married Mark Michael, March 27, 2010, in Eugene, Oregon. Casey had worked at North…

Doris Jouett Gibbs

October 13, 2021

Doris Jouett Gibbs, 83 of Vernon, Texas, passed away on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas.Graveside services were held on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Eastview Cemetery with Trent Kieschnick officiating under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.Doris was born Monday, June 13, 1938 in Vernon, Texas, She was the…

Lou Jaggers

October 13, 2021

Lou Jaggers passed away Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Quanah. A funeral service was planned for 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11 at the First United Methodist Church. Rev. Matt Brown officiated. Interment followed at Quanah Memorial Park. Visitation was held Sunday evening at Smith Funeral Home Chapel.

VISD bond town hall planned for Wednesday

October 10, 2021

A Town Hall meeting to discuss the proposed Vernon ISD $40 million bond will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the Forum Room of the Wilbarger Auditorium from 6:30 to 8 p.m.