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…

Gary Max Rozzell

July 28, 2021

Gary Max Rozzell passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 28, at the North Side Baptist Church in Weatherford. Burial was at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas.

VISD trustees talk cyber safety

July 27, 2021

Vernon Independent School District trustees held a public hearing on the district’s internet safety policy, as part of their July board meeting. Superintendent Jeff Byrd said that with giving students Chromebooks, the district will use Cisco Meraki and GoGuardian to educate and protect students. Meraki offers a complete cloud-managed wireless network that’s built to simplify…

VISD prepares virus protocol for safe back-to-school

July 25, 2021

Vernon ISD is preparing for the return to classes. With school starting back in less than a month the district’s board of trustees discussed how school will function, even with the shadow of another coronavirus outbreak threatening the school year. The trustees discussed the district’s Safe Return to School Plan as part of the July…

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…

Ella Lucille Barker

July 21, 2021

Ella Lucille Barker died July 11, 2021 in Midland. She was born to Mart & Ethel Morgan on February 14, 1930, in Vernon. A graveside service was held at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Midland. She is survived by a sister Anita Morgan of Seymour, and a brother Bud Morgan of Wichita Falls.

Cayloma R. Goolsby

July 21, 2021

Cayloma R. Goolsby, 92 of Dallas, died on June 22, 2021. She spent her childhood in Quanah and Medicine Mound. She will be buried in Quanah at a later date.

Vernon’s water line request to get state hearing

July 20, 2021

Vernon should know tomorrow whether or not its bid for a $12,000,000 low interest loan will be approved. The Texas Water Development Board is slated to meet Thursday at 9:30 a.m. to consider Vernon’s application for funds to construct a new pipeline from the city’s water well fields in the north part of the county.…

Prison for man who tried to rob pharmacy with a bomb

July 18, 2021

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…