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Helen Parker

August 25, 2021

Helen Parker, 87, of Quanah, passed away early Tuesday morning, August 17, 2021. A funeral service is planned for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 21st at the Church of Christ in Quanah with interment to follow at Quanah Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening, August 20th, at Smith Funeral Home.Helen Faye…

Marel Lynn (Elling) Fry

August 25, 2021

Marel Lynn (Elling) Fry, age 79, passed away Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 in Vernon, Texas. No services are planned at this time.

Kenzie Dyon Wier

August 25, 2021

Kenzie Dyon Wier, 36 of Vernon, Texas passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021, in Vernon, Texas. A memorial service will be held Friday August 27, 2021 at 6 p.m. at the Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Luke Morrison officiating under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.

Mark Haught

August 18, 2021

Mark Haught, superintendent of Northside ISD, died Sunday, August 15, 2021. Haught had been superintendent of the Wulbarger County school since November 2016, and had also served as principal of the Northside High School for two years prior to that. Before that he spent 35 years in the Altus School system, including 15 years as…

June Sanderson

August 18, 2021

June Sanderson, 91 of Vernon, Texas died on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in Vernon, Texas. Services will be Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Terry Tamplen officiating. There will be a visitation following service at Sullivan Funeral Home.

Dorothy May Layton

August 18, 2021

Dorothy May Layton, 88 of Vernon, Texas, died on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Graveside service will be Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Gary Chapman.

House fire suspected to be arson

August 18, 2021

Vernon emergency personnel responded to a fully engulfed structure fire on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at around 5:45 p.m. in the 2700 block of Olive Street. A fire investigator is expected on scene later this week to investigate the fire, which is being called suspicious. See more information in Wednesday’s print edition.

Bandits steal truck, use it to break into bank ATM

August 18, 2021

Crooks staged a brazen burglary of the ATM at Pilgrim’s Bank, located in the 900 block of Hillcrest, early Sunday morning. An alarm at the bank was triggered at 6:08 a.m., and records show that officers were on scene within three minutes. When officers arrived they found someone had ripped open the front of the…

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…