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New indictment filed for man accused of 2021 Evergreen Drive murder

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A man accused of the fatal shooting of Martin Jones on Evergreen Drive in October 2021 was indicted last week by a Wichita County Grand Jury. Noel Ramirez Martin, 33, of Vernon, is charged with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. His bonds total $1,100,001.

Family of Tonya Brand reflects on her life

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Friends and family of Tonya Brand are reflecting on her life. Brand was a City of Altus employee who died after being critically injured while working at the city landfill last week. An investigation is underway into the accident at the Altus City Landfill, on August...

OSBI offers reward for information on Comanche County cold case

COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla. (KSWO) - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is prepared to offer a $5,000 reward for information regarding a Comanche County cold case. OSBI agents are currently searching for information on the murder of Ci’Lina Teira Bell-Deloney, 21, who was found dead in the middle of NW Paint Road in Cache.

Dr Amechi-Obigwe celebrates 10 years at Vernon Clinic

Dr Adana Juliet Amechi-Obigwe is celebrating her 10th anniversary at the Vernon Clinic, located at 1015 Hillcrest Drive here in Vernon. A special reception is planned for Tuesday, August 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Amechi-Obigwe was born and raised in the Country of Nigeria. She Graduated from...

Marvin Bennett

Marvin Bennett, 75 of Vernon, Texas, died on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in Wichita Falls, Texas.Services will be Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Western Trail Cowboy Church. under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home. Officiating will be Luke Morrison. Marvin was born on Oct. 25, 1946 in Lahaina, Hawaii. He was the son of the late Roscoe Bennett and the late Cecilia Kaniho Bennett. He married Claudia Jones on June 21, 1986 in Vernon, Texas. She preceded him in death on Feb. 7, 2022. He was a devoted husband, caring for her during their 36 years of marriage. Marvin proudly served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed spending time with his late wife, children and grandchildren. He was the owner of Marvin’s Transmissions, personally servicing customers throughout Texoma. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, woodworking and classic cars where you would see his gentle, patient, and kind nature. Marvin was an original member of the Western Trail Cowboy Church. He was involved in the initial stages of development for the church, devoting much time and effort, creating a place for the community to worship together where he gave his life to Jesus Christ and received water baptism from his friend and pastor, David Fox.Marvin is survived by his children, Marvin Brent Bennett and wife Tracy of Vernon, Tx., Kristi Charese Eidson and husband Jeff of Elkin, N.C., Michael Bennett of Frisco, Tx., Daniel Bennett and wife Gloria of Haslet, Tx., and Kayla Bearden and husband Rusty of Edmond, Okla.; his grandchildren, Nathaniel Bennett, Gabriella “Gigi” Kakouras, Alexandra Kakouras, Julia Anderson, Mallory Bennett, Landon Bennett, Travis Bennett and Natalie Lloyd.; his siblings Brad Bennett, Laverne Earls, Wayne Bennett and wife Beverly, and Merle Kromer and husband James. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Claudia Bennett and a daughter Christi Baker. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Western Trail Cowboy Church.Visitation will be Saturday at 9 a.m. until service time at Western Trail Cowboy Church.Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.comMarvin.

Larry Albert Bachman

Larry Albert Bachman, 80 of Vernon, Texas, died on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in Vernon, Texas.Services will be Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.Larry was born Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1941 in Lockett, Tx. He was the son of the late Otto William Bachman, Sr. and the late Lydia Graf Bachman. He was a graduate of Lockett High School in 1960, and he was a graduate of Tarleton State, he was a member of the ROTC. He received his Master and Under Graduate from North Texas State University. He started teaching Industrial Art at Quanah High School and in 1970 he taught at Grapevine High School. He retired in 1993. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, and he served on Zion BBQ and Sausage Committee. He was an avid hunter.Larry is survived by his son, Jeff Bachman of Fort Worth, Tx., daughter, Roxanne Foster of Arlington, Tx., his grandchildren Madison Foster, Jourdan Bachman and Laurel Foster. He is preceded in death by his brothers Otto Bachman, Jr., Robert W. Bachman, Dee Wayne Bachman and Heber Bachman, his sisters Nettie Heard, Madeline Williams, Ella Fenton, Mary Ellen Chalfant and a granddaughter Mia Brooke Bachman. Visitation will be Friday at 6 to 8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home.Memorials can be made to Cooks Children’s Hospital in honor of Mia Brooke Bachman. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.comLarry.

Annual Summer’s Last Blast to kick off this week

VERNON (KFDX/KJTL) — Car lovers from all over are getting ready for an annual favorite in Wilbarger County. People come from near and far to see classic cars at the Vernon Street Machine and Classics Association’s Summer’s Last Blast. The weekend is full of events including a...

Mississippi Man Sentenced to Thirty Years for Aggravated Kidnapping

Rather than face a jury that was waiting in the hall, Joshua Dale Southard, 31, of Ripley, Mississippi, changed his plea to guilty in a case of aggravated kidnapping that occurred in Vernon on February 19, 2022. As part of a plea bargain, Southard was sentenced to thirty years in prison for the aggravated kidnapping as well as ten years in prison for the offense of deadly weapon in a penal institution.

Texas Town Changing Its Name To Bacon City, USA, Your Move Coffee City, TX

I don't know too many folks who don't love BACON. Bacon is a meat candy that makes damn near every thing better. What used to be exclusively for breakfast now can be used in almost anything from sandwiches, to salads to even ICE CREAM, bacon is delicious and a top 5 meat in America and I will hear no further debate on the topic.

Norma Ray Bradshaw

Norma Ray Bradshaw returned to her heavenly home on August 1, 2022 at the age of 89 years old, after a life devoted to her family, community, and to her Lord. Known to most as Dolly – she was more aff ectionately known to her family (and eventually many others) as Gama. Born August 28,1932 at her family home in Rayland, Texas, her family moved to Farmer’s Valley, Texas (a small community between Chillicothe and Vernon) when she was a small child. Dolly graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1949 and married her high school sweetheart, F.D. Bradshaw in 1951. They both attended Abilene Christian College. Dolly was blessed with a large and loving family; she helped raise her two children (as well as her grandchildren) with patience, discipline, and humility. She taught them to read, write, solve complex equations, bake and cook for those they love, as well as how to sight read and sing a cappella music. She was kind and soft-spoken, but never afraid to express her opinion – usually through a pointed facial expression. An educator at heart, Dolly taught in the Chillicothe Independent School District for her entire career and touched the lives of many individuals. Upon her retirement, she committed her time to homemaking (and ensuring F.D. kept things running smoothly at the Lumber Yard.) Dolly was an avid gardener: pictures that her husband took of her prized roses and irises are displayed in photographs around various businesses in the Chillicothe area. Most importantly from the very beginning of her life, she dedicated her existence to God. She encouraged her family to explore the beauty of the gospels, taught Sunday school, and rejoiced in her faith daily. While Gama will be dearly missed by her loved ones, they will celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator.Dolly was preceded in death by her husband, F.D. Bradshaw, in February 2022, her parents, Raymond and Veva Bailey, her brother Bennie Jo Bailey, as well as an infant daughter. She is survived by her son Steve (Cherri) Bradshaw of Chillicothe, daughter Jan Beaver of Austin, grandchildren Sally (Aaron) Reeves of Vernon, Elly (Gordy) Gonzales of Vernon, Holly (Chad) Cox of Tell, Byron Bradshaw (Ryan) of Austin, Bailey Beaver of Quitman, AR, and Brielle (Jonathan) Beaver-Ou of Austin; and great-grandchildren Tyler, Landry, Taylor, Lavery, Lux, and Colee; sister Glenda (Walt) Cudmore of Chillicothe; brother-in-law Glen (Mary Dean) Bradshaw of Wichita Falls; and sister-in-law Yvonne (Gene) Fulford of Athens. Visitation with the family was Wednesday, August 3 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home in Chillicothe, Texas and services will be Thursday, August 4 at 11 a.m. at the Chillicothe Church of Christ. Pallbearers will be Dolly’s grandsons-in-law: Aaron Reeves, Gordy Gonzales, and Chad Cox; and her great-grandsons: Tyler Reeves, Landry Gonzales, and Lavery Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers will be Boyd Green, Wayne Haynes, Mario Guerra, Mario Guerra, Jr., Rick Jump, Jonathan Ou, and Ryan Shoop.In lieu of  owers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Chillicothe Church of Christ, the Westview Boys’ Home in Hollis, Oklahoma or the Tipton Children’s Home in Tipton, Oklahoma.Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.comNorma.

Cache Public Schools purchase old LCS campus

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - “This facility right here will be a temporary replacement for middle school students once we kind of finalize our plan on what we want to do with the middle school. Whether it will be a light remodel, or whatever, so we can move those students back into the middle school,” said Superintendent Chad Hance.

Filmed in Frederick, Oklahoma the ‘Deadland’ Trailer Just Dropped!

From the looks of the new movie trailer 'Deadland' is going to be a thriller, suspense, and horror flick all mixed into one! Parts of the movie were filmed right here in the Sooner State in Frederick, Oklahoma, and the surrounding area. We'll finally get to see 'Deadland' this fall. According to IMDb it will be released on Friday, October 7th (10-07-22) looking forward to it! It was around this same time last year they were filming.

Local teacher goes into year 57 of educating young minds

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Olustee Eldorado Kindergarten teacher Jeri Nunley has been teaching since 1965. Ms. Nunley has been in education for 5 decades and that wasn’t by accident. Her family features a long line of educators, superintendents and even professors. She didn’t find her calling for education until college, but her family is her inspiration for being a teaching.