The City of Vernon announced that the Vernon Volunteer Fire Department is holding a fundraiser in support of Andrea Hope Wright, a 16-year-old student of Vernon High School who recently lost her leg due to a hunting accident this Sunday.


VERNON — The City of Vernon announced that the Vernon Volunteer Fire Department is holding a fundraiser in support of Andrea Hope Wright, a 16-year-old student of Vernon High School who recently lost her leg due to a hunting accident this Sunday.



It was reported that Wright is undergoing multiple surgeries in near future and in efforts to raise money to help the family the Vernon Volunteer Fire Department will be having a fundraiser starting at 10 a.m. at the Tom Thumb in Vernon.



The Fire Department will have hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and sweet tea available. Donations will also be collected and appreciated, according to the Vernon Fire Department Fire Chief.



Vernon High School is also showing their support, as students will be participating in a Camo Day, a day of wearing camouflage in support of Wright on Jan. 22.



If there is any information on events to support Wright and her family please contact the Washington Count News at wcnnews@chipleypaper.com or cspears@chipleypaper.com.



Drexal Harris was present requesting a possible variance for his property where the Tom Thumb and fruit stand are located.



He explained that a mandated 50-foot area in front of an establishment is too much and that he was interested in making it just a simple downtown store front where little less front property was required.



Council member Trey Hawkins encouraged him to continue to make efforts to create a thriving business and asked that he not loose patience as everyone is making adjustments due to the widening of State Road 79.



Discussion was also held on the future of the City of Vernon’s Recreational Department and after some time suggestions were made for a possible Recreational Director and Recreational Board be assembled, focusing on the upcoming baseball season.



Focus also went on the upcoming elections with Mayor Michelle Cook and Council members Trey Hawkins, Gwen March and Joey Brock’s seat positions in question.



These items will be discussed further and action could be taken during the next council meeting set for 7 p.m. on Jan. 28, with a special session arranged after for the Recreational Director and Board. A special session is also called for 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 to discuss applicants for the Vernon City Clerk’s position.