10 reach plea agreements

The 97th District Court accepted plea agreements from 10 defendants on Monday, July 21. David Jose Armenta, Jr. — Five counts sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, for an Oct. 10 offense. Armenta was sentenced to five terms of 18 years each in prison, to … [Read more...]

Grand jury indicts seven

A Clay County grand jury handed down seven indictments Monday, July 21. Once indictment is sealed until the defendant is in custody. Jason Allen Endicott — Possession of a controlled substance (THC), penalty group 2, in an amount of more than 4 grams, less than 400 … [Read more...]

Edwards Public Library rewards youth for summer reading

The Edwards Public Library celebrated the end of 2014 Texas Summer Reading Club “Fizz, Boom, Read” with a Certificate Party at the Holman Center on Wednesday, July 16. Fifty reading program participants attended the celebration. Clay County Judge Kenneth Liggett and … [Read more...]

Volunteer firefighters honor fallen soldier, son of Jolly VFD member

Petrolia Volunteer Firefighters Tilly Fox, Tony Fox and Rob Johnson salute from above the Spur 510 overpass in Henrietta Friday as a Hurst carrying 1st Sgt. Russell McIlroy passes.

Clay County’s volunteer firefighters honored the son of one of their own Friday, a Bronze Star recipient who served in Afghanistan. First Sgt. Russell Eugene McIlroy, 53, died July 8 in Clarksville, Tenn. He is the son of Gene McIlroy, a member of the Jolly volunteer … [Read more...]

Triangle Brick, JAC seek county’s help for electric substation

County Judge Kenneth Liggett holds a sample brick made with materials mined in Clay County and presented to commissioners by Triangle Brick Company Monday.

A North Carolina brick company and JAC Electric Cooperative are asking for Clay County’s help in constructing a $1.3 million substation to supply energy for a proposed manufacturing facility southeast of Henrietta. Commissioners approved a request during a special … [Read more...]

Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Conference set for July 29

Missy HodginTexas AgriLife AgentIn an effort to bring producers new research and technology based on ever-changing environmental conditions, the Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference will be held July 29 in Wichita Falls, jointly hosted by AgriLife Extension … [Read more...]

Private property rights vital to American way of life

Mac ThornberryCongressman, 13th DistrictAll of us who grew up on the land know how precious our American private property rights are.  It is not just about our business or finances.  It is also about self-reliance and stewardship – taking care of what we have in order … [Read more...]

11 Henrietta FFA members attend convention, six earn state degree

2014 HFFA Lonestars

Eleven members of the Henrietta chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA Convention July 14-18 in Fort Worth, receiving honors and scholarships for their work in the leadership organization. Henrietta delegates Makenzie White, Keaton Davis, Josey Cleveland, Luke … [Read more...]

Russell E. McIlroy of Clarksville, Tenn.


First Sgt. Russell Eugene McIlroy, 53, of Clarksville, Tenn., passed away on July 8, 2014. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 21 at the chapel of Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home with Rev. Shawn Bitner officiating. Russell was born July 20, 1960 in Wichita … [Read more...]

Helen Ruth Patrick of Petrolia

Helen Ruth Patrick

Helen Ruth VanWinkle Patrick, 93, of Petrolia, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2014. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 20 at the Petrolia Cemetery Chapel with Robert VanWinkle of Sulphur Springs officiating. Arrangements are under the direction … [Read more...]