A boy and his dog: Ginger’s job is to keep Blake Fields healthy

Blake Soccer

By Kathy Floyd Pioneer SentinelBlake Fields is living every little boy’s dream. He has a beautiful golden retriever named Ginger that goes everywhere with him — soccer games, school, Scouts. She sleeps at the foot of his bed. But Ginger isn’t just playing the part of … [Read more...]

Dusty Rocker Boots: Dean’s Thompson starts boot revolution

Dean resident Leslie Thompson with a selection of Dusty Rocker Boots at Cow Palace Couture in Henrietta. Thompson came up with the idea for a boot that could be fitted with interchangeable colors while searching through her closet for matching footwear.

  By Kathy FloydPioneer SentinelIt all started when Leslie Thompson of Dean wanted to wear a pink outfit, but only had black and red boots in her closet. No self-respecting fashion-forward girl would mix red and pink. “I need to find a way to change this,” … [Read more...]

ClayTex Trophies honors firefighters killed in West explosion with memorial

Robert Reams and ClayTex Trophies President Jack Ellis (back row, far left) with employees who assisted in the design and construction of a memorial for the West, Texas, VFD. Reams' wife Susan is a native of West and has two brothers who serve on the WVFD.

Kathy FloydPioneer SentinelClayTex Trophies has made Most Valuable Player trophies for Super Bowls, mementos for dignitaries visiting the White House and medals for former First Lady Laura Bush to present, but ClayTex president Jack Ellis considers the company’s latest … [Read more...]

Her father’s footsteps: Henrietta girl comes home to build medical practice

Dr. Lexi Mitchell Sanchez, with her father, Dr. Michael Mitchell, at the CCMH Clinic.

By Kathy FloydPioneer SentinelWhen Lexi Mitchell would run through the halls of her dad’s medical office as a child, the last thing either of them thought was that one day, she would be a physician with her own office. But little Lexi grew up, went off to college and … [Read more...]

Brock honored as one of 55 top Boy Scoutmasters in nation

Joe Bill Brock, recognized as one of the top 55 scoutmasters in the nation.

By Kathy FloydClay County Pioneer SentinelHenrietta’s Boy Scout Troop 91 Scoutmaster Joe Bill Brock received a rare honor at the Boy Scouts of America’s annual meeting in May at the Gaylord Texas in Grapevine. He was recognized as one of the top 55 scoutmasters in the … [Read more...]

Henrietta group performs Star Spangled Banner at Rangers game

Penny Riordan, Laura Lee Brock, Diane Hanson and Laurie Schaffner of the group "One Voice" gather on the field at the Ballpark in Arlington before performing the national anthem.

Four of Henrietta’s own performed the Star Spangled Banner for more than 41,000 baseball fans in attendance at the Ballpark in Arlington Wednesday night. More than 130 Henrietta residents supported One Voice, the Clay County quartet of Laurie Schaffner, Penny … [Read more...]

Organization honors Texas soldiers killed in Iraq, Afghanistan

Sgt. Matt Rick of the Iron Soldiers organization pauses during a battlefield cross ceremony held Monday in Henrietta.

While Americans celebrate on this, the country's 237th Independence Day, a group of former enlisted men and military family members are in Austin to perform a battlefield cross ceremony. For Iron Soldiers, a military remembrance group with headquarters in Childress, … [Read more...]

Essler featured in exhibit at Bullock State History Museum

Frances Essler

  The life’s story of a Clay County woman is featured as part of an exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Frances Klein Essler of Scotland is one of 12 Texas women whose stories are told in “Enduring Women: A Photography and Oral … [Read more...]

4-year-old inspired to donate hair by aunt’s battle with cancer

Addie 2

By Sasha KeltonPioneer SentinelWith a shy smile, four-year old Addie Rice looks up at her great-aunt, Paula Craft.  Addie has a lot to smile about — she is at a family dinner celebrating her recent contribution to Locks of Love, an organization that uses donated hair to … [Read more...]

Henrietta families open homes to benefit Project Graduation


Five Henrietta families have offered their homes for viewing by the general public during the annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 2. The tour is self-guided from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Proceeds from the Christmas Tour of Homes benefit Henrietta High School’s … [Read more...]