Whitney businesses unite in effort to promote community

Reporter: Ellie Mahan

July 28, 2021

The Whitney Business Alliance chooses a different business as its meeting location each month, with the owner providing a tour of their location. The alliance’s last meeting was Thursday, July 22, at Buckshot Rustic Furniture and Gifts. The attendees pictured above are Jason Ince, Gordon Rogers, Terry Boyer, Charles Boyer, Allyson Vought, Tami Gardner, Chamber of Commerce President Adam Bain, Mayor Brad Slaten, Teresa Wyatt, Gina Rogers, Konni Spitzer, Anne Chastaine and Carol Eubank.

To draw more traffic to local business, better the community, and promote town spirit, business owners in Whitney decided to come together by creating a Whitney Business Alliance. The alliance was founded in December 2020, and participation has remained consistent ever since.


The mission statement of the organization states, “The Whitney Business Alliance’s purpose is to enhance the shopping, eating, living, entertaining and community experience to make Whitney a preferred destination for vacations, staycations, and locals to come back time after time. We commit to nurturing growth through mentoring small businesses, working together to overcome challenges that may arise while building and maintaining strong alliance with businesses, government agencies and educational systems.”


A resource for both up-and-coming businesses and Whitney’s trademark establishments, the Whitney Business Alliance is recruiting business owners within the 76692 zip code who would like to join in on this networking opportunity. There is no membership fee, and the alliance would like to represent as many local businesses as possible.


After noticing that business owners’ problems were going unaddressed, Carol Eubank, owner of Whitney Family Eyecare and newly elected president of the Whitney Business Alliance, met with other local business owners and decided that creating a strong, unified, collective voice would get more accomplished. Eubank said as someone who has been running a business for more than 20 years, she is aware of the challenges involved with starting a business, and she hopes the alliance can help newcomers in the area who need guidance.


Eubank said, “Our goals are to be mentors to other business owners who are new, to improve storefronts, streets and neighborhoods and to encourage growth in restaurants and entertainment so that there is more for our local families to do.”


To achieve these goals, the alliance’s first order of business is to create a business directory so that all the businesses can stay in contact with each other. Another item on the to do list includes improving the buildings downtown. The alliance has discussed encouraging every business to have a personalized bench. Personalized benches would create a photo opportunity for tourists, and it would also honor Whitney’s history with The Battle of the Benches.


Eubank said, “We will be working really hard on relationships with our leaders with the city council and the chamber, having a representative at each meeting from both parts so that we can encourage the two groups to work together because they’re the most important bodies. We will hopefully be starting a cleanup and improvement effort, starting with downtown. Downtown is where we want to start so that people want to come and just hang out. We believe if the downtown area looks like it is growing, people will just naturally want to open businesses.”


Eubank said she hopes the alliance will improve the longevity of businesses by providing a place store owners can go to when they want to vent or work through their issues.


“We would witness a business opening up and then a year later closing down, then another business going into that same building, opening up for about a year, and then closing down, just over and over again,” she said.


“Maybe these businesses wouldn’t come in and just close in a year if they had people to go to and talk about the challenges and know where to be guided,” she explained.


Eubank is hopeful that the alliance could encourage people to start businesses that supply a wider variety of food and entertainment for the area so that when tourists visit Lake Whitney, there will be a plethora of options for recreation.


Anne Chastaine, owner of Juniper Cove Winery and newly elected vice president of the Whitney Business Alliance, said, “We want to be a destination, whether or not the lake is closed. We love having the lake, but when the lake is closed, does that hurt our businesses? We need to draw traffic so people can come to Whitney and spend the day.”


Chastaine added that supporting neighboring businesses can help her own business too because as one business has an increase in sales, the store next door also gets noticed. Business owners will use a Facebook page called Whitney Connection to promote their business and others in the community.


“As the tide rises, all the boats float. The more people we can get downtown shopping and looking, the greater potential for each one of the stores to make more sales,” Chastaine said.


Another reason to improve the downtown area is to prevent locals from resorting to traveling to larger cities like Waco when they want to enjoy a night out. Shopping local benefits the Whitney business owners, and the tax dollars that residents pay when they shop local go toward bettering their own community.

The officers for this term, elected Thursday, July 23 are: Crystal Stewart, director of marketing, Allyson Vought, sergeant at arms, Carol Eubank, president, Anne Chastaine, vice president, Terry Boyer, secretary and Tami Gardner, treasurer. Chastaine said, “She’s got so many of the talents that have been part of this since day one, and that’s why I nominate Carol as president.”


Eubank said, “The money that is spent here, the taxes stay here. That’s what fixes our roads. That’s what helps with infrastructure on the internet, trash cleanup, all of those things our tax dollars pay for. When you buy in Waco, the tax dollars go to improve Waco, and when you buy in Bosque County it goes to help Bosque County. People don’t realize that tax you pay when you shop local, that stays here and goes straight into our schools and our infrastructure.”


Eubank said she has noticed lots of rapid growth in the Whitney area and wants to uplift the local businesses so that chains and franchises don’t take over the town.


“We would like to see our local businesses grow so fast and so strong that if chains come in, it doesn’t matter. It’s just a bonus. It’s not killing local businesses,” Eubank said.


The members of the Whitney Business Alliance have a diverse range of knowledge and skills, and they use their different experiences to help each other. Current members who are active leaders in the organization include: Carol Eubank of Whitney Family Eyecare, Anne Chastaine of Juniper Cove Winery, Terry and Charles Boyer of home-based business Thrive, Konni Spitzer of Buckshot Furniture, Denise Callaway of Bosque Real Estate, Crystal Stewart of Farmhouse Store, Jay Caldwell of Lake Whitney Liquidation, Teresa Wyatt of A Daughter’s Dream, Ayushi Agarwala of Whitney Urgent Care, Benji’s and Work@Hill, Gordon and Gina Rogers of a home-based business and Julia Eubanks of Project Sanctuary.


Chastaine said, “We’re trying to help the mayor and the city council bring some spirit and pride back into the town. One of the things that we’ve learned is that everyone had different experiences before they started their businesses. What can we leverage from a past life? I used to do event planning, and I did conference planning for AT&T. I’ve done contract negotiations. What can I leverage to help someone else who is having a problem or an issue?”


Chastaine said she can apply what she’s learned while owning a winery to other businesses as well.


“The biggest thing is creating relationships. In a winery, it’s a very personal experience for the winemaker to make wine, and all the winemakers are different,” Chastaine said. “It’s all those different experiences and how you create something that isn’t a one-time shopper but customer loyalty. There’s a lot of stuff you do in a winery to create loyalty that we’d like to transfer over to the business alliance so that all of our businesses can create loyalty, driving new customers and keeping them.”


Eubank was inspired by a town square she saw in Montana. String lights lit up the night and twinkled over tidy buildings. Locals and tourists alike visited to shop, dine and stroll on the sidewalk. She said this image was her vision for Whitney’s future.


“Their buildings weren’t fancy. They were just well kept, and people were traveling in and supporting them. When people are coming into Whitney, I don’t know where they’re going, but they’re not coming downtown. If our downtown is strong, then the rest of the businesses will just grow like crazy. We’re starting here and then branching out,” Eubank said.


The Whitney Business Alliance meets every third Thursday of the month and is looking forward to growing its reach.

City Council holds meeting, mayor requests feedback

Editor: Shannon Cottongame

July 28, 2021

The Whitney City Council heard monthly reports, received comments from citizens and approved special event permits in a meeting held Monday evening, July 19.


At last month’s meeting, Mayor Brad Slaten encouraged council members to attend events and be visible to represent the city and visit with the citizens they represent. This month, the mayor stressed the importance of citizens communicating with the council. He asked residents and business owners to express their ideas and goals with council members and invite them to events.


“No member of the city council nor the mayor of this great city can reasonably be expected to know the thoughts and priorities of the citizens that we represent without those same citizens communicating with us,” the mayor said.


“Without communication of goals and ideals to the council members it is unreasonable to expect city council members to support those goals,” he said. “While your elected representatives have a certain degree of autonomy in making decisions that they believe are in the best interest of Whitney and its citizens, I firmly believe that each member of this council wants to understand the will of their constituents.”


The mayor said that citizens can contact members individually or leave a message with staff at City Hall. He said that he can also be reached through his email address: brad.slaten@cityofwhitneytx.org.


In departmental reports, Whitney Fire Chief Wayland Price said that Texas A&M fire training is resuming in September after being paused due to the pandemic, and fire classes will once again be offered locally. Price said that the fire department is also heavily involved in Emergency Services District (ESD) 1 fire department training sessions that will begin in September.


City Administrator/Police Chief Chris Bentley reported that the department’s remaining five police officers who have not completed emergency medical services training will begin training with CareFlite in August. By cross training police officers to be emergency care attendants, they can assist ambulance crews when needed.


He added that staffing on the ambulance is doing well, with a new paramedic added to the crew.


Bentley said that with the help of the department’s K-9 unit, officers recently made four narcotics arrests during traffic stops.


Public Works Administrator Billy Pribble said that his department is actively working on issues brought up by citizens, including concerns about storm water drainage. Work is currently underway in the area of North Guadalupe and North San Marcos between Hayes and Roosevelt streets, which Pribble said is one of the major tributaries to the creek. He said that crews are clearing out overgrown areas, noting that work has to begin at the lower end and work its way up to get water flowing.


In public comments, Sharon Weeks Harper requested that the field in front of her house at the corner of North Colorado and West Wilson be mowed. She stated that she has been requesting that the property be addressed since April and has been informed that the city is awaiting a response from the property owner. Harper requested that something be done about the property, which she said affects 17 dwellings and a senior living facility.


Moving on to the regular agenda, the council discussed the drainage issues brought up by Martis Ward at last month’s council meeting. Bentley reported that the city engineer is assessing the issue to determine the best course of action. Action was tabled pending that report.


The council authorized Bentley to accept an application for a variance to the ordinance regarding long-term habitation of a travel trailer from Glen and Jeannie Koons. Bentley said that they plan to live in a travel trailer for a brief period of time, not to exceed 90 days, on property that they own while their home is being built.


A special event permit was approved for Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce ahead of this year’s Pioneer Days festival on Saturday, October 2. The permit will allow the chamber to block off Railroad Avenue for the carnival from Wednesday, September 29, through Sunday, October 3.


Another special event permit was approved for the “Battle of the Bench” event scheduled for Saturday, August 14, in downtown Whitney. Anne Chastain of Juniper Cove Winery is planning the event to rededicate the refurbished bench outside of her business, which was the site of the historic “Battle of the Benches” in Whitney. A small portion of Brazos Street between Washington and Railroad Avenue will be closed for the event. More details about this event will be featured in upcoming editions of The Lakelander.


A zoning request was approved for five acres of land at J Greer Abstract A-320 Tract 27D from agricultural use to business district 2 use. The applicant is planning to construct a motel and small restaurant in the city.


No action was taken on another rezoning request to change zoning for property located at Y Addition Block 2 Lot 12 from single family to mobile home. Bentley said that the issue cannot be taken up by the council on the advice of the city attorney, as it would be a zoning change that would create a “spot zoning” issue.


The council convened in closed session to discuss the sale of property containing the old tennis courts on Cleveland Avenue, but no action was taken when open session resumed.

Whitney High School Drill Team earns multiple accolades at camp

Pictured (l to r) are: front row – First Lieutenant Roselyn Villarreal, Captain Eliza Banner, Second Lieutenant Annette Prado; second row – Hannah Jaynes, Social Officer Nayeli Estrada, Sandra Contreras, Jaden Henderson, Katie Davis, Jaden Cashio; back row – Evelyn Figueroa, Raylee Thornton, Elyse Minniear, Jaycee Green, Skylie Jones, Marilyn Hatfield and Andrea Figueroa.

Reporter: Ellie Mahan

July 28, 2021

This summer, the Whitney High School Royelles Drill Team, under the direction of Stephanie Robison and Angel Durham, attended a three-day camp with Danceline at Austin’s Lakeway Resort in preparation for the upcoming season and returned with multiple accolades.


They were honored with Blue Superior Performance ribbons each night for their evaluations on routines learned that day, the Team Perseverance Award, Best Dressed for themed days during camp, and Super Sweepstakes overall on their final evaluation.


Seven Royelles also received special recognition.


Senior Skylie Jones and Freshman Katie Davis were recognized for their positivity and friendly attitude.

Members of the Danceline All-American Elite Team are: Social Officer Nayeli Estrada, First Lieutenant Roselyn Villarreal, Captain Eliza Banner, Second Lieutenant Annette Prado.


Sophomore Jaycee Green, who is the first lieutenant, senior Roselyn Villarreal, and sophomore Nayeli Estrada all received Star Performer ribbons. Second Lieutenant sophomore Annette Prado received the AJC Award.


Senior Captain Eliza Banner, senior First Lieutenant Roselyn Villarreal, sophomore Second Lieutenant Annette Prado and sophomore Social Officer Nayeli Estrada were named to the Danceline All-American Elite Team.


Directors reported that it was a very rewarding week at camp and the Royelles cannot wait to wow the crowds on Friday nights during football season and competition season.

Whitney resident races at Bristol Motor Speedway

Reporter: Ellie Mahan

July 21, 2021

People who have lived in the country for a long time may have friends who made a hobby out of racing on dirt roads, cruising on back roads every chance they get. For Joe Sheddan, owner of Joe Sheddan excavation and a 21-year Whitney resident, it’s not just a hobby anymore. It’s now his way of life. Sheddan races with DFW local late models, and he also won the Last Chance Qualifier in the 604 Late Model race at Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track.


Sheddan said, “The main thing I really love about racing is, after all the hard work, when you get in that car and you’re going down the back stretch waiting for the green flag, as soon as that green flag drops, you’re not worried about truck payments, house notes, relationships, nothing. Everything goes quiet in my world, and it’s just fast. Everything just slows down. I do my best thinking at 150 miles an hour.”


Because Sheddan’s grandfather was a racer, Sheddan became fascinated with the sport at a young age and began racing when he was about 17 years old. During his first full season in 2003, he won rookie of the year in the Dwarf Car class. In 2013, he competed in 28 races and won 24 of them. In 2014, he competed in 26 races and won 22 of them. Sponsorships with Yount Motorsports and All Plumbing in Dallas gave him the opportunity to compete against some of the best racers in the business by moving up to the late model category.


“They gave us an opportunity, and we’ve done pretty well. We haven’t been in it long, and we’ve already won a few,” Sheddan said. “They said it could be years before we win, and we’ve already won two [late model races], so we’re kind of excited about it.”

When Sheddan was at Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track, he enjoyed hearing the location of his local sponsors announced over the loudspeaker because it brought the small towns in Hill County recognition. Both of his grandparents have lived in Hill County for his entire life, and he has an appreciation for the small community he has spent most of his life in.


“When we raced for Bristol at the national level and beat a bunch of those guys that race every day and are paid millions of dollars to race, it was neat because we’re from Whitney, Texas. When you look at our little camp, and you look at some of those guys, you think ‘how in the world am I even competing with those guys?’” Sheddan said.


Sheddan’s two teenage daughters, who go to school and play sports at Aquilla, both support their father by going to his local races.


“My daughters love it [his racing career] until there’s a wreck. We’ve been pretty fortunate though,” Sheddan said. “By the time it’s all said and done, with the car and the motor, the car is going to be about $70,000, so you try not to wreck it, but when you put 30 cars together, side by side at that speed, it’s almost guaranteed at some point.”


Sheddan said to become a late model racer, you have to have a passion for the sport because it is very time consuming.


“You can’t just like racing. You have to love it because it’s 24-7,” Sheddan said. “Most of the time we’re in the shop or we’re in the garage. A lot of guys have time to go to bars or go fishing with their buddies. We’re in the shop 24/7. We’re working on something, trying to get better. That’s the tough part, but I never miss my kids’ games.”


According to Sheddan, one of the most difficult parts of preparing for a race is finding a track to practice on and finding a time when not many people are at that track. Otherwise, opponents could attend the track to attempt to scope out the competition and learn the driver’s tactics. The day after Sheddan competes, he starts preparing for his next race.


“It’s a scramble. You finish that Saturday night; Sunday is wash day. You strip the car down, wash it, service it, check the fluids in it, check your safety equipment. You start reloading the trailer back up. Monday night is getting the car back going. Tuesday is tire prep. Wednesday is going through your safety gear. Thursday it’s ready to load up,” Sheddan said.


One part of the racing world that Sheddan enjoys is interacting with his fans. Fans have worn his merchandise, asked for autographs, posed for photos with his car and shouted at him to toss his helmet into the crowd.


“It’s pretty neat. We were at Bristol, and I looked up, and there was a kid. He’s probably eight years old, and he’s got my hat on. Sixty thousand people are there, and this little kid has got my hat on,” Sheddan said.


Sheddan enjoys the fans but always remembers where he came from and feels grateful for the opportunities he has been given.


In an interview with KHBR radio station in Hillsboro, Sheddan said, “I get excitement out of seeing the kids and giving out hats, and just giving back because I came from nothing. We didn’t have anything. We got very fortunate to catch a ride with a team like Louie, or we wouldn’t be here having this conversation. That goes to show what I’ve always said, I think some of your best talent in the world, dirt track drivers, they’re racing at your local dirt track every single weekend, and they’re never going to get that opportunity to showcase what they can do because there’s just not many of those kind of rides out there.”


Sheddan’s advice for young racers is to try not to let the ridicule from fans of the opposition get them down. When racers hit another car on the track, the opposing fans will boo and name call both during the race and immediately after the race. The criticism also continues long after leaving the track, due to social media. Sheddan said young racers have to keep in mind that upset fans’ negative comments such as “You’re the worst racer out there,” aren’t based in fact, just anger.


Sheddan also advised, “It’s going to be the most humbling sport you’ve ever been a part of because you could be on top one day, and the next day, you’re struggling to get in the feature. It can bring a grown man to tears in a matter of minutes. You may lose friends in it that get in bad wrecks and end their career.”


Sheddan plans to race his newest car, a 2021 Rocket Chassis XR1, in a $50,000 to win competition at Chattam Speedway in Rustin, Louisiana.


Sheddan thanks his sponsors for their support. Some of those sponsors include Yount Motorsports, All Plumbing, NAPA of Hillsboro, White Rock Ranch, Dirt Defender, 517 Designs and P&W Sales Oil Field Manufacturer.

Hill County Grand Jury returns July’s list of indictments

Editor: Shannon Cottongame

July 21, 2021

A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Friday, July 9, returned the following indictments:


Fred Damontrell Adams, 25, of Mesquite, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Shawneece Nicole Adkins, 24, of Blum, possession of methamphetamine between one and four grams


Tommy Anderson, 30, of Lockhart, bail jump and failure to appear (x 3)


Amanda Rene Ann Ast, 25, of Hillsboro, two counts of forgery of a financial instrument – elderly


Gloria Jean Bartley, 53, of Hillsboro, theft of property less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions (x 2)


Michael Paydan Beard, 31, of Whitney, possession of methamphetamine between one and four grams


Christopher Charles Blair, 44, of Riesel, theft of property between $2,500 and $30,000


Stephen Mathes Bodony, 37, of Kyle, possession of THC oil between four and 400 grams


Krystal Bottoms, 39, of Cleburne, bail jump and failure to appear (x 2)


Corey Adam Brown, 37, of Hillsboro, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Kelly Claridy, 41, of Waco, bail jump and failure to appear


Jason Ladon Conn, 33, of Waco, bail jump and failure to appear (x 2)


Andrew Charles Crow, 21, of Cypress, possession of THC oil between one and four grams, possession of LSD under 20 AU


Rafael Jarral Eastland, 36, of Carrollton, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Eric Elemen, 46, of Converse, bail jump and failure to appear


Heidi Louise Glatz, 53, of Killeen, bail jump and failure to appear


Cale Grady, 35, of Robinson, bail jump and failure to appear


Albert Clifford Gulliver III, 36, of Mustang, Oklahoma, possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams with intent to deliver


Rusty Wayne Holcomb, 32, of Whitney, criminal mischief impair or interrupt public service of less than $30,000


Dustin Matthew Holmes, 39, of Whitney, possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams


Steven Lamar Howard, 54, of Itasca, bail jump and failure to appear


Travis Immel, 37, of Millsap, possession of methamphetamine between one and four grams


Adam Keith James, 34, of Hillsboro, possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of firearm by felon


Kelsey Ray James, 30, of Whitney, evading arrest detention with a vehicle


Justin Wayne Jordan, 33, of Hillsboro, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Tafara Gilmore Lyons Jr., 22, of Tyler, evading arrest detention with a vehicle


Vicente Macias, 27, of Waxahachie, bail jump and failure to appear


Dalton Farris Morris, 36, of Elm Mott, possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams


Shakeal Montrey Mozon, 27, of Aquilla, sexual assault of a child


Hector Murillo, 19, aggravated assault against a public servant


Collin Bradley Olsen, 20, of Whitney, possession of THC wax between one and four grams


Mitchaell Dale Phillips, 65, of Milford, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Louis Becker Orozco-Ramirez, 27, of Hillsboro, indecency with a child with sexual contact, aggravated sexual assault of child


Dylan Dewayne Ratliff, 25, of Clifton, possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams


Kelsey Breanne Robbins, 26, of Maxie, Virginia, prohibited substance in a correctional facility


Leo Cabriales Rocha, 38, of Hillsboro, assault of a family or household member with previous conviction


Liliana Cristal Rodriguez, 35, of Hillsboro, possession of MDMA under one gram


Emily Marissa Rose, 24, of Hillsboro, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Zachary Logan Rosser, 27, of Rhome, assault of a family or household member with previous conviction


Mia Jalynn Schwalm, 49, of Fort Worth, prohibited substance or item in a correctional facility


Tamara Michelle Sherrin, 24, of Milford, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Paul Deldrick Simmons, 42, of Hillsboro, assault family violence – impede breath or circulation


Cheyenne Stephens, 24, of Joshua, possession of methamphetamine between one and four grams


Benjamin Michael Teer, 38, of Waco, possession of amphetamine between one and four grams


Donnie Russell Thompson, 36, of Fort Worth, bail jump and failure to appear


Ronnie Thompson, 32, of Whitney, possession of fentanyl under one gram


Tony Williams, 22, of Hillsboro, bail jump and failure to appear


District Attorney Mark Pratt presented the cases to the grand jury, and District Judge Lee Harris presides over the 66th Judicial District Court.

Sentences handed down in 66th Judicial District Court

The office of District Attorney Mark Pratt prosecuted felony criminal cases in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County, presided over by District Judge Lee Harris, in June.


The following Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) sentences were handed down:


Ignacio Rafael Cazares, online solicitation of a minor, eight years prison


Mercedes Dawn Clemons, possession of methamphetamine under one gram, 15 months state jail; bail jumping and failure to appear, three years prison


Tina Moody Harris, theft of property between $2,500 and $30,000, 18 months state jail; credit card or debit card abuse, 18 months state jail


Joanna Barrientos, harassment of public servant, five years prison


Randle Lee Morriss, driving while intoxicated, third offense or more, 28 years prison


Michael Dwayne Byars, unlawful possession of firearm by a felon, three years prison


Derrick Shawn Holmes, possession of methamphetamine under one gram, 12 months state jail


Scott Jody Cooper, possession of methamphetamine under one gram, 16 months state jail


Oscar Padilla, aggravated robbery, 15 years prison


Keith Martin Sandlin, possession of gamma hydroxybutyrate between 200 and 400 grams with intent to deliver, 20 years prison; possession of THC oil less than one gram, 15 months state jail


Dustin Lee Adkins, possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams with intent to deliver, 15 years prison; possession of LSD less than 20 AU, 18 months state jail


Ashton Laron Haynes, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, four years prison; assault of peace officer or judge, eight years prison; possession of cocaine under one gram, 12 months state jail; tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, four years prison; possession of methylenedioxymethamphetamine between one and four grams, four years prison


Angi Marie Fowler, possession of heroin under one gram, 16 months state jail


Julie Ann Miller, attempt to tamper or fabricate physical evidence with intent to impair, 12 months state jail; prohibited substance or item in a correctional facility, two years prison

Juan Antonio Lopez, bail jump and failure to appear on felony charges, three years prison; possession of THC oil less than one gram, 15 months state jail


Christopher Brian Goss, possession of methamphetamine under one gram, 14 months state jail


Charles Robert Helms, criminal mischief between $2,500 and $30,000, 21 months state jail


Sonya Marie White Cortez, theft of less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions, eight years prison


Jeana Margaret Harkins, child endangerment and criminal negligence, 15 months state jail; possession of cocaine under one gram, 15 months state jail; possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams, four years prison


Richard Glenn Ray, possession of methamphetamine less than one gram, 13 months state jail
Trevion Tyron Riggs, manslaughter, 12 years prison


Carolyn Yvonne Hilton, possession of methamphetamine under one gram, 13 months state jail

Hill County Grand Jury returns June’s list of indictments

A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Friday, June 4, returned the following indictments:

Miguel Angel Acosta, 25, of Dallas, evading arrest/detention with a vehicle; possession of THC oil under one gram


Christopher Michael Barnett, 42, of Elm Mott, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Melvin Jay Brown, 48, of Itasca, endangering a child/imminent danger bodily injury


Joseph Edward Burke, 43, of Universal City, possession of THC oil under one gram


Mandi Jeannine Byrns, 30, of Alvarado, bail jump and failure to appear


Malcolm Daily, 33, of Itasca, theft between $750 and $2,500 from elderly


Kyle Eric Depolito, 19, of Waco, possession of THC oil between four and 400 grams


Jordan Dilworth, 28, of Whitney, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Justin Michael Ellis, 25, of Austin, possession of THC oil under one gram


Andrew Donald Fisher, 22, of Irving, possession of THC oil under one gram


Anthony Kevin Garcia, 24, of Fort Worth, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle


Kristi Leann Gonzales, 37, of Fort Worth, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Jeana Margaret Harkins, 48, of Dawson, possession of cocaine under one gram, possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams, abandoning/endangering a child/criminal negligence


Lonnie Alan Hayes, 50, of Waco, evading arrest/detention with a vehicle, tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair, theft under $2,500 with two or more previous convictions


Dylan Lee Hearne, 28, of Hillsboro, assault family/household member – impeding breath/circulation


Steven Howard, 53, of Itasca, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Daisy Ellen Jackson, 54, of Shiloh, Illinois, evading arrest/detention with a vehicle


Doyle Rabe Johnson, 56, of Itasca, continuous sexual abuse of a young child


Dustin Lee, 40, of Whitney, possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon


Sherman Lyons, 57, of Whitney, possession of methamphetamine between one and four grams


Caroline Savannah McCoy, 27, of Whitney, credit/debit card abuse


Leonard Earl McGill, 66, of Hillsboro, driving while intoxicated – third or more


Brian Keith Moore, 40, of Hillsboro, assault family/household member – impeding breath/circulation, assault of a peace officer/judge, harassment by person in correctional/detention facility (x2)


Lyndon Blaine Porter, 36, of Whitney, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Harold Scott Read, 35, of Coolidge, theft of property between $30,000 and $150,000


Kendra Denise Ross, 43, of Hillsboro, possession of methamphetamine under one gram, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon


Richard Keith Seagrave Jr., 35, of Waco, possession of methamphetamine under one gram, evading arrest/detention with previous conviction, unlawful possession of firearm by a felon


Cameron Roy Sessums, 34, of Waxahachie, continuous sexual assault of a child


Grayson Alexanderia Singel, 26, of Garland, escape while arrested/confined


John Randal Smith, 49, of Alvarado, possession of cocaine under one gram


Denarrius Arkeem Stigler, 22, of Fort Worth, possession of oxycodone between one and four grams, possession of cocaine between four and 200 grams, possession of hydrocodone between 28 and 200 grams


Christina Gail Stinson, 41, of Waco, possession of methamphetamine between one and four grams

Milan Perry Dewey Sweet, 30, of Covington, possession of methamphetamine between one and four grams


Aniya Desiree Talley, 17, of McKinney, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle


Norma Lynn Teakell, 51, of Waco, possession of methamphetamine between one and four grams


Amber Nichol Terry, 29, of Morgan, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Lori Rehiannon Vanek, 30, of Bynum, forgery


Randy Allen Votaw, 43, of Whitney, aggravated robbery


Michael Anthony Williams Jr., 37, of Waco, tamper/fabricate physical evidence


Brenda Witt, 65, of Whitney, possession of methamphetamine under one gram


Desajaun Wright, 21, of Killeen, bail jump and failure to appear


Jerry Wofford, 49, of Weatherford, evading arrest/detention with a vehicle


District Attorney Mark Pratt presented the cases to the grand jury, and District Judge Lee Harris presides over the 66th Judicial District Court.