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Henrietta Residents' Voices Heard Loud and Clear: They Want Alcohol

Soon, thirsty Henrietta residents will no longer have to drive to Wichita Falls to buy their beer and wine.
    Henrietta is going wet.
    Alcohol and mixed beverages will soon be available for purchase in city limits.
    Henrietta resident Joe Griffin says, "I wasn't surprised. I felt like it would pass all along."
    The numbers speak for themselves.
    There were 760 votes in favor of the measure, while 211 voters said they didn't want alcohol sales in Henrietta.
    In all, 971 voters of 2300 registered cast their ballot.
    Georgie Duffy, who's in favor of the alcohol measure, says, "I think it's good. It's time for it to come out in the open and make it a legal thing."
    "I voted for it because we need all the tax revenue in this county that we can get," Griffin says.
    Jonathon Holman, who's in favor of the measure, says, "The price of gas just going back and forth to Wichita Falls, it gets expensive, so I'm very glad it passed."
    We spoke with management at Leal's Mexican Restaurant off South Graham St. in Henrietta, and while they wouldn't go on camera, they did confirm with us that they will sell alcohol at their establishment and they hope it improves their business.
    But thirsty residents will have to wait a while to wet their whistle.
    Craig Bobo, senior agent with TABC, says, "The first thing that will happen is the Henrietta City Council will meet and make a declaration of the results."
    And from there, it will take about 30 to 90 days for businesses to get liquor permits.
    Bobo says he expects about six or seven businesses to apply for alcohol licenses.
    The Henrietta City Council will meet this coming Monday.
    That's when they'll set a date for another meeting to canvas election results.
    The number of Texoma towns that remain dry has been dwindling in recent years with liquor option elections passing in many areas, including Henrietta's Clay County neighbor of Petrolia.
    Economic factors have been a primary argument in most elections.
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