East Texas

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Chicken-Fried Steak

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're covering a Texas-bred Southern essential, Chicken-Fried Steak. Though it really needs no explanation, chicken- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Prominent East Texans Get Nekkid for Local SPCA

    A fundraising calendar for the SPCA of East Texas is raising some eyebrows for its photos of regional officials and business owners posing in the buff. KLTV reports that a board member of Tyler's Meals on Wheels resigned after the group's president posed in the calendar. The board member explained ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    We Like War Movies in East Texas...Maybe a Little Too Much

    A good movie is a good movie, whether it's a romantic comedy, a drama or an animated feature. It can be about love or hate, war or peace, joy or sadness. It's all in how it gets its point across. In the case of Lone Survivor, it's the story Marcus Luttrell, the surviving member of a team of Navy Sea ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2013

    Catch an Illegal Immigrant

    UT Young Conservatives abandon plan after hilarity did not ensue.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Purple Hull Peas in Season: Get Yours at Canino's and Make an East Texas Feast

    One of my favorite springtime rituals is finding purple hull peas at Canino's -- the massive farmers market complex on Airline at Loop 610 -- and picking up the ingredients for a good, old-fashioned East Texas supper. Canino's has those peas in right now for a very reasonable price: $5.99 for one-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Islamic Indoctrination Comes to Texas, and Heads Straight for Ninth-Grade Girls

    Despite our best efforts, it seems Islamism has finally managed to worm its way into East Texas. These small towns dotting the eastern forests, lands heretofore known simply for Friday Night Lights and Christian piety -- the kinds of places that comprise Real America, don'tcha know -- have finally t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Van School District: Votes To Arm Some Employees, One Of Whom Gets Shot During Training Session

    The East Texas school district for the town of Van watches the news (Fox, we're guessing sure) and they know that it's time to arm themselves against the hordes of shooters trying to attack schools everywhere. So the school board voted last month to arm some employees, such as janitors, so they cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants: The List Is Live

    Sorry about that teaser earlier this week. No fooling around this time, though: Our list is live. Go check out this week's feature -- "Eat Here: 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die" -- before reading on. We don't want to spoil any surprises for you. *** Read it yet? Are you sure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Man Who Bit Off Woman's Ear in Beaumont Probably Not Mike Tyson

    Some days just don't go the way you want. There you are, in line at a convenience store, minding your own business, just trying to buy some Skittles and beef jerky, and out of nowhere, some dude sneaks up behind you and bites your damn ear off! You'd be surprised at how often that happens in East Te ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    The Battle Against the Keystone Pipeline

    Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Carthage, Texas, Hometown of Bernie, Now Gets Fanciest High School Football Scoreboard in the World

    Score another coup for the newly famous East Texas town of Carthage: the town Richard Linklater, Jack Black and Sonny Carl Davis put on the map for its eccentric views on punishing murderers now has scoreboard on the entire state -- nay, the whole entire world of high school athletics. Literally. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Moonshining On The Rise in East Texas

    For the second time this month, East Texas cops have broken up a moonshining operation. The latest case took place near Tyler, in tiny New Chapel Hill. Smith County Constables seized two stills belonging to one man whom they have charged with a misdemeanor, with more charges possibly pending. Cops ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Your "BMW In An East Texas Sinkhole" Photo Of The Day

    This weekend's storms caused a little bit of road flooding around here, with the usual spots going underwater for a while. In East Texas, things got a little hairier. In Central, which is in Lufkin's Angelina County, a couple driving on FM 2021 near Highway 59 "felt the road about to give," KLTV re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Barbecue Joints

    KIDDING. But seriously, the fried chicken here is outstanding. Get that.​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Comment of the Day: The Great $70 Bank Robbery

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    The Countriest Auto Wreck Ever

    By the time the dust had settled Tuesday afternoon on the two-truck, one-animal wreck on FM 1005 near the Deep East Texas hamlet of Mount Union, a 97-year-old man would be hospitalized, a donkey would be dead, and a logging truck and a 1989 Dodge pick-up truck would be damaged. According to KJAS, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Elaborate Ocean's 11-Style East Texas Bank Heist Nets $70

    Frankie Blue Eyes would have been ashamed to tip a bellboy the tiny sum these East Texas bandits stole​A crew of East Texas bank raiders could use a good freshening-up on the concept of costs vs. benefits. If this report from KTRE is any indication, the unknown suspects who raided the town o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Friday Night: Hollisters at Blanco's

    A capacity crowd jammed into Blanco's Friday night for the return of 90s local favorites, the Hollisters. The dance floor was thronged, the beer line was long, strings were bent and twanged, and there was plenty of big hair. Fronted by Mike Barfield, currently of the Austin roots outfit Stone River ... More >>

  • News

    November 17, 2011

    Texas Tweakers

    James "Bull" Durham burned down his mother's house while cooking meth. In Angelina County, the jail is full of guys like him..

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Ray's Drive-In in Lufkin: Surpassing Expectations

    Head north on Highway 59 to meet this monster burger.​On the way out to deep East Texas last week for a story, I found myself suddenly starving and in unfamiliar territory: Lufkin. Unwilling to sacrifice myself upon the fast-food altar when I know that there's great small-town food to be had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Preachers Raping Children

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Man Drags Huge Propane Tank Behind Bumper Down East Texas Highway

    Wages of Fear, East Texas style.​There's an old East Texas joke that goes something like this: A few years back, Chevy started installing black boxes in the cabs of their pickup trucks so they could learn something about how fatal crashes occurred. In 49 American states, the last thing they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Oh, East Texas

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    UFOs in East Texas: The Compelling Video That Will Make You Believe

    UFOs, as all perceptive scientists know, do most of the F-ing in the rural portions of the world. Something about supple farmer ass just begs for an anal probe, we guess. We don't judge. Here in Texas, the western part of the state gets its fair share of UFO claims, but we prefer the East Texas kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Jasper's Hidden Past: Terrific Vintage Photos of Black Life

    Alonzo Jordan/Texas African-American Photo Archive​The New York Times has a great slideshow up now called "The Hidden Half of an East Texas Town" featuring photos of black life in Jasper back in the pre-Civil Rights era. They come from a new exhibit at the International Center for Photography ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    The Ten Oddest Crimes Of 2010, Southeast Texas Style

    Hard as it may be to believe, the criminal element of Southeast Texas did dumb and weird things in 2010, continuing a tradition that dates back to the creation of Southeast Texas. Here are ten of the oddest and dumbest: 10. Two former EMS employees in Santa Fe were arrested after they allegedly p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Manuel Lopez-Mendoza: Guilty In Brazen Attempted Heist Of Giant Pink Bunny

    A giant pink rabbit in a pick-up truck. In Lufkin, of course​Thieves around the world are often noted for their sleight of hand, their ability to conceal what is not theirs and spirit it away to a place of safe-keeping undetected. Some are true masters of the art. Fifty-year-old Manuel Lopez- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Chinese Tallow Trees Continue East Texas Takeover

    An example of a Chinese tallow tree​The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says the invasive Chinese Tallow tree is getting more and more of a grip in East Texas. The tree, which can hinder plant diversity, has seen its numbers grow 174 percent in a 15-year period ending in 2007, TPWD says. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Jacob Thompson: $20 Gets You A Tat And Minor Surgery (Allegedly)

    Jacob Thompson: The doctor is in​Not many of us would confuse James "Jacob" Thompson with a medical doctor, but to an unidentified 16-year-old East Texas woman, the fact that the Groveton man was something of a tattoo artist was qualification enough for her to ask him to perform minor surger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Fried Green Tomatoes at Home

    Photo by kate e. did​In my mind, the summer months in Texas are inextricably tangled up with one food above all others: tomatoes. Growing up, we had a dish of sliced tomatoes with nearly every single meal during the summer. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, the bright, ruby slices were consumed as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    The Shameless Chef: Emergency Chicken 'n' Dumplins

    Yet another dish that will be possible to cook during / after the Apocalypse.​Today's dish centers on a concept that might be difficult to understand if you've never experienced a certain sensation: once you've had good, Southern chicken 'n' dumplins, sometimes you will wake up needing them. " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Pit Bull Puppies, A Toddler & Injuries: The Debate Continues

    ​A newspaper report out of East Texas probably isn't going to do wonders for changing the vicious image normally associated with pit bulls. From the Tyler Morning Telegraph:Police and animal control officers continue an investigation Tuesday into an attack involving the child, who suffered major i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Houston Press MasterMinds Awards: Money For Artists

    ​For the second year in a row, the Houston Press is on the prowl for artists, innovators and entrepreneurs who are changing our creative and cultural landscape.And we need your help.If you know of one of these life-changing artistic types -- if you are one yourself -- please tell us. From all th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    The Great East Texas Ten-Ton Oil Pump Heist

    ​On one hand, you have to tip your John Deere hat and salute this little feat of deep East Texas Redneck ingenuity and derring-do. On the other hand, you just have to wonder WTF they were thinking.The Web site of Jasper radio station KJAS picks up the tale: According to Jasper County Deputy Mike ... More >>

  • News

    September 24, 2009


    Joshua Paul Calhoun likes to take things...BIG things

  • Culture

    May 21, 2009

    Road Trip!

    Break the summer monotony at one of these out-of-the-way destinations.

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Dewberry Season

    For a couple of weeks in May, the wild blackberries known as dewberries are ripe in East Texas. The right-of-ways alongside railroad tracks are a good place to pick the intensely flavored blackberries. You also can buy them on the side of the road. The intersection of Highway 290 and Highway 6 jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    The King Catfish Ranch

    If you're looking for shining examples of the local indigenous cuisine while driving Highway 59 through East Texas and you've already had your fill of barbecue then its time to pull over for some catfish. I purchased this fried catfish dinner with cole slaw, french fries, odd cylindrical hush puppie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2007

    Cover Story: Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose

    You’ve probably seen the ads for rare coins, maybe while waiting to get a cavity filled. They run in stodgy mainstream pubs such as Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. If you looked closely, you saw at the bottom of the page, in itty-bitty type, a disclosure: “We may contact you from ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006
  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006

    One of Those Syrupy Thanksgiving Tales

    Paul S. Howell Start with fresh cane... My Thanksgiving preparations began with a drive up to The Heritage Syrup Festival in deep East Texas to watch them make cane syrup the old-fashioned way with a mule and an open syrup pan with a fire underneath it. I got some syrup to use on my sweet potatoes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006
  • News

    June 17, 2004

    Strings Attached

    Will Linden move on to become a music mecca or fall beneath the weight of a racist past?

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Dining

    May 1, 2003

    Barbecue in Black and White

    Carving the racism out of Texas barbecue mythology

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Barbecue

    Thelma's Bar-B-Que

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    War Dance

    Alabama-Coushatta Indians are shedding their passive ways in big bets on land claims and casinos. But some fear they could be gambling away their great tribal heritage.

  • Calendar

    May 31, 2001

    Calendar Editor Shoots Up

    Shooting people is fun

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Greater Houston's Greatest Pits

    Ten of the best old-fashioned barbecue pits within a one-hour drive of downtown Houston

  • Dining

    August 24, 2000

    The Art of Smoke

    Technology has changed the nature of barbecue. But deep in the heart of Texas, a few true artists still cling to the old ways. We go in search of greater Houston's greatest pits.

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