• Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    What Does Your Texas Drought Look Like? Now You Can See Documentary Photos From Across the State

    Amid all the harsh reality, there is a strange, eerie beauty to a new photo exhibit going up in Austin at the state capitol this week. Part of the "What does your Texas look like?" campaign, the photography exhibit shows the heavy toll the extended drought has taken across our state. Lake beds are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    A Feisty Texas Radio Road Trip with the Mike Stinson Band

    Lonesome Onry and Mean hasn't been out on the road with his son, Mike Stinson Band guitarist Lance Smith, in quite a while. But due to a propitious routing that took us to my father's place in Gatesville for a couple of days, LOM hit the highway with the band last weekend. It is worth noting that L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Jade Dickens: Toughest Middle-School Girls' Gym Coach Ever?

    You thought your gym teachers were tough? If the allegations in a federal-court lawsuit are true, Jade Dickens just might have yours beat. A mother has sued Dickens and the Gatesville school district, saying Dickens forced her seventh-grade daughter to carry a 280-pound student the length of a foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    David Keith Allen: Recently Remarried Former Pastor Accused of Killing Wife in House Fire

    The very best preachers are consummate showmen, able to sell you on the sincerity of their message with the utmost aplomb. 49-year-old David Keith Allen, former pastor at the New Life Church of Restoration just east of Gatesville, sounds like a hell of a performer. In the wee hours of one morning l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Bryan Ray Roe: Repeat Sex Offender Allegedly Assaults Autistic Boy, 9

    Talk about every parent's nightmare...Police in Coryell County say that a nine-year-old autistic Abilene boy was molested at a rural Central Texas bluegrass festival. Charged with the crime is registered sex offender Bryan Ray Roe, a parolee from an earlier sex offense. Roe, 33, allegedly lured the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    The Poppies Still Blow In Flanders Fields... A Veteran's Day Salute from Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. - and the author's daughter - Sara Blount, on duty in Afghanistan"In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Big Chris Gates and Gatesville

    Big Chris Gates and Gatesville perform Friday, March 2, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899. James McMurtry also performs.

  • News

    July 6, 2006

    Bad Checks

    Sure you can ferret out the slimeballs in our midst? Guess again if you're relying on standard background searches in Texas

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Mercy Eventually

    More than 20 years down the road, Mary Gauthier is finally an emerging artist

  • Calendar

    July 28, 2005
  • News

    June 17, 2004

    Family Ties

    A tale of two sisters, and a father who wouldn't quit pursuing a killer

  • News

    March 11, 2004

    The Icebox Revisited

    Houston had one of its most shocking race murders 45 years ago. But exactly whose tragedy was it?

  • News

    January 9, 2003

    The Odd Couple

    When a veteran juvenile probation supervisor took a teenage former detainee as her live-in companion, you'd have thought authorities would be interested. They weren't.

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Lethal Legacy

    Yates isn't dying to prove the equity of Harris County executions

  • News

    May 24, 2001


    Thousands of inmates rely annually on a capricious parole board for their freedom. Most, like George Dismukes, return to their cells without ever knowing why they were denied.

  • Music

    April 5, 2001

    Chalee Tennison

    This Woman's Heart (Asylum)

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    Taking Credit

    A lawyer gets charged up -- really -- over a convict's financial plight

  • News

    October 26, 2000


    Brutality Behind Bars, Tall Tales, Dirty Airy

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Absent a Mother

    A judge says Karen Shrader can't see or talk to her children because she's a bad influence. Shrader says any “bad influence” comes from the application of her ex-husband's deep pockets to the East Texas legal system.

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Killing Time

    The case against him died from lack of evidence. But Texas still plans to execute Odell Barnes.

  • News

    August 13, 1998

    Of Life and Death

    While Erica Sheppard sits on death row, penniless and convicted of a gruesome Houston murder, her cadre of elite Dallas lawyers is trying to prove that the justice system has gone fatally awry

  • News

    August 13, 1998
  • News

    May 18, 1995
  • News

    December 9, 1993

    Wearing Two Hats

    Gatesville warden Susan Cranford talks about the contradictory roles of running a prison for women

  • News

    December 9, 1993

    A Visit to Gatesville

    A gray November day spent in the gray world of the inmates and staff of the Texas State prison for women