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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Big Chris Gates and Gatesville perform Friday, March 2, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899. James McMurtry also performs.
Sure you can ferret out the slimeballs in our midst? Guess again if you're relying on standard background searches in Texas
More than 20 years down the road, Mary Gauthier is finally an emerging artist
A tale of two sisters, and a father who wouldn't quit pursuing a killer
Houston had one of its most shocking race murders 45 years ago. But exactly whose tragedy was it?
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.
Yates isn't dying to prove the equity of Harris County executions
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.
This Woman's Heart (Asylum)
A lawyer gets charged up -- really -- over a convict's financial plight
Brutality Behind Bars, Tall Tales, Dirty Airy
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.
The case against him died from lack of evidence. But Texas still plans to execute Odell Barnes.
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
Now everybody, it's claimed, will be on their best behavior. Really?
Gatesville warden Susan Cranford talks about the contradictory roles of running a prison for women
A gray November day spent in the gray world of the inmates and staff of the Texas State prison for women