Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? If you haven't heard all ... More >>
It happens for many families at Thanksgiving. What, on paper, looks like it should be a time to enjoy the company of relatives, maybe even reconnect with those you've lost touch with, turns into old wounds torn open. Fights, arguments, and an airing of grievances that would make Frank Costanza pro ... More >>
"People call me a lot of things love, but they'll never accuse me of bein' a mothafuckin' gentleman." -- Willie D. of the Geto Boys, 1991 Twenty-one years after Willie D. rapped those lines, and elaborated on that anti-chivalric theme at great length, one East Texas man seems to have taken him whol ... More >>
Angelina County jailer and author Kelly Wilson has resigned her position and faces criminal charges after authorities in Lufkin alleged that she had a sexual relationship with an inmate. According to the Lufkin Daily News, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office got a tip that there was some illicit h ... More >>
For the second time in a little over a month, a man has been killed in the 12600 block of Huntington Venture Drive. Delfino Hernandez, 18, was shot about 10:50 p.m. on November 20 as he sat in a car out on the west side. Police say another car "containing four Hispanic males pulled alongside. One ... More >>
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're working hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. That says, "Seal the Abyss" in case you can't read ancient runic metal.Rocks Off was looking at the weekly concert listings when we notic ... More >>
No motives or witnessesA man was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in the pre-dawn hours Sunday on the west side, Houston piolice say. The victim, whose identity is pending verification, was discovered dead in an apartment in the 12600 block of Huntington Venture about 3:45 a.m. Polic ... More >>
Angelina County Sheriff's DepartmentMatthew Wayne FullerIf, as has been suggested, Lufkin is the weird-crime "Florida of Texas," then the Lufkin-adjacent hamlets of Etoile, Huntington and last but not least, Zavalla are the "Floridas of Lufkin." Guys like 31-year-old Matthew Wayne Fuller see ... More >>
In two distinct actions, federal authorities have indicted 17 East Texans on over 200 counts of crimes related to the crystal methamphetamine trade in and around Lufkin. You just might be hearing this song all over town this week: In the first action, the Lufkin Daily News has reported that a fed ... More >>
William Chambliss, grandfather of the year.Drunk driving is a terrible idea. Drunk driving with kids in the car is even worse. Leave it to an East Texan from the Lufkin-area village of Huntington to invent an even worse variation on this potentially deadly theme. On Monday, concerned citizen ... More >>
Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt...Ramblin' Jack Elliott has an anecdote for everyone.
Dana Holgorsen: Part of a one-two Houston punchThe once-high-flying football program at West Virginia University seems to be imploding these days, and Houston is doing more than its fair share to move along the process. Two of the three main protagonists: a) newish athletic director Oliver L ... More >>
Photos Angelina County JailApril Peeples in front of the cameras again.It sounds like May 17 was a busy day for Angelina County sheriff Kent Henson. While he was at the scene of a meth lab bust, his radio crackled with news of a burglary in progress nearby, so he hopped in his car and sped of ... More >>
Angelina County JailTerry Sims: ALMOST outwitted the copsApparently Terry Michael Sims enjoys his meth and doesn't much care who knows it. Earlier this week, the 33-year-old Tyler man evidently made a spectacle of himself in public, and police in the town of Huntington were called out to inve ... More >>
Murder-suicide in midst of a divorceA man killed his estranged wife and then committed suicide on the southwest side Monday night, police say. HPD was called to the couple's home at the intersection of Dairy Ashford and Huntington Venture by the man's brother, who had found their bodies. Po ... More >>
Does not include a chapter on firing the honoreeThe City of Huntington is a small community in east Texas of a little more than 2,000 people, and it would appear that the folks there take birthdays pretty damn seriously.So much so, says one man who used to work for the city, that he was told he w ... More >>
Courtesy of Angelina County JailClifton Earl ChessherWhat in tarnation is going on up in the Piney Woods? On the very same day this week, one fortysomething East Texas man was arrested after a woman said he masturbated at her car from the side of the highway, while not far from there, after ... More >>
Marijuana's steady creep toward legalization nationwide.
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. I'm Never Full: Although she uses Twitter as her main communication tool these d ... More >>
Luke and Rachel Watson have lost most of their sight. They eventually will lose all motor skills. Their parents are losing sleep -- do the adults tell their kids they're dying of Batten disease?
More than 30 years after opening "Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie still packs 'em in
At 67, Ramblin' Jack Elliott reclaims -- temporarily -- the urge to wander