• Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Southerland Nights, An Army of Accolades

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: A Story Of The Worst Sibling Ever

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Kenneth Carnley: Allegedly Beats Disabled Woman Who Offered Him Dinner After Mowing His Lawn

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Kelly Wilson: East Texas Jailer / Author Charged with Inmate Sex

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Delfino Hernandez, 18, Second Murder on Same Block Within a Month, Bayou Body Count No. 187

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    A Nomenclature Battle: What's in an Abyss?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Unidentified Male Shooting Victim, 21, Bayou Body Count No. 164

    No motives or witnesses​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Matthew Wayne Fuller: Police Say He Forced Six Year Old Girl to Watch Sex Tape

    Angelina County Sheriff's DepartmentMatthew Wayne Fuller​If, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Feds Bring Down Hammer on Lufkin Meth Trade

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    William Chambliss: Suspected of DWI with Grandkids Perched on Roof of SUV

    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 >>

  • Music

    June 16, 2011

    The Storyteller

    Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt...Ramblin' Jack Elliott has an anecdote for everyone.

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Houston Doing Its Part To Destroy West Virginia Football

    Dana Holgorsen: Part of a one-two Houston punch​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    "Driving While Taking Upskirt Pictures" Lands East Texas Pair in Pokey

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Terry Sims: Amazing Mumford Wannabe Fails to Make Meth Disappear

    Angelina County JailTerry Sims: ALMOST outwitted the cops​Apparently 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Jan Lim, 59, Bayou Body Count No. 271

    Murder-suicide in midst of a divorce​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Theodore Perez: Fired For Not Attending His Birthday Party?

    Does not include a chapter on firing the honoree‚ÄčThe 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Piney Woods Penis Parade: Two Pervs In Court On Same Day For Public Masturbation

    Courtesy of Angelina County JailClifton Earl Chessher​What 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 >>

  • News

    January 7, 2010

    Weed Takes Root

    Marijuana's steady creep toward legalization nationwide.

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Blind Faith

    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?

  • Music

    October 12, 2000

    Folk Art

    More than 30 years after opening "Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie still packs 'em in

  • Music

    April 9, 1998

    Reason to Roam

    At 67, Ramblin' Jack Elliott reclaims -- temporarily -- the urge to wander