A Texas appeals court has ruled the state can't ban "improper photography" in public places, striking down a sweeping law that criminalized photos taken in public "with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person." Like many free speech battles, the underlying case that trigger ... More >>
After a last-minute request and approval to cover the New Braunfels stop of the Mad Decent Block Party, Rocks Off's own Marco Torres sent in this visual summary of the event, held this past Saturday at the Whitewater Amphitheater.
Anybody can come up with a simple name for a sports team. God knows there are enough Tigers and Lions and Eagles and such to fill a stadium. But, it takes real creativity and bravery to come up with a totally unique nickname for a school. In Texas, where high school football is only slightly less im ... More >>
Among the big cities that grew the most in Texas, it seems like Houston's still safe for the people who aren't really into college. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area had a total net domestic migration of 19,178 in 2012, according to a demographic analysis of Census data done in conjunction with ... More >>
As best I can tell, having been a citizen (like all of us) on Planet Manziel (better known as Earth) for the better part of six months now, really dating back to his circus touchdown pass to Ryan Swope against Alabama, new and exciting chapters in the Adventures of Johnny Football generally involve ... More >>
SXSW is officially over, thank the sweet baby Jesus. Now music fans have already begun to fan out to the four winds, seeking sunshine, swimsuits, alcohol, easy hookups and all the tunes they can handle until it gets ridiculously hot. Texans: you have about three hours. It's already begun over in Mi ... More >>
Haven't had a chance to peruse this week's feature yet? Catch up on our list of the 30 essential Texas restaurants and then meet us back here. Synchronize Swatches! There have been plenty of questions asked by readers confounded by how some of their favorite Texas restaurants could have been left o ... More >>
Your 2013 music-festival outlook, Texas edition.
I don't know about you, but I am not totally in love with winter weather. Yes, it affords you the ability to wear beanies and cool fingerless gloves and dress like a hoodlum, but it's the heat that I love the most. That's why I love thinking about music festivals, because that's where we all get t ... More >>
Fall has arrived in Texas, and thank God. There is no better time in the Lone Star State, for so many reasons. The switch in season may be more subtle than it is in the north -- you never can get that far away from a Texas summer, after all -- but there's enough change in the air to signify that y ... More >>
New Braunfels police have an arrest warrant and are searching for Leon Eugene Sneed, the 44-year-old (former, we guess) basketball coach at New Braunfels Christian Academy, who is accused of an "Improper Relationship between Educator and Student -- Sexual Contact." Police said they began their inve ... More >>
Food & Wine magazine recently featured a series of articles on culinary destinations, or "...the world's best food pilgrimages," as they put it. While it was indeed interesting, I must say that places like Bangkok, Rome and India are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food travels. The ... More >>
In case you weren't aware, a war (of sorts) has been brewing in the otherwise sleepy hamlet of New Braunfels. Late last year, Leonidas Patrick "Mark" McGonical, a critic of a new can-ban law that keeps tubers on the Comal River from bringing disposable containers, launched a newspaper called the NB ... More >>
Better not have no PBR on you.New Braunfels's new law banning beer cans for people tubing on the Guadalupe and Comal was upheld by voters yesterday. About 58 percent of the voters voted in favor of the ban, a convincing victory in a huge turnout. The new law was triggered by this year's dro ... More >>
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Fun in the sun?Earlier this month we listed five places to have water-based fun in Texas during the drought, and the spring-fed Comal River was one of them. We weren't alone in our thinking -- the river has become packed on weekends, to the point where officials say tubers have had trouble e ... More >>
"Smurf turf" is coming to Canutillo High. West Texas' Canutillo Independent School District hasn't been bringing in much green of late so they've decided to sing the $350,000 blues. Last week, CISD board of trustees approved the installation of a "smurf turf" field that will replace, for "s ... More >>
One of the great advantages of living in Texas -- beyond the chance to vote for Rick Perry your entire life -- is Schlitterbahn, the renowned waterpark in New Braunfels. The Hill Country setting, the nearby Guadalupe -- whether you're on your own or herding kids, it's a unique and terrific place. ( ... More >>
Brittanie SheyA generous pour at the BrewHaHa Grand TastingSee photos from the BrewHaHa in our slideshow. This weekend beer lovers gathered at Galveston Island's Moody Gardens for what organizers hope will be the first of many Brewmasters International Beer Festivals. Eating Our Words was th ... More >>
Houston makes the top 10 list for big finesThe school year has begun in some places, and that means school zones are up and cops are watching for violators. In some places you can't text or talk on your cell in a school zone; in every place you can't speed in one.What are the worst places in Texa ... More >>
Your country needs you to report onlineGood news, Texas!!Not only is there finally a way to report all those illegal aliens you see stealing jobs everyday -- we mean besides just calling ICE -- but there's even more good news: the are only two places in Texas with illegal aliens!!So we have to wo ... More >>
One bad Memorial Day followed by one good oneA year ago, U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Chris Stokes was tubing in New Braunfels. His vehicle, parked at the Landa Park Rec Center, was broken into while he and his wife were on the river.Among the items stolen -- Stokes' Marine honor medals. Bummer o ... More >>
Let's be smart out there, peopleWhat gig could be better than a "secret shopper"? Go spend someone else's money and get back at the useless sales staff who don't immediately bow to your every whim. (This is assuming, of course, that the entire idea of shopping doesn't sound like the freshest kind ... More >>
Child-porn producer pleads guilty
If there's one thing that Texans have always prided themselves on, it's love of Big Government -- especially The Man telling you where, and with whom, you can live. Or at least that's how some folks in New Braunfels see it.Spurred by complaints over noise and parking issues, the NB Planning Commi ... More >>
While anyone who follows this column knows that Lonesome, Onry and Mean can't stand about 90 percent of what gets touted in Best in Texas magazine and labeled Texas/Red Dirt music, we have always had a soft spot for Stillwater, Okla., rockers Cross Canadian Ragweed. Our son took us to see CCR in Lu ... More >>
Photo by dave77459The Texas Hill Country is full of place-names that make Texas Traveler yearn for her nth-generation German heritage. New Braunfels conjures up the scent of the bratwurst and sauerkraut my Moomaw used to make on weekend mornings (food which I loathed, by the way, until I turn ... More >>
One of the songs slithering around Rocks Off's head lately is "Snake Farm," the title track to grizzled Hill Country troubador Ray Wylie Hubbard's 2006 album, where the singer and a comely employee of the ramshackle reptile house between San Marcos and New Braunfels get it on amongst the other ... More >>
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Texas State Championship Sprint Adventure Races
May 13-19, 1999
Two, four, six, eight.Come and watch us levitate!