Polk County

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Anonymous Tip Leads to Large Pot Bust in North Harris County

    An anonymous tip to the Harris County Sheriff's Office led deputies to a large marijuana grow operation in North Harris County on Tuesday, according to sheriff's officials. Several marijuana grow areas were discovered in a wooded area off of I-45 N and Rankin Road, near a cemetery, after investiga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Polk County Judge Allegedly Texted Advice to Prosecutor During Trial

    We've heard of spectators and reporters being admonished for fiddling on their cell phones during court proceedings, but never a judge. But State Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston) wants everyone to know that a Polk County judge wasn't using sound judgment (HEY-OH!) when she allegedly texted advice to p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    100 Creatives 2012: Emily Sloan

    What She Does: Pebbles. Lampshades. Naps. Emily Sloan will pretty much work with anything. The sculptor and performance artist has left her mark on a number of fleeting but still lasting moments on Houston's cultural landscape in recent years (her Funeral Party for the Living at 14 Pews early last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    'ShadeCloud' Gets Renewed Lease on Life

    Most Christmas decorations will be coming down post-New Year's, but you can still expect to see at least a few lights shining bright all night long in Houston trees over the coming weeks. Art League Houston in Montrose recently extended "ShadeCloud," an outdoor installation in its sculpture garden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Ever Been Fingerprinted? Well, You Might Just Be... I Dunno, Oh, SATAN!

    ​Pam McLaurin is a teacher in Big Sandy ISD in Polk County in deep East Texas. The Texas Education Association has asked her to submit to a background check. McLaurin, who has taught for 20 years, has complied with every part of the check save for the mandatory fingerprinting, which she opposes on ... More >>

  • News

    September 24, 2009


    Joshua Paul Calhoun likes to take things...BIG things

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    George Strait Week, Part 2: Cajun George

    After Tuesday's look at the shockingly Morrissey-like sentiments of the many George Strait songs where his love interest is either already gone or on her way out the door, Rocks Off thought today we'd take a look at a much happier - and, it should be said, significantly smaller - subcategory of Kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Livingston Trade Days

    If the span of time between the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in spring and the State Fair of Texas in fall is just too long for you, you can satisfy your lust for the unnecessary consumption of crap at least once a month at Livingston Trade Days, a giant fair midway without the fair in the Piney W ... More >>

  • News

    March 12, 2009

    Quanell Critics, Harvard Law and Extreme Recycling

    Highlights From The Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Harvard, Meet The Polk County Poh-leece

    A couple of students from Harvard Law School recently got a taste of the Polk County Sheriff's Office and spent some time in the county jail after going out on assignment for their internships at a Houston legal clinic. The students had driven to Livingston to interview a Polunsky Unit guard at his ... More >>

  • News

    July 10, 2008

    A Native American Family Fights Against Hair Length Rules

    When five-year-old Adriel Arocha ran afoul of the Needville school district, getting cut off wasn't an option for his parents

  • Calendar

    February 13, 2003

    Livingston's Trade Days

    Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    War Dance

    Alabama-Coushatta Indians are shedding their passive ways in big bets on land claims and casinos. But some fear they could be gambling away their great tribal heritage.

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Stupid Pet Tricks

    A retired judge wanted to rid his lakefront home of raccoons. But bowls of meat swimming in antifreeze take care of a lot more than those pesky animals.

  • News

    March 8, 2001

    Knowing Right from Wrong

    Did Johnny Penry's abusive childhood prevent him from developing a moral compass that might have stopped him from murdering Pam Carpenter? Or is he just another cold, calculating killer?

  • News

    January 4, 2001

    RV Xmas

    In which our intrepid reporter goes searching for the heart of America on a trailer pad. And finds disappointment, isolation, kindness and a great way to cook himself a turkey.

  • News

    September 2, 1999

    Law and Disorder

    In Janice Law's quests for a judgeship, the fourth time was a charm -- and now an alarm for the rest of the courthouse