It's less than an hour's drive from Palestine, Texas to the World's Rose Capital, Tyler, Texas. Both are considered to be the "Big City," for the folks living outside of their borders. Though that Dogwood-scented pocket of East Texas isn't a Metropolis by most standards, there's a great deal of musi ... More >>
This week I have a story in the actual newspaper about Jim's Car Wash at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Myrtle Street in South Dallas -- the business that is the object of an eight-year running battle at City Hall. One important point in that story may get short shrift. I don't want to look like I' ... More >>
Landowners along the nearly 500-mile southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline say contractors have been excavating long-buried lengths of pipe to repair apparent defects. They've documented stakes jutting from turned-up dirt near the pipeline right-of-way through East Texas that read, "anomaly," ... More >>
You'd think the race for the Tarrant Regional Water Board would be a sleepy affair. Ensuring that Fort Worth and its environs enjoy an adequate water supply is undeniably important work, but not the kind that stirs the passions. As you can see from the mailing above, which was uploaded to the Inter ... More >>
The Texas House and Senate took up legislation Tuesday to address a drought-induced water crisis. A proposed bill out of the House would pull $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to implement a 50-year water plan. Municipalities and water districts could apply for funds the state would priorit ... More >>
On Friday afternoon came the unheralded release of a pretty important preliminary analysis from the State Department regarding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a conduit for diluted bitumen mined in Alberta and destined for the Texas Gulf Coast petroleum refineries. The takeaway, however, has to ... More >>
Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?
A $65,000 bond for three young people arrested on misdemeanor charges sounded unusually high to us when we wrote about the Keystone XL protesters locked up in Smith County a week ago. Bail was halved Wednesday, but that was only after the presiding judge recused himself from the case over a conflic ... More >>
You'd think a guy with the job title "Texas land commissioner" would know a thing or two about Texas land. Little items, you know, like what the state boundaries are, what a landowner is and how to tell a Texan apart from, say, a Canadian. See also: - Keystone Pipeline Protesters Tie Themselves to ... More >>
Earlier this month, three East Texas hamlets with a collective population of fewer than 2,000 souls filed suit in a federal court in Oklahoma City to halt construction of the southern half of The International Pipeline Formerly Known as Keystone XL. The Keystone was to be a massive piece of infrastr ... More >>
Food and Wine took some time this week to evaluate our great nation's best barbeque cities in a feature titled "Best BBQ Cities." First noticeable local on the list is Tim Love. Standing next to a grill, right? No, in a Hellman's mayo commercial. What the heck is the deal with the mayo? No mention ... More >>
The Republican presidential candidates all agree on one thing -- the same mantra between all their lines. They all want us to believe that the extreme polarity of rich and poor in this country is an expression of natural law. The super-rich just have to get super-richer. Everybody else, sadly, must ... More >>
Not much sleep last night. Wide awake at 4 a.m., hiding beneath the sheets. A pretty sad state of affairs when a fellow of my years has to hide under his own bedding to avoid being bitten in the face by a dog. But there you have it. Rescue dogs. Two of them. It's how my wife and I handle things. I ... More >>
In one East Texas town, a new brand of meth lab has business -- and the occasional house -- booming.
The plan to siphon off the water from Lake Palestine, which is just southwest of Tyler, has been around for close to four decades; in '72 Dallas acquired the contractual rights to the lake, at a rate of 102 million of gallons of per day. In 2007, the city council was reminded: Dallas had "The Lak ... More >>
Lauren Drewes DanielsReplacement peaches. A few summers back when I was a punk-ass kid, a few friends and I were driving from Germany to Switzerland. The trip itself was an utter fiasco, but one highlight was stopping at a store and finding some peaches for sale. True to our arrogant form, ... More >>
DART chair Bill Velasco, left, and North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority's Jeff Austin III look at the line that could one day connect their parts of the great state.Ever wished you could take Dallas Area Rapid Transit to ... oh ... let's say Tyler? Or Canton? Or Shreveport, even? Because ... More >>
Walking into the crisp, white linen-and-dark wood decor of Rockwall's Restaurant Ava on Sunday morning was a welcome change from my weekend of fireside beer-swilling in East Texas. It's not that campfire kebabs and Jiffy Pop don't make for a great meal, but it's nice to go from one extreme to the ... More >>
Ron Jackson/Texas FreewayThe Neches River BridgeIn April 2009, I wrote about the court battle between the city of Dallas and people in East Texas over a proposed dam and reservoir on the Neches River. The East Texas people won that one, successfully persuading a judge to kill the planned reservoi ... More >>
Members of the Upshur Paranormal Society and Southern Paranormal Investigators in their command room last night at the Pride House."I got a hit on the K2!"Heard a fair bit of that last night at the Pride House Bed and Breakfast out in Jefferson. Get a big enough hit on your K2, and you might feel ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/breadwinnerscafe/Oh, delicious Breadwinners pile of upscale, Uptown foodie goodness.Having gotten most of my holiday-related drinking done at an East Texas lake between Friday night and Sunday afternoon, I awoke Monday morning refreshed and ready to eat something that ... More >>
Georgia's Farmers Market 916 E. 15th St., Plano 972-516-4765 Try: East Texas peaches Don't try: apple cobbler in a jar When I heard there was a farmers market in Plano, I was like, "Oh, you mean Sprouts?" And Plano looked at me all shocked (because her botox-ed face is stuck that way) and ... More >>
Winona's about an hour and a half east of Dallas on a good day -- just out I-20, little north of Tyler. Out thataways you'll find what remains of Camp Fannin, so named for James Walker Fannin and, from 1943 till '46, an Army infantry training center. Ever since then, it's been privately owned land - ... More >>
Anne Raymond at Crow Holdings tells Unfair Park this morning that Trammell Crow died last night in his sleep at the age of 94. She says the real estate developer -- a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School who wound up owning and developing much of his native Dallas -- had not been ill and that he " ... More >>
See what I did there? "Appealing"? As in, the City of Dallas, still trying to get its hands on the Neches River water, is sending attorneys to New Orleans this week -- luckies. Specifically, the barristers will be setting up shop in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (there ya go), where, at 9 a.m, ... More >>
See the faces of Winona at the MAC
The Gourds are back in town
Saturday, April 15, at Lone Star Park
Heavy Ornamentals (Eleven Thirty)
Tyler's reels get special screenings
Friday, July 29, at The Horseman Club
Friday, January 21, at Double Wide
Seagoville High School, Seagoville Stadium
Revisiting the story of the 1937 New London gas explosion--the worst tragedy involving schoolchildren in American history
A band of East Texas environmentalists takes on a polluting paper plant and proves that might doesn't always make right, even in a company town
East Texas author Joe Lansdale rises to the top of a bloody literary heap
From the week of February 8
Bass kills and lesions on fish worry Sam Rayburn anglers. So des the state's plan to lower the lake's pollution standards.
Bart Sipriano's well dried up four days after Ozarka started pumping water nearby. Under the state's "rule of capture," he has no right to complain.
Ruth Smith set out to enshrine a Cherokee battleground and started a war of her own
Chicken king Bo Pilgrim wants to bring a new plant and new jobs to East Texas. But East Texans say they want no more of his filthy business.