Texas' best little distillery under a bridge, Balcones, has won a new set of awards, further documenting its slow and steady conquest of the whiskey world. This time around London's Wizards of Whisky anointed the Waco-based distiller's Texas single malt as Whisky of the Year 2014, as well as the Wor ... More >>
You all need to make haste to acquire a bottle of Balcones whisky out of Waco. Then, toast to founder Chip Tate for and making us all so proud with his exquisite whisky-making skills. See Also: -- Tasting Balcones Texas Single Malt Whiskey -- Texans Make Scotch Whiskey Better Than the Scots Do S ... More >>
Jimmy and Sandy Martin live in a 4,000-square-foot McMansion off Inwood Road in Bluffview. Architecturally, it's completely unremarkable. The home they recently built in Central Texas, on the other hand, is much more interesting: It's a 75,000-pound treehouse. The structure, perched on an isolated ... More >>
Update, 10:24 a.m.: Scroll down for updates, including a statement from the President and information on shelter for the people displaced by the explosion. We'll be adding to this post throughout the day, as new information becomes available. Original post, 11:20 p.m., Wednesday: News outlets acros ... More >>
At 73, Billy Joe Shaver has lived a tough, fascinating life and managed to release nearly 20 albums of stellar hardcore country. We checked in with Shaver from an antique store in Waco, and he told us about his propensity for finding trouble. Catch him tonight at the Kessler Theater with Houston's ... More >>
Some bands just like to be mysterious. Take Houston's Indian Jewelry for example. Although the band has been around for a little over a decade, very little biographical material is available. Various articles on the band list five members, but some list only two, and even then, pseudonyms are used. ... More >>
Judging by Jillian Edwards' recently released sophomore effort, Head First, the Richardson-bred singer-songwriter shouldn't have much trouble making it in Nashville. Tunes such as "No Other Plans" and "Mind Made Up" show Edwards wiser than her 23 years might indicate. Speaking from her parents' ho ... More >>
The wife and I were doing some house-hunting on Saturday morning and, after an unsuccessful showing, our realtor asked whether we wanted to try a new burger place. Being that I edit a blog that's more or less devoted to chronicling every sizzle produced by every patty of wet meat from Waco to the Ok ... More >>
After a long night of doing shots in honor of the late Betty Ford (yeah, I'm going to hell. Window seat, please), brunch seemed like the best solution. So I picked myself up and went early Saturday morning afternoon to check out a new brunch spot, and get myself some bacon grease and a bit of ... More >>
Thieves drove off with two fully loaded trucks from this Wichita Falls Dr Pepper bottling plant last month, before abandoning the empty trucks near Dallas -- the third such theft recently.A trio of truck thefts from Dr Pepper distributors around Texas in the last few months have all ended the sam ... More >>
Lest Waco's semi-controversial new burger joint, Fat Ho Burgers, need even more attention, Dallas-based soul artist Quentin Moore has now penned a jingle for the joint that we're pretty sure no one actually commissioned, wherein he promises that Fat Ho's burgers are as "juicy as they want to be." ... More >>
We'd like to take a moment to personally thank you, Lakita Evans, owner of Fat Ho Burgers in Waco, for exponentially increasing the number of times reporters have to say "ho" in print and on the news right now. This is a glorious time for hos of all kinds. Supa dupa fly hos, the feared-but-famous ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsThat "rain or shine" picnic was all rain, but about a hundred folks showed up to sign the first beam to be laid under the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park. (Click for a better look at the mural by Cat Lafitte.) This weekend they're laying the first of the concrete beams over Wooda ... More >>
Portland-based urban planner John Fregonese's name should ring a bell -- he's the guy behind the Forward Dallas comprehensive plan, now in effect four years last June. Saw his name again today in the USA Today: Waco's done hired him too to create a plan "that includes mixed retail and residential ... More >>
Eddie Bernice Johnson's Facebook pageThis item is a dilation of a comment I posted to yesterday's item about 30th District Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and the scandal about scholarships and nepotism. It struck me after I posted the comment that maybe I owed the topic a better effort. In t ... More >>
The above 102-second clip from Kanye West, touting the sometimes-controversial, but generally all-kinds-of-awesome rapper's new Symbolyc One-produced single made its debut on MTV last night--to massive results, blowing up all over the Internet within moments of its airing and spilling over quite nic ... More >>
...OK, one guy in Waco. But, still. "Effective marketing in action," indeed.
Tomorrow, via its MySpace page, Waco-based hip-hop collective Strange Fruit Project, which has about a bajillion impressive collaborations to its name, not the least of which includes Erykah Badu and Little Brother, will release a new, free-to-download EP entitled M.A.S.K. (short for Making Art Sou ... More >>
Waco rapper/producer Symbolyc One of Strange Fruit Project is one of Texas's most under-appreciated hip-hop talents, flying largely under the radar despite working with Erykah Badu, Little Brother and others. Seems he's kinda embracing his place in life right now, though: Yesterday, S1 released a ne ... More >>
The eighth annual Ponderosa Stomp show, which aims to showcase the "unsung heroes of American music" and showcases, well, pretty much any type of music you could tie to its locale of New Orleans recently announced its lineup, and it's worth noting that two area artists found themselves asked to par ... More >>
Tuesday, November 18, at the Granada Theater
Strange Fruit Project Presents: S1 Music Box (Spilt Milk)
Quad C goes for a Drive
The Healing (OM)
Michael Kaplan and Brad Reagan show poker's Aces and Kings
Dr Pepper Bottling Co.
Gary Patterson flew to El Paso for a job interview--and never returned. It took nearly two years for the Texas Rangers and Waco police to unravel the bizarre web of lies and treachery that led to his disappearance.
Why didn't the Morning News' Lee Hancock win a Pulitzer? Because of Jasper, Ronald King, and karma.
Denied his day in court, a former Waco TV reporter, falsely accused of setting up federal agents, becomes the last casualty of the Branch Davidian siege
How DISD betrays children of color
Wealthy Waco businessman Brian Pardo spends his time and money helping death-row inmates he believes are innocent. His efforts on behalf of Darlie Routier have raised suspicions about her husband--and about Pardo's motives.
He had 78 hits spanning five decades and revolutionized country music. Now, Fort Worth's Hank Thompson gets a new green light.
The USA Film Festival offers an unapologetic orgy of movie delights
The making of a messiah: David Koresh's twisted road to Waco
A rock great lends his support to the Old 97's