Sonia Smith

Sonia Smith, a native of Houston, is a graduate of Georgetown University. She has reported on convict cowboys at the Angola Prison Rodeo, celebrity magazines in Moscow, and aerial hog hunting in Knox City, Texas. She has also written for Slate, the Associated Press, the Baton Rouge Advocate, the Kyiv Post, and the Dallas Morning News and was a finalist for the 2008 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Her great-great-grandfather was a Texas Ranger in Kerr County in the 1870’s.


More Jobs Created in California Than Texas

New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that California added some 142,000 more jobs than Texas in the last twelve months.

Cable News Networks Snub Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz’s prime-time speech to the Republican National Convention Tuesday night was not carried by the three major cable news networks.

Judge Issues Ruling from iPhone in Keystone XL Case

Lamar County Court-at-Law Judge Bill Harris fired off a fifteen-word email from his iPhone ruling that eminent domain laws gave TransCanada the right to lay pipeline through a Paris farm.

Are the FLDS Faithful Leaving Zion?

Rumors indicate that members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints may be leaving the YFZ Ranch.

Is Lubbock the Friendliest City in America?

Lubbockites say “good morning” on Twitter more than anyone else in the country, according to a study from some Ukrainian software engineers who monitored American tweets.

Judge Says UN Will Take Over Lubbock if Obama Reelected

Lubbock County Judge Tom Head wants to raise Lubbock County’s property taxes by 1.7 cents per $100 in order to pay for more sheriff’s deputies to defend the town from the UN troops during potential civil unrest.

Planned Parenthood Excluded from Women’s Health Program Until Trial

After several legal twists, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that Texas can now block Planned Parenthood from its Womens Health Program.

DNA Testing Clears Texas Prisoner of Rape

David Lee Wiggins, 48, had served 23 years in prison for the 1989 rape of a teenage girl when testing revealed DNA evidence did not link him to the crime.

Five Texas Counties Led Nation in Job Growth Over Last Decade

The Texas economic miracle continues. Five of the nation’s top ten counties for job growth are in Texas, according to CNN Money. 

Willie Nelson in the Hospital

Willie Nelson was hospitalized in Denver after having trouble breathing before a Saturday night show.

Sixty Women’s Health Clinics Shuttered After Cuts

The state legislature slashed women’s health funding by two thirds last session in an attempt to target Planned Parenthood. Now, a total of sixty clinics have closed, and only twelve of them were run by that organization. 

Number of Paroled Inmates Jumps to Ten-Year High

Texas Board of Pardons and Parole granted parole to a full 31 percent of inmates up for review last year, up from 27 percent in 2003. 

West Nile Virus Has Killed 17 Texans

Dallas County will begin spraying for mosquitoes after West Nile deaths in the state this year reach seventeen.

Ten Photos from Beyoncé’s West Texas Road Trip

Beyoncé swung through Marfa in early July and just posted pictures from her trip on her Tumblr. 

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News’s police blotter.