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.

Stories

Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival Considered ‘Best of the South’

A writer for the Oxford American samples calf fries at Throckmorton’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival for the magazine.

Joe Haggar, Who Once Took LBJ’s Pants Order, Dies

Haggar, who ran Haggar Clothing Co. for 25 years, famously took a presidential pants order from LBJ

Exxon Plans Expansion at Houston-Area Plants

Exxon Mobil announced plans to expand its hulking Baytown petrochemical plant and refinery Thursday.

Feathery Friday: Giant Egg Laid in Abilene

One Abilene chicken had a rough week.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

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

Texas Hands Mitt Romney GOP Presidential Nomination

The candidate clinched his party’s nomination Tuesday after scooping up 71 percent of the vote in the Texas Republican primary.

How is Glenn Beck’s GBTV Doing These Days?

The Atlantic checks in on how GBTV, Glenn Beck’s Irving-based Web TV venture, is faring as the fledging network nears its one-year anniversary. 

Read State: Kyrie O'Connor

Curious about the reading habits of San Antonio Express-News’s Kyrie O’Connor? Read on.

San Antonio Mayor Defends City Against Big, Mean Bully Charles Barkley

The basketball star repeatedly slammed San Antonio, driving Mayor Julián Castro to film a short video about the virtues of the Alamo City.

Juárez Back on the Map. Literally.

Juárez, which had been scrubbed from the free tourist maps distributed in El Paso, will be included on the 2013 set of maps put out by the El Paso Business Region Chamber of Commerce.

Pink Slime Shows that It’s All in the Name

Would Beef Products Inc, which will be shuttering its Amarillo plant Friday, have faced the same public outcry if its product was called “pink goo”?

Barbara Walters: LBJ Would Have Loved ‘Pubic Affairs’ Typo

The unfortunate typo on the commencement programs for the LBJ School of Public Affairs was discussed on The View Tuesday.

Deep Fried Samoas to Join Pantheon of Deep Fried Things at State Fair

The cookies, known to most Texans as Caramel deLites, will be fried to mark the Girl Scout’s 100th Anniversary.

Juárez’s Last Cemetery Filling Up Quickly

Juárez needs another municipal cemetery to handle the glut of murders connected to drug violence. 

Even With Recent Rains, Drought Worries Persist

After the driest year on record, state policymakers and scientists convened at the Texas Water Summit to address the state’s water supply problem.

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