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.


Randy Travis Found on FM-922 Naked and Intoxicated

The country singer was reportedly found naked in the middle of the road outside Tioga Tuesday night.

UT Files Brief In Defense of Admissions Policy

The University of Texas responded to a lawsuit questioning its admissions policy by submitting a 55-page document to the Supreme Court claryifying how race factors in to its process.

Africanized Honey Bees Swarm Central Texas

Austin and Pflugerville saw three bee attacks in one week.

Analyzing the Final Statements of Death Row Inmates

A blogger looked at the final statements of 478 executed Texas inmates and determined that “love” was uttered more than any other word.

The Rick Perry Presidential Campaign: One Year Later

Monday marks one year since the governor announced he was running for president. What’s happened since then? 

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

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

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

Willie Nelson in the Hospital

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.