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.


Meanwhile, in Lufkin...October Edition

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

Did You Say You Wanted to Buy a Zetas Racehorse?

The federal government made a cool $8.8 million over the weekend auctioning off racehorses that purportedly belong to the Zetas.

Shooting from DPS Helicopter Spurs Outrage

Last month, state troopers in a Texas Department of Safety helicopter shot two Guatemalan men who were hiding in the back of a pickup truck near the border. The national media takes note.

Kemp’s Ridley Found on Dutch Beach to Be Released into Gulf of Mexico

But how did the critically endangered sea turtle end up in the Netherlands in the first place?

Happy Oops-iversary, Rick Perry!

One year ago today, Rick Perry gave the nation the most 53 excruciating seconds in presidential debate history.

Five Ways to Register Discontent with Obama’s Reelection

Here are some of the different ways Texans are expressing their discontent with the reelection of President Barack Obama.

The Arguments for (and Against) Texas Secession

A petition calling for the Obama administration to let Texas secede from the United States had more than 95,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

Texas Executes Fourteenth Man of 2012

Ramon Hernandez, put to death for a 2001 slaying, was also linked to three other murders, prosecutors said.

Texas Performs Fifteenth and Final Execution of 2012

Preston Hughes III was executed Thursday night for the 1988 slayings of a 15-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy.

Long Live the Twinkie!

Following a union strike, Irving-based Hostess Brands announced on Friday that it would liquidate its factories.

Who is Mutilating the Dolphins?

Crimes against dolphins plague the Gulf of Mexico.

Southwestern Grad Murdered by Her Own Prayer Group?

27-year-old was suffocated after months of allegedly being raped, at her husband’s urging, by members of the prayer group he founded in Georgetown.

Sandy’s Furry Refugees Fly Southwest

Pets separated from their owners by Superstorm Sandy got a lift from Southwest Airlines to a no-kill shelter in California.

PHOTOS: Superwreck on Interstate 10

Startling images of the 140-vehicle pileup on Interstate 10 west of Beaumont on Thanksgiving Day.