The Spirit of ’76

Oct 19, 2016 By David Courtney

Forty years ago I built forts on Bird Creek, raced at the roller rink, and watched my dad run for mayor of Temple.

Interview: Kim Dunn of Pit Stop Bar-B-Q

Mar 5, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner/Pitmaster: Pit Stop Bar-B-Q; opened 2006 (2010 in current location) Age: 58 Smoker: Wood-fired offset smoker Wood: Pecan Kim Dunn learned to cook in her native Korea before she left in 1978. She then got her training in Louisiana cuisine by working at Popeye’s before shifting over to Texas barbecue as an…

Pit-Stop Bar-B-Q

Mar 4, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

The joint’s not big. There are just a few tables, and most customers take their order to go. Behind the small counter is Kim Dunn who opened this place four years ago after moving from nearby Belton. As someone who seems to genuinely enjoy her job, there’s a good chance…

Not Your Typical Hell House

Oct 30, 2013 By Maurice Chammah

Like many churches across the nation, Bethel Church, in Temple, produces a hell house, a faith-based haunted house. These houses draw severe criticism for stoking the culture wars, but Bethel's leaders want to be open and tolerant in their messaging. Are they succeeding?

The Texanist

Jan 20, 2013 By David Courtney

A fond look back at Temple, a.k.a. Ratsville and/or Tanglefoot, that fair burg wherein your dedicated advice columnist learned the location of the thin line between right and wrong.

Step Right Up

Dec 1, 2009 By John Spong

Press your jeans, pull on your boots, shine up your buckle, and come along on this two-stepping tour of classic country dance halls, from Tom Sefcik Hall, in Seaton, to Club Westerner, in Victoria.

The Believer

Mar 1, 2006 By Michael Hall

Like Cindy Sheehan, Gary Qualls lost a son in Iraq. Unlike her, he doesn’t oppose the war.

Rip Torn

May 31, 1999 By Patricia McConnico

Not too long after I graduated from UT, I went back to play the part of Macbeth at Hogg Auditorium. I wanted to see how somebody like that—a verified homicidal psychopathic murderer—behaved, so I went to the Austin State Hospital. The university set it up for me, and the warden…