Citizen activism, and the appropriate servant response from Commissioner Noack, helped to untangle the Animal Shelter mess a year ago; lessons learned

Conroe, September 24 – A year ago, the Montgomery County Animal Shelter remained in crisis. Citizen activism – and the appropriate servant response from Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack – helped to untangle the crisis and put the Shelter on a far better track. The crisis reached its zenith during Labor Day weekend in […]

Animal Shelter, Doyal’s Nepotistic Proclamation keynote August 22 Commissioners Court meeting

Animal Shelter, Doyal’s Nepotistic Proclamation keynote August 22 Commissioners Court meeting

Conroe, August 22 – The Montgomery County Animal Shelter and County Judge Craig Doyal’s nepotistic proclamation honoring his daughter and his daughter’s boss within the County government are two of the highlights of the August 22, 2017, 9:30 a.m., Commissioners Court meeting. There will be a particularly fun “Golden Hammer Award” during the citizen comments. […]

Benson added to Animal Shelter Advisory Board, as Commissioners Court finally cleans up Board membership

Benson added to Animal Shelter Advisory Board, as Commissioners Court finally cleans up Board membership

Image: Montgomery County Animal Shelter Advisory Board member Robbie Benson with her friend Valentine. Conroe, August 10 – After several months of delays, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court finally cleaned up the membership of the Montgomery County Animal Shelter (“MCAS”) Advisory Board. In addition to other changes to the Board, the Commissioners Court appointed renowned […]

Toll Road, Spending Overshadow July 25 Commissioners Court meeting

Conroe, July 25 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting on July 25, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., involves a 14-page secretive “consent” agenda, a few mundane “open” agenda items, but then massive County government spending on the Tx-249 Tollway and the Animal Shelter. Agenda Item 9A1: 81 pages of $5,590,798 of payments will receive no […]

Happy ending comes for animal cruelty case, thanks to Animal Shelter, Sheriff’s Office

Conroe, June 19 – On February 26, 2017, Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 25650 Interstate 45, Dakota Canyon Apartments, in reference to an animal cruelty case. Upon arrival, Deputies learned that the suspect, Cody Tyler Tombros was seen throwing a dog out of the front door of a second story apartment […]

May 9 Commissioners Court ratings: a horror show with the good guys (taxpayers) winning in the end; Clark gets highest rating (!)

May 9 Commissioners Court ratings: a horror show with the good guys (taxpayers) winning in the end; Clark gets highest rating (!)

Image: The 1968 horror film “Night of the Living Dead” was less scary than this past Tuesday’s Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting. Conroe, May 11 – The May 9, 2017, County Commissioners Court was a horror show of spending, disorganization, and lack of preparation with one small happy ending. Points are good. COMMISSIONERS COURT MEETING […]

As a community, Montgomery County should give incoming Animal Shelter Director Aaron Johnson a good chance to succeed

ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer Conroe, May 5 – The next Montgomery County Animal Shelter Director Aaron Johnson will report for duty on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. He’ll succeed a very popular Director, Charles Jackson, who quit who succeeded a very unpopular Director, Todd “Boss” Hayden, who left the job by other means… It’s very important […]

Airport Maintenance Director Scott Smith resigns, Doyal and Commissioners keep it secret; meanwhile, secret Animal Shelter interview

Conroe, April 27 – Montgomery County Airport Maintenance Director Scott Smith announced his resignation in order to retire with his last day on the County payroll to be July 28, 2017. Smith has been the Airport Maintenance Director since 2007. Smith provided a lengthy memorandum of resignation on April 24, 2017, to all five members […]

The Golden Hammer, County watchdog, celebrates 100 days of publication

The Golden Hammer, County watchdog, celebrates 100 days of publication

Conroe, April 23 – The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, celebrates 100 days of publication today. The online newspaper began publication at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017. For the first three weeks, the paper published weekly. It also had some major kinks to work out. One of them was the appearance. In its […]

Unwinding the Animal Shelter Mess

Unwinding the Animal Shelter Mess

Image: Cooking a gourmet meal requires care, attention, sound management, and team work. Conroe, April 17 – With two exceptions, what government does, it does poorly. If you wanted to plan, find the appropriate recipes, cook, and serve a gourmet meal, would you choose the following team to get the job done for you? Craig […]