Do we really want to live in a society where, legally, “the king can do no wrong”?

Do we really want to live in a society where, legally, “the king can do no wrong”?

Rethinking “sovereign immunity” when government entities, such as SJRA, go into competition with private businesses Conroe, September 5 – After witnessing the self-serving actions of the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) during the past year (and a lot longer), numerous readers of The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, have asked the question: why can’t […]

Great spirit of Montgomery County citizens shines through Harvey disaster

Great spirit of Montgomery County citizens shines through Harvey disaster

Image: A group of unnamed volunteers, several of whom are flooding victims themselves, delivered food and supplies to Patton Village, throughout the day on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Montgomery County, August 30 – While many of the elected politicians focused on taking selfies and videos of themselves during the Tropical Storm Harvey crisis, there were […]

The Latest: Official warns flooding will be slow to recede

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local): 7:15 a.m. The director of the National Weather Service is warning that the catastrophic flooding that’s overwhelming Houston and other parts of Texas will worsen in the coming days and then be slow to recede once Harvey finally moves on. Director Louis Uccellini […]

The latest news on Tropical Storm Harvey and its impact on the Greater Houston area

The latest news on Tropical Storm Harvey and its impact on the Greater Houston area

 Houston and Montgomery County, August 27, 8:30 p.m. – When Hurricane Harvey came ashore and pounded Rockport, the Aransas County Sheriff’s Office wasn’t immune from the devastation. Sheriff Bill Mills says no fewer than 35 of the vehicles in his emergency vehicle fleet are out of action because of broken windows and windshields. Furthermore, the […]

Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Candidate Dawson calls for “comprehensive ethics policy”

Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Candidate Dawson calls for “comprehensive ethics policy”

Image: Conroe businessman Brian Dawson, who is running for Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner. Conroe, August 15 – Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner candidate Brian Dawson called for a “comprehensive ethics policy” in the Montgomery County government on Monday August 14, 2017. “We need to do what is necessary to re-instill trust in the Montgomery […]

Montgomery County government spending grossly out-of-control in comparison to similar Texas counties

Montgomery County government spending grossly out-of-control in comparison to similar Texas counties

Image: Beautiful Montgomery County, Texas, birthplace of the Texas Flag and the home to 556,000 or so really nice people. Conroe, July 15 – The Montgomery County government’s spending growth is staggering in comparison to similar Texas counties. The Golden Hammer gathered data from four counties often compared to Montgomery County to observe whether Montgomery County […]

District Attorney, Sheriff, cooperating law enforcement agencies increase DWI enforcement for summer season

Conroe, May 24 – Starting Thursday, May 25, 2017, and continuing through September 4, 2017, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, in conjunction with both state and local law enforcement agencies, will increase No Refusal Operations and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) Enforcement on the roadways of Montgomery County and on […]

BREAKING NEWS: City of Conroe cites Montgomery County for “doing work without proper permits, demo[lition] without Asbestos Survey,” fines County government

BREAKING NEWS: City of Conroe cites Montgomery County for “doing work without proper permits, demo[lition] without Asbestos Survey,” fines County government

Image: The Inspection/Violation Notice City of Conroe inspector Jeff McCaffrey issued to Montgomery County for “Doing work without proper permits, Demo[lition] without Asbestos Survey” along with a $500 fine to the County. Conroe, April 12 – The City of Conroe shut down a Montgomery County Building Maintenance Department job inside the Lee G. Alworth Courthouse […]

Commissioner Riley’s befuddlement, Auditor Martin’s conflicts on public display during auditor’s report to Commissioners Court

Conroe, March 19 – Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley’s befuddlement over his own Precinct budget and County Auditor Phyllis Martin’s conflicts of interest and in appropriate involvement in political issues were on public display in the March 14, 2017, and other recent Commissioners Court meetings. Martin’s actions were particularly disconcerting since the County government and […]