Montgomery County Government “For Sale” (Part 8): Did the January 11, 2016, meeting blow Rand’s philosophy out of the water? (Double entendre intended)

Montgomery County Government “For Sale” (Part 8): Did the January 11, 2016, meeting blow Rand’s philosophy out of the water? (Double entendre intended)

Image: A parasite fish inside of a mackerel’s mouth eating its tongue alive. BEWARE: THERE IS SOME LANGUAGE IN THIS ARTICLE THAT MAY BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR YOUNGER READERS. Conroe, November 7 – In Ayn Rand’s seminal novel Atlas Shrugged, the character Wesley Mouch began as a Washington lobbyist trying to assist businesses fend off new regulatory […]

Why Charlie Riley had to get Deanne a job: the full story

Why Charlie Riley had to get Deanne a job: the full story

Image: Some personnel from Precinct 5 Constable David Hill’s office, June 28, 2017, left to right: Deanne Riley (receptionist), Chris Jones (Chief Deputy), Billy Masden (Captain), and Rebecca Stauth (receptionist). Magnolia and Conroe, October 31 – Before the end of the year in 2016, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley realized he had to get […]

Montgomery County Government “For Sale” Part 5: Phonoscope corruption requires secrecy

Montgomery County Government “For Sale” Part 5: Phonoscope corruption requires secrecy

Image: Montgomery County government record produced, after redaction, in response to an Open Records Act request concerning fiber optic cable company Phonoscope’s business relationship with the County government, corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport, and others. At Phonoscope’s and Davenport’s demand, the County government only produced that information on September 26, 2017, and claimed that […]

General government contrasted with law enforcement: the Great Philosophical Divide projects the divide between the negatives and the positives

Conroe, October 6 – A reader asked why The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper is sometimes so very negative and sometimes so very positive. The answer is the Great Philosophical Divide: there are some functions that government is great at accomplishing while there are other functions at which government is just plain terrible. That’s […]

Sheriff’s Office Launches First, Full-Time, Basic Police Officer Academy

Conroe, October 4 – On October 2, 2017, the Leadership Team of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office welcomed the twenty cadets of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Basic Police Officer Course (BPOC).  This BPOC is unlike previous Peace-Officer licensing courses in that it is the first full-time law enforcement training academy class comprised of paid […]

Redux: Conroe City Councilman Duane Ham: “The Davenports’ Threats Against County Judge Craig Doyal Are An Insult To The Law Enforcement Community And The Citizens” (The Davenports, Part 1)

Redux: Conroe City Councilman Duane Ham: “The Davenports’ Threats Against County Judge Craig Doyal Are An Insult To The Law Enforcement Community And The Citizens” (The Davenports, Part 1)

Image: Conroe City Councilman Duane Ham, May 30, 2017. PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This story is the second part of our “redux” series running on Monday, August 28, 2017. The story, which we published on May 31, 2017, is the fourth most popular story in the history of this newspaper and began the celebrated series exposing the […]

Bambi Meets Godzilla: Taxpayers versus the Commissioners Court in the August 8 budget hearing

Bambi Meets Godzilla: Taxpayers versus the Commissioners Court in the August 8 budget hearing

Conroe, August 9 – The budget hearing on August 8, 2017, before the Montgomery County Commissioner Court portends a scene from the classic 1969 short, “Bambi versus Godzilla.” (Video of short at bottom of this article.) During both the regular Commissioners Court meeting and the budget hearing portion of the meeting afterwards, citizens, including Alan […]

Multiple arrests made in Tamina double homicide

Conroe, August 7 – After an exhausting two weeks of outstanding detective work, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has taken four individuals into custody for their role in the murders of Jaquise Williams and Akeem Russell, both of Tamina, on July 20, 2017. Detectives are still hunting for additional “persons of interest” and a late […]

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