Lessons learned? What Montgomery County’s Commissioners Court (and all Texas county governments) can do to ensure illegal pandemic panic mandates never happen again

Lessons learned? What Montgomery County’s Commissioners Court (and all Texas county governments) can do to ensure illegal pandemic panic mandates never happen again

Image: Schoolchildren have vast ability to learn. The big question, which Texas citizens must ask, is whether Texas county governments have the cognitive skills to learn from their tragic mistakes one year ago, when they acted out of panic and fear in response to the China Virus? The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, March 18 […]

Former Montgomery County Engineer Mark Mooney’s new job with County vendor LJA raises troubling ethics issues

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe and Houston, March 19 – Less than one year after he retired from the Montgomery County government on May 24, 2019, former Montgomery County Engineer Mark Mooney has taken a lucrative position as the Business Development Representative of LJA Engineerning, Inc., a major County vendor over whose work Mooney […]

County Engineer proposes controversial onsite detention requirement for all future real estate developments for Tuesday, August 27, Commissioners Court meeting

Conroe and Montgomery County, August 27 – After Tropical Storm Harvey resulted in enormous flooding of southeast Texas, particularly East Montgomery County, Kingwood, and the neighborhoods around Lake Houston, the finger-pointing began. On August 25, 2018, Harris County voters approved $2.5 billion in bonds for flood damage reduction projects in Harris County. In Montgomery County, […]

With Noack’s, Keough’s strong leadership, Montgomery County Commissioners Court adopts budget at “effective rate” (same taxes as last year!) for first time in recent history!

With Noack’s, Keough’s strong leadership, Montgomery County Commissioners Court adopts budget at “effective rate” (same taxes as last year!) for first time in recent history!

Image: Montgomery County Tax Assessor-Collector Tammy McRae (back to camera) spoke to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on Thursday, August 1, 2019, as the Commissioners Court voted to adopt a 44.75 cents per $100 valuation tax rate and set the Montgomery County Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 at $336,506,358. Conroe, August 2 – The Montgomery […]

Former Sheriff’s Office employee describes problems with Montgomery County government’s insurance administration

Publisher’s Note: Outside of law enforcement and national security, when government acts, government does a poor job of it. Here’s a letter The Golden Hammer received from a former County government employee who was in the middle of an asthma attack when she discovered the County had mistakenly canceled her COBRA insurance coverage. This newspaper confirmed her […]

Proposal to hire taxpayer-funded lobbyist delayed two weeks until July 24 Montgomery County Commissioners Court, will violate GOP Platform

Proposal to hire taxpayer-funded lobbyist delayed two weeks until July 24 Montgomery County Commissioners Court, will violate GOP Platform

Image: This amazing Associated Press photograph is from the 2009 Legislative Session as then-State Representative Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands), left, discussed some proposed legislation with a colleague on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. Conroe, July 7 – The citizens of Montgomery County received a two-week reprieve from the Commissioners Court hiring of […]

Hard freeze continues for Montgomery County, government offices remain closed Wednesday January 17

Conroe, January 17 – A hard freeze will sweep through Montgomery County and surrounding areas on Tuesday, January 16, and the morning of Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The Montgomery County government will remain closed on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, to the delight of the taxpayers. Local school districts – Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Willis, Splendora, and […]

Montgomery County’s Pearl Harbor: What Would You Have Done Differently If You Controlled SJRA’s Decisions?

Montgomery County’s Pearl Harbor: What Would You Have Done Differently If You Controlled SJRA’s Decisions?

Image: The wreckage of the United States battleship, the USS Arizona, on December 8, 1941, one day after the Pearl Harbor Attack. Lake Conroe Dam, September 4 – There are striking similarities between the United States’ handling of the Pearl Harbor Attack on December 7, 1941, and the San Jacinto River Authority’s (SJRA) terrible handling of […]

Government, school closures planned as catastrophic flooding continues in southeast Texas

Government, school closures planned as catastrophic flooding continues in southeast Texas

Image: Rainfall in the vicinity of Montgomery County, Texas, at 6:49 p.m., CST, Sunday, August 27, 2017. (Source: National Weather Service.) Montgomery County, August 27 – Tropical Storm Harvey continues to drop heavy rain on southeast Texas, particularly the Greater Houston area. In Montgomery County, the east and south parts of this community have received […]

County Judge Craig Doyal has an illegal immigration problem (Part 1 of multi-part series): Doyal’s EB-5 program

County Judge Craig Doyal has an illegal immigration problem (Part 1 of multi-part series): Doyal’s EB-5 program

ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer Conroe, May 9 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has an illegal immigration problem. For some odd reason, as County Judge and as an elected official, Doyal has encouraged programs that result in illegal immigration issues for this community. Doyal’s sponsorship of the EB-5 program in Montgomery County is one example. […]