What originally began as a one-day affair in 1969 has grown into a seven-day celebration — the Texas Rice Festival. Now in its 45th year, the renowned Texas Rice Festival is an annual harvest celebration honoring rice farming, a major economic activity in the region, especially in Winnie.

The festival includes a carnival, livestock shows, barbeque cook-off, nightly street dances, parades, pageants, music, great food and, of course, rice balls.

Robert Sloan photo

Fishing on Sabine Lake is nothing but one big guessing game these days. The fish that are on one day have lockjaw the next. Right now it’s tough to pin down birds holding over trout and reds, and if you do, most of the specks feeding under the birds are “cigar” sized.

Jake Rowley

When Jake Rowley began showing up to Nederland High School his freshman year dressed in pink and black outfits and white buck shoes, he said he received a variety of reactions from his peers.

“I looked like somebody straight out of the ’50s, and that kind of intrigued them to either make fun of me or try to get to know me,” Rowley said.


The cool front that blew through Southeast Texas this past Saturday morning, Sept. 13, pushed a ton of teal our way and set up many excellent hunts. Some of the best were south of Winnie and in the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area. But like any other September teal opener, it was all about being in the right place at the right time.

Hackberry Rod and Gun Club reported excellent hunts in the marsh.


Listening to the news can often be disturbing, especially when we hear stories about massive password thefts. Recently, there were widely broadcast reports 5 million Gmail passwords were stolen, and available online to anyone wishing to use them for nefarious purposes (money.cnn.com/2014/09/10/technology/security/gmail-hack/index.html).