Holy Smokes

Story by Palmer Brigham When Joe Slack, owner and pit-master of Red Wagon BBQ, couldn’t find the kind of barbecue he wanted in the local area, he found himself traveling to places like Austin and Dallas for what he was looking for, a barbecue place that treated its business...

Growing Pains

Story by Meredith Wagner; Photos by Maggie Malone Interstate 35’s significance within the Waco community stretches beyond concrete and yellow lines. For many, it is the primary bridge between home and work, residence and extended family, one opportunity and the next. People from all walks of life utilize its...

Derby Days and Derby Nights

Story by Maitlan Wade; Photos by Ellie Cantor Only 10 miles away from Baylor sits a dirt track speedway packed with action racing – flips, crashes and even fights over who’s in first place. If you’re looking for something exciting and out of the norm to do in Waco,...

God’s Country

Story by Jas Jeffries; Photos by Michaela Schirra Driving up the steep black pavement and parking on the khaki gravel, church goers will find themselves at the Lone Star Cowboy Church of Hill and McLennan counties. Its bright blue building as a background for its white-lettered church name cannot...

On the Road Again

Story by Kristina Valdez; Photos by Dayday Wynn Speeding out of an 18-wheeler’s blind spot on Interstate 35 is common. One rushes by the towering truck relieved, passing the drivers as they stare ahead. They are the truckers—identified by occupation and the time it takes to pass their massive vehicles....

The Stones Beneath

Story by Aaron Cobbs; Photos by Angela Tharpe Interstate 35 is a monumental structure with massive pillars that rise off the ground. Underneath the highway lie stone pebbles that rumble and shake every time a car rushes on top. But on Sunday mornings, another rumble can be heard: the...

The Gospel Truth

Story by Joy Moton; Photos by Rachel Leland From the fields of slavery, to the protests of the civil rights movement, to the current Black Lives Matter movement, the melodies of gospel music have been a present force in carrying African-Americans through times of strife. Gospel music began with...

Living in the Past

Story by Daniel Smith; Photos by Hannah Johns Located off of LaSalle Avenue and First Street, L.L. Sams Historic Lofts was purchased in 1947, nearly a half-century after the Reverend L.L. Sams of Whitney set out upon a modest business venture that would mature into a multimillion-dollar mammoth of...

Ice Cold

Story by John Isaacson; Photo Courtesy of Baylor’s Texas Collection With its crumbling red brick, broken glass from its high-arched windows, and the air of desertion, the Geyser Ice Plant is a shadow of its former self. Over 100 years ago, the building sitting at 927 Webster Ave. was...

Coffee Culture

Story by Natalie Burch; Photos by Emily Hicks As Waco’s community continues to grow, many new developments have begun to brew. None are more noticeable than the recently opened coffee shops downtown. “It has its own little world. We have our own celebrities, and camps and conventions that are...

Handmade Collective

Story by Elizabeth Starr; Photos by Alyson Perkins A time-honored symbol of community and fellowship, the dining table is often the centerpiece of the family home. Stories, laughter and meals are shared here, where families gather at the end of a day spent apart. At the table, dreams can...

Community Jubilee

Story by Abby Veach; Photos by Trey Honeycutt & Travis Taylor Certain Waco neighborhoods are notorious for their crime and poverty, making it seem as if this city is simply a mix of affluent university students and downtrodden poor. This view is not only unjustified; it’s incorrect. The neighborhoods outside...