Howdy! I'm a native Texan who has been blessed to call East Texas home since 1990. I have been married to a wonderful woman for 26 years and we have 3 children. In addition to hosting the Merrell in the Morning Show, I'm also the public address announcer for SFA football and basketball games (Axe 'em, Jacks!). I also do the play by play for Nacogdoches Dragon Football. I love God, and I'm especially fond of fajitas, brisket, and The Princess Bride.
Take an Exclusive Tour of This Massive New Texas Christmas Store
Take a look inside the amazing Madisonville Christmas Company, just across the road from Buc-ee's.
Texas Plates Now Feature Star Power
A 'star' is born as Texas license plates have become star-studded. OK...enough with the word play.
What You Should Know About Dating Someone From Texas
Yes, the Lone Star State is full of diversity, but when it comes to dating someone from Texas apparently there are some characteristics that come standard.
Beach Girl Gets Fish Stuck to Her Thigh
This video is actually a couple of years old, but it's making the rounds again. A group of young ladies are involved in some horseplay on the beach when things go wrong.
Trombone Playing Farmer Brings Home the Beef [VIDEO]
What's the best way to attract cattle? According to this video, a cowboy playing 'Royals' on his trombone.
Hundreds of Birds Poisoned and Killed at Houston Airport
Those who were at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston this past weekend may have noticed something very strange and disturbing happening to the birds there.
Texas Judge Arrested for DWI
Late Saturday night, Nora Longoria, a justice with the 13th Court of Appeals in McAllen was arrested and charged with suspicion of DWI.
UPDATE: Highway 59 Near Cleveland Reopened, Possible Explosion Avoided
According to a report in the Montgomery County Police Reporter, the main lanes of Highway 59 and feeder lanes are closed at the Highway 105 intersection due to a potential explosion.
Texas Reports First Case of Chikungunya Virus
The mosquito-borne virus with the weird name has now made its way into the Lone Star State. A case of chikungunya (pronounced chicken goon yuh) has been confirmed in Williamson County, just north of Austin.
Elderly Houston Woman Douses Robber with Boiling Water
"What kind of momma you got that raised you up like this?" Those were the words spoken by 83 year old Lillie McClendon when she was confronted by an intruder in her central Houston home.
Fed Up Lufkin Dad Rants, Sells Daughter’s Car on Facebook
What's a dad to do? A Lufkin father apparently has had enough of what he considers his daughter's bad decisions and as a result has listed her car on the Deep East Texas Classifieds Facebook Group.
Lufkin Woman Calls Police When Drug Dealer Won’t Refund Money
Getting law enforcement involved when you feel you've been wronged in a business deal is usually a good idea. However, if that business deal involves illegal drugs, calling the police is probably not the best option.