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Huzzahs for local restaurateurs, plus comings and goings
Food Column  June 12, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Not a bad way to spend the weekend... When the Texas Restaurant Association holds the President's Gala at their annual convention next week in Houston, Austin restaurateur and County Line co-owner Don "Skeeter" Miller will be named to the TRA Hall of Honor..."

Happy Birthday, County Line
Homegrown barbecue restaurant chain founded 38 years ago today
DAILY Food  June 14, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The young men were brothers Rick, Randy, and Rocky Goss and their business partners Ed Norton, Bruce Walcutt, and Don "Skeeter" Miller. The company they founded in 1973 has now grown into a successful chain of seven outlets in four cities and also includes a busy mail-order barbecue business, Air Ribs..."

Barbecue With a Side Order of Politics
County Line issues letter to employees cautioning about health care changes
News Story  November 2, 2012, by Michael King
"...Some employees apparently read the memo as threatening their jobs as well as implicitly pressuring them to vote Republican. Asked about it, County Line co-owner Skeeter Miller said he had composed the memo with the help of employees and that its intent was simply "educational" – to make it clear that the new health care law did not mean "free health insurance" for all employees..."

Climbing Mount Compost
Austin's next big zero-waste project is feeding nature's recycling program
News Story  April 23, 2015, by Robyn Ross
"...Skeeter Miller, co-owner of the County Line restaurants and president of the Great­er Austin Restaurant Association, says he's essentially on board with restaurant composting but concerned about the cost. The County Line donates excess edible food through Keep Austin Fed, but it does generate compostable rib bones, potato peels, and uneaten food scraped from customers' plates..."

Cannoli Joe's
If you're thinking Cannoli Joe's is a typical buffet, you couldn't be more wrong
Food Review  April 24, 2009, by Mick Vann
"...Every­thing is cooked in-house from fresh ingredients. County Line Bar-B-Q honcho Skeeter Miller saw the concept in Canada and really liked it..."

What will Formula One's impact be on the local hospitality industry?
Food Column  October 19, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Plans call for street fairs and outdoor concerts during the race weekend, which could be dicey, weather-wise, here in mid-November. Local Texas Restaurant Association chapter president Skeeter Miller of the County Line summed it up to me this way: "This first year is going to be a lot like the first year of ACL; we'll just have to get through the first one and then we'll have a better idea about what adjustments to make for next year." Although rumors are swirling about Arab sheiks and/or international jet-setters offering to buy out whole restaurants for the evenings before, during, and after the race, we don't have confirmation on any of that; if your restaurant has been approached with some such offer, please email and tell me all about it!..."

East Austin barbecue, Austinites receive culinary awards, new Downtown food businesses, and more to sink your teeth into
Food Column  July 9, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Check out some original sticky toffee pudding or Mom's Spaghetti Sauce to see what winning tastes like. In other good news, Skeeter Miller and Ed Norton, owners of the County Line and Cannoli Joe's, were named Outstand­ing Restaurateurs for 2010 by the Greater Aus­tin Restaurant Association..."

New Technology Provides Instant Restaurant Customer Feedback
Technology finally caught up with local software developer's vision
DAILY Food  February 21, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...County Line BBQ (6500 Bee Caves Rd.; 5204 RR 2222) honcho Skeeter Miller was one of the first local restaurateurs to sign up with Humm. “I liked the idea of pairing up with a local technology start-up and I was really curious to see what it could do for our business..."

Austin's newest chain prepares for takeoff
Food Column  May 14, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...He's also wisely put together a team with connections to one of Austin's most accomplished chain restaurant operations, the County Line. County Line founding partners Ed Norton and Don "Skeeter" Miller are available to FlyRite in an advisory capacity, while Warden's working team includes two young men who literally grew up in the County Line organization – chef Quirino "Q" Silva and manager Dallas Miller..."

Hoover's Cooking Receives TRA Honor
Hoover Alexander, Alvin Walker named Restaurateurs of the Year
DAILY Food  July 2, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Don "Skeeter" Miller of Austin's homegrown Country Line Barbecue chain is the current president of the Greater Austin Restaurant Association. He was proud to name chef and owner Hoover Alexander and general manager Alvin "Skip" Walker * of Hoover's Cooking (2002 Manor Rd.) as the 2015 Restaurateurs of the Year for Austin...."

Food for Flood Relief
Local restaurateurs lend a hand
DAILY Food  June 2, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Bruce Collie and his large family at Brewster's Pizza on Ranch Road 12 sent stacks and stacks of pizzas to feed volunteers, and Country Line co-owner Skeeter Miller and one of his managers drove to Wimberley with over 500 links of sausage, beans, tortillas and barbecue sauce for sustenance another day. This past weekend, Deep Eddie Distillery donated 100% of their profits from their live music showcases to the efforts...."

Gabriel Russ Receives $5000 Scholarship
Round Rock youth to pursue degree at Texas Tech
DAILY Food  July 16, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"..."The passion, knowledge, and dedication of Texas ProStart competitors like Gabriel Russ is very inspiring to me," said Skeeter Miller, Country Line BBQ owner and Greater Austin Restaurant Association chapter president. "Supporting their continued education is essential to the future of our industry." The association members generated this year's scholarship funds with their annual golf tournament and the recent Eat..."

Austin-Based Restaurant Chains
Food Story  June 3, 2011, by Mick Vann
"...Randy Goss, Ed Norton, Skeeter Miller, and Bruce Walcutt (Walcutt had been a president with Pelican's Wharf, a popular steak-and-seafood chain from years before) formed County Line Bar-B-Q in 1975, wanting to start a restaurant that served high quality barbecue and sides with modern ambience and full bar service at reasonable prices. Their first location was an old speakeasy out in the cedar breaks off of Bee Caves Road..."

Culture Flash!
Art prize finalists, grants for a dancemaker and a new musical, and Mother Ginger
Arts Column  December 17, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...The principal of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders received 21,179 votes during the 15-day contest, beating out 20 other community leaders and local celebs, including runners-up Mary Ann Laverty of Silicon Labs and County Line restaurants owner Don A. "Skeeter" Miller, as well as Vortex Repertory Company Artistic Director Bonnie Cullum..."

Chef stuff and tube news
Food Column  July 28, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...They came through Central Texas this spring, making pies with Bud Royer at Royer's Round Top Cafe ( and whipping up some chili-spiked Aztec brownies with Austin baker Mary Louise Butters ( When it came time for barbecue, the Deens dropped in on Skeeter Miller and company at the County Line ( and chowed down on some of those gargantuan beef ribs..."

Get It All Over Ya: County Line on the Hill Celebrates 30 Years
Food Story  October 7, 2005, by MM Pack
"...The County Line founders – Bruce Walcott, Ed Norton, Don "Skeeter" Miller, and Rick Goss – probably weren't thinking about setting up a local institution when they conceived the idea of a casual, inexpensive barbecue joint, but their instincts were impeccable when they chose the site on top of the "third highest hill in Travis County" with 20-mile views and a long history of good times on the edge of the Hill Country...."

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
The 'Saveur' Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival
Food Story  April 2, 2004
"...Austin could be a big snore or a rollicking good time, depending on who shows up to ask questions of and kibbitz with the esteemed panel moderated by Saveur Editor Colman Andrews. Dallas Morning News restaurant critic Dotty Griffith, restaurateurs Danny Meyer and Drew Nieporent of New York City and Skeeter Miller of Austin, former New York Times food critic Mimi Sheraton, Houston Press restaurant critic Robb Walsh, and I will be on hand to field your inquiries..."

Just Touching Base ...
with classic Austin tastes: old favorites, new reviews
Food Story  July 12, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...When the original County Line opened out on Bee Caves Road in 1975, the vista from the old rock lodge on the hilltop was miles of rolling hills and fabulous Hill Country sunsets out toward Lake Travis and beyond. Partners Bruce Walcutt, Rick Goss, Ed Norton, and Skeeter Miller discovered the Thirties-era cedar chopper honky-tonk and gambling parlor once known as the Cedar Crest Lodge..."

The Luv Doc: A Carp in a Sand Trap
There's nothing much sadder than a stripper in a golf cart
Columns  September 7, 2017, by The Luv Doc
"...The difference with wheat farming is that, generally, nobody drinks a case of Miller Lite while driving a combine – not unless they're looking to get an ass-whuppin' from some ropey, leather skinned, Marlboro Man-looking motherfucker. Golf carts and bass boats, on the other hand, are rarely driven by sober people..."

Music Story  March 14, 1997
"...ROBBIE FULKS: Country Love Songs, the Bloodshot Records debut by this Chicago artist, was as solid a salvo as any across the bow of the country mainstream, indicating that songwriters outside Nashville's inner circle are kicking down the proverbial door. Like Roger Miller, Fulks covers both comedic and heartfelt territory, with a smooth country croon that underscores the power of his pen..."

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