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The first, and most effective thing, to do is to go to the District Attorney with the check. There is a crime in texas called "theft of Services" and stopping payment on a check after services have been rendered meets the definition of this crime.
If that doesn't work, then the only other alternative is to file suit either yourself or by hiring a local attorney.
If you do go to the step of hiring an attorney you want to talk to them about a workman's lien. They generally have to be put in place before work is started but there may be a way to do it since the owner paid you and stopped payment.