Liberty Hill falls to La Grange in season opener

By Taylor Grafft The Liberty Hill Panther Football team fell in their season opener at Panther Stadium on Friday night to an athletic and strong La Grange team, 24-7. The Leopards were State Semifinals last season and finished with an 11-1 overall record. The loss is the Panthers’ fourth straight in season openers since 2010 […]

Nathan Wetzel, pictured here with wife Margot, was among the proponents when Liberty Hill first attempted incorporation in 1984. Wetzel, who was later elected as Liberty Hill’s first mayor following a successful 1999 incorporation election, was among those seeking a post as city commissioner in 1984. Both have since passed away. (Courtesy Photo)

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Chickens doomed Liberty Hill’s first incorporation attempt

By JAMES WEAR It was about this time some 30 years ago that Liberty Hill was abuzz with talk of incorporation, and leading up to the August 11, 1984 election, there was plenty of controversy swirling as residents debated the issue. I’ve been unable to come up with the official number of votes regarding the […]

Lisa Endicott and Scott Smith stand in the shop facility of their family business, American RV Specialists, which relocated from Leander to 14700 State Hwy 29 in Liberty Hill in mid-June. (Dana Delgado Photo)

American RV Specialists moves family business to Liberty Hill

By Dana Delgado When the world seemed to have cruelly robbed them of their dreams just as they were beginning their family, Scott Smith and Lisa Endicott knew they had to pull it all together and find a way to make it work. Today, their vision of a family is becoming a true reality through […]

Pumpkin Soup served from a hollowed-out pumpkin. (Courtesy Photo)

FOOD WISE: Celebrate fall with pumpkin-y goodness

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN I recently heard that this year’s largest pumpkin record holder weighs in at over 2,000 pounds. Can you imagine? The guy who grew it said he fed it fish and seaweed. That sounds funny, but those nutrients do come in a dehydrated form to use as plant food. It kinda makes […]

STAFF NOTEBOOK: Chickens are welcome in Liberty Hill

There is a new atmosphere around City Hall these days. Folks don’t seem to be as focused on gotcha politics, personal paybacks and replaying the same tired, old grudges from week to week. In fact, people seem to want to get things accomplished. That’s good news and it sure beats sitting around griping. Let’s hope […]

Travis Martin (center) portrays  Jesus in "Godspell".  In the back from left to right is Amanda Serra, Wendy Jo Cox and Brian Losoya as Judas. (Courtesy Photo)

Spellbound by ‘Godspell’

By ART RODRIGUEZ If you were like me as a child, Sunday School ran the gamut from exciting to the mundane. However, I was never taught the parables from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in quite the way “Godspell” by the Austin Theatre Project re-enacts them. First opened on Broadway in 1971, “Godspell” tells […]

Oatmeal Festival “bowl” members are from left, Fidelia Salinas, Evan Milliorn, Allison Milliorn, Otto Pfahl, Jim Karolik, Allen Rodgers, Dorris Allen, Bonnie Porterfield, Janet Habermehl, Karen Lester, Brandie Pogue, April Baladez and Kayla Schreiber. Not pictured is Rachael Shaw. (Brenda Young Photo)

‘Bowl’ members gear up for Oatmeal Festival

By Brenda Young BERTRAM — New faces continue to join the ranks of sponsors, vendors and volunteers who are working quickly to iron out all the details for the 37th Annual Oatmeal Festival in Bertram. The Oatmeal “bowl” members (as board members prefer to be called) met June 25 to update organizers and welcome some […]

Today’s Headlines

Fire Chief: Revenue from sales tax will fund second station

By SHELLY WILKISON As unprecedented growth envelops the Liberty Hill area, local emergency responders say they need revenue from a 1 cent sales … More

Council considers budget that includes pay increases

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council is considering adoption of a $1.8 million budget that includes a 3 percent pay increase for city … More

Trustees adopt $32.6 million budget, set tax rate

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill school trustees voted unaninously Monday to adopt a $32.6 million budget for fiscal 2014 and approved a tax rate … More

LHISD hired more than 40 new employees for the 2014-2015 academic year. New employees reported for work August 15 and all faculty and staff returned to their campuses on Tuesday. New employees are, front row from left, Joy Barreras, Amber Glass, Cacie Gates, Gina Maples, Shannon Price, Callie Clarkson, Lisa Garner, Terry Mayer, Emily Newman and Emily Turner. Center row are Shirley Benavides, Tanza Rawls, Jackie Conley, Vanessa Conner, Christina Gamez, Kate McGraw, Jennifer Hensley, Vickie Peterson, Lauren Claymon, Sandra Duncan, Courtney Givens, Denise Beckstrom, Jolie Jennings and Wayne Munger. Back row are Jeff Walker, Deborah Levee, Emily Lively, Rudy Acevedo, Jennifer Norris, Monica Pollett, Eric Murphy, Christopher Klepper and Jeremiah O’Fihelly. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

LHISD employees return to school

By SHELLY WILKISON Seemingly energized and enthusiastic about the start of a new school year, hundreds of school district employees returned to … More

The Coffee family reacts at the Round Rock Express game Friday after learning they will receive a new home. From left are Brianna Coffee, Melanie Coffee, Justin Coffee and Ray Coffee. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

Disabled veteran surprised to receive mortgage-free home in Santa Rita Ranch

By SEAN SHAPIRO When Clifton “Ray” Coffee and his family arrived at Dell Diamond on Aug. 15, he knew he was going to be honored before the … More

Liberty Hill Business

Lisa Endicott and Scott Smith stand in the shop facility of their family business, American RV Specialists, which relocated from Leander to 14700 State Hwy 29 in Liberty Hill in mid-June. (Dana Delgado Photo)

American RV Specialists moves family business to Liberty Hill

By Dana Delgado When the world seemed to have cruelly robbed them of their dreams just as they were beginning their family, Scott Smith and Lisa Endicott knew they had to pull it all together and find a way to make it work. Today, their vision of a family is becoming a true reality through […]

Pooneh Jahadi-Yazdi says Hilltop Children’s Center will integrate fun, education and health into its Mother’s Day Out and After-school programs. The center, which features this colorful and educationally stimulating stcircle time center, opens to students in August. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

Hilltop focuses on education, nutrition, while offering convenient extended hours

By SHELLY WILKISON Armed with a passion for healthy living and an education in child nutrition, the owner of Hilltop Children’s Center is hoping to fill a gap she sees in local child care offerings when her business opens next month. Pooneh Jahadi-Yazdi, a busy mother of two and office manager at Liberty Hill Pediatric […]

LH Chamber members learn tools, tips to boost business

By Brenda Young Helpful tools, tips and tricks were on the menu Wednesday at the Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Margarita’s Restaurant. Bridget L. Brandt, director of the Greater Leander Chamber of Commerce, was the guest speaker. About 30 business leaders joined the lunch and learn session and received valuable information regarding how […]