The Liberty Hill 1,600-meter relay team poses with their medals and the baton from their state-championship winning run. From left are Rachel Gallander, Shaylin Vickers, Ana Rodriguez and Lily Miller. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

LHHS runners are Class 4A State Champions

By SEAN SHAPIRO AUSTIN — In the most stressful, nerve-inducing race of the season, the Liberty Hill girls 1,600-meter relay team clinched a state championship Saturday by seven hundredths of a second. Liberty Hill entered the final exchange with a slight cushion, courtesy of three strong laps by Lily Miller, Ana Rodriguez and Shaylin Vickers. […]

Superintendent Rob Hart (left) and Assistant Superintendent Robert Parks (right) have worked side by side to prepare Liberty Hill for growth. Parks, 73, is retiring in June after a 50-year career in Texas public schools. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

Parks reflects on 50-year school career

By SHELLY WILKISON He started his career teaching seventh and eighth graders at Liberty Chapel — a 52-student rural school where he also served as principal. It was 1965. Although it was a much simpler time compared to today, 22-year-old Robert Parks had his hands full. Today, as he reflects on a 50-year career in public […]

Cathy Zeolla, who trained at the Olympic level in gymnastics, enjoys enjoys teaching beginner and recreational classes at Zero Gravity in Leander. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

Zero Gravity dream come true for gymnast

By Christine Bolaños LEANDER — At only 16 years of age, Cathy Zeolla knew she wanted to own her own gymnasium. It was at that point in her life that she began teaching children younger than her how to perfect their gymnastics skills. To Zeolla, gymnastics was more than a passion, it was a gift. She […]

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 […]

EDITORIAL: State budget negotiations gives our Sen. Schwertner a chance to prove himself

State Sen. Charles Schwertner has been given a real Texas-sized opportunity by being appointed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as one of the Senate Conferees who are meeting daily with their House counterparts in an effort to reconcile the differences in the two chambers’ budgets in order to pass a state appropriating act. It’s commonly […]

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Janice Maynard & The Country Stardust Band to play Trail of Lights Cowboy Christmas Dance Dec.6

Liberty Hill will kick off the Christmas Festival weekend with the Trail of Lights Cowboy Christmas Dance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Lions Foundation Park. The family-friendly event is open to the public at no charge. Janice Maynard, a traditional country singer straight from the heart of Texas has been likened to some […]

John Solis stands in front of his latest honor, Grand Champion Reserve won last fall at the National Cook-Off Championship in Buda. Solis recently opened the restaurant John Beere Bar-B-Q in Bertram. (Dana Delgado Photo)

Solis fires up the pits in Bertram

By DANA DELGADO BERTRAM — Over the years, John Solis has made a good living with his hands as a mason, but now finds himself savoring a whole new success. A few years ago, the Bertram native turned an ordinary weekend ritual into an extraordinary new venture for himself. With close attention to detail and […]

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Women business leaders hear safety tips from police, firearms instructor

Liberty Hill businesswomen heard tips from local police and a gun safety instructor this week on how to protect themselves, their businesses and … More

WCESD #4 may contract with City for accounting

By Christine Bolaños The Williamson County Emergency Services District No. 4’s Board of Commissioners is considering partnering with the City … More

Robert Velasquez of Huntsville struggles to hold on in the bareback riding event Saturday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

Rodeo brings family fun, crowds to Liberty Hill

By Matt McElhinney Last Friday at the 2015 Liberty Hill Open Rodeo, Cookies ‘N Cream, a 2,000-pound white bull marked with black spots, had its … More

LHISD Trustees agree to waive tuition for transfer students

By SHELLY WILKISON With two new faces seated at the dais Monday, Liberty Hill school trustees voted unanimously to continue to allow students to … More

After 45 years of teaching -- 35 of which were spent in Liberty Hill ISD -- Carolyn Cobb is retiring next month. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

Passion for science, love for teaching at heart of Cobb’s 45-year career

By SHELLY WILKISON Every person who has attended junior high or high school in Liberty Hill in the past three decades knows Carolyn Cobb. In … More

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Cathy Zeolla, who trained at the Olympic level in gymnastics, enjoys enjoys teaching beginner and recreational classes at Zero Gravity in Leander. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

Zero Gravity dream come true for gymnast

By Christine Bolaños LEANDER — At only 16 years of age, Cathy Zeolla knew she wanted to own her own gymnasium. It was at that point in her life that she began teaching children younger than her how to perfect their gymnastics skills. To Zeolla, gymnastics was more than a passion, it was a gift. She […]

Fred Hinze, owner of the new Major's Burger Company on SH 29 in Liberty Hill. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

Major’s Burger Company coming to Liberty Hill

By Christine Bolaños Something major is coming to Liberty Hill and it’s not at a baseball diamond. Major’s Burger Company, a family-friendly restaurant with an outside play area, indoor and outdoor seating, spacious parking and a drive-thru window, is slated to open around May 1. Owner Fred Hinze said the restaurant will be much more […]

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Reach more customers with Liberty Hill Living Magazine

If your business is looking to reach Liberty Hill area customers, plan to be part of a special community marketing effort this spring. The Liberty Hill Independent and the Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce are partnering to produce Liberty Hill Living 2015-2016, a biennial community guide for newcomers and visitors as well as an information source […]

1,000-gallon tanks are located underground at Thirsty Mule Winery & Vineyard in Liberty Hill. The winery is scheduled to open to the public in May. (Courtesy Photo)

Texas’ first underground winery to open in May in Liberty Hill

By Christine Bolaños The first underground wine tasting bar and winery in Texas is slated to open mid-May just outside Liberty Hill. The inspiration came after owner and wine-maker Dan Marek Jr. experienced the concept in California. Thirsty Mule Winery & Vineyard has been in the works for eight years and is coming to fruition […]