Peyton Redmond (#5) watches her teammate Allee Nix (center, front) pick up a kill and a crucial point for the Lady Panthers during the second set against Marble Falls Tuesday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

LHHS captures win in home opener

By Taylor Grafft The Liberty Hill Lady Panther Volleyball team showed why they like playing at home so much on Tuesday night in their opener against the Marble Falls Lady Mustangs. A large crowd of supporters showed up to cheer the Lady Panthers in their first game back in the cozy, win-inspiring gym. Coach Gretchen […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ryan Crowder is Romeo and Julie Lorenz-Olson plays Juliet in the Penfold Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. 
(Kimberley Mead Photo)

REVIEW: ‘Romeo & Juliet’ is more than a free show

By Art Rodriguez Before we had Republicans vs. Democrats, before we had Texas vs. OU, indeed, before we had the Hatfields and McCoys, we had the Montagues and Capulets. The two fictional feuding families immortalized in William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” is considered by some to be his best romantic tragedy.  The story of two […]

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 […]

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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

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City, EDC working to make Liberty Hill a destination

By SHELLY WILKISON Through its Economic Development Corp., the City of Liberty Hill is sending a message that the once-rural community now on the … More

Director Susan Baker holds some snack bags being distributed this summer. With schools not in session, the summer months can be trying times for many families. The “Kids Summer Snack Program” is in collaboration with Boy Scout Troop 196 and is supported by donations from individuals, local churches and the PTO.
(Dana Delgado Photo)

Operation Liberty Hill tackles area hunger, adds summer snack program

By Dana Delgado There is no pause for Operation Liberty Hill Director Susan Baker. There can’t be. The humble mission of the non-profit … More

Liberty Hill Business

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 […]

Tina Holbein stands in her Liberty Hill business, Tina’s Cottage, which specializes in creative, mostly one-of-a-kind personal and home pieces as well as being the go-to store for Panther merchandise. (Dana Delgado Photo)

Holbein driven by boundless imagination

By Dana Delgado If Tina Holbein, owner of Tina’s Cottage in Liberty Hill, had it her way, the world would have a neon glow and likely have another shape. That’s just her nature. With a boundless imagination and a palette of bold colors, Mrs. Holbein has crafted out an artistic niche in a world of […]