Defense comes up big in 21-17 win against Taylor

TAYLOR – The Liberty Hill Panthers are still undefeated in District 14-4A Division I. But just. It took another game-saving play from the defense to keep the Panthers’ perfect district mark intact, turning away the Taylor Ducks at the goal line to preserve a 21-17 lead Friday night at The Duck Pond. With the Ducks […]

The Liberty Hill community assisted the family of disabled veteran Ray Coffee (center) at a fundraiser Saturday. From left are Lana Henley, Margarita’s Restaurant owner Amin Berenji, Ray and Melanie Coffee, and Gary Henley of Henley Homes. (Kathy Canady Photo)

Community shows support for veteran

By SEAN SHAPIRO Moving from the Houston area to Liberty Hill could have been very difficult for the Coffee family. Instead, they are already feeling welcomed by the community after a fundraiser in their honor this past Saturday. “It’s tough moving away from family in Houston,” Melanie Coffee said. “But we already feel like we’re […]

The stylists of the Wild West Salon in Liberty Hill are Christi Ferraro, Hannah Liesmann and Christal Alexander. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

Poster inspired Wild West Salon

By Dana Delgado When Christal Alexander came across a fascinating framed poster at a thrift store, she jumped at what she thought was a bargain at $11.99. Later she would see that same poster priced at over $100 at another store making her find a real steal. But this was more than just an exciting […]

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 […]

204 weeks for us, 27 years for The Independent

Please indulge us a very brief end zone celebration here at The Independent as we hit another milestone as your hometown newspaper. Four years ago, we bought your hometown newspaper with only three goals in mind. First, we wanted to report the news to you in a professional manner, to bring in qualified, degreed journalists […]

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 […]

Cynthia Anderson holds a special occasion dress at her children’s clothing consignment resale boutique, Kids Alley. The Bertram store is located in the shadow of the city’s water tower. (Dana Delgado Photo)

Bows galore, clothing consignments at Bertram’s Kids Alley

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — With a grand opening over Labor Day weekend during the Oatmeal Festival, Cynthia Anderson has been busy restocking her trendy, children’s clothing consignment resale boutique, Kids Alley. Located in the heart of Bertram’s historic downtown district at 165 S. Gabriel Street, Kids Alley carries both boys and girls clothes as […]

Today’s Headlines

LHJH Band Director Jared Clarkson is excited about leading an emerging program that includes 112 band students in grades 7 and 8. (Courtesy Photo)

Experienced directors guide LHJH Band

By DANA DELGADO Jared Clarkson was perfectly content in Wimberley when Liberty Hill came calling two years ago. His family was settled in, his … More

USPS suggests security tips after mail thefts

By SEAN SHAPIRO A Temple couple who plead guilty to stealing more than 50,000 pieces of mail, including mail from Liberty Hill, were sentenced … More

Firefly responds to concerns on rocket safety, water use

By SEAN SHAPIRO BRIGGS – Thomas E. Markusic wants to send things to space. His new neighbors, however, are more concerned about the dwindling … More

Local dentist promoting innovative treatment for ADD, ADHD

By SEAN SHAPIRO Friday was supposed to be Dr. Martin Denbar’s day off from work. While he didn’t see any patients, Denbar, a Liberty Hill … More

Students practice their brass instruments at Liberty Hill Intermediate School.  The emphasis at the sixth grade is “to get a good solid basis for being successful players,” said LHIS Band Director Kevin Baird. (Dana Delgado Photo)

In Liberty Hill, band success begins in 6th grade

By Dana Delgado The news was so exciting that the entire marching band jumped up out of their seats in celebration at the Vista Ridge High School … More

Liberty Hill Business

The stylists of the Wild West Salon in Liberty Hill are Christi Ferraro, Hannah Liesmann and Christal Alexander. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

Poster inspired Wild West Salon

By Dana Delgado When Christal Alexander came across a fascinating framed poster at a thrift store, she jumped at what she thought was a bargain at $11.99. Later she would see that same poster priced at over $100 at another store making her find a real steal. But this was more than just an exciting […]

Shane (right) and Tuesday (left) Wilson opened their palatial, state-f-the-art salon training facility, The salon Professional Academy, in September. (Dana Delgado Photo)

Salon training opens door to career opportunities

By Dana Delgado It is the kind of professional quality that Shane and Tuesday Wilson had in mind when in September they opened their palatial, state-of-the-art training facility, The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA). “When you walk into our innovative academy, from the layout and the fixtures to the styling stations and pedicure units, you know […]

Classic Bakery opened last week in downtown Liberty Hill, 100 Myrtle Lane, Suites D & E. The bakery, owned by Flavia and Robert Barton is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

Classic Bakery brings delicious, healthy breads to downtown Liberty Hill

By SHELLY WILKISON Flavia Barton looks for healthy foods that taste good together. Then, with a touch of spice and occasionally a little sweetness, she combines it all together and the result is scenting downtown Liberty Hill with the delightful aromas of fresh-baked bread, cookies, brownies and cinnamon rolls. Classic Bakery opened last week at […]