Freshman Avery Tudyk breaks the Liberty Hill Girl’s Long Jump record at the District Meet with a jump of 16 feet and 8 1/2 inches. Tudyk competed on Wednesday during press time at the Area Meet in Brownwood. (Kathy Canady Photo)

Freshman Tudyk making her mark in LHHS Track

By Taylor Grafft Freshman Avery Tudyk has had quite a bit of success since moving to Liberty Hill in February of last year. In eighth grade, she broke the Liberty Hill Junior High Long Jump record and last week, broke the high school Girls Long Jump school record at the District Meet with a jump [...]

Joseph family, newspaper offer college scholarship

The family of Troy Carl Joseph, Liberty Hill’s longtime town greeter who passed away in 2011, will continue to award an annual memorial scholarship in his name, again tying it to an essay contest open to all Liberty Hill High School seniors. In partnership with The Liberty Hill Independent, the family will award a $1,000 [...]

Mauro Amador (left), owner of Liberty Tax Service of Georgetown, is shown being honored at the 2013 Liberty Tax Service National Convention by John Hewitt (right), founder of Liberty Tax.  (Courtesy Photo)

Liberty Tax Service offers year-round solutions

By Dana Delgado GEORGETOWN — Mauro Amador is a numbers guy, a serious numbers guy whose interest dates back to childhood. The owner of Liberty Tax Service in Georgetown grew up in a family that was always crunching numbers. His mother was the Chief Auditor for the equivalent of the IRS as well as the [...]

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: Liberty Hill, your future is calling

The wildflowers, prom dresses and baseball games out here along the Shin Oak Ridge tell us we’ve been blessed to make it to another Spring. New baby goats cavort in green pastures and our community’s former little babies prepare for graduation and the exciting world beyond Liberty Hill. As has become common practice at this [...]

Family events promise to spark holiday spirit

Holiday events within a short driving distance of Liberty Hill offer local families plenty of opportunities to get into the spirit of the season. On Sunday, Liberty Hill celebrates Christmas with its annual Christmas Festival and Parade, Jingle Bell 5K Run and 1K Walk, and the Trail of Lights at Lions Foundation Park. The Jingle [...]

Crystal Mitchell pets one of 42 dogs and 17 cats she and her husband Steve care for at Stray Acres Sanctuary and Animal Rescue in Bertram. The couple founded the non-profit in 2012 to give companion animals a second  chance. (Dana Delgado Photo)

Stray Acres gives animals a second chance

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — It is said every person has a story. For Crystal and Steve Mitchell, their story is about the fate of homeless animals. Whether the animal be abandoned, lost or surrendered, the animal’s plight is the story behind the couple — founders of Stray Acres Sanctuary and Animal Rescue in Bertram. [...]

Today’s Headlines

Council approves contract with sewer plant operator

By SHELLY WILKISON A glance around the room at those present for Monday’s City Council meeting was indicative of a growth pattern that in recent … More

WCESD #4 Commissioners appointed Anthony Lincoln (left) as interim Fire Chief last week. He replaces 10-year fire veteran Chancy Bizzell (right), who is leaving the fire service for a job selling fire equipment. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

Lincoln named interim Fire Chief

By SHELLY WILKISON Emergency Services Commissioners last week appointed Battalion Chief Anthony Lincoln as interim Fire Chief to replace Chancy … More

GETI Alliance seeks to help returning veterans

By Dana Delgado After having served in the US Air Force, first as an enlisted serviceman and then as an officer, Len Swanson began suffering from … More

Mayor defends right to seek budget records

By SHELLY WILKISON Mayor Jamie Williamson, who two weeks ago was accused by council members of disrupting city government by overloading  staff … More

Liberty Hill senior Mason Endres has been surrounded by fellow students and well-wishers after being struck by a vehicle in downtown Austin March 13.  Miss Endres, who has no recollection of the incident, says she has been moved by the outpouring of support. (Photo by Kim Hofstetter)

Teens’ brush with death draws town support

By Dana Delgado Plans by five Liberty Hill High School students for a spring break filled with fun, friends, and music at Austin’s South by … More

Liberty Hill Business

Mauro Amador (left), owner of Liberty Tax Service of Georgetown, is shown being honored at the 2013 Liberty Tax Service National Convention by John Hewitt (right), founder of Liberty Tax.  (Courtesy Photo)

Liberty Tax Service offers year-round solutions

By Dana Delgado GEORGETOWN — Mauro Amador is a numbers guy, a serious numbers guy whose interest dates back to childhood. The owner of Liberty Tax Service in Georgetown grew up in a family that was always crunching numbers. His mother was the Chief Auditor for the equivalent of the IRS as well as the [...]

From left, Chicken Express owners Clay and Wendy Jones joined General Manager Mitch Van Horn of Bertram, local real estate broker Clyde Davis and the construction manager for a site visit March 26. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

Chicken Express breaks ground in Liberty Hill

By SHELLY WILKISON If all goes according to plan, Liberty Hill could be enjoying fried chicken and all the fixins by the end of July. Restaurant Owner Clay Jones and his wife, Wendy, of Brady, joined General Manager Mitch Van Horn in Liberty Hill Wednesday at the site of the long-anticipated Chicken Express. Construction crews [...]

Standing outside the International Printing and Packaging plant in Liberty Hill are President Bryan Scheible, Mary Scheible (CFO), Simon Diver (COO) and Shelly Armstrong (Digital Solutions Specialist & Digital Division Head). (Dana Delgado Photo)

Nationally recognized company wrapped around global industry

By Dana Delgado It is hard to put a handle on exactly what International Print and Packaging (IPP) does at their ever growing and evolving design and manufacturing plant in Northwest Liberty Hill. Off handedly, IPP President Bryan Scheible said, “We’re the company that prints stickers.” That may have been the case when the local [...]