Senior Joey Kipfer (#20) uses a deft touch to bring the ball down in midfield. liberty Hill fell to San Elizario 4-2 in the boys 4A State Championship match on Friday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

Liberty Hill’s first year ends short of State title for boys soccer

By Taylor Grafft GEORGETOWN–The San Elizario Eagles scored two second-half goals to crush Liberty Hill’s state title hopes and end the Panthers’ historic first season of varsity soccer. Liberty Hill’s senior midfielder Omar Perez was able to score a consolation goal in the 77th minute, but it was a little too late for the Panthers […]

Situated on 125 acres on rolling hills in southeastern Liberty Hill, Spirit Reins combines traditional mental health services with innovative approaches like trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy. (Dana Delgado Photo)

Spirit Reins breaking the cycle of abuse

By Dana Delgado A horrific 14 car pile-up involving an 18-wheeler left crash victim Rhonda Smith questioning why she was spared while others had suffered severe injuries and one had lost his life. Her small sports car had been a total loss; yet, she walked away without a scratch. Why she survived became a burning […]

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 […]

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: Newspapers, reporters should stay on the sideline and report the news

At different times through the years we have expressed our dismay when we see hometown reporters from another publication engaged in political activity that slants news in a certain direction. This week, we witnessed this happening again when The Liberty Hill Leader became fully engaged in a political action, and then showed up to report […]

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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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Lack of signage delays enforcement of hands-free ordinance

An ordinance prohibiting use of mobile communication devices while driving in Liberty Hill will not be enforced until the appropriate signage is … More

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Liberty Hill EDC welcomes new executive director

By Christine Bolaños There is a new leader in town who hopes to help set Liberty Hill on the path to growth and prosperity. Kirk Clennan … More

New teaching positions added at high school

By Christine Bolaños Liberty Hill High School will have new teachers in health science, family consumer science and English beginning in the … More

EDC Board approves interim contract for Clennan

Directors of the City’s Economic Development Corp. voted unanimously last week to approve an interim employment contract for Kirk Clennan, who was … More

City of Liberty Hill hands-free ordinance

PUBLIC NOTICE THAT THE CITY COUNCIL – CITY OF LIBERTY HILL APPROVED AN ORDINANCE ON FEBRUARY 23, 2015 banning the use of wireless communication … More

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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 […]

Dr. Ben Menke is the new clinic director for Texas Physical Therapy Specialists in Liberty Hill. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists welcomes Menke to Liberty Hill clinic

By Christine Bolaños When then 11-year-old baseball pitcher Ben Menke suffered an elbow injury, little did he know his physical therapy visits would change his life. “I played a lot of sports. I’ve always been interested in the body and how it worked and how to heal from injuries. It just kind of naturally led […]