Staff Notebook: Giving thanks to a supportive community

As 2011 comes to a close, your hometown newspaper gives thanks to a supportive community. Week after week, The Independent staff works hard to bring readers the information that matters most. Because we do it in a way that clearly separates us from the others — without hidden agendas and bias — we continue to [...]

Panthers continue winning ways

School may be out for winter break, but shots keep going in for the Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers. The Runnin’ Panthers hosted a Lorena Leopards team that gave Liberty Hill some problems, but with solid defense in the second half and smart offense the home team seized a 59-46 victory Dec. 19. “They are very [...]

Lady Panthers split games versus top-ranked teams

 The Lady Panthers of Liberty Hill High School faced tough opponents in back-to-back play at the Panthers Den over the last few days. First, they met a Giddings team that was ranked No. 8 in class 3A, next they had a date with another top-10 team in Brownwood (No. 9). On Dec. 16, Liberty Hill [...]

FOOD WISE: Decorating cookies for Santa is a family tradition

When my daughters were little girls, we baked and decorated Christmas cookies every year. Since we didn’t have much money, we baked cookies as gifts for friends and family. I was an events planner in those days, so I made cookies for my clients, beautifully packaged in “vintage” tins I found at yard sales and [...]

EDITORIAL: Journalistic ethics don’t allow newspapers to have ‘skin in the game’

In recent weeks, citizens of Liberty Hill watched the publisher of the weekly Leader circulate a petition to block the City Council from using the lowest-cost financing method available to improve the community’s water supply. Because of the low number of voter signatures required, the publisher easily obtained them and presented her petition hours before [...]

Inattentive drivers contributing to increase in wrecks at SH 29, Stonewall

Liberty Hill police say a number of circumstances could be contributing to an increase in collisions in recent weeks near the intersection of State Highway 29 and Stonewall Blvd. Within the first 10 days of December,  local police responded to three collisions there — the latest one on Dec. 9. “For the most part, I [...]

Runnin’ Panthers tame undefeated Wildcats

In their biggest test of the season thus far, the Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers answered the call to step up their game with the previously undefeated Elgin Wildcats in town. The 4A school brought with them a 12-0 record, about 100 rowdy fans and plenty of swagger. However, Liberty Hill successfully put the first blemish [...]

Kirk resigns from Council

Explaining she no longer had the time to serve, Liberty Hill City Council member Lisa Kirk resigned from the Place 5 position Monday leaving a vacancy that will not be filled until the May 2012 election. Mrs. Kirk, who was appointed to the Council in July after the resignation of Wendell McLeod June 30, read [...]

Comparison of sign ordinances shows local rules may not be ‘out of line’

A side-by-side comparison of sign ordinances from area cities shows Liberty Hill’s rules may not be as restrictive and “anti-business” as some have claimed. Members of the Planning & Zoning Commission, the majority of whom have suggested that the City’s sign regulations and permit fees are partially to blame for slow business growth in Liberty [...]

LHISD waiting for approval to use Chisholm Trail water

Liberty Hill school officials say they are still waiting to hear from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding the school district’s application for release from the City’s water service area. Superintendent Dr. Rob Hart told school trustees Monday that time is running short in that contractors are making progress on the construction of the new [...]