Archives for July 2011

Planning & Zoning discusses new plats

Members of the Planning & Zoning Commission discussed plats for two pending residential developments, but took no action on either one Tuesday. Acting on the advice of City Manager Manuel DeLaRosa, the Commission agreed it was best to wait on the counsel of City engineers and lawyers regarding a plat resubmission by Highland Meadows. Developers […]

Council appoints Lisa Kirk to fill McLeod’s vacancy

She has attended every meeting of the Liberty Hill City Council since she narrowly lost the election by 19 votes in May for the Place 5 position to then-incument Wendell McLeod. So, when McLeod resigned his position to accept a job with the City as Water Utility Operator, the Council voted unanimously to appoint Lisa […]

Famous magazine photo leaves lasting impression on local ‘rodeo cowboy’

By KATE LUDLOW Staff Writer Twenty years ago this summer, internationally reknowned photographer Mary Ellen Marks snapped a picture of two young cowboys while she traveled the country touring small town rodeos for Texas Monthly. A photograph she took of two young cowboys, full of bravado, has made its way into photography textbooks, museums and […]

Snakes, Pottery– a family’s shared interest

By KATE LUDLOW Staff Writer Snakes and pottery. One would be hard pressed to find two interests on near opposite sides of the spectrum. But, just like the other rarities that make Liberty Hill unique, Doug and Donna Montgomery have found the space and time to accommodate both interests. Their detached garage houses space for […]

Second career turns into life’s calling for Sandy Schultz

By CHARLEY WILKISON When very short people come running into the Liberty Hill Public Library yelling excitedly about coming to Storytime, Sandy Schultz has a rule — no “shushing” the children. They can read, they can laugh, they can do the banana dance, but they are not to be told to whisper. “The role of […]

Joseph retires post at Information Center

By SHELLY WILKISON For longer than anyone can remember, Troy Joseph has watched over his beloved hometown from a seat on Loop 332. A reminder of a time when downtown Liberty Hill flourished with activity, when people took the time to “sit a spell” and swap stories, Joseph offered a friendly wave to passersby from […]

McLeod resigns from City Council

In order to accept a job running the City’s water utility department, Wendell McLeod resigned his seat on the Liberty Hill City Council June 30. The Independent was first to report the news of McLeod’s decision to resign from the Council in its June 30 edition — hours before he submitted his official resignation letter. […]

Liberty Hill’s ’50 or better’ crowd celebrates 13 years of Over the Hill Over the Hill Gang

This week marks the 13th birthday of one of Liberty Hill’s most popular organizations. The Over the Hill Gang, a weekly social meeting for those age 50 “or better,” was founded on July 15th, 1998, to provide senior citizens a place to go to share a meal, a few laughs, and make new friends. Loraine […]

Straus showed Texas-sized courage and protected your family’s safety

By CHARLEY WILKISON Political Writer When young folks tell me they are interested in politics, I like to tell them that when we humans rejected the perfect government in the Garden of Eden, we have been getting what we deserved ever since — government run by us, humans. Tuesday, I was working on the west […]

Council moves forward to acquire Loop 332, votes to unseat appointees

The Liberty Hill City Council voted 3-2 Monday to move forward with plans to acquire Loop 332 from the State of Texas. Over the opposition of Council members Wendell McLeod and Byron Tippie, the Council authorized City Manager Manuel DeLaRosa to move forward with negotiations with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Because the Council […]