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 gain your confidence. Our goal is to be the very best in our field and every week, we start afresh looking for ways to improve our product and become better at what we do.

We especially appreciate our advertisers, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet at the close of another year. Ours is a partnership and we take our role very seriously. Advertisers have come to expect more from The Independent because we never stop working to help them reach their goals. We bring to the table ideas, creative talent and professional marketing experience across all lines of media.

The Independent is a locally-owned and operated business that contributes in a major way to our community. We have created jobs here, we pay taxes, we spend our money with local businesses, and we give a significant portion of our news space to non-profit organizations.

In 2011, The Independent was fortunate to be able to contribute to the following organizations through cash donations and advertising: Liberty Hill Youth Soccer Association, Liberty Hill Youth Football & Cheer, Liberty Hill Youth League, Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, Williamson County Cowboy Church, Fellowship Baptist Church, Mission Lutheran Church, Liberty Hill Garden Club, Liberty Hill High School Project Graduation, Liberty Hill All Sports Booster Club, Hope House of Austin, Liberty Hill Parent-Teacher Organization, Liberty Hill Christmas Festival, Williamson County Emergency Services District #4, Red Cross of Central Texas, and the Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce.

We do it because we believe a community newspaper should be a source of pride. It should adhere to the highest standards of ethics in journalism while giving back to the organizations that are making a difference here.

Like so many of you, we have high hopes for Liberty Hill in 2012. We are changing the way we do business and expanding marketing opportunities to better meet the needs and budgets of advertisers. In the process, readers can continue to rely on The Independent for its professional  news coverage. Look for some important announcements from us in January.

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   Our staff is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with our families. We won’t publish a newspaper Dec. 29, but will return to the office Jan. 2, 2012.

It takes a great deal of time, energy and resources to produce The Independent every week. At year’s end, the publisher is especially grateful to a dedicated team  of professionals who share our dream, inspire us with ideas and give their best to help us get closer to our goals. They selflessly share their talents, take great pride in their work and all of Liberty Hill benefits. We look forward to a new year and the hope that we can all be together again soon.

To our good friends at P&R Propane, thank you for letting us share your neighborhood. We are grateful for the friendship and hospitality.

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   Week after week, our friends at the Liberty Hill Post Office take special care to help us get the newspaper to you in a timely way. Not only do we value their assistance and service, we appreciate their patience and  friendly support.

Post Office staff recently went beyond the call of duty when they discoverd the missing spectacles of the publisher in the parking lot. Just when it seemed all was lost and it was time to resort to HEB readers, Bernita called with the welcomed news. That’s the kind of service Liberty Hill has come to depend on from our hometown post office.

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  Those of us at The Independent are proud to share this place on the Shin Oak Ridge with you. Best wishes for a safe and joyous holiday!