LHISD Board approves agreement to use Chisholm Trail water

Following a 70-minute closed session Monday, the Liberty Hill school board voted unanimously to approve an Interlocal Agreement with Chisholm Trail Special Utility District to provide water to the new high school. While the Board had previously authorized the school superintendent to proceed with negotiations to obtain water service from Chisholm Trail, the issue has […]

Celebrate Mardi Gras with King’s Cake

La Galette des rois

True confession time…I’m embarrassed to admit it, especially since all of my daddy’s family are native Louisiannians, but I’ve never been to a Mardi Gras celebration in all my 46 years. Not even so much as one strand of beads collected, although my husband says I’m a good candidate to earn hundreds…God love him! No […]

Road construction indicative of growth in Liberty Hill area

County Commissioner Cynthia Long (center) cuts the ceremonial ribbon last week on improvements to US Highway 183 from South San Gabriel River to State Highway 29.  The improvements include a four-lane arterial roadway with shoulders, new bridge structures over the South San Gabriel River and a wide depressed median.   The $16 million project is a Pass-Through Financing project, which allows counties to front the money for the design and construction of road projects with the state reimbursing the county for some of the expenses. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will count the number of cars using the improved roads and pay the county based on traffic levels semi-annually over a 10 to 20 year period.  (www.ThunderstruckPhotos.com)

By KATE LUDLOW For most Liberty Hill residents, the daily commute has become a sea of orange traffic cones as various road and sewer construction projects have kicked off around town. In 2006, voters approved a bond package totaling $228 million. Since that time, various projects around Williamson County have been completed, including improvements to […]

EDITORIAL: Recipe for political courage? Do something.

Some citizens believe the City Council made a huge mistake on Monday night. Only time will tell. However, political courage is an especially hard commodity to come by when seemingly powerful people have promised to end your political career if you don’t do exactly what they say. Remember, it’s not how things begin that matters […]

City releases sewer system construction schedule

The City of Liberty Hill announced this week that the third construction phase of the city’s sewer system has begun with the main line from the lift station to RR 1869 already substantially complete. Qro Mex Construction will be progresing with the project according to the following schedule: Feb. 13-24: Installing sewer lines along Snyder’s […]

Lady Panthers fall short in softball season opener

Courtney Weems slides and touches the plate after a Paige Lafferty double in the fifth inning Tuesday night. (www.ThunderstruckPhotos.com)

By Joseph Garcia Facing what will be next year’s district opponent in Gatesville, the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers opened their softball season at home on a breezy Valentine’s night. While the wind blew Liberty Hill’s way early, the visiting Hornets fluttered in the final inning to rally from behind for a 7-6 win on the […]

Runnin’ Panthers reach perfection

Senior Robert Koepl lays up two points in the Runnin’ Panthers’ 56-38 victory over district rival Burnet on Parents Night last week. (www.ThunderstruckPhotos.com)

By Joseph Garcia The final two hurdles have successfully been jumped by the Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers, matching a perfect 10-0 record in District 25-3A with their female counterparts, the Lady Panthers. By defeating Burnet and Lampasas, Liberty Hill successfully completed its third straight year with an unblemished district record. The victories also capped the […]

Local teens with heart disease raising awareness, helping others

In an effort to help children hospitalized with CHD, Caleb Spearman organized a toy drive at Liberty Hill Junior High. (Photo by Kate Ludlow)

By KATE LUDLOW For two local teens, the term Congenital Heart Defect might be a misnomer. Each was born with a heart issue that has caused them separate, but similar grief, and yet each has managed to turn their diseases around with surprising aplomb. Caleb Spearman, a seventh grader at Liberty Hill Junior High, had […]

Child injured in morning collision


Liberty Hill Police say a four-vehicle collision this morning on State Highway 29 resulted in injuries to a 10-year-old child. The child was riding in a booster seat in the back seat of a vehicle that was crushed by a pickup truck. Police and emergency personnel closed the highway for about 45 minutes this morning. […]

Council approves Manager’s contract, takes no action on LHISD sewer request

Councilmember Jack Harkrider (center) votes yes to extend the employment contract of City Manager Manuel De La Rosa (left) while Mayor Pro Tem Mike Crane (right) waits his turn to vote no Monday. (www.ThunderstruckPhotos.com)

By SHELLY WILKISON In a 3-2 vote Monday, Liberty Hill’s City Manager received a three-year extension to his employment contract that includes a provision for up to a three-year buyout should he be fired without cause. His salary for each of the three years is $86,000. Mayor Michele “Mike” Murphy cast the tie-breaking vote in […]