Realignment brings Brownwood, Gatesville to Liberty Hill’s district

By Joseph Garcia The University Interscholastic League (UIL) released its football and basketball reclassifications and realignments for the 2012-2014 seasons Thursday, Feb 2. Liberty Hill High School will now be in Region 1, District 8-3A along with Brownwood, Burnet, Gatesville, Lampasas and Llano. Liberty Hill HS Athletic Director Jerry Vance said the addition of Brownwood […]

Expectations high for growing LHHS softball program

Coach Charice Hankins and Coach Carlos Garza work with the Liberty Hill High School softball team during an after-school practice. The softball season officially starts Feb. 14 when the Lady Panthers take on Gatesville in Liberty Hill beginning with JV at 5 p.m. and varsity at 6:45 p.m. (

By Joseph Garcia Excuse Liberty Hill High School softball Coach Charice Hankins if she eagerly anticipates the upcoming season. She has good reason to be excited. Following an early exit from the playoffs last year, Coach Hankins and her varsity team will look to make a run to the state tournament in 2012 led by […]

Powered by defense, Panthers remain undefeated in District

Senior Stephen Graves had a monster game vs. Lampasas last Friday. After this key play where he was called for an offensive foul, Graves went on a tear for 34 points in the Runnin’ Panthers’ 75-42 win. (

By Joseph Garcia While the Lady Panthers are already district champs and are close to wrapping up the regular season, their counterparts are trying to follow suit. The Runnin’ Panthers took a couple of steps to do just that after beating a tough Lampasas team at home 75-42 on Jan. 27. And after holding off […]

FOOD WISE: I tried to stay out of it. Really, I did.

Chef Renee's Southern Beans and Rice

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN I tried to stay out of it. Really, I did. The whole thing is getting completely out of hand and my nosy, busy body self won’t let me keep my pie-hole shut any longer. I’m sure you’ve probably heard about it, too. Lots of folks have been asking me about it. […]

Coach K, Lady Panthers secure district title, playoff spot

Taylor Russell (left) and Maddie Metzger (right) look to grab a rebound in the Lady Panthers’ 80-54 win over Lampasas Jan. 27.  (

By Joseph Garcia There was never really much doubt about whether or not the Liberty Hill Lady Panther basketball team would make the playoffs. But now the Lady Panthers have sewn up a playoff spot after extending their winning streak to 15. But most importantly, they secured the 25-3A District Championship. By no means does […]

At 84, Bertram instructor helping others find strength, discipline and good health with yoga

Billie Gollnick demonstrates the lotus position during a free yoga class this week at Joann Cole Mitte Memorial Library in Bertram. (Photo by Kate Ludlow)

By KATE LUDLOW BERTRAM — “Yoga literally means to yoke up. To harness. To get it all together.” That’s how 84-year-old Billie Gollnick of Bertram describes the impact that yoga has had on her life. “What if I had to live in this body for 100 years? If I do, I want to be comfortable,” […]

Harkrider’s concerns delay action on Manager’s contract

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council took no action this week to extend the employment contract of the City Manager, who in recent months has drawn the fire of some in the business community and some school district officials. After a 40-minute executive session Tuesday, the Council reconvened in open meeting to act […]