LIBERTY HILL VOTES 2012: Candidate Profiles

Renee Morgan, Candidate for LHISD Trustee Place 5

As part of  The Independent‘s local election coverage, articles and photos of candidates seeking positions on the Liberty Hill City Council and Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees will be posted here as received. Send campaign news to LIBERTY HILL CITY COUNCIL Jack Harkrider: Liberty Hill Mayor After much prayer and thought, I’ve decided […]

EDITORIAL: Council should investigate last week’s water outage

Liberty Hill school district administrators should be commended for reacting quickly and having a plan in place to take care of students and employees who arrived at school March 21 to learn that there was no water. By keeping the lines of communication open, administrators were able to effectively execute a plan of action to […]

ESD Board discusses conference, budget

By KATE LUDLOW The Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 Commissioners met Tuesday to discuss a recent state conference, hear the Fire Chief’s monthly report, and discuss the way small purchases are made. Commissioner Sandra Taylor was not present at the meeting. ESD Commissioners recently traveled to Galveston for the Safe-D Annual Conference for the […]

Kirschner to coach all-stars

Coach Matt Kirschner

By Joseph Garcia Along the bench of every successful high school basketball program roams the mastermind entrusted to lead its team to victory. Of all the 3A schools – 1A and 2A as well – in the state of Texas, no one seemingly did a better job of that than Liberty Hill Lady Panthers’ Coach […]

LHISD Board nominates Hart ‘Superintendent of the Year’

Superintendent Rob Hart (right) and Liberty Hill High School Principal Bobby Mabry in this month’s edition of Texas Co-op Power Magazine. The district received a $32,000 rebate from PEC's Commercial Lighting Rebate Program.

  Liberty Hill school trustees voted unanimously Monday to nominate Superintendent Rob Hart for Superintendent of the Year. Texas Association of School Boards recognizes school superintendents every year for outstanding achievement and excellence in public school administration. “We are proud of the job Dr. Hart is doing and we want the rest of the community […]

TRAVEL: A Spring Break road trip offers new opportunity for cooking

Strapped securely to the engine of her car was a picnic lunch for a reporter exploring the Hill Country during Spring Break. (Photo by Kate Ludlow)

By KATE LUDLOW Here’s a secret that truckers and motorcycle enthusiasts have known for years. It’s entirely possible to cook a full meal using the heat from the engine in your car. Stories have been told about folks who cook a package of hot dogs on their way to family reunions or heat up shrimp […]

LHHS Baseball Roundup – March 22

T.J. Hillman comes around to score against Rockdale last Thursday. Hillman later smacked a homerun over the left field wall to the train tracks.  (

  The Liberty Hill High School varsity baseball team went 1-2 over Spring Break with a win over St. Andrews. On Thursday, March 15, Liberty Hill played host to Rockdale in a battle that took extra innings to decide the outcome. Rockdale jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring runs in the top of […]

LHHS Softball Roundup – March 22

Liberty Hill coach Charice Hankins discusses strategy with her players during Thursday’s win over Austin High School.  (

The Lady Panthers went 5-2 over Spring Break after two home games and a tournament in San Marcos. Liberty Hill (12-6) started the seven-game stretch with what Coach Charice Hankins called a “big” win over 5A Austin High School. Behind the arm of pitcher Kourtney Bevers, the Lady Panthers shut out the Lady Maroons 7-0. […]

Peterson shares outlook for track

Track Coach Gretchen Peterson

The Independent’s Sports Editor, Joseph Garcia, recently caught up with Liberty Hill High School girls track and volleyball Coach Gretchen Peterson for a Q&A session… I: What have you been up to since coming back from the winter break? P: Oh, just getting ready for track so that’s been good. We started practicing in the middle […]

THE HOW DO GARDENER: Tomato time planting tips

A tomato plant that was planted horizontally to encourage a strong root system. (Photo by Rick Bickling)

By Rick Bickling It’s that time of the year again. Time to plant tomatoes here in the Liberty Hill area! One of my earliest childhood memories comes from a time when the milk, the bread, and, where I grew up, the potato chips, were delivered to your front doorstep. It was a time when the […]