FOOD WISE: Back-to-basics approach to food

Chef Renee's Bacon Jam

By Chef Renee Morgan This week I had the pleasure of participating at the very first Farm to Table Festival, put on by Le Cordon Bleu, my alma mater. It was great fun! I had an exhibit there, spent the day talking with and teaching culinary students, visiting many of my former chef instructors and […]

City issues Boil Water Notice after line break

A city water line break along SH 29 resulted in a water outage for Liberty Hill High School and Liberty Hill Junior High Wednesday.

Water to Liberty Hill High School and Liberty Hill Junior High was restored about three hours after the start of school Wednesday, but other city water customers in the area were without water throughout the day after a break in a line late Tuesday night. The City of Liberty Hill has issued Boil Water Notices […]

Community League Basketball plays key role in success of future Panthers

Liberty Hill Community League Basketball coaches gives instruction to players during a timeout of a game. (

By Joseph Garcia In case you haven’t noticed, the quality of basketball played in Liberty Hill is seemingly second to none. While the Liberty Hill High School basketball program is being recognized for its highly successful season, it all starts at the grassroots level. Liberty Hill Community League Basketball has played an integral role in […]

Family says series of miracles protected Cox after accident

A view from above his seat shows the trunk landed within inches of where his head would have been in front of the fuel tank. (Courtesy Photo)

  His wife believes it was a series of miracles that saved her husband’s life after the trunk of a hackberry tree landed four inches from his head as he was clearing trees from a tractor. Truman Cox of Liberty Hill was using his John Deere crawler tractor with a large bucket attached to the […]

Council discusses police department staffing levels

By SHELLY WILKISON In smaller cities, the costs of policing often seem extraordinarily high and decision-makers regularly find themselves struggling to weigh the costs vs benefits. Liberty Hill is no different, and the debate is raised anew every year as elected officials make decisions on  staffing levels at budget time. This spring, the City Council […]

P&Z Commissioners safe, future for roosters uncertain

By KATE LUDLOW Four members of the Planning and Zoning Commission get to keep their jobs for now, but roosters inside the city boundaries could soon be off limits as a result of action by the City Council. The Council discussed the Police Department, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and an animal ordinance during its […]

FOOD WISE: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Lamb Shepherd’s Pie

Chef Gordon Ramsey with baby lamb. (Courtesy Photo)

By Chef Renee Morgan When my kids were teenagers, we used to have a St. Paddy’s Day party that was THE talk of the town, if I do say so myself. We all wore green, so as not to get pinched. “Kiss me, I’m Irish” badges were handed out at the door, four-leaf clover kissing […]

Unforgettable season for the Runnin’ Panthers

The Runnin’ Panthers after their win over West Oso. Standing from left are Sam Berg, Austin Davis, Jake Stalder, Nik Crozier, Tyeler Greenstreet, Blake Danielak, Blake Hare, Stephen Graves and Jessie Cousins. Front row from left are Tristan Heidelberg, Corey McKinzey, Robert Koepl, Callen Mikulencak, Shane LaCaille and Josh White. (

By Joseph Garcia When the basketball season tipped off in mid-November, it may have been hard to imagine the remarkable journey that was still ahead for Liberty Hill Coach Barry Boren and his varsity team. Coach Boren said that when last year’s team finished 30-5 and got beat in the first round of the playoffs […]

THE HOW DO GARDENER: Crop rotation in the home garden

Potatoes and green beans from the home garden.

  By RICK BICKLING We’ve all heard of the expression “Too Much of a Good Thing” and can probably name at least a few times where we may have experienced it ourselves. Too much chocolate cake, too much sun, too much time spent digging in the garden after a long winter. Our bodies have a […]

Looking back at Lady Panthers’ run to state

The Lady Panthers share a special moment on the court of the Frank Erwin Center before their tipoff with Wylie in the state semifinal. (

By Joseph Garcia The Liberty Hill Lady Panthers’ 2012 basketball season was one not to be forgotten as they reached their ultimate goal by playing their final game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, on the stage that is the state tournament. However, to truly appreciate what the Lady Panthers accomplished this season going […]