FOOD WISE: Simple ingredients accent the flavor of fresh tomatoes

Tomato salad with avocado and bacon.

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Every summer it happens. I have the best of intentions, but when I see them at the nursery they are so beautiful and there are so many varieties to choose from. I know my eyes are bigger than my vegetable patch. In the not too distant future, I will have a […]

THE HOW DO GARDENER: Pests — the dark side of gardening

A leaf-footed bug on a young peach. (Photo by Rick Bickling)

By RICK BICKLING Imagine that it is a crisp, clear, sunny spring morning. You just woke up, grabbed a fresh hot cup of coffee, and are walking out to the driveway to admire that new car you just bought. And why not admire it. You worked hard for it. You spent all winter researching different […]

LHHS Track & Field teams head to regionals

Lauren Jackson, bound for Texas Tech University upon graduation to run track, competes in the Regional Qualifier Meet in Marble Falls Friday, April 20.  (Photo by Doug Germann)

By Joseph Garcia Liberty Hill track and field athletes who qualified for the Region IV Meet will head to Corpus Christi Thursday, April 26, to fight for the right to compete in the State Meet in Austin. The Panthers will send 20 total athletes to the coast to accompany Coaches Jimmy Duncan and Gretchen Peterson. […]

Lady Panthers finish district with win, look to post-season

Liberty Hill senior Kendly Yandrisovitz tags out a Burnet runner at third base with Paige Lafferty looking on. The Lady Panthers won 7-1. (

By Joseph Garcia BURNET – With one final district game on their schedule, the Lady Panthers looked to put an exclamation mark on their 25-3A Championship with a win on the road against rival Burnet last Friday. With the way the sun shines in the afternoon at the Burnet Bulldogs’ softball field, the first baseman […]

Goza ready for State

Chesney Goza on her way to State Tournament after winning at Regional Finals in Corpus Christi. (Courtesy Photo)

By Joseph Garcia   After battling her way through to the Regional Finals in Corpus Christi, Liberty Hill junior tennis player Chesney Goza secured her goal – to make it to the State Tournament. To get there she endured and succeeded through three rounds, but finally met her match in the finals. However, she won […]

Absence of attorney stalls Council actions

By KATE LUDLOW The Liberty Hill City Council took no action Monday on two big issues due to the absence of the City Attorney. In recent weeks, the City has been working toward reaching an agreement with the Liberty Hill Independent School District on sewer service to the new high school. Though representatives from the […]

Baseball Panthers are champs in District

Kolby Keith legs out an infield single in Friday’s 3-0 win over the Burnet Bulldogs, which clinched the District Championship for the Panthers. (

By Joseph Garcia BURNET – After three years without a championship, Liberty Hill baseball Coach Mike Kristan and his resilient team secured the District 25-3A title with a win over rival Burnet in a tight game Friday. In yet another game dominated by excellent pitching, the Panthers finally broke a 0-0 deadlock in the sixth […]

No ‘gotcha’ moment at CBLA candidate forum

City Council candidates from left are Jack Harkrider, Della Hodgson, Carrie Van Meeteren, Wendell McLeod, Liz Branigan, Vicki Brewer, Jamie Williamson, Sammy Pruett and James Wofford. (Photo by Kate Ludlow)

By Kate Ludlow The Christian Business Leaders Association’s Candidate forum this week offered no real “gotcha” moment, though things did get tense as city council candidates answered questions in the only candidate forum this campaign season. Organizers said candidates from both the city council and school board races were invited, though no school board candidates […]

Unlikely trio inspiring students to reach new octaves

Liberty Hill Band directors Karen Dyre, John Perrin and Kevin Baird on the sideline during a Panther football game last fall. (

By SHELLY WILKISON One of the first major decisions a young student makes is choosing an elective class outside the required public school curriculum. There, among teachers passionate about the subject and knowledgeable in their field, students find new interests, discover hidden talent and grow into leaders. In the band halls of Liberty Hill schools, […]


School construction has economic impact on City Over the course of its two-year construction, the new Liberty Hill High School site will have employed as many as 2,500 workers. Architects say the influx of workers certainly has an economic impact on the community. “Liberty Hill restaurants and convenience stores must certainly be seeing a boost […]