Campaign reports show Brewer raising, spending most among local candidates

While candidates and office holders in city council and school board  races were required by state law to report their political contributions and expenditures April 12, many failed to file the required documents, according to information obtained by The Independent in Open Records Requests. In three races for Liberty Hill school trustee where two places […]

WCESD Commissioners hire McAdams as Fire Chief

Interim Fire Chief Mark McAdams was named permanent Fire Chief for the Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 following an executive session of the Board of Commissioners April 19. The Board voted unanimously to name McAdams to the position, and authorized Board President Dean Andrews to negotiate the terms of his employment, which becomes effective […]

No. 17 is all-around athlete

Jadon Durity-Boatright goes airborne in last week’s District Meet in which he won gold medals in the triple and long jumps.  (

By Joseph Garcia During any given boys varsity sporting event, you are likely to see a purple and gold No. 17 uniform, making an impact for the Liberty Hill Panthers. Since the begining of football season in the fall, Liberty Hill junior Jadon Durity-Boatright has been a busy young man, participating in four varsity sports […]

Lady Panthers win district

Senior Macy Floyd hands off the baton to a waiting Heather Shaffer after finishing the second leg of the 4x200-meter relay. The Lady Panthers placed third, which sends them to the regional qualifiers.  (Photo by Doug Germann)

By Joseph Garcia LAMPASAS – The overall winners of the District 25-3A Track and Field Meet were still undetermined right up until the very last runner crossed the finish line. But when the points were tallied, it was the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers on top of all other schools with a score of 133, edging […]

LHISD Trustees recognize students, adopt 2012-2013 calendar

Liberty Hill school Trustees recognized the academic achievements of students from Bill Burden Elementary School, Liberty Hill Intermediate School, Liberty Hill Junior High and Liberty Hill High School during their regular meeting Monday. Teachers from each campus announced winners and participants in this year’s UIL academic meets. Many of those students were present to receive […]

Boys take the Bronze

Liberty Hill sophomore Mitchell Germann races to a second-place finish in the boys varsity 3200-meter run. (Photo by Doug Germann)

By Joseph Garcia LAMPASAS – The Liberty Hill boys track and field teams earned a third-place finish at the District 25-3A meet on Thursday, April 12. But the big picture for both this year and the near future is also encouraging for the Panthers and their coaches. In a tight points race until the final […]

THE HOW DO GARDENER: Roses — Old Are New Again

Red Knock Out® Rose blooms Spring until first frost, is 5’ tall x 5’ wide, requires spacing 6’ apart on center, not fragrant.

By RICK BICKLING Rose Rustling. You’ve probably never heard those two words used together before. They conjure up images of an outlaw in a black cowboy hat. Having decided that cattle were just a little too large and smelly to steal, he instead grabs his six-shooter and a pair of pruners, pulls his bandana up […]

FOOD WISE: Annual LHLA BBQ Cook-off means start of grilling season in The Hill

Corn and Black Bean Salad

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Ohhh….this is gonna be a big deal, and I, for one can’t wait! I’m talking about the annual Liberty Hill Livestock Association BBQ Cook-off. It’s going to be a high time to be sure. If you’ve never been, you definitely are going to want to attend this year. It’s coming up […]

Panthers secure district championship

Before securing their third district title as a class, the 2012 seniors posed on Senior Night with family members. Front row from left are Bailey Browder, Kourtney Bevers, Paige Holland, Katy Mullan, Jessica Green, Kendyl Yandrisovitz, Kyli Herman, Lorrie Potts and Robin Clark.  (

By Joseph Garcia The stage was set for a memorable night at the Liberty Hill High School softball field Tuesday. It was Senior Night; the Lady Panthers had just bounced back from a loss at Taylor with a 13-0 win over Llano, and Lampasas was in town for a winner-take-all showdown for the District 25-3A […]

Friendly competition

Best friends Andrew Waller-Dela Rosa (left) and Cameron Cardwell (right) race neck-and-neck with Brian Cantwell behind them in the 800-meter run. The Panthers went 1-2-3 in the race with Waller-De la Rosa, Cardwell and Cantwell sweeping the medals. (Photo by Doug Germann)

By Joseph Garcia A little friendly competition never hurt anyone. But the way track teammates and friends Cameron Cardwell and Andrew Waller-De la Rosa compete in practice; it’s a wonder neither have. Both seniors at Liberty Hill High School, these long-time friends have competed with and pushed each other to be the best they can […]