Baseball Panthers win playoff berth

By Joseph Garcia Liberty Hill’s varsity baseball team is one step closer to a district championship, but the Panthers also made strides by already stamping their ticket to the playoffs with wins over Llano and Lampasas. Baseball Coach Mike Kristan is a bit relieved to get over the hurdle of making the playoffs early. “We [...]

LHJH Track & Field excel at district meet

From Staff Reports While Liberty Hill High School participated in its District Meet, the Liberty Hill Junior High Panthers competed and excelled in theirs. GIRLS Both the girls seventh and eighth-grade teams won first place overall in points, blowing out the next closest teams. The top three seventh grade teams were Liberty Hill (220), Burnet [...]

EDITORIAL: It’s time to move city government out from under the shade tree

City politicians embarrass the community when they act with a lack of personal decorum. Petty personal feuds, bizarre negative attacks and frivolous criminal complaints seem to dominate Liberty Hill’s landscape and even with elections around the corner, there may be no end in sight. When Mayor Michele “Mike” Murphy wrote a controversial, personal attack against [...]

Student starts petition to stop bullying in school

By KATE LUDLOW Haley Turner, 12, a student at Liberty Hill Intermediate School, gathered with her family in front of Parker’s Corner Market Tuesday to protest bullying in school. Her brother, Brandon Wilson, offered passersby a petition that they will be presenting to the school. In their first 15 minutes of collecting signatures, 15 had [...]

LHISD, City nearing agreement on sewer service to new school

By SHELLY WILKISON After months of discord and public quarreling, administrators of the school district and the City of Liberty Hill may be nearing an agreement on the provision of wastewater services to the new high school. Liberty Hill ISD Superintendent Dr. Rob Hart said Monday that he was feeling “optimistic” about the chances of [...]

Chet’s BBQ a main attraction at LHLA Cook-off

By KATE LUDLOW “I’m just a backyard cooker. We just get out and have fun.” Chester Park, founder of Chet’s BBQ competition team, talks about his tough competition, crash courses and getting by with a little help from your friends as he prepares to compete in the Liberty Hill Livestock Association BBQ Cookoff this weekend [...]

Mayoral candidate/newspaper owner files charges against Mayor Murphy

A candidate for Liberty Hill City Council who was ejected from a public meeting last week has filed a criminal complaint against Mayor Michele “Mike” Murphy. Jamie Williamson, a candidate for Mayor and owner of The Leader newspaper, is accusing Mayor Murphy of official oppression — a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine not [...]

LHPD has largest budget of area police departments

By SHELLY WILKISON When it comes to staffing and resources, a recent survey shows Liberty Hill police have a higher budget than neighboring law enforcement agencies, but the number of officers is lower than some. Although no action has been taken, there has been much discussion in recent weeks on a proposal to restructure the [...]

Liberty Hill joins law enforcement community in mourning a fallen hero

By Charley Wilkison The Central Texas area has not seen such an outpouring of grief and mourning for many years. The very public death of Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron last week touched a strong vein of public sentiment. Yesterday, thousands of Williamson County residents joined their Travis County neighbors as they lined the roadways [...]

Tennis junior wins district title, aims for more

By Joseph Garcia And then there was one. A lone tennis player will represent Liberty Hill High School in the Region IV Tournament in Corpus Christi April 16 and 19. Junior Chesney Goza is coming off the 25-3A District Tournament a champion in the girls’ singles bracket. Now she is preparing for the next step [...]