Lady Panthers remain undefeated in district

Paige Holland snags a throw at first base to get the out in Liberty Hill’s 8-3 win over Burnet Tuesday. (

By Joseph Garcia The Lady Panther softball team has completed its first half of district play with a perfect 5-0 record. But Coach Charice Hankins and her girls had to scrape and fight in their last two games to get there. On March 30, Liberty Hill (17-6, 5-0) traveled to Lampasas for what is seemingly […]

Paynter running race to raise awareness, funds for Chron’s, Colitis research

Mo Paynter of The Good Stuff Gifts running a marathon for charity. (Photo by Kate Ludlow)

By KATE LUDLOW Mo Paynter decided to start running, in hopes of completing a marathon before her 30th birthday. She soon realized it could have another result – fundraising. This July, she will travel to Napa Valley, to compete in the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon, as part of Team Challenge, the training […]

Skunk found at child care center tested for rabies

This skunk was found outside a local child care center playground Monday. Williamson County Animal Control killed the skunk and authorities are awaiting results of a test for rabies.  (LHPD Photo)

By KATE LUDLOW A potentially rabid skunk was found behind a local child care center Monday, prompting new concern about the rabies epidemic in northwest Williamson County. Liberty Hill Police Chief Randy Williams commended the child care facility staff for their actions saying, “they did great. They kept the kids indoors. They did everything correctly. […]

Jonestown City Council votes to hire De La Rosa

Officials with the City of Jonestown confirmed Wednesday that Liberty Hill City Manager Manuel De La Rosa has been offered the position of City Administrator. In a unanimous vote Tuesday evening, the Jonestown City Council authorized Mayor Deane Armstrong to finalize an employment contract with De La Rosa. Jonestown City Secretary Linda Hambrick confirmed to […]

Use natural food dyes for edible Easter eggs

Beet juice, coffee, boiled cranberries and onion skins were used to create pastel colors -- an edible treat after the Easter Egg Hunt. (Photo by Kate Ludlow)

By KATE LUDLOW Easter weekend is here, and it’s no secret that children (and adults) love to dye Easter eggs. Some commercial dyes, however, render the egg inedible, besides being pricey. With ingredients found in your kitchen, you can not only create amazing Easter egg effects, but you can enjoy a nice hard-boiled egg when […]

HOW DO GARDENER: A complete planting guide for green beans

Fresh picked Kentucky Wonder Green Beans (Photo by Rick Bickling)

By RICK BICKLING Snap Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), also called “green beans” or “string beans,” have been grown as a food crop since ancient times, 5,000 – 6,000 B.C. They are a good source of vitamins A, C, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), as well as calcium, phosphorous, and iron. Snap beans can be tall-growing pole-type beans, […]

FOOD WISE: Save money in the kitchen and eat well!

Tomato Jam

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Whatever the reason, it seems like a lot of folks are getting back to basics. Maybe it’s the higher prices at the grocery store, or maybe the higher prices all over. Practically every week someone asks me about money saving ideas for […]

Busy weekend for Liberty Hill track

Liberty  Hill sophomore Mitch Germann runs near the head of the pack in Saturday’s Mustang Relays in Marble Falls.  (Photo by Doug Germann)

By Joseph Garcia AUSTIN – From the Capitol city to the Highland Lakes, Liberty Hill High School track and field athletes competed last weekend in their final tune-ups before the upcoming district meet in mid-April. Some Panthers competed on the same track on the same day as Olympic medalists at the Texas Relays in Austin, […]

Panthers win in late inning comeback

Liberty Hill starting pitcher Matt Parks delivers a fastball to a Burnet batter attempting a bunt. Park fanned 11 Bulldog batter in a 6-5 win. (

By Joseph Garcia “That’s how we planned it,” said Liberty Hill baseball Coach Mike Kristan jokingly, after his team came from behind by the skin of their teeth to win Tuesday night. All joking aside, the Panthers were in a serious dilemma when they found themselves down 4-0 after the first inning after giving up […]