Test results, permit fees, school finance top LHISD agenda

By KATE LUDLOW Though school is out for the summer, the Liberty Hill School Board of Trustees kept busy during their regular meeting Monday. The Board discussed the recent STAAR test results, heard a construction update, and discussed building permit fees. During the inaugural year of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, known […]

LHHS students score above state average on most STAAR EOC exams

By KATE LUDLOW Liberty Hill High School students fared better than most across the state in this spring’s State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) End of Course exams, though the test results still showed some surprising curve balls. In its first year, the STAAR tests has received criticism from parents, teachers, and state […]

Dorothy Ellen Kelley

Dorothy Ellen Kelley, 87, of Florence, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, June 18, 2012 with her children at her bedside. A visitation was held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Lawler Baptist Church in Florence. A service celebrating her life and faith will be held at 10:00 AM at the […]

Summer Vacation Photo Contest

The Independent is sponsoring a Summer Vacation Photo Contest from June 21-August 23. An individual may enter the contest one time and may submit up to two photos for consideration. Depending on the number of entries we receive, a panel of judges will select a winner each week and the winning photograph will appear on […]

FOOD WISE: Learning a lot from a chocolate layer cake

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN The last couple of weeks, we’ve talked all things chocolate. At the risk of making you think I’m chocolate obsessed, there is a bit more to discuss. After this, you’ll be a chocolate expert. You’ll impress both friend and foe with your chocolaty prowess! The last couple of weeks, you’ll remember […]

THE HOW DO GARDENER: See garden-rich results from composting

By RICK BICKLING Composting is the process of decomposition of grass clippings, leaves, and other organic matter that occurs continuously in nature and results in an organic nutrient rich, soil like material. As trees drop leaves, grasses, plants and trees die, they decompose over time and return their nutrients to the soil as compost. Composting […]

LHUMC announces summer concert series

The Liberty Hill United Methodist Church announces its all-new LHUMC Summer Concert Series, showcasing big town stars and small town camaraderie. The first of the three events, sponsored by The Word FM, will feature award-winning country star Pauline Reese and the Texas Eagle Dirt Band on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Liberty Hill United […]

THE HOW DO GARDENER: The basics of rainwater harvesting

By RICK BICKLING Rainwater harvesting is a technique used to supplement, or entirely replace, the water supplied to a home or business by a municipal water system or well by diverting, collecting, and storing for later use rainwater runoff. The idea of collecting rainwater and storing it in cisterns has been around for centuries. But […]

FOOD WISE: Temper chocolate for delicious results

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Last week, in honor of Nate’s 10th birthday, I wrote about most people’s favorite subject — chocolate. Now that you know about different kinds of chocolate and the differences between them, as well as some of the health benefits of eating chocolate, this week let’s take a closer look. I want […]

Love for childhood snack prompts local family to open beef jerky shop

By KATE LUDLOW Everybody has a childhood snack they remember fondly, but few people base an entire business around it. Mahlon the Butcher Beef Jerky is founded on a childhood love for one butcher’s jerky, and now the owners are on a mission to bring that jerky to the rest of the country. Bob and […]