FOOD WISE: Reflections on a year of Food Wise

Croque Monsieurs -- a delicious version of a grilled cheese. Be sure to add the ham! (Courtesy Photo)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Happy anniversary……to me! It doesn’t seem possible that we’ve been having these wonderful conversations about my favorite subject, food, for right at a year now. Where does the time go? I was thinking about what I might write about to commemorate the occasion. It occurred to me that one of the […]

Proposed Liberty Hill pet crematorium concerns neighbors

By KATE LUDLOW A proposed pet crematorium has local homeowners voicing their concerns over the environmental effects on their Liberty Hill area neighborhood. An Application for an Air Quality Standards Permit for an Animal Carcass Incinerator was filed recently with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality by Cedar Park Veterinarian Shane Daigle, on behalf of […]

ESD Commissioners consider step pay increase, new equipment

By SHELLY WILKISON Commissioners of the Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 say they will not change the tax rate in the new fiscal year, but some property owners in the fire district may pay more in taxes due to an increase in their property value. At the current tax rate of $0.10, the ESD […]

Brooks to perform Saturday at LHUMC

Danny Brooks

The Liberty Hill United Methodist Church’s Summer Concert Series is back, and Danny Brooks will be August’s entertainment. This self-described Southern Soul singer is bringing his mix of blues, country, soul, gospel and mountain music to town this weekend and will play his old classics as well as songs off his new album, “Texassippi Hill […]

City Council ends planning session with eyes on budget

By SHELLY WILKISON What was promoted as a workshop to plan a direction for the City of Liberty Hill ended after one hour Tuesday with the realization that planning is good, but everything costs money. Chris Holtkamp, a senior planner with the Lower Colorado River Authority, told four members of the City Council during the […]

Lady Panthers win volleyball home opener

Emily Philpott spikes one of her six kills during Tuesday’s opening win versus the Del Valle Cardinals. (Photo by Kathy Canady)

By Joseph Garcia Following a full weekend of tournament play against the area’s top 5A and 4A competition, the Lady Panther volleyball team returned home Tuesday and absolutely dominated visiting Del Valle. Liberty Hill came out of the Austin ISD Tournament having withstood major competition. But on Tuesday,  the Lady Panthers were the best team […]

‘The Team’ prepares to welcome the Panthers back to school

More than 300 employees of the Liberty Hill Independent School District attended Tuesday’s opening meeting for the 2012-2013 academic year. Held in the Liberty Hill High School gym, the annual meeting serves as a motivational event for teachers and staff on their first day back from summer vacation. (Photo by Kathy Canady)

Anticipating the arrival of a projected 2,800 students  in Liberty Hill next week, the school district’s employees returned to work Tuesday for professional development and to prepare their classrooms for a new school year. After an early-morning breakfast at Liberty Hill High School, the staff was greeted by Superintendent Rob Hart and campus administrators. Hart’s […]

LHISD Trustees set $1.45 tax rate, adopt 2012 budget

By SHELLY WILKISON By a unanimous vote Monday, Liberty Hill school trustees adopted a tax rate of $1.45 per $100 property valuation to fund a $20.7 million general operating budget and help pay down bond debt in fiscal 2012. The spending plan, which includes a step pay increase for all employees, is 1.38 percent higher […]

Saddle up for the Liberty Hill Pro Rodeo

Bailey Schmidt of Liberty Hill rides in the opening ceremony in last year’s rodeo. (Courtesy Photo)

By KATE LUDLOW Saddle up for the Liberty Hill Pro Rodeo and Bull Riding coming up on Labor Day weekend. The Williamson County Cowboy Church is hosting the event, which begins Thursday, August 30. Co-sanctioned by the Cowboy Pro Rodeo Association and the United Pro Rodeo Association, the event  features everything from Mutton Busting to […]

Final season for Panthers in current stadium raises fond memories

By KATE LUDLOW If churches draw the crowds on Sunday, then football stadiums surely rule Friday nights. For 33 years, Panther Stadium has been the gridiron cathedral where, year after year, Liberty Hill has gathered to watch the events unfold on the field. Some come for the game, some come to hear the marching band, […]