Freshmen Panthers lasso the Lions

The Liberty Hill freshmen team tamed the Brownwood Lions for a 35-21 victory last Thursday. Smothering a Brownwood ball carrier are Lance Champion (#40), Justin Wilson (#56), Cordell Leffelman (#7) and Brandon Foust (#61). (Photo by Kathy Canady)

By Joseph Garcia Looking to remain atop District 8-3A, the freshmen Panthers took on a solid Brownwood team with a proficient offense at Panther Stadium Oct. 18. The freshmen Panthers jumped out to an early lead as it was the Colton Cunningham show in the first series. After picking up two first downs on runs […]

GAME NIGHT PREVIEW: Liberty Hill vs Burnet

Liberty Hill (1-1, 5-2) vs. Burnet (0-2, 2-5) 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 Bulldog Stadium, Burnet   Burnet High School Enrollment: 951 Coach: Kurt Jones Mascot: Bulldog Colors: Kelly Green/White League: 8-3A This is always the one matchup of the season in which you can throw out the records, but taking a look at them anyway, […]

UIL considers splitting Class 3A

From Staff Reports AUSTIN — The University Interscholastic League Legislative Council met this week to make decisions on proposed rule changes in UIL academics, athletics, music and policy. The Legislative Council approved a proposal to rename all conferences, creating a Conference 6A. The current Conference 1A Division II, comprised of six-man schools, to Conference 1A. […]

Community organizations working together to plan Christmas Festival

Local organizations and businesses are coming together like never before to organize this year’s Liberty Hill Christmas Festival scheduled Sunday, Dec. 2. Big changes are under way for “The Spirit of Giving” event, including a location change, a new parade and Jingle Bell Run route, and new prize categories for parade entries and light poles […]

Lady Panthers celebrate Senior Night


FOOD WISE: Liberty Hill school cafeterias serving healthy choices

The food service staff at Bill Burden Elementary School spoke to Chef Renee (right) during National School Lunch Week last week about the healthy choices students are making at school. From left are Mary Sheffield, Kelsy Robertson, Linda Hopkins, Christie Cline and Xavier Garcia. (Photo by Kathy Canady)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Anyone who knows me, knows how passionate I am about child nutrition. In fact, anyone who’s ever met me too, I imagine, since I hardly ever shut my pie hole about it. It’s why I do what I do in my everyday work and why that work is so important to […]

Lady Panthers look to secure undefeated district title at home

Jill Green (#4) and Samantha Rimann (#12) tag team for a block against the Burnet Lady Bulldogs Tuesday. (Photo by Kathy Canady)

By Joseph Garcia When the Lady Panther volleyball team defeated rival Burnet Tuesday night, there was no tickertape parade, the band did not play the Liberty Hill Fight Song and no trophy was in sight – purposely. Even though Liberty Hill (8-0, 23-17) secured at the very least a share of the District 8-3A championship […]

EDITORIAL: A second milestone for your hometown newspaper

It’s been two years since we began our attempt at a newspaper bailout and rescue here at The Independent. In some ways it seems like only a few weeks and it has been 104 weeks to be exact. In college, there were these ancient looking professors (in their 50’s, no doubt) who claimed newspaper years […]

Panthers fall to Lions at home

The Panthers defense had a solid outing last Friday in the loss to Brownwood. Taylor Webb (#52), Jacob Covington (#3) and Jacob Dudgeon (#10) gang tackle a Brownwood ball carrier. 
(Photo by Kathy Canady)

By Joseph Garcia The Brownwood Lions and their fans traveled nearly two hours to Panther Stadium Oct. 19 and witnessed a hard-fought, grind-out game, much to their pleasure. The Lions received the opening kickoff and started their drive form their own 46-yard line. Then just three plays later, Brownwood quarterback Chris Keesee found an open […]

McAdams resigns, Bizzell named ESD #4 Fire Chief

Assistant Chief Chancy Bizzell (left) was hired as permanent Fire Chief for the WCESD #4 during a Board meeting Thursday. Board President Dean Andrews (right) said Bizzell will replace Chief Mark McAdams, who resigned the position Thursday.

By SHELLY WILKISON Raised in a family with three generations of firefighters, it was almost a given that Chancy Bizzell would follow in the family tradition and one day become a fire chief. Today, at age 35, he is the youngest fire chief in Williamson County and says he is excited to have the opportunity. […]