CAPITOL RINGSIDE: School choice issue faces a showdown in Texas Senate

When Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appointed State Sen. Dan Patrick as the Chair of the Committee on Education it was for the purpose of making a giant change in public education policy. Senator Patrick, a radio talk show host from Houston, has long held that public schools in Texas are bloated, bureaucratic places where tax [...]

Runnin’ Panthers outlast Gatesville, Llano

By Joseph Garcia Through four District 8-3A contests, Liberty Hill Coach Barry Boren found one trend to hold true: If you start fast, a win is likely in store. The Runnin’ Panthers found out the hard way to start after dropping the district opener to Burnet. But, always quick to adjust, once Boren figured out [...]

Kirschner notches 101st win as Lady Panthers’ coach

By Joseph Garcia The most important thing on Liberty Hill Coach Matt Kirschner’s mind last week was inching back into the top of the District 8-3A standings. He had no idea a milestone had passed because he kept on looking ahead until it finally hit him Saturday morning that he had just notched win No. [...]

Final hurdle cleared for delivery of water service to new high school

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill school trustees on Jan. 21 confirmed the contractor who will construct the transmission line for water service to the new high school. Superintendent Rob Hart explained that Skyblue Utilities Inc. was chosen by Chisholm Trail Special Utility District to do the work, but the school board was asked to approve [...]

City will reopen lease contracts for youth sports using City Park

By SHELLY WILKISON The City of Liberty Hill is reopening its contracts with two sports organizations that use City Park for  youth soccer and football. During a meeting of the City’s Parks & Recreation Board Tuesday, members saw for the first time a proposal prepared by Mayor Jamie Williamson and the City Attorney that the [...]

Liberty Hill Auto Center cares for customers while repairing vehicles

By SHELLY WILKISON With the promise of a growing community often come entrepreneurs and dreamers seeking opportunities and good fortune. Such was the case with Don McFerren when 14 years ago, he moved to Liberty Hill from Cedar Park and sought to start an auto repair business. Very quickly, however, he discovered there were bigger [...]

FOOD WISE: Food tour stops in Italy for beef marrow ravioli

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Ahhhh, Italia! What a wonderful assignment this week! So many wonderful culinary treats come from Italy. If you don’t believe me, just ask any of your Italian friends. I’m sure you know someone of Italian heritage. Here’s the thing…Italians are very proud of their heritage so even if they have the [...]

EDC Board votes to recommend appointments for White, Harkrider

By SHELLY WILKISON In a special called meeting Wednesday, the Board of Directors of the City’s Economic Development Corp. voted to recommend the City Council appoint a local real estate broker and a former council member to fill two vacancies on the panel. The Board considered five nominees, including City Council member Vicki Brewer, but [...]

Lady Panthers ready for softball action one year after memorable season

By Joseph Garcia Entering her 16th year as the Liberty Hill High School softball coach, Charice Hankins and the Lady Panthers are almost ready to return to the diamond coming off the heels of the program’s most successful season in its history. 2012 was absolutely a season to remember. After winning the two best-of-three series [...]

Council member charged with providing alcohol to a minor

Liberty Hill City Councilman Byron Tippie was arrested Jan. 9 and charged with purchasing/furnishing alcohol to a minor — a Class A misdemeanor. Tippie was booked into the Williamson County Jail and released the same day on a $10,000 bond. Tippie, who would not respond to The Independent’s requests for an interview this week, attended [...]