Attempt to access EDC funds for water fails

By SHELLY WILKISON Struggling to find water to meet current demands while preparing for future growth is the continuing challenge for the City of Liberty Hill. And while Mayor Jamie Williamson presented a case to the City Council this week for additional funding from the city’s Economic Development Corp. for water infrastructure, her request was […]

Council hires Boatright as interim city manager

By SHELLY WILKISON In a split vote Monday, the Liberty Hill City Council agreed to hire former Williamson County Commissioner Greg Boatright to serve as a temporary city manager through the end of the fiscal year. Boatright, who will be paid $5,000 per month plus mileage beginning May 1, will have an employment contract through […]

Panthers play final games at baseball, softball fields

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By Joseph Garcia First it was the football Panther Stadium, then the Panthers Den and now the baseball and softball fields. All were bid farewell this athletic season, with the latter taking place Tuesday night in District 8-3A matchups against Lampasas. The Hollywood script played out like it should have — with the Panthers winning. […]

CAPITOL RINGSIDE: House takes bold first step to ban texting while driving

By CHARLEY WILKISON Co-owner of The Independent Former Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, has made a political career as a conservative’s conservative since his election to the House in 1972. I was in the ninth grade that year. Last legislative session, Craddick passed a ban on cell phone texting and driving. A few of […]

FOOD WISE: Appetizers for Cinco de Mayo

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By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Recently, I was asked to do chef demos in one of the model homes at this year’s Tour of Homes. If you aren’t familiar with this event, each year area home builders use this weekend to showcase the finest examples of their workmanship and the homes they offer. All the tricks […]

Mayor: Added legal costs due to Council members’ calls to attorneys, lack of meeting preparation

By SHELLY WILKISON With six months remaining in the fiscal year, the Liberty Hill City Council amended the City’s General Operating Fund budget last week to redirect monies for legal fees. Mayor Jamie Williamson said the City has already spent 67 percent of its budgeted $40,500 for legal expenses. While she proposed the Council move […]

At Weed-Corley-Fish, the family business is a ministry

Laurens Fish III, managing partner at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes & Cremation Services. (Photo by Shelly Wilkison)

By SHELLY WILKISON Living fast in a highly mobile world, it’s often difficult to make decisions about the end of our lives. But, planning a funeral, and making choices about cremation or burial are decisions that can ease the pain for those left behind. For Laurens B. Fish III, being called into service at the […]

Senior Pennington returns to action

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By Joseph Garcia After a month-long hiatus due to injury, Liberty Hill senior outfielder Spencer Pennington has returned to action. On Tuesday night in his final home game as a Panther, with the score tied 6-6 against Lampasas, Pennington stepped up to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. The patent senior drew […]

Baseball Panthers punch postseason ticket in style

The Panthers baseball team celebrates after sealing the District 8-3A crown with an 11-6 win over Lampasas Tuesday night in the final official game played at that field. (Photo by Kathy Canady)

By Joseph Garcia Another classic battle took place last Friday night between rivals Liberty Hill and Burnet in a thrilling one-run contest. Down 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Liberty Hill catcher Kolby Schmidt stepped up to the plate with one out. On a 2-2 pitch, he sat on a fastball and gave […]

Sophomore pitcher is unflappable

Pitcher Samantha Junkin has won 20 games for Liberty Hill this season.
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By Joseph Garcia For every top softball team around the world there is one common denominator – an ace pitcher. Super sophomore Samantha Junkin plays that role for Liberty Hill and is seemingly already a grizzled veteran, having pitched in so many pressure situations, including in the state semifinal game last season vs. Henderson. Sami, […]