Archives for May 2013

After 29 years in public education, PE teacher retiring to answer second calling

By SHELLY WILKISON    Haunted by the notion that she may have ignored her calling three decades ago, Vicki Bates will soon turn off the microphone, hang up her whistle and leave hundreds of beloved students at Liberty Hill Intermediate School for the last time in order to pursue it. “It will be very hard […]

Liberty Hill says farewell to Class of 2013 athletes

From Staff Reports The Liberty Hill community will say farewell to its graduating senior athletes upon commencement, many of whom have spent all of their high school days together. Kody Allen wore No. 29 on the varsity football team in 2012 and played defensive back for the Panthers. Tyler Barrows started at the hot corner […]

LHHS adds soccer to athletic program

By Joseph Garcia After years of discussion, soccer will be added to the list of varsity sports offered at Liberty Hill High School beginning in fall of 2014. On Monday, the Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees approved positions for a teacher/soccer coach for both boys and girls programs. Liberty Hill Junior High basketball coach […]

Super season for baseball Panthers to remember

By Joseph Garcia  The way the Liberty Hill baseball Panthers’ season began it would have seemingly been outrageous to say they would finish as one of the best 3A teams in the state, but that is precisely what happened. Liberty Hill advanced to the third round of the playoffs after putting together an improbable run […]

Seniors 2013 win Powderpuff Football

  Seniors topple Juniors in Powderpuff Football   The senior girls defeated the junior girls 8-0 in a game of Powderpuff Football May 16 at Panther Stadium. The end-of-year tradition is a fundraiser for Project Graduation with proceeds used to fund a safe graduation night celebration for Liberty Hill High School graduates. Above left, the […]

Panthers bounced by Kennedale

By Joseph Garcia WACO – All the momentum the Liberty Hill Panthers were playing with came to a halt over the weekend when they ran up against one of the top teams in the state – Kennedale. The No. 6 ranked team in the state looked beatable at times and the Panthers did what they […]

LHISD creates 5 teaching jobs

By SHELLY WILKISON   School trustees unanimously approved the addition of five new teaching positions this fall — positions administrators say are needed as a result of growth in enrollment and new course offerings at the high school. At an estimated cost of $250,000, the school district will add four positions in the high school core […]

Sam Burkett

Sam Burkett, age 84, a long-time resident of Liberty Hill, Texas died on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Round Rock, Texas. Samwas born on March 1, 1929 in Lamesa, Texas to parents Jo B. Burkett and Exia (Logan) Wall. Cowboys are born, not made. From the time his boots hit the ground he never stopped and never looked back. Sam was […]

Mason Baty honing his craft

By Joseph Garcia He has a quick, yet powerful bat, cat-like reflexes and a sound baseball mind. He is Liberty Hill first baseman Mason Baty. The junior from Irving moved to Liberty Hill when he was a sophomore. Now, in his first year on varsity, he is a major component on a district championship team […]

Liberty Hill upset by Iowa Park

By Joseph Garcia  GLEN ROSE — It was not supposed to turn out this way, but it did. Brimming with momentum, confidence and talent, the No. 2 ranked Liberty Hill Lady Panthers were widely thought to be the favorites to come out of Region I and play for a state title. It was not meant […]