New high school could reach capacity by 2022

By SHELLY WILKISON  The new $61.6 million Liberty Hill High School and athletic complex, which will open to students this summer, may reach its capacity in nine years, according to school district demographic projections released this week.     As construction crews and furniture installers prepare the new campus to welcome students and faculty in […]

LHISD students score above state, region on spring STAAR exams

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill students scored far above the state and regional averages on the spring administration of the STAAR exams. Results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) reported to school trustees during their regular meeting Monday showed local students performed double digits ahead of students statewide on most tests. […]

LHLA BBQ Cook-off is back

The Liberty Hill Livestock Association announced Wednesday that the annual BBQ Cook-off is set for July 26-27 in Briggs. The event, which is a fundraiser for FFA and 4-H students in Liberty Hill, will be held at the End of the Trails outdoor venue on US Highway 183 in Briggs. LHLA Executive Secretary Jennifer Frazier […]

LHISD Board considers tax history, renews Superintendent’s contract

As Liberty Hill ISD administrators prepare a spending plan for fiscal 2013, school trustees on Monday reviewed a history of the district’s tax rates and property values spanning 20 years. Business Manager Frank Watson presented the school board with a comparison of tax rates for maintenance and operations as well as  debt service dating back […]

Intermediate School’s beloved Ms. Lucy retires after 30 years

For 13 years, Lucy Kemper (left) has been the face of Liberty Hill Intermediate School. After working 30 years in the school district, Ms. Lucy is retiring this month. Principal Kathy Major (right) said the school receptionist has been “the protector of the campus.” (Photo by Shelly Wilkison)

By SHELLY WILKISON Everybody loves Ms. Lucy! That’s what Liberty Hill Intermediate School principals say about Lucy Kemper, the veteran school receptionist who has been the face of the school for the past 13 years. Wednesday was her last day on the job. She retired after 30 years of service with the Liberty Hill school […]

LHHS Class of 2013 awarded $1.12 million in scholarships

Liberty Hill High School’s graduating class of 2013 received more than $1.12 million in college and military scholarships. Liberty Hill graduated 180 students last Friday — 64 of whom have reported plans to further their education. Of those, 49 were awarded financial scholarships, the school district reported. According to information provided to The Independent by […]

Local youth football clubs merge

By Joseph Garcia Liberty Hill Youth Football and Cheer has merged with another local youth athletic organization, Liberty Hill Panther Youth Football, to form one, unified league. The move was made by both groups in the interest of Liberty Hill’s youth, leaders say. The belief is that this effort will provide Liberty Hill’s youth with […]

FOOD WISE: Tagine self-bastes food during cooking

Beef Tagine prepared in a tagine. (Photo by Chef Renee Morgan

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN A couple of weeks ago, my friend, Cheryl, who happens to be a fellow chef I graduated culinary school with, called to invite me to spend a fun girls day together. She  lives close to Lake Travis so it’s a bit of a trek but we try to get together every […]

End of school means new beginnings for LHISD

Farmers Insurance Agent John Clark presents a $10,000 contribution to Liberty Hill ISD, which will be used to provide additional training for 25  teachers this summer. (Photo by Shelly Wilkison)

Liberty Hill school district employees celebrated another year of achievements as they prepared to leave school Friday for summer vacation. During the district’s end-of-year employee meeting, Superintendent Rob Hart recounted student achievements in academics, athletics and band, and built the excitement for the opening this summer of a new high school and the transition of […]

Council approves another change to bill pay process

By SHELLY WILKISON Despite a warning from the Mayor that an issue had been placed on Monday’s meeting agenda by the city manager who was not authorized to do so, the City Council unanimously approved Manager Greg Boatright’s plan to expedite the process for paying city bills. Although Mayor Jamie Williamson noted twice that the […]