Closing of some roadside parks brings end to travel nostalgia

By Dana Delgado Once beloved destination stopovers, most roadside parks in the state have become monoliths of another era, lost for future generations to enjoy and appreciate. They were oasis-like paradises that offered magnificent views, a place for a family meal, a rest area to stretch one’s legs after a long drive, or just a [...]

Fightin’ Panthers open fall practice

By TAYLOR GRAFFT Head coach Jerry Vance is entering his 13th year with the Liberty Hill Panthers, but this season he will be roaming a new sideline with the opening of a brand new football stadium. The Panthers got a chance to test out the new field and facilities at the first day of practice [...]

Artists making relics at Ceramic Dino’s

By Dana Delgado  BERTRAM — Behind the ostentatious turquoise-colored storefront trimmed in deep purple and sunny yellow in the heart of downtown Bertram, lies the home and headquarters of a surprising enterprise with a national following — Ceramic Dino’s.  Don’t let the name fool you. Inside is an amazing collection of quality Americana arts and [...]

Clyde Wesley Ray

Clyde Wesley Ray, born January 5, 1933, went to be with the Lord on August 6, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ruby Ray. Also surviving him are his three children, Greg Ray and wife Donna, Gwen Hines and husband Steve, and Gary Ray and wife Eileen. In addition, he [...]

Bojorquez resigns following Council vote to fire him

The City of Liberty Hill’s former attorney resigned July 26 even though the City Council voted 3-2 to fire his firm two weeks earlier. In a letter of resignation to City Council members, which was also provided to The Independent, Alan Bojorquez said a motion made by Councilmember Vicki Brewer during a special meeting on [...]

Director’s salary, funds for business development included in EDC budget

The City’s Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors this week unanimously approved a $194,000 budget for fiscal 2013 that includes partial funding for the salary of the EDC Director as well as funds for business development. The spending plan approved by the Board, which will go to the City Council for final approval as part [...]

Community mourns with family after loss of Indian Mound Ranch’s Pat Jones

By SHELLY WILKISON After watching Pat Jones bravely battle serious health problems in recent years, her husband and their two daughters found her resting peacefully Wednesday morning with her Pug, Charmin, at her side. At age 68, the Liberty Hill icon passed away as she slept Tuesday night bringing a stillness over the historic Indian [...]

Mayor’s budget includes 5% tax hike

Although some numbers may change in the coming weeks, the Liberty Hill City Council took a first look at the Mayor’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes a 5 percent tax increase. Property owners inside the city are currently paying a tax rate of $0.536426 per $100 property value. In order to [...]

Mildred Francis Schubert

Mildred Francis Schubert, 80, of Liberty Hill, Texas passed away on July 31, 2013. Mildred was born in LaGrange, Texas on February 21, 1933 to parents; Louis and Mary (Hauser) Svrcek. She graduated from Seton School of Nursing where she received her degree as a Registered Nurse went on to work for doctors: Bates and Dechard both [...]

Patricia Ann Becker Jones

Patricia Ann Becker Jones (Pat Jones) of the Indian Mound Ranch in Liberty Hill, Texas, passed away in her bed with her dog and a smile on her face. She died as she lived her life, on her own terms in the early morning hours of July 24, 2013. Pat was proud of her heritage [...]