Council tables permit on four-plexes, raises fees

By SHELLY WILKISON After hearing the concerns of neighborhood residents, the Liberty Hill City Council tabled consideration of a conditional use permit for three four-plexes planned for Stubblefield Lane. Although the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended Council approval of the permit, Councilmember Elizabeth Branigan made the motion to table consideration to give city staff more […]

Shirley Monrow Floyd

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Shirley Monrow Floyd was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Burnet, Texas, the son of Willis Monrow and Chesna Victoria (Nelson) Floyd. He passed away at his Cortez home on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the age of 84. Shirley married Billie Faye Turman in Andrews, Texas, on March 15, 1949. He worked as a carpenter […]

WCESD #4 considers new fire station, sales tax

By Brenda Young Commissioners with the Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 discussed Monday the possibility of assessing a sales tax to generate revenue to provide increased coverage for residents. According to Fire Chief Anthony Lincoln, the area has experienced tremendous growth since it was established in 2001. “We had a brief presentation from a […]

A devoted husband, father, Canady helped shape the future for Liberty Hill

The Canady family spent Father’s Day in ICU in Seton Williamson Hospital in Round Rock. From left are Brandon Canady, Charles Canady, Kristin Davis, Blair Canady, Paige Canady (kneeling), Laurie Nix (Mrs. Canady’s sister), and Kathy Canady. Not pictured are son-in-law Jason Davis and grandson Walker Davis, 3; and daughter-in-law Jessica Canady. (Courtesy Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON Charles Canady grew up believing that self reliance, hard work, physical strength, family ties and lifelong relationships, along with an unshakable faith could be counted on to move successfully from one day to the next. He is a collector of clocks — old dilapidated ones, the ones he could repair — and […]

Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps training at LHHS

Musicians for Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps are selected after a series of auditions. Genesis musicians practice at Liberty Hill High School’s Panther Stadium. (Courtesy Photo)

By Dana Delgado Genesis, a nationally recognized Drum and Bugle Corps (DBC), has been camped out in Liberty Hill preparing for a nationwide tour and competitions. Founded in 2009, the Texas-based organization has evolved rapidly, drawing the interest of international musicians. It was named the most improved corps in 2013 from among 47 groups across […]

STAFF NOTEBOOK: A plea to help Liberty Hill’s longtime public servant

Charles Canady has made a lasting contribution to the city of Liberty Hill  and now needs the community’s help as his family struggles to cope with medical expenses from years of cancer treatment. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By CHARLEY WILKISON Co-owner of The Independent  One of the first people we met in Liberty Hill 15 years ago was Charles Canady. He leaned in under the hood of my 1960 Chevy pickup listening to it run, took a screwdriver out of the pocket of his blue overalls and followed my finger to the […]

Despite traffic concerns, P&Z recommends approval of permit for four-plexes

By SHELLY WILKISON A request by a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission to obtain a conditional use permit to place three four-plexes on Stubblefield Lane was approved by his fellow commissioners Tuesday over the objections of two residents who said neighborhood roadways cannot handle the increased traffic. After hearing the concerns of residents, […]

Mosquito prevention program expands testing in county

By Brenda Young In an effort to stop the occurrence of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses, the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) has expanded its testing program and is focusing efforts on alerting and educating citizens about personal protection and disease prevention. “We are expanding our testing to try to locate […]

LHISD passing rates stable on STAAR

A report presented to school trustees Monday showed passing rates of Liberty Hill students on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) this spring remained stable with previous years. While passing rates in math, reading and writing fluctuated by one to two points from previous years, overall the scores remained competitive with those […]

REVIEW: ‘Romeo & Juliet’ is more than a free show

Ryan Crowder is Romeo and Julie Lorenz-Olson plays Juliet in the Penfold Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. 
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By Art Rodriguez Before we had Republicans vs. Democrats, before we had Texas vs. OU, indeed, before we had the Hatfields and McCoys, we had the Montagues and Capulets. The two fictional feuding families immortalized in William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” is considered by some to be his best romantic tragedy.  The story of two […]