204 weeks for us, 27 years for The Independent

Please indulge us a very brief end zone celebration here at The Independent as we hit another milestone as your hometown newspaper. Four years ago, we bought your hometown newspaper with only three goals in mind. First, we wanted to report the news to you in a professional manner, to bring in qualified, degreed journalists […]

Experienced directors guide LHJH Band

By DANA DELGADO Jared Clarkson was perfectly content in Wimberley when Liberty Hill came calling two years ago. His family was settled in, his kids were happily enrolled in schools there, his wife, Callie Clarkson, was a teacher in the district, and he had made positive strides in building a program over nine years as the […]

Community shows support for veteran

By SEAN SHAPIRO Moving from the Houston area to Liberty Hill could have been very difficult for the Coffee family. Instead, they are already feeling welcomed by the community after a fundraiser in their honor this past Saturday. “It’s tough moving away from family in Houston,” Melanie Coffee said. “But we already feel like we’re […]

Defense comes up big in 21-17 win against Taylor

TAYLOR – The Liberty Hill Panthers are still undefeated in District 14-4A Division I. But just. It took another game-saving play from the defense to keep the Panthers’ perfect district mark intact, turning away the Taylor Ducks at the goal line to preserve a 21-17 lead Friday night at The Duck Pond. With the Ducks […]

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Younger runners push toward success for cross country teams

By TAYLOR GRAFFT In four years, senior Chelsea Cole has never been far from the podium for the Liberty Hill cross country team. And that is a rarity for some senior girls. In a sport dominated by younger athletes, consistency from year to year can be the most difficult thing for female runners for a […]

USPS suggests security tips after mail thefts

By SEAN SHAPIRO A Temple couple who plead guilty to stealing more than 50,000 pieces of mail, including mail from Liberty Hill, were sentenced last week in Waco. Charles Hattenbach, 39, was sentenced to six years and nine months in federal prison and fined $6,000. Kathryn Hubbert, 29, received a four-year sentence and was fined […]

Firefly responds to concerns on rocket safety, water use

By SEAN SHAPIRO BRIGGS – Thomas E. Markusic wants to send things to space. His new neighbors, however, are more concerned about the dwindling water supply here on earth. Markusic’s company, Firefly Space Systems, purchased 200 acres of land in Burnet County to test rocket engines near the small community of Briggs just north of […]

48 minutes for the rest of your life

By BOB VARMETTE When you’re a senior high school football player, every game you play is one game closer to the last time you step on the field. For the senior members of the Taylor Ducks (0-6, 0-1 District 14-4A Div. I) football team, the time is now. With Friday night’s home game against the […]

James ‘Jim’ Lee Burns

James “Jim” Lee Burns passed away in the early morning on Wednesday, October 8th, at his home in Liberty Hill at the age of 44 after a hard fought battle with cancer. James was born on July 21, 1970 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and moved to Leander, Texas in 1980. He graduated from Leander High […]