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 […]

Notes: Pink game a huge success, raises funds for breast cancer research

The first pink game for Liberty Hill football was a huge success for students, parents, and, most importantly, raising money and awareness for breast cancer research. Liberty Hill High School’s Project Graduation raised about $2,500 selling pink T-shirts for the District 14-4A Division I game between the Panthers and the Hawks. The effort, first organized […]

Local dentist promoting innovative treatment for ADD, ADHD

By SEAN SHAPIRO Friday was supposed to be Dr. Martin Denbar’s day off from work. While he didn’t see any patients, Denbar, a Liberty Hill resident, was busy at his office, smoothing out some of the details while he transitions to a process he said is going to fill a growing need in Central Texas. […]

Liberty Hill makes statement at McNeil invite

By TAYLOR GRAFT There was a sense of relief for the Liberty Hill girls cross country team as they proved to be the top Class 4A team at the McNeil Invitational, which was held Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The competition at the meet featured some of the top runners and teams […]

Elliott sets school record with 64

By SEAN SHAPIRO Blake Elliott was feeling “it” at the Manor Tournament last week at Blackhawk Country Club. Now, he couldn’t describe exactly what “it” was, but after he rolled in a long putt on the first hole, he knew he was in for a good day. “I probably shouldn’t have made that putt,” Elliott […]

Liberty Hill defense holds strong against Canyon Lake

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill coach Jerry Vance wasn’t wrong earlier this week when he said his team wouldn’t take the Canyon Lake lightly. The Hawks, in fact, are a very good football team. It took the Panthers defense to preserve a 19-14 win Friday night at Panther Stadium in the District 14-4A Division, Division […]