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 to help bring our community and its people closer together.

Second, we wanted to create a local media organization that would be financially solvent and follow a sound business model.

Third, we wanted to use this platform to give back to our ever-evolving hometown.

So as we hit our fourth year milestone last week we were doing what we do best — stretching toward new goals, constantly growing and moving forward.

Our paid subscriptions are larger than at any time in the history of this newspaper, and our advertising customers find our product works.

The Texas Press Association continues to recognize your newspaper for news and feature writing, photography, sports and our website.

Staffed with a team of degreed professionals who are driven by a passion for reporting, we have never had a better year and we are excited about the future.

All of these things didn’t happen in a vacuum. You are a critical part of our success. Thank you, advertisers and readers, for making The Independent the community’s trusted source for news and sports!


The Independent proudly supports numerous charitable organizations every year, including Williamson County Brown Santa. The non-profit organization, which is a charitable arm of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, provides toys to children from economically disadvantaged homes in the unincorporated areas of the county, including most of the newspaper’s circulation area.

We still have tickets to give away to Nightmare on Jail Hill next weekend, so drop off your toys before Halloween and get scared for a good cause.
~ Shelly Wilkison