About Us

The Liberty Hill Independent is a weekly newspaper serving the Liberty Hill area in northwestern Williamson County and the Bertram community in eastern Burnet County. It is published every Thursday from our offices at 14251 W. SH 29, Suite B, in Liberty Hill, Texas, 78642.

This news website is the online publication of The Independent, and is also affiliated with the website Radio Free Liberty Hill. Radio Free Liberty Hill was developed  in spring 2009 by professional journalists and website designers as a learning tool for area young people interested in pursuing careers in journalism, advertising and marketing, website design and business. In a very short time, it became the preferred first source of online news in the area.

The Liberty Hill Independent is a news organization that adheres to professional ethics and rules of journalism. The staff is taught and supervised by news professionals who believe that journalism is a legitimate professional career path that comes with a journalism education and experience. It is that education and experience that allows us to teach others one of the most honorable professions in a democracy.
And it’s that experience and professionalism that sets us apart from other local news organizations. Without bias or personal agendas, we report the facts, work hard to report all sides, and give readers the full story without editorial comment.
About the Publisher
Newspaper Owner/Publisher Shelly Wilkison has more than 25 years of experience as a professional journalist since earning a degree in journalism and Spanish from Baylor University in 1984.
Specializing in public affairs reporting, she has worked for major dailies and smaller bi-weekly newspapers in Texas where she covered politics, elected officials, city and county governments, the Texas Legislature, criminal and civil courts, and law enforcement.
In addition to her newspaper experience, she served as a press secretary to a state senator in the late 1980s, and later as a political and media consultant. Mrs. Wilkison has been working in recent years through her company Free State Media Group to produce newsletters, magazines and content-rich websites for businesses and organizations across the country.
Since moving with her family from East Texas to Liberty Hill in 1999, she has been a regular contributor to various news magazines and trade publications in print and online, and is a sought-after freelance writer on law enforcement training and police labor issues. Additionally, Mrs. Wilkison was a contributing writer and editor on a U.S. Department of Justice publication released in 2006 relating to police labor-management relations. And in 2000, she was a contributing writer and editor of The Ultimate Sacrifice, a book that chronicled the stories of Texas peace officers killed in the line of duty since the early days of the Republic. Driven by a strong commitment to community and family, Mrs. Wilkison frequently volunteers her time to various charitable organizations.
Contact Shelly Wilkison by email or call The Liberty Hill Independent at 512.778.5577.