Fortis Academy opening at LifeSprings Church

Fifth grade students working on a math lesson in the classroom at Fortis Academy. (Courtesy Photo)

By Christine Bolaños  After moving around in the Austin area a few times, Fortis Academy staff hopes it has finally found a permanent home for the Christian-based school at LifeSprings Church in Liberty Hill. “We were coming from Austin and the location that we were at was too small for us. God was blessing us […]

City ends contract with US Water group

By Christine Bolaños The Liberty Hill Council voted unanimously Monday to terminate within 45 days the city’s contract with US Water Utility Group, which operates and maintains the city’s wastewater treatment plant, amid a budget that was 48 percent more than its contracted amount. No discussion followed after the council reconvened from executive session regarding […]

City Council asks staff to continue PID negotiations

By Christine Bolaños The Liberty Hill City Council on Monday asked staff to continue negotiations with Liberty Parke developers and opted not to take action on a letter of interest (LOI) for the formation of a Public Improvement District. The LOI states intentions of both parties to work toward formation of a PID and is […]

Professional reporting of The Independent recognized in state contest

For the fifth straight year, your hometown newspaper has been recognized for excellence in reporting by the Texas Press Association in its Texas Better Newspaper Contest. The awards, which were announced last week at the annual newspaper leadership convention in Austin, recognize the work of newspapers across the state in a number of categories. The […]

WCESD #4 prepares for 2015 budget season

By Christine Bolaños The Williamson County Emergency Services District No. 4 Board of Commissioners is preparing for budget season. Fire Chief Anthony Lincoln said he expects the preliminary budget timeline to be discussed during the July 13th meeting. “We went over our mid-year budget review. We go over one each month. We spent a little […]

Rancho Sienna will be home to next LHISD elementary school

Rancho Sienna land plan-web

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill’s newest elementary school will be constructed at Rancho Sienna, according to a contingency agreement developed between the school district and subdivision owner Newland Communities. Superintendent Rob Hart said this week that while the need will be there to open the school in fall 2017, a bond election would need to […]

Quinn leaves LHHS soccer

Soccer Coach Kelsey Quinn has accepted a position at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock. (LHI File Photo)

By Taylor Grafft For the second time this month the Liberty Hill community is losing one of their star coaches. Girls soccer coach Kelsey Quinn announced her resignation June 17, and then accepted a job at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock. Quinn will serve as the girls soccer coach and junior varsity volleyball […]

LHISD in good standing on STAAR

By Christine Bolaños Liberty Hill ISD students performed well overall in the state’s standardized tests, according to May 2015 preliminary reports. Overall, the passing rate for Liberty Hill students was 89 percent in reading, 85 percent in writing, 80 percent in science and 90 percent in social studies. Certain subgroups are in need of improvement […]

Operation Liberty Hill finds new home

Operation Liberty Hill volunteers have already begun cleanup work at 1401 US Hwy 183 working toward a move-in date in October. The buildings, which formerly housed LifeSprings Church, have been vacant and unkept since 2010. A fundraising campaign is under way to make needed repairs. (Claire Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON With a growing client list and a need for more services, Operation Liberty Hill is moving to a larger facility and starting a fundraising campaign to make it usable. Executive Director Susan Baker announced this week that the local food pantry and clothes closet will move from its current location on State […]

Kristen leaving program in great shape

Coach Matt Kirschner announced this week that he is resigning as Lady Panther basketball coach to accept a position in Melissa ISD. (LHI FILE PHOTO)

By Taylor Grafft The Liberty Hill community was in a state of shock this week upon learning that girls basketball coach Matt Kirschner would be leaving the program. He has accepted a coaching job at Melissa ISD. The decision to leave Liberty Hill was not easy for Kirschner, who would have been entering his seventh […]