Bulldogs challenge early, but Panthers roll on

By BOB VARMETTE For The Independent   The final score belies the battle. The Burnet Bulldogs put up a fight, but the Class 4A No. 5 Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers, slowed at the start, kept their season perfect with a 65-40 win Friday night in District 25-4A boys basketball at Liberty Hill High School. “Burnet […]

Girls basketball outlasts Lampasas, moves to 4-0

Kandyn Faurie (#32) is fouled hard in the paint by two Lampasas Lady Badgers during a 50-39 victory in their fourth district game of the season. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft Despite winning their fourth district game of the season by a double-digit margin, the Liberty Hill Lady Panther basketball team had to earn every minute of their home victory over the Lampasas Lady Badgers on Tuesday. Senior point guard Shelby Whitten led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 14 points to help […]

Walter lifts LH into 1-1 draw with Vandergrift JV

Liberty Hill’s Tayler Walter heads the ball as Vandegrift’s Grace Andres (8) defends Tuesday night during a non-district girls soccer match at Panther Stadium. The teams played to a 1-1 draw. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE For the better part of 50 minutes, the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers were on the defensive. But in the second half, the Lady Panthers seemed to be a different team. Liberty Hill didn’t dominate the final 40 minutes, but they won more of the individual battles, and one of those individual wins […]

LHISD adds Pre-K teaching position

By SHELLY WILKISON School trustees approved funding this week for an additional pre-kindergarten teacher at Liberty Hill Elementary School. Just as enrollment is growing across the school district, the numbers in the Head Start pre-kindergarten program are also on the rise. Elementary Principal Melanie Herbst said enrollment in pre-kindergarten jumped from 45 at the beginning […]

Schwertner looking to lower taxes in new legislative session

By SEAN SHAPIRO The 84th Texas State Legislature first convened last week, but things really didn’t start rolling until after newly-elected Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were sworn in at the Capitol Tuesday. “I think we’ll really get down to business after the inauguration,” said State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, on Monday. […]

EDC hires park consultant, discusses new executive director

By SHELLY WILKISON Directors of the City’s Economic Development Corp. approved a plan last week to pay $25,000 to a consultant who will seek grants and design a portion of Lions Foundation Park that will become home to sculptures. After much discussion Jan. 15 and in a previous meeting, the EDC Board voted unanimously to […]

City will make offer on second downtown property

By SHELLY WILKISON Following a 45-minute closed session Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to make an offer to purchase the Bell property in downtown Liberty Hill. The property, which is located at 51 CR 279 (Bagdad Road) and Loop 332, is listed at $170,000. City Manager Greg Boatright told The Independent after the special […]

Lady Panthers hold down Eagles

By BOB VARMETTE Sometimes, it seems the basket has a lid on it. Then there are the times it seems like it has an invisible hand that rejects shots halfway through the hoop. It was not the best shooting night for the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers. Still, the Lady Panthers cruised past the Salado Lady […]

Solis fires up the pits in Bertram

John Solis stands in front of his latest honor, Grand Champion Reserve won last fall at the National Cook-Off Championship in Buda. Solis recently opened the restaurant John Beere Bar-B-Q in Bertram. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By DANA DELGADO BERTRAM — Over the years, John Solis has made a good living with his hands as a mason, but now finds himself savoring a whole new success. A few years ago, the Bertram native turned an ordinary weekend ritual into an extraordinary new venture for himself. With close attention to detail and […]

Panthers fall to Copperas Cove, but impress in Temple tourney

Omar Perez (#10) cuts inside on his opponent, then rips off a left-footed shot to test the Copperas Cove goalkeeper. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft If one thing can be taken away from the Liberty Hill men’s soccer team’s matches this week, it is that progress is being made. While the team technically fell to Copperas Cove on paper in a 1-0 defeat, it did not feel like a loss for the Panther fans who were dedicated […]