New beginnings for Fieldcamp, LH United Methodist Church

By Dana Delgado It’s another new beginning for Steve Fieldcamp who has had a life filled with new beginnings. Two weeks ago, Liberty Hill United Methodist Church (LHUMC), one of the area’s pioneer churches, welcomed him as their new pastor after being presented to church members in April. “New beginnings are always exciting,” he said. […]

‘Bowl’ members gear up for Oatmeal Festival

By Brenda Young BERTRAM — New faces continue to join the ranks of sponsors, vendors and volunteers who are working quickly to iron out all the details for the 37th Annual Oatmeal Festival in Bertram. The Oatmeal “bowl” members (as board members prefer to be called) met June 25 to update organizers and welcome some […]

Hernandez loses leg, but won’t be defeated by diabetes

By SHELLY WILKISON Twenty years ago, he learned that he had diabetes. Immediately, doctors prescribed pills and insulin and Izzy Hernandez believed the medications were keeping the disease under control. As the years passed, most days he felt fine. Then last summer on a family vacation to El Paso, he noticed a blister on the […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Myers spread love throughout Liberty Hill

By JAMES WEAR Of all the folks I’ve met during my years in Liberty Hill, perhaps none impressed me more than Gloria Myers and her husband Jim. Gloria operated a tiny flower shop downtown next door to the cafe, and from there she, in her own special and unique way, touched many lives. She reminded […]

Hobbit Hollow artists find new creativity in retirement

By Brenda Young Deep within a wooded area of the Durham Park subdivision in Liberty Hill stands a studio where ideas and artistry come to life. In business only a few short months, Hobbit Hollow Workshop flows with the ideas of Roger Pierce and Michael Hubbard, both retired from earlier full-time careers. The collaboration began […]

STAFF NOTEBOOK: The Independent earns awards in Better Newspaper Contest

For the third year running, your hometown newspaper has earned awards at the Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The Independent took Second Place in Editorial and Fourth Place for our website, www.LHIndependent.com. This year, 159 newspapers from across the state submitted 1,566 entries in The Texas Better Newspaper Contest. Of those, 103 were weekly […]

Council tables permit on four-plexes, raises fees

By SHELLY WILKISON After hearing the concerns of neighborhood residents, the Liberty Hill City Council tabled consideration of a conditional use permit for three four-plexes planned for Stubblefield Lane. Although the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended Council approval of the permit, Councilmember Elizabeth Branigan made the motion to table consideration to give city staff more […]

Shirley Monrow Floyd

Shirley Monrow Floyd was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Burnet, Texas, the son of Willis Monrow and Chesna Victoria (Nelson) Floyd. He passed away at his Cortez home on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the age of 84. Shirley married Billie Faye Turman in Andrews, Texas, on March 15, 1949. He worked as a carpenter […]

WCESD #4 considers new fire station, sales tax

By Brenda Young Commissioners with the Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 discussed Monday the possibility of assessing a sales tax to generate revenue to provide increased coverage for residents. According to Fire Chief Anthony Lincoln, the area has experienced tremendous growth since it was established in 2001. “We had a brief presentation from a […]

A devoted husband, father, Canady helped shape the future for Liberty Hill

By SHELLY WILKISON Charles Canady grew up believing that self reliance, hard work, physical strength, family ties and lifelong relationships, along with an unshakable faith could be counted on to move successfully from one day to the next. He is a collector of clocks — old dilapidated ones, the ones he could repair — and […]