Lady Panthers swat La Vernia, move to Area round

AUSTIN — The Liberty Hill girls basketball team had to overcome a rough first half shooting the ball to beat La Vernia, 73-39, in the bi-district playoffs on Tuesday. La Vernia opened the game with an aggressive zone defense that Coach Matt Kirschner and his players hadn’t faced yet this season. “(La Vernia) was a […]

Playoffs await Panthers, but first a night to remember

Callen Mikulencak is the only senior on the Runnin’ Panthers team this season. He was honored by his team on Senior Night Tuesday, and joined at center court by his parents. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE It was bound to be a night filled with emotions for the Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers. It was their final home game of the season and a chance at perfection. And it was the final home game of a career for their lone senior, and captain, Callen Mikulencak. The Panthers defeated the […]

Runnin’ Panthers complete 31-0 regular season

By BOB VARMETTE It was big night — in a lot of ways for the Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers. With a 78-48 win over the Taylor Ducks Tuesday night at Liberty Hill High School, the Panthers recorded their 31st of the season, and they marked the final victory in an undefeated District 25-4A championship. “We’ll […]

EDC discusses park agreement, incentives

By SHELLY WILKISON Although no vote was taken, directors of the City’s Economic Development Corp. had another frank discussion last week about the possibility of the City taking over the ownership and maintenance of Lions Foundation Park. The issue of park ownership has in recent months become important to EDC directors who are being asked […]

Hightower named Investigator of the Year

Melissa Hightower (left), chief investigator for the Williamson County Attorney’s Office, received statewide recognition last week from the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. County Attorney Dee Hobbs (right) shared the news with Williamson County Commissioners on Tuesday. (Courtesy Photo)

By CHARLEY WILKISON Last Thursday, Melissa Lietz Hightower was sitting in the audience in Galveston applauding as elected officials and county attorneys from across the state were being recognized. Little did she know that backstage her boss, Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs and several of her coworkers were waiting to honor her as the recipient […]

Idea sparks honor for JH history teacher

Melissa McWherter has been named VFW Teacher of the Year for District 28 and is now in the running for the state honor. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado In an effort to connect students and history, teacher Melissa McWherter struck upon an idea a few years ago that has proven not only highly successful but impactful. So impactful, McWherter has been named the VFW Teacher of the Year for District 28 for her efforts after being recognized locally and is […]

Lady Panthers wrap up perfect district season, eye deep playoff run

Senior Shelby Whitten (#3) draws a blocking foul on her drive to the rim. Whitten was a key scorer for LHHS 47-33 win over the Lady Bulldogs. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft There weren’t many people around the state that expected this type of success from the Liberty Hill Lady Panther basketball team when they were filling out their pre-season rankings and writing down their predictions. As a result, Liberty Hill entered the season with a chip on their shoulders to prove their doubters […]

Vance named 4A Coach of the Year

By SEAN SHAPIRO Jerry Vance found out three weeks ago that Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine was going to name him the Class 4A Coach of the Year. Vance got a call from a representative from the magazine, which is often referred to as the “Bible of Texas Football,” and decided he wouldn’t say anything […]

Teacher’s compassion spurs support from student

Liberty Hill High School junior Jordan Marsh (right) recently created a GoFundMe page to raise money for chemistry Teacher Bonnie Dortch’s medical treatments. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON “It isn’t often that you meet people with such a golden heart.” That’s how one Liberty Hill High School student describes chemistry teacher and Student Council advisor Bonnie Dortch. “Her ability to connect with students and understand their needs is truly inspiring,” said junior Jordan Marsh. Marsh opened the door to Dortch’s […]

City may soon prohibit use of hand-held devices while driving

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill elected officials agreed Monday to have the City’s attorney draft an ordinance that would prohibit the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving in the city limits. “The dangers of texting while driving are at the forefront now, and this is a public safety issue,” said City Manager Greg Boatright. […]