EXTRA POINTS: Panthers have one of best stories at state tournament

By SEAN SHAPIRO GEORGETOWN — Of all the success stories entering the 2015 UIL State Soccer Tournament – and there are quite a few – nothing stands up to what the Liberty Hill boys soccer team did this season. Yes, of the 24 teams at the state tournament, 14 were making their inaugural appearance. And […]

Major’s Burger Company coming to Liberty Hill

Fred Hinze, owner of the new Major's Burger Company on SH 29 in Liberty Hill. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

By Christine Bolaños Something major is coming to Liberty Hill and it’s not at a baseball diamond. Major’s Burger Company, a family-friendly restaurant with an outside play area, indoor and outdoor seating, spacious parking and a drive-thru window, is slated to open around May 1. Owner Fred Hinze said the restaurant will be much more […]

Lack of signage delays enforcement of hands-free ordinance

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An ordinance prohibiting use of mobile communication devices while driving in Liberty Hill will not be enforced until the appropriate signage is posted. The Liberty Hill City Council adopted the hands-free ordinance in February setting an effective date of April 1. However, the correct signage was not purchased by the City in time for the […]

Letter of intent signed, Elliott headed to regional

Blake Elliott recently signed his letter of intent to play golf at Paris Junior College. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Blake Elliott sprouted between his sophomore and junior years of high school. His golf game grew with him. After being a self-described “good, but not great” golfer as a 5-foot-2 sophomore, Elliott grew into his now 5-foot-9 frame that will be competing at the Class 4A, Region IV tournament next week and […]

Liberty Hill outlasts Boerne in penalty-kick filled area round match

Kale Sudderth and Jack Brewer celebrate the game-tying goal in the second period of overtime against Boerne. The Panthers later won in penalty kicks. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFT DRIPPING SPRINGS — The Liberty Hill Panthers defeated the Boerne Greyhounds in a penalty shootout last Thursday night in Dripping Springs 2-2 (4-2 penalties). Twice in the match the Panthers founds themselves trailing and needing a goal to keep their season alive. Boerne was awarded a penalty with 23 minutes remaining in […]

Panthers defeat Giddings in extra time

Seniors Omar Perez (#10) and Lucas Rizzotto (#13) challenge for a 50-50 ball at midfield against Boerne’s Eric Ibarra (#10). The Panthers defeated Boerne in a penalty shootout 2-2 (4-2 PKs) last Thursday to win the Area Championship. Then on Tuesday, Liberty Hill defeated Giddings 2-1 in extra time of the Regional Quarterfinals to advance to the Regional Tournament. Liberty Hill plays Grulla at McAllen ISD at 6 p.m. Friday. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By Taylor Grafft ELGIN — The Liberty Hill Panthers soccer team is headed to the Regional Tournament following their 2-1 victory over Giddings in extra time on Tuesday at Elgin High School. With time winding down in the second half of extra time, the Panthers looked like they were headed to their second straight match […]

Knight will protect Panthers’ net at regional tourney

Goalie Caleb Knight will protect the Panther net in state tournament this week. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO In many ways, Caleb Knight is nothing like Roy Hobbs, the fictional outfielder in Bernard Malumad’s 1952 novel, “The Natural.” Knight hasn’t had a freak accident that derailed a promising baseball career. And he certainly hasn’t had to deal with the swarming off-field circus that the fictional Hobbs juggles in the novel. […]

Softball team suffers rare loss in district play

Sam Junkin reaches first base and looks for the umpire’s signal in a loss to Burnet on Tuesday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFT BURNET — The bus ride back to Liberty Hill probably felt a little strange for the Liberty Hill Panther softball team on Tuesday. That’s because their players and coaches aren’t accustom to losing, especially in district games. The Panthers haven’t lost a district game in softball since the 2011-2012 season. When Liberty […]

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If your business is looking to reach Liberty Hill area customers, plan to be part of a special community marketing effort this spring. The Liberty Hill Independent and the Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce are partnering to produce Liberty Hill Living 2015-2016, a biennial community guide for newcomers and visitors as well as an information source […]

Spirit Reins breaking the cycle of abuse

Situated on 125 acres on rolling hills in southeastern Liberty Hill, Spirit Reins combines traditional mental health services with innovative approaches like trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado A horrific 14 car pile-up involving an 18-wheeler left crash victim Rhonda Smith questioning why she was spared while others had suffered severe injuries and one had lost his life. Her small sports car had been a total loss; yet, she walked away without a scratch. Why she survived became a burning […]