Clement Lawrence Harris


Clement Lawrence (C.L.) Harris was born December 20, 1928, in Marlin, Texas, and passed away December 16, 2014, in Copeland, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Harold Harris and Myrtle (Davis) Harris; his brothers and sisters, Willis Harris, Gertrude Maybell Reed, Joe Bailey Harris, Sara Bell Johannsen, Sidney Lee Harris, Elva […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Recalling the Gabriel Mills bridge dedication

Madge McCormick Smith provided the ceremonial first ride across the new bridge at Gabriel Mills in one of her convertibles. Her riders included Audrey McAndrew Brizendine (in front seat with Smith), Charley Mather (passenger side rear seat) and Harold Asher. (James Wear Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Back in December of 1987, I was among those to attend the dedication of a new bridge crossing the North San Gabriel River at Gabriel Mills, a small community located on CR 236. Among those attending the event were Harold Asher, a widely-known educator who also earned acclaim for his historical research; […]

Newspaper sales benefit Liberty Hill Band Boosters


  The Liberty Hill Band Boosters benefitted from a fundraiser sponsored by The Liberty Hill Independent this fall. Band students from Liberty Hill High School, Liberty Hill Junior High and Liberty Hill Intermediate School sold subscriptions to the hometown newspaper and the Band Boosters earned half of every subscription sold. Newspaper co-owner Charley Wilkison (center) […]

EDITORIAL: A far different narrative would have emerged if Officer Wilson had been killed

By CHARLEY WILKISON If Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, had been murdered with his own weapon, the sod would already be level over his grave and the dormant roots of autumn grass would be waiting patiently for spring. If he had not regained control of his service weapon inside his own unit, he would […]

Area’s development attracts leading insulation company

Garland Insulating, one of the state’s’ largest locally-owned insulating businesses and among the industry’s leaders, has opened a facility in Liberty Hill to better serve central Texas home and business owners.  The company offers a wide range of services with a host of high quality materials at affordable prices and has built a reputation of quality workmanship over 66 years.  Standing in front of the business from left are employees Jonathan Heathington,  Shiloh Shorten, Eduardo Gutierrez, Patty Gilmore, Chase Lutke, Juan Sanchez, John Bazemore and Issac Delgado. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado When Garland Insulating Ltd., a leading insulating company in the southern states and one of the largest locally owned and operated insulation companies in Texas, went looking for a central Texas location, Liberty Hill, primed for growth, was a logical choice. “The projected growth statistics on Williamson County mean more families moving […]

EDITORIAL: Panther football brought honor, work ethic and courage to the field and beyond

Way back in August when the air was tortuous to breathe, the boys of summer were doing two-a-day practices. They squinted into the blistering sun and battled an invisible team of fierce opponents. Jerry Vance and his team of coaches encouraged, corrected and cajoled boys toward an intangible place called manhood and victory. Football is […]

Parents: Agriculture barn facility not safe for students

By SHELLY WILKISON It was standing room only at Monday’s school board meeting as parents attended to express their concerns about the conditions of the agriculture barn facility on the campus of Liberty Hill Junior High. About a dozen parents of high school and junior high agriculture students asked the Board to consider funding improvements […]

City will make offer on 2 downtown properties

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council authorized city staff Monday to begin negotiations for the possible purchase of two downtown properties that would potentially house additional city offices and public parking. Following a 40-minute closed session, the Council voted unanimously to allow the staff to pursue the purchase of a three-unit apartment building […]

Drones take flight in Liberty Hill

UAV Direct Tech Manager Eric Davis explains the capability and operational process of drones at their Liberty Hill facility.  Located at 14365 W. State Hwy 29, UAV Direct has established itself as a leader in selling custom, high performance, reliable, and easy-to-operate small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for commercial and recreational use.  (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado While small drones have been all the rage across the country for their unlimited potential, UAV Direct in Liberty Hill is in on the ground floor and has been drawing a stream of customers to its full-sales, service, manufacturing and training facility. “This industry will be huge,” said UAV Direct Technology Manager […]

Liberty Hill falls to Navasota in Class 4A, Division I semifinals

Tanner Vrabel recovers a fumble. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Bob Varmette WACO – The Liberty Hill Panthers played a flawless first half offensively against the Navasota Rattlers. The question was whether they could keep it up. They couldn’t – and after a three and out on their first drive of the night, the Rattlers unleashed their offense and rallied from a 14-0 deficit […]