Celebrate Recovery now servicing Liberty Hill

Pastor Dave Amstutz shows his notes on a white board he focused on at a recent Celebrate Recovery session. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

By Christine Bolaños A recovering alcoholic. A drug addict. An abuse victim who is closed off from the world. An emotional overeater. These are just some of the types of individuals who recognize their lives are not what they should be but have taken that first giant step toward bettering themselves. That step comes in […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Flowler, Nelson put Liberty Hill on the map in mid-1970s

Mel Fowler spoke during the 1987 dedication of the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park. It was the last time he would be in Liberty Hill, as he died a few months later while in Italy. (James Wear Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Both were artists, both used their hands, both wore their hair long and both left an impression on Liberty Hill back in the mid-1970’s that is still being felt to this day, although it could be argued with some conviction that Liberty Hill continues to reap benefits from sculptor Mel Fowler’s legacy […]

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 […]

Fellowship Church reaching out to Liberty Hill Spanish speakers

Fellowship Church Pastors Angel Perez (left) and Michael Wright invite Liberty Hill's Spanish-speaking community to be part of a united church family. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

  By SHELLY WILKISON When Pastor Michael Wright realized the demographics of the community didn’t reflect the membership of Fellowship Church, he set out to make a change. “Liberty Hill is 40 percent Hispanic and our church didn’t reflect that,” Wright said. “As a church, we were failing to reach Spanish speakers. We (church leaders) […]

Capstone Baptist looking to ‘do church’ in a healthy, simple way

Colin McGahey is a bi-vocational pastor for the new Capstone Baptist Church in Liberty Hill. In addition to his Master’s of Divinity degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary, he is degreed in natural resources management and is office director and project manager for the civil engineering firm Poznecki-Camarillo, Inc., in Georgetown. (Courtesy Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill’s new Capstone Baptist Church is working to “do church” in a healthy, simple way. “We’re seeking balances between a faithful purpose with God and what He wants us to do, and how we can impact the well-being of the community,” said Pastor Colin McGahey. Capstone Baptist Church, which meets Sundays […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Liberty Hill has long been a popular live music venue

Teresa Garner takes a break from picking for friends on the front porch of The Stocktank in this photo from 1987. (James Wear Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Ask just about anybody that’s been in the Liberty Hill area for the past 30 or so years what they miss most…and there’s a good chance they’ll tell you they miss the street dances. Often held to raise money for the volunteer fire department, the dances drew huge crowds and, depending on […]

Passion for art sparked Bergmann’s teaching career

LHISD second grade teacher Donna Bergmann, affectionately called "Bergie" by her family and many of her colleagues, proudly poses in front of a gallery of art work produced by her students on display in the hallway at Bill Burden Elementary School.  Her passion for art spurred her career in education, but it’s been the love for and commitment to her students that has kept her teaching for 30 years. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado From an early age, art made Donna Bergmann’s world go round. It was a wonderfully imaginative world-within-a-world for this west Texas native growing up in dusty Eden near San Angelo where creativity was always the order of the day. She would make her own paper dolls and clothes and every color was […]

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 […]

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 […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Life on the sidelines

Corby Davis (left) and Thomas Blum take a breather during a 1987 Liberty Hill football game. (James Wear Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Other than playing in a game against Liberty Hill in 1971 when I was a junior high student at Florence, and years later, in the fall of 1978, when I attended a contest between Liberty Hill and Lometa to watch my niece perform at halftime, I never followed Liberty Hill football until […]