THROWBACK THURSDAY: Remembering the pipeline blast of 1999

Fuel from the ruptured pipeline continued to burn for hours after the initial explosion. (James Wear Photo)

By JAMES WEAR It was August 10, 1999. President Bill Clinton found himself welcoming Lance Armstrong to the White House in recognition of Armstrong’s first victory in the Tour de France cycling race. Overseas, Vladamir Putin was being installed as acting prime minister in Russia. Around the water cooler in offices across America, many were […]

Lions Club is all about service to the community

Front row from left are Ed Landry, Nelda Wiggers, Kathy Garnett and Lois Hellenga. In back from left are Hollis Baker, Susan Hopper, Larry Nicholson, Darwin Wiggers, Gary Spivey, Rusty Bristow, Billy Ray Guerin, Angie Nicholson and Mary Lyn Jones. For over 25 years, the Liberty Hill Lions Club has been in the trenches supporting a variety of worthy causes and helping out organizations and individuals while enriching the lives of those living in the community. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado Twice a month in the early morning usually before the sun rises, members of Liberty Hill’s Lions Club are busy discussing and planning upcoming events during their regular meeting. Meetings are remarkably short and sweet but focused, organized and productive as Lions members drum out ideas and cut to the chase for […]

Prosperity Bank holds School Supply Drive

Prosperity Bank School Supply Drive-web

Employees from Prosperity Bank held a school supply drive this summer and collected items from community members and customers to donate to Liberty Hill classrooms. From left are Sharon Munoz, Shelby Roffman, Amanda Benavides, Richard Waite, Janie Pattillo and Hallie Smith. The school supply drive is an annual community effort hosted by Prosperity Bank. (Lauren […]

Operation Liberty Hill finds new home

Operation Liberty Hill volunteers have already begun cleanup work at 1401 US Hwy 183 working toward a move-in date in October. The buildings, which formerly housed LifeSprings Church, have been vacant and unkept since 2010. A fundraising campaign is under way to make needed repairs. (Claire Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON With a growing client list and a need for more services, Operation Liberty Hill is moving to a larger facility and starting a fundraising campaign to make it usable. Executive Director Susan Baker announced this week that the local food pantry and clothes closet will move from its current location on State […]

Parks reflects on 50-year school career

Superintendent Rob Hart (left) and Assistant Superintendent Robert Parks (right) have worked side by side to prepare Liberty Hill for growth. Parks, 73, is retiring in June after a 50-year career in Texas public schools. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON He started his career teaching seventh and eighth graders at Liberty Chapel — a 52-student rural school where he also served as principal. It was 1965. Although it was a much simpler time compared to today, 22-year-old Robert Parks had his hands full. Today, as he reflects on a 50-year career in public […]

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 […]