THROWBACK THURSDAY: Liberty Hill is birthplace of legendary rodeo cowboy

By JAMES WEAR Liberty Hill has had its share of talented cowboys during its history, but perhaps none gained more lasting acclaim than William Pickett, believed to have been born on Dec. 5, 1870 near the Jenks Branch community. Pickett, often called either “Bill” or “Will” depending on which historian’s story one is reading, was […]

Inside Texas’ first underground winery

By Christine Bolaños When Dan Marek Jr.’s great grandfather migrated from Czechoslovakia to Galveston to begin a new life in the United States, he began a family tradition that has become Marek’s lifelong passion and work. “They didn’t go to New York because they said they didn’t have money to go that far so they […]

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Volunteer fire fighter makes Liberty Hill a better place

By Lauren Jette Whenever there’s a fire, Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 responds to the call with a team of fire fighters ready to do whatever they can to save lives and property. Part of that team includes volunteer fire fighters like Amy Vanlandingham, a transplant from Colorado who volunteers with the department 48 […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Remembering the pipeline blast of 1999

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]