At age 86, Hollis Baker comes of age

Hollis Baker, with all his country charm, has come of age as an author and entertaining columnist.   Baker recently published a compilation of his columns in the book “Shin Oak Ridge and Other Stories.” (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado Homer Baker was quite the role model for his naïve but rather inquisitive and attentive son, Hollis, a typical country boy reared in the heart of Burnet County. The elder Baker, in a what-in-the-world was he thinking move, pinned his hopes on a small grocery store that he dared to open as […]

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

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  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) […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Market Days were a winner for Liberty Hill

Market Days were held in downtown Liberty Hill in Veterans Park as vendors sold their wares from a series of booths that lined the back portion of the property. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR It’s been many years, but a lot of folks remember Liberty Hill Market Days. Held the first Saturday of each month at Veterans Park downtown, Market Days brought droves of folks to the community as they would browse through the various booths that lined the back of the VFW property. Vendors offered […]

Best of the West hosts sharpshooter during International Firearms Festival

Best of the West Shooting Sports, Liberty Hill shooting range, Kirsten Joy Weiss, Texas International Firearms Festival. (Courtesy Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Kirsten Joy Weiss is bringing her sharp-shooting skills to Liberty Hill. Weiss performs trick shots on a YouTube channel that has more than 32,000 subscribers. She also talks about gun safety and precautions, and she said she is looking forward to talking with other gun enthusiasts at the Texas International Firearms Festival […]

Hunters celebrate start of Deer Season

Glenn Jackson and his daughter Morgan Jackson during hunting season in 2013. (Courtesy Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Friday is Halloween, but for Glenn Jackson it will feel like Christmas Eve. White tail deer general hunting season starts Saturday and Jackson, like many hunters around Texas, will be heading outside for the first day of the season. “Once (hunting) is in your blood, it’s like Christmas,” Jackson, a Liberty Hill […]

City officials, volunteers celebrate an improved City Park

Liberty Hill Parks & Recreation Board Chair Mary Lynn Jones and Mayor Connie Fuller (center) cut the ceremonial ribbon on the improved City Park on CR 200 Saturday. City Council members were present along with Parks Board volunteers and representatives from the youth recreational leagues and Chamber of Commerce members. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

Liberty Hill city officials, volunteers and dozens of families celebrated the official opening of City Park Saturday with a ribbon cutting and picnic. The 22-acre park on CR 200 has belonged to the City for more than a decade and has been mostly used by Liberty Hill Youth Soccer Association and Liberty Hill Youth Football […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Seward Junction got its name in the mid-1930s

Ellis Newton Seward and his wife, Mary, donated land in the mid 1930’s when US Highway 183 was being built. The couple were paid $100 for moving their house and fence line. Seward Junction as it looked in 1967. The building was torn down many years ago. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Back in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, when the Liberty Hill Cafe was my second home, among my mother-in-law’s frequent customers were Mildred and W.K. Seward. W.K. never was much of a talker, but Mildred enjoyed visiting and for reasons that escaped me, took a liking to this long-haired country boy […]

Community shows support for veteran

The Liberty Hill community assisted the family of disabled veteran Ray Coffee (center) at a fundraiser Saturday. From left are Lana Henley, Margarita’s Restaurant owner Amin Berenji, Ray and Melanie Coffee, and Gary Henley of Henley Homes. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Moving from the Houston area to Liberty Hill could have been very difficult for the Coffee family. Instead, they are already feeling welcomed by the community after a fundraiser in their honor this past Saturday. “It’s tough moving away from family in Houston,” Melanie Coffee said. “But we already feel like we’re […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Chesley’s articles provide some history of Durham Park

George Washington Glasscock, who once was a business partner of Abraham Lincoln, patented some 4,600 acres in western Williamson County in 1846 with that acreage including what is now the northwestern half of Durham Park. One of the main streets through Durham Park bears his name,  Glasscock Road. 
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By JAMES WEAR While glancing through some old copies of The Paper, a publication that served Liberty Hill briefly in the early 1980’s that was published by the Liberty Hill Community Education Advisory Council, I came across a pair of articles about the history of Durham Park, which was perhaps the first subdivision in the […]