THROWBACK THURSDAY: Sam Mather played big role in shaping local history

By JAMES WEAR In our last column we shared information with readers regarding Andy Mather, a Gabriel Mills native who during his lifetime would gain acclaim for his association with the Texas Rangers. This week we’ll devote some space to his father, Samuel Mather, an early settler of the area who, while perhaps not as […]

Volunteerism a calling for the Marshalls

By Christine Bolaños Tara and Rick Marshall are the type of people who would rather sing praises of others or each other than themselves. Each has made a huge difference in the Liberty Hill community and hope their calling to volunteerism is carried onto their children. Mrs. Marshall is serving for the fifth year on […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Mather’s fearless reputation included confrontation with bear during expedition

By JAMES WEAR Perhaps one of the most colorful individuals the Liberty Hill community ever produced was Andrew Mather, son of Gabriel Mills pioneer Samuel Mather. Samuel Mather came to the area in 1849 and established a water powered grist mill. Other settlers soon followed and over the next few years the community thrived, despite […]

Briggs community looks forward to Homecoming

By Christine Bolaños BRIGGS — The Briggs community is preparing for its annual Homecoming event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, at Briggs Community Center. The event gives graduates of the now defunct Briggs School an opportunity to socialize and catch up with each other, reminisce about their time at school, enjoy a potluck, music, awards […]

Haunted jail tour torments for a good cause

By Lauren Jette GEORGETOWN — With severed body parts, bloody handprints on the walls and other scary scenes, the Nightmare on Jail Hill at the historic Williamson County Jail in Georgetown offers a truly frightening experience, with all proceeds benefitting a good cause for another holiday: the Williamson County Brown Santa program. The idea to […]

Diagnosis alters doctor’s path, but not his passion for helping

By Dana Delgado When Dr. Dewayne Nash was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago, he promptly closed his family practice. He had been seeing patients for 25 years, the last 10 years at Austin Regional Clinic in Cedar Park. First attracted to the medical field while in middle school, the native of rural Arkansas completely […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Union Hall pastor credited with giving Andice its name in 1899

By JAMES WEAR Let’s take a short road trip this week over to Andice, a small community a few miles northeast of Liberty Hill. Many Liberty Hill citizens attend Mass in Andice, home of Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church, and I’m sure many locals have eaten a hamburger at the small general store that’s […]

Liberty Hill Garden Club celebrates 40 years of community service

By Dana Delgado Forty years ago, the Liberty Hill Garden Club embarked on an ambitious venture to enrich a small country community with the knowledge and beauty of plants while developing community bonds. This October, the group celebrates its anniversary with a special tribute to past presidents and long-time members while celebrating its long list […]

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 […]