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 […]

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 […]