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 […]

Spirit Reins breaking the cycle of abuse

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

  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

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 […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Liberty Hill has long been a popular live music venue

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]