THROWBACK THURSDAY: Former student shares memories of school days

Members of a Lady Panther varsity basketball team from the late 1960’s. Top row from left are Coach Cadmus Brown, Carolyn Ross, Paula Lane, Lori Lay, Carleene Wright, Sarah Jones and Connie Sue Foust. Second row from left are Bertha Reed, Teresa Williams, Denise Williams, Mary Parker, Sue Williams, Pam Williams, Debbie Mather and Effie Montgomery. Front row are Margot Lynn Wetzel, Donna Jay, Wanda Johnson and Sybil Brown. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR I’d just completed my last column when I mentioned to my wife one of the stories Billy Ray Guerin told me about students climbing out of windows for a ride down the fire escape. “Oh, yeah,” she said, “Those windows were open a lot, and sometimes the milkman, after making a delivery […]

Mother, daughter take fortuitous journey to LHISD

Well-credentialed and highly respected in their native Colorado, Mary Lou Lively (right) and her daughter Emily Lively (left)  joined Liberty Hill’s teaching finest this year, but only by a fortuitous turn of events. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado Well-credentialed and highly respected in their native Colorado, Mary Lou Lively and her daughter Emily Lively joined Liberty Hill’s teaching finest this school year, but only by a very fortuitous turn of events. Emily Lively accepted a fourth grade position teaching reading, writing and social studies at Bill Burden Elementary School while […]

Liberty Fit fair hopes to turn Liberty Hill into health-conscious community

By DANA DELGADO Community leaders partnered with school district officials are preparing to launch a major undertaking that could dramatically affect the culture of the entire community. If all goes as organizers predict, it could be the beginning of something good, really good, for the community but especially for students. The event — Liberty Fit […]

Old Red Brick School House produced community leaders

The Liberty Hill sixth grade in 1947 included from front row left, Gene Landrum, Joe Ed Canady, Gerald Dickinson, Eugene Childers and David Williams. Second row are J.L. Smith, Tommy Pope, Earlene Inmon, Bessie Lee Dycus, Eloise Woods, Faye Kirk, Jimmy Wilson and Norman Bonnett. Third row are Ethelene Chandler, Letha Jo Mather, Beverly Speed, Betty Smith and Jean Ledbetter. Fourth row are Lois Williams, Edna Earle Jackson, Robert Berry, Alfred Gilmore and Frances Johnson. The fifth row includes Earl Inmon, Edward Odis, Kenneth Lane, George McAnnally, Miss Lock, Ruth Floyd and Gale Kauffman. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR The year was 1947. Two years earlier, atomic bombs had been dropped on Japan, bringing the Pacific conflict of World War II to an end. President Harry Truman, who issued the order to attack, was still in office in 1947, the year that would see Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Chickens doomed Liberty Hill’s first incorporation attempt

Nathan Wetzel, pictured here with wife Margot, was among the proponents when Liberty Hill first attempted incorporation in 1984. Wetzel, who was later elected as Liberty Hill’s first mayor following a successful 1999 incorporation election, was among those seeking a post as city commissioner in 1984. Both have since passed away. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR It was about this time some 30 years ago that Liberty Hill was abuzz with talk of incorporation, and leading up to the August 11, 1984 election, there was plenty of controversy swirling as residents debated the issue. I’ve been unable to come up with the official number of votes regarding the […]

SHAC hopes fair will encourage healthy living

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By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill ISD, local businesses and non-profit organizations are working together to promote a healthy lifestyle and are hoping that a jointly-sponsored health fair in October will set a new standard for the community. The Liberty Fit Health, Wellness and Safety Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, […]

With a powerful voice and gutsy attitude, Cousins making her way in music industry

Emily Cousins, the soulful singer songwriter from Liberty Hill, is making her way in the music industry and making a difference in her hometown. (Photo by Leslie Avila)

By SHELLY WILKISON Driven by a passion for music and blessed with a deep, bluesy and soulful sound, Emily Cousins never had a hard and fast plan for her career. Instead, she explored opportunities and discovered that sometimes — even in the music industry — not having a plan is a good thing. “I didn’t […]

Immigration relief efforts in McAllen receives support from local volunteers

Randy O'Dell is coordinator of the Salvation Army's  Williamson County canteen. Liberty Hill area volunteers assisted in the immigration relief efforts in McAllen this month. (Courtesy Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill area volunteers opened their hearts in recent days to hundreds of Central American immigrants making their way through McAllen to destinations north. As part of the Salvation Army’s Williamson County canteen, nine area volunteers travelled to McAllen’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church and became part of a humanitarian effort to help […]

Luckadoo wins top solo honors

LHHS Panther band member Clayton Luckadoo won the Fine Arts Concerto Solo competition at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan earning him the opportunity to solo with their featured Masterworks Orchestra on August 16.  (Courtesy Photo)

By Brenda Young Learning of another win that adds to an already accomplished high school career for Clayton Luckadoo was music to his ears. The Liberty Hill High School junior recently won the Fine Arts Concerto Solo competition for his clarinet performance at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, Mich. The 16-year-old […]

New beginnings for Fieldcamp, LH United Methodist Church

The Rev. Steve Fieldcamp, new pastor at Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, holds a cross made from steel previously used on prison bars.  It was one of several ministries that inspired to become a clergyman after completing a 36-year career in law. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado It’s another new beginning for Steve Fieldcamp who has had a life filled with new beginnings. Two weeks ago, Liberty Hill United Methodist Church (LHUMC), one of the area’s pioneer churches, welcomed him as their new pastor after being presented to church members in April. “New beginnings are always exciting,” he said. […]