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. […]

Hernandez loses leg, but won’t be defeated by diabetes

One year ago, Izzy Hernandez had his leg amputated just below the knee. This is his second week to wear the prosthetic leg all day long. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON Twenty years ago, he learned that he had diabetes. Immediately, doctors prescribed pills and insulin and Izzy Hernandez believed the medications were keeping the disease under control. As the years passed, most days he felt fine. Then last summer on a family vacation to El Paso, he noticed a blister on the […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Myers spread love throughout Liberty Hill

Gloria Myers, seated left, and husband Jim (standing at left) posed with two of their children (standing from left--Sydna and James and James’ wife Tonya) during a visit from Gloria’s mother back in the mid-1990’s. Gloria and Jim were leading supporters of the Liberty Hill ISD band program and other community causes. Gloria was once honored by the Liberty Hill Masonic Lodge, which presented her with the Community Builder Award, the highest honor the Masons bestow on non-members. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Of all the folks I’ve met during my years in Liberty Hill, perhaps none impressed me more than Gloria Myers and her husband Jim. Gloria operated a tiny flower shop downtown next door to the cafe, and from there she, in her own special and unique way, touched many lives. She reminded […]

STAFF NOTEBOOK: A plea to help Liberty Hill’s longtime public servant

Charles Canady has made a lasting contribution to the city of Liberty Hill  and now needs the community’s help as his family struggles to cope with medical expenses from years of cancer treatment. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By CHARLEY WILKISON Co-owner of The Independent  One of the first people we met in Liberty Hill 15 years ago was Charles Canady. He leaned in under the hood of my 1960 Chevy pickup listening to it run, took a screwdriver out of the pocket of his blue overalls and followed my finger to the […]