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 […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Old newspapers provide interesting tidbits about Liberty Hill’s yesteryears

J.D. Cox, far left, looks on as then-First Lady of Texas Rita Clements prepares to snip the ribbon at dedication ceremonies of the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park in the mid-1980s. Cox had been serving as high school principal when he was tabbed to replace retiring school superintendent Bill Burden in 1982. 
(James Wear Photo)

By JAMES WEAR A couple of weeks ago I noted that one way to learn about Liberty Hill’s past is to have coffee with oldtimers. Another, if you’re lucky enough to come across old newspapers, is to simply read through them and review the contents. Some time ago I came across a stack of The […]

Life-changing trip prompts church softball tourney

A mission trip to the Philippines by a delegation from Union Hall Baptist Church has prompted them to organize support for an orphanage that helps children rescued from poverty, abuse and abandonment. A benefit co-ed softball tournament is scheduled for July 26. Gathering with a group of school children from the orphanage are from left, Christopher Cox, Zach Hamilton, Keith Hamilton, Pastor Robert Butts and David Hess. (Courtesy Photo)

By Dana Delgado A life-changing mission trip to the Philippines recently has prompted Union Hall Baptist Church of Liberty Hill to action. Children destined for poverty, abandonment and abuse are at stake, explained Pastor Robert Butts. There was no turning away. “The mission trip was life-changing,” said Pastor Butts. “It really was, but it impacted […]

Cyclist in near-fatal crash begins recovery

Sam Mills holds the helmet that spared him from head injries in a near-fatal crash April 25. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado It’s been just over six weeks since Samuel (Sam) Mills’ routine ride home from his Austin job ended with an unnerving almost deadly crash in Leander. “Our family and friends from Liberty Hill, to the Gulf Coast, to Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Hawaii were all praying for him and our prayers were […]