Liberty Hill 4-H opens doors for students

By Dana Delgado For generations, participating in 4-H has been a rite of passage. It was just that way for Liberty Hill resident Kelly James when she was growing up in Wood County, Texas and competing in public speaking at a local 4-H Club. “It helped open avenues to leadership and helped me gain a […]

Inspired by strength of injured teen, magician set to wow Liberty Hill

An Evening of Wow, a fundraising event benefitting the family of Mason Endres, features Magician CJ Johnson. (Courtesy Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON If he could take away the pain and suffering of a Liberty Hill teen who was mangled when an intoxicated driver rammed barricades and struck her as she stood amidst a crowd of pedestrians, CJ Johnson would say the magic words. Johnson, a Liberty Hill magician who has built a 20-year career […]

Cultural trips abroad enrich high school learning experience

By Dana Delgado Suddenly, the world shrank and looked a lot different. A trip abroad changed many things but affirmed others. For a select group of Liberty Hill High School students on a school-organized cultural trip, international travel has been a trip of a lifetime and for many, the beginning of something wonderful. Last year, […]

Recalling the night Johnny Bush & the Bandeleros rode into town

Country music legend Johnny Bush performed at the Liberty Hill Festival in 1990. Bush, who was among those to perform at Willie Nelson’s third Fourth of July Picnic in Liberty Hill in 1975, played before a packed house at the VFW Post Home when it was located off CR 277. (Courtesy Photo by Terry Stephenson)

By JAMES WEAR Nearly 24 years have passed, but I still remember the evening country music singer Johnny Bush came to Liberty Hill. It was April 28, 1990, and by the time Bush and his band, the Bandeleros, took the stage at the VFW Post Home, I was one tired fellow. It had been a […]

Music teacher seeks votes to obtain grant

Liberty Hill Elementary School Music Teacher Linda Downey leads Mrs. Christa McCoy’s first grade class in song. Ms. Downey is in the running for grant money with her proposal for a mobile computer unit through a Farmers Insurance “Thank A Million Teachers” program. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado Liberty Hill Elementary School Music Teacher Linda Downey is in the running for some much needed grant money and with the deadline quickly approaching, is looking for votes to support her proposal. The contest is part of Farmers Insurance “Thank a Million Teachers” program launched by The University of Farmers Education Foundation, […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Remembering Wanda Lane – a Liberty Hill treasure

A Lane family portrait from the mid-1980s. At left is Wanda Lane with daughter Paula and sons James (front) and Johnny “Bud”. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR It’s the words inscribed on her tombstone out in the Liberty Hill Cemetery that perhaps sum up the life of Wanda Lane: “A mother to many, a friend to all.” Wanda is widely regarded as one of the most influential persons to ever have called Liberty Hill home, and today, 19 years […]

From historic downtown, Free Masons seek opportunities to make a difference

John Brengle, past Master of the Lodge, stands in the upstairs room of the Masonic Hall where members conduct their rituals and ceremonies that have been passed down for centuries.  Brengle says members are sworn to secrecy. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado The stately, old limestone building yearns to tell its tale. Its aged limestone blocks towering two stores are blackened at the top. Beneath those darkened age spots one can faintly see, etched in stone, the numbers 1883, the year the building was completed. Resting in the middle of seven buildings in Liberty […]

LHHS offering students health services curriculum tract

By Dana Delgado Christine McCloskey has had to tend to many an injury, sprain, or other physical issue as an athletic trainer over the years. It’s been a career in progress that has seen her travel about the state serving several different school districts. The Houston area native got her start as a student trainer […]

Author starts a conversation among youth, families to build ‘the inner self’


By Dana Delgado Liberty Hill author Lisa Roberts launched her first book in January, and with it she launched her heart and soul. She grew up on a farm in Brenham where the world seemed much smaller, slower, and certainly much simpler.  Although, there were complications with her once evangelical missionary father and her spiritual […]

Hofmann credits scouting, family for strong work ethic

Liberty Hill High School senior Grant Hofmann (center) recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Assisted by members of local Scout Troop 196, Hofmann constructed a wooden box to hold trash cans at Tejas Camp at Lake Georgetown. (Courtesy Photo)

Encouraged by his grandfather to learn more about the world around him, Grant Hofmann joined scouting in elementary school and along the way grew to understand the importance of being self-sufficient and tenacious, and the value of working hard to make a difference. As his experience at Liberty Hill High School winds down, the 18-year-old […]