Joseph family, newspaper offer college scholarship

The family of Troy Carl Joseph, Liberty Hill’s longtime town greeter who passed away in 2011, will continue to award an annual memorial scholarship in his name, again tying it to an essay contest open to all Liberty Hill High School seniors. In partnership with The Liberty Hill Independent, the family will award a $1,000 […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Cowan’s passing jogs memories of fire station’s beginnings

By JAMES WEAR A few days ago I learned that Clyde Cowan had passed away after a long battle with cancer. I can’t recall exactly when I met Clyde, but over the years Clyde — a painter and drywall finisher by trade — helped me out a number of times on various jobs. Clyde, husband […]

UT students choose Liberty Hill as site for short film

Benjamin Fox (left), who has family in Liberty Hill and wrote the screenplay being filmed locally, is shown here producing instructional films for the military during his six-year tour of duty with the U.S. Army in public affairs before becoming a film student at UT.  (Courtesy Photo)

By Dana Delgado A fictional gruesome discovery in the woods of Liberty Hill was the backdrop last Saturday for a student film crew from the University of Texas at Austin. As a project for an advanced film production class at UT and to enhance their individual film portfolios, 15 film crew members along with three […]

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 […]