At 92, Pogue develops talent for carving walking sticks

By Dana Delgado Milton Lee Pogue cradles his waking stick like an old friend. And he has every reason to. About a year ago, Pogue fashioned the smooth, varnished stick from a five-foot-long branch he cut from a cedar tree on his property. He had meticulously removed the bark immediately after harvesting the branch and [...]

Through Salvation Army, local volunteers help during times of crisis

By SHELLY WILKISON Looking for an opportunity to serve others during their times of greatest need, Liberty Hill real estate broker Randy O’Dell reached out to the Salvation Army and volunteered to help. After serving on committees at a local church he attended for many years, O’Dell said he came to realize two years ago [...]

Rampy, Foust, Boatright to be inducted in Liberty Hill Cowboy Hall of Fame

The Williamson County Cowboy Church will induct three Liberty Hill cowboys posthumously into the Liberty Hill Cowboy Hall of Fame during a special ceremony August 31. The induction of local cowboys into the Hall of Fame has become an annual tradition for the Cowboy Church during its Liberty Hill Pro Rodeo, which is held the [...]

Community comes together to ‘Give Bella Strength’

By SHELLY WILKISON It wasn’t that long ago that 10-year-old Bella Herman was dancing on tip toes and moving easily to the cadence of hip hop tunes. But weeks away from the beginning of another school year, she is now in a wheelchair and undergoing rigorous physical therapy to restore strength to her legs and [...]

LHLA Board finalizes plans for BBQ Cook-off July 26-27

Volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Liberty Hill Livestock Association are busy preparing for the upcoming BBQ Cook-off. The Board met last week to finalize plans with owners of the cook-off’s new venue — End of the Trail Ranch in Briggs. The BBQ Cook-off, a fundraiser for FFA and 4-H students in Liberty [...]

Union Hall congregation celebrates 125 years of faith, family and community

By CHARLEY WILKISON On that first summer Sunday morning of 1888, the Union Hall Missionary Baptist Church of Christ congregation gathered and worshipped in song, sermon and prayer. And Sunday, July 7, it will be no different as the Union Hall Baptist Church celebrates 125 years of continuous services. Imagine there is no five-lane State [...]

An artist’s legacy withstands test of time

By SHELLY WILKISON The short trip from Hutto to Liberty Hill stirs fond memories of a time when Mike Fowler’s father was close enough to share a glass of wine and good conversation. From his studio in the old Stubblefield Building on Main Street, Mel Fowler created an unknown number of sculptures and inspired the [...]

Dedication ushers in new era for Liberty Hill’s Sculpture Park

By SHELLY WILKISON An artist who says he was “rescued” by his hometown after a fire destroyed his livelihood more than 20 years ago, unveiled a gift to the community Saturday — the first addition to Liberty Hill’s International Sculpture Park in more than 30 years.    “Frozen Dance”, which was sculpted over three years [...]

1976 sculpture symposium united local families with international artists

By SHELLY WILKISON At age 86, Dorothy Klein can remember the fall of 1976 like it was yesterday. Mrs. Klein’s family was one of more than a dozen local families who housed sculptors during the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Symposium that year. Organizers credited their generosity for the success of the three-month event, which brought [...]

Enjoy unique recipes from the Quach family at Happy Wok

By SHELLY WILKISON Seeking a better life for his family, Tuong Quach left his native Vietnam four years after war’s end and started over. Sponsored by an American family, Quach left his home in a small rural community outside Saigon in 1979 and moved to Austin with a dream of someday owning a business. Across [...]