Passion for science, love for teaching at heart of Cobb’s 45-year career

After 45 years of teaching -- 35 of which were spent in Liberty Hill ISD -- Carolyn Cobb is retiring next month. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON Every person who has attended junior high or high school in Liberty Hill in the past three decades knows Carolyn Cobb. In fact, the shared experience of Mrs. Cobb’s science class is frequently a conversation starter among those who have passed through Liberty Hill schools over the years. “Former students and people […]

Liberty Hill softball sweeps Columbus, set for regional tournament

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By Taylor Grafft SAN MARCOS–Win each battle, and then you win the war. On offense it means thinking about one hit at a time. On defense it means working for every out. On Friday in San Marcos the Liberty Hill Lady Panther softball team used that mindset to sweep the Columbus Cardinals in a best-of-three […]

Local honeybee farm offers much more than honey

Jodi Zachmann pulls a comb full of brood (bees that haven’t hatched yet) out of the concrete column at Legacy Vintage Store in Liberty Hill. (Courtesy Photo)

By Christine Bolaños  Honeybees do much more than produce sweet nectar. They are critical to the ecosystem and their honey can even be used for medicinal purposes. Jodi Zachmann, owner of Jackass Honey Farms in Liberty Hill, plans to begin selling honey locally and takes it a step further by offering free removal and relocation […]

Local athletes shine at Special Olympics

The Liberty Hill Special Olympics team lines up in preparation to lead the Parade of Athletes at Area 13 Special Olympics Track Meet May 2 at Leander High School’s Bible Stadium.  From left are athletes, parents and volunteers, including Mary Mapel, Josh Sudekum, Bryan Mapel, Coach Christopher Klepper, Ashley Combs, Melva Dunan, Daniel Dunan, Jae Harris, Meghan Whitehead, Mark Poole, Makayla Allman-Solis, L.M., Karla Henriquez, Marcy Brooks, Jared Sudekum and Stacy Cox. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado LEANDER — The jubilant faces and unbridled excitement of countless athletes told the story at the Area 13 Special Olympics Track and Field Meet May 1-2 at Leander High School’s Bible Stadium. In the stands, an appreciative and supportive crowd enthusiastically cheered each participant. While medals and ribbons were awarded to the […]

Parks reflects on 50-year school career

Superintendent Rob Hart (left) and Assistant Superintendent Robert Parks (right) have worked side by side to prepare Liberty Hill for growth. Parks, 73, is retiring in June after a 50-year career in Texas public schools. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON He started his career teaching seventh and eighth graders at Liberty Chapel — a 52-student rural school where he also served as principal. It was 1965. Although it was a much simpler time compared to today, 22-year-old Robert Parks had his hands full. Today, as he reflects on a 50-year career in public […]

Mighty Fine will be first food truck under new ordinance

Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries & Shakes launched its food truck in February and will be making stops in Liberty Hill on Wednesdays in May. 
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By Christine Bolaños  The food truck phenomenon that has taken the Central Austin area by storm for several years is making its way to Liberty Hill. Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries & Shakes unveiled its food truck in February and has been making the rounds throughout various local communities. Liberty Hill will be added to that […]

Kristan captures 200th baseball career win

LHHS Baseball Coach Mike Kristan won his 200th baseball game this week with a 1-0 win over Llano. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft April 28 wasn’t just a special night for the four seniors playing their final home game at Liberty Hill, it also turned out to be a career milestone for Panthers’ coach Mike Kristan, who achieved his 200th career win with a 1-0, extra inning win over Llano. “It just means I’ve been here […]

Liberty Hill copes with grief after horrific crash kills Draper siblings

Mother Crystal Draper with her children Koty (top right), Koby (front left), Kirsten and Kristopher. Koby and Kirsten were killed by a drunk driver April 23 and their funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Georgetown. (Courtesy Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON and CHRISTINE BOLANOS Heartbroken by the loss of two children in a car crash last week, the Liberty Hill community is grieving as the family prepares for a funeral service Friday. The service for 15-year-old Koby and 10-year-old Kirsten Draper will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 1, at First Baptist Church […]

Studio owner making hits in Liberty Hill

Merel Bregante operates his recording studio, Cribworks Digital Audio in Liberty Hill. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

By Christine Bolaños Merel Bregante has the culture, passion and experience in music that would likely allow him to successfully operate a recording studio wherever he chooses. But he chose County Road 200 in Liberty Hill. “My wife (musician Sarah Pierce) and I moved to Liberty Hill not really knowing what to expect. We found […]

Celebrate Recovery now servicing Liberty Hill

Pastor Dave Amstutz shows his notes on a white board he focused on at a recent Celebrate Recovery session. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

By Christine Bolaños A recovering alcoholic. A drug addict. An abuse victim who is closed off from the world. An emotional overeater. These are just some of the types of individuals who recognize their lives are not what they should be but have taken that first giant step toward bettering themselves. That step comes in […]