Runnin’ Panthers drop game to Shoemaker

By Lauren Jette The Panthers basketball team dropped its first game of the season to Killeen Shoemaker 71-52 at home Tuesday night. “We got beat by a better team tonight. It’s just how it is,” said head coach Barry Boren. “They’re very good, they won their district last year. They got them all back but […]

After mid-season vow, JV finishes as co-district champs

By Mike Schoeffel Junior varsity teams don’t get much love. That’s just the nature of the high school football beast. The varsity team grabs headlines and adulation, while JV players go about their business without much recognition, biding their time until the day arrives to shine in front of pulsing crowds on Friday nights. The […]

Panthers rush to area championship

By Lauren Jette Spurred by four touchdowns in the first quarter, the Panthers ran all over the Gonzales Apaches to win the Area championship 51-3 Friday night at Canyon Lake. “I thought our kids played pretty well,” said head coach Jerry Vance. “It’s always real nice to have that breathing room.” Jon Shannon took off […]

Two Brand It brings local flair with boutique

By Lauren Jette Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Highway 29, at the end of a row of older buildings in the heart of downtown Liberty Hill is Two Brand It. Mostly known for screen printing T-shirts, the locally-owned business recently expanded and now houses a boutique in the front of their store. […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Sam Mather played big role in shaping local history

By JAMES WEAR In our last column we shared information with readers regarding Andy Mather, a Gabriel Mills native who during his lifetime would gain acclaim for his association with the Texas Rangers. This week we’ll devote some space to his father, Samuel Mather, an early settler of the area who, while perhaps not as […]

Gardening, new activities help bring purpose, joy to Hope House residents

By Christine Bolaños Helping build a garden, making a candle or soap can be therapeutic for anyone. For the residents of Hope House it is an opportunity to find purpose, joy and a sense of accomplishment in everyday life. The nonprofit offers a permanent nurturing and understanding residence for the mentally and physically disabled. Some […]

Panthers look to replicate 2014 area game against familiar opponent

By Lauren Jette The road to the state championship is the same as it was last year, but two rounds into the playoffs, Liberty Hill’s opponents are all too familiar. After dispatching rival Burnet in the bi-district round last week, the Panthers will have another area rematch against Gonzales, the team they beat last year […]

Former receiver Joiner leading way on Panther defense

By Lauren Jette When junior cornerback Dylan Joiner moved to Liberty Hill from Leander before his sophomore year, he thought he was going to contribute to the Panthers as a wide receiver. After seeing the number of running backs and lack of receivers on the team, Joiner realized he was going to have to find […]

Hoopoe ready to continue softball at next level

By Lauren Jette Years of hard work and dedication paid off in a big way for Liberty Hill senior Megan Huppee when she signed a letter of intent to play softball for Tennessee State University on Nov. 13. “I know this has been my dream,” Huppee said. “People would ask me ‘oh, what do you […]

Volunteerism a calling for the Marshalls

By Christine Bolaños Tara and Rick Marshall are the type of people who would rather sing praises of others or each other than themselves. Each has made a huge difference in the Liberty Hill community and hope their calling to volunteerism is carried onto their children. Mrs. Marshall is serving for the fifth year on […]