Twins bring unique skills to the court


By BOB VARMETTE No, they’ve never switched numbers. Liberty Hill junior guards Carson and Conner Lowe are identical twins. Carson is the elder, born two minutes earlier 18 years ago in Tyler. Off the court, it’s nearly impossible to tell the two apart. It can be on court, as well, if you don’t know their […]

Harrison earns Academic All-State Cheer

Senior Cheerleader Paige Harrison (left) and LHHS Assistant Principal D’Onda Kristan, who also serves as Cheer Coach. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON There’s nothing typical about Liberty Hill High School senior Paige Harrison. She recently celebrated her 17th birthday and is four months away from graduating near the top of her class after only three years in high school. It’s her commitment to academic achievement that this week caught the attention of the Texas […]

Coffey family finally home

From left, Ray and Melanie Coffey, and Operation Finally Home founder Dan Wallrath. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO It was a cool morning, but the rain held off just long enough for a perfect day as Operation Finally Home held the home dedication for Ray Coffey and his family in Santa Rita Ranch. Cars started filling the subdivision around 8 a.m. – two hours before the event was scheduled to […]

Illness inspires new studio wellness gym

After being bedridden for eight years with a multitude of illnessess, Holly Johnson is the picture of good health and devoted to running a budding specialty wellness and fitness program. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado Tall and slender and committed to staying fit, Holly Johnson is the picture of good health and devoted to running a budding specialty wellness and fitness program. It is hard to imagine that only a few years ago, life was dramatically different for the Liberty Hill businesswoman. As a 15-year honor roll […]

LCRA, PEC award grant for Liberty Hill patrol vehicle

Liberty Hill Police Department received a $25,000 grant from LCRA and PEC that went toward the purchase of a new patrol vehicle.  From left are Sgt. Jeff Ringstaff, Officer Robert Fox and Chief Randy Williams with K9 Roady. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

The Liberty Hill Police Department received a $25,000 grant last week that will go toward the purchase of a new patrol vehicle. Through the Community Development Partership Program, a collaborative effort of the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the grant will go toward the purchase of the $39,000 Ford Police Intercepter Utility […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Life on the sidelines

Corby Davis (left) and Thomas Blum take a breather during a 1987 Liberty Hill football game. (James Wear Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Other than playing in a game against Liberty Hill in 1971 when I was a junior high student at Florence, and years later, in the fall of 1978, when I attended a contest between Liberty Hill and Lometa to watch my niece perform at halftime, I never followed Liberty Hill football until […]

Girls basketball outlasts Lampasas, moves to 4-0

Kandyn Faurie (#32) is fouled hard in the paint by two Lampasas Lady Badgers during a 50-39 victory in their fourth district game of the season. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft Despite winning their fourth district game of the season by a double-digit margin, the Liberty Hill Lady Panther basketball team had to earn every minute of their home victory over the Lampasas Lady Badgers on Tuesday. Senior point guard Shelby Whitten led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 14 points to help […]

Walter lifts LH into 1-1 draw with Vandergrift JV

Liberty Hill’s Tayler Walter heads the ball as Vandegrift’s Grace Andres (8) defends Tuesday night during a non-district girls soccer match at Panther Stadium. The teams played to a 1-1 draw. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE For the better part of 50 minutes, the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers were on the defensive. But in the second half, the Lady Panthers seemed to be a different team. Liberty Hill didn’t dominate the final 40 minutes, but they won more of the individual battles, and one of those individual wins […]

Boys soccer team has mixed background for inaugural UIL season

The Liberty Hill Boys Soccer Team for 2014-2015. Kneeling from left are Cameron Ellis (#14), Bo Hanson (#8), Bryce Stratton (#1), Angel Viera (#12), Zach Zausch (#19), Lucas Rizzotto (#13), Robinson Placek (#7), Isaac Zausch (#15), Joseph Serio (#11), Jack Brewer (#4). Standing from left are Taylor Tolley (#3), Bryson Carroll (#16), Kale Sudderth (#6), Joey Kipfer (#20), Shane Burnett (GK, #0), Carter Jenkins (#5), Caleb Knight (GK, #30), Omar Perez (#10), Clayton Nance (#18), Slade Cummins and Coach Darren Bauer. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT You have more than likely heard the phrase “never judge a book by its cover.” The Liberty Hill Panther boys soccer team is no exception to that saying. In their first official UIL-sanctioned season, the Panthers are already turning heads around the region despite being a first-year program. The boys have already […]

Solis fires up the pits in Bertram

John Solis stands in front of his latest honor, Grand Champion Reserve won last fall at the National Cook-Off Championship in Buda. Solis recently opened the restaurant John Beere Bar-B-Q in Bertram. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By DANA DELGADO BERTRAM — Over the years, John Solis has made a good living with his hands as a mason, but now finds himself savoring a whole new success. A few years ago, the Bertram native turned an ordinary weekend ritual into an extraordinary new venture for himself. With close attention to detail and […]