Liberty Hill Police wearing body cameras

From left are Cpl. James Savage, Chief Randy Williams with K9 Roady, Charley Wilkison of The Independent, Officer Robert Fox, James Baker of Liberty Hill Towing and Sgt. Jeff Ringstaff. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

The Liberty Hill Police Department purchased body cameras for its officers recently as a result of donations by Liberty Hill Towing and The Liberty Hill Independent newspaper. Eight cameras were purchased along with one year of cloud storage for videos. James Baker of Liberty Hill Towing and Charley Wilkison, co-owner of the newspaper, agreed the […]

LHHS runners are Class 4A State Champions

The Liberty Hill 1,600-meter relay team poses with their medals and the baton from their state-championship winning run. From left are Rachel Gallander, Shaylin Vickers, Ana Rodriguez and Lily Miller. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO AUSTIN — In the most stressful, nerve-inducing race of the season, the Liberty Hill girls 1,600-meter relay team clinched a state championship Saturday by seven hundredths of a second. Liberty Hill entered the final exchange with a slight cushion, courtesy of three strong laps by Lily Miller, Ana Rodriguez and Shaylin Vickers. […]

Rodeo brings family fun, crowds to Liberty Hill

Robert Velasquez of Huntsville struggles to hold on in the bareback riding event Saturday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Matt McElhinney Last Friday at the 2015 Liberty Hill Open Rodeo, Cookies ‘N Cream, a 2,000-pound white bull marked with black spots, had its horns pointed at barrelman and rodeo clown Shotgun Rodney Gaston. Still raging after flinging aside its rider, the bull charged at Gaston. “Look out, Shotgun!” rodeo announcer Dave McMahon boomed […]

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 […]