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. 
(Courtesy Photo)

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 […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Flowler, Nelson put Liberty Hill on the map in mid-1970s

Mel Fowler spoke during the 1987 dedication of the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park. It was the last time he would be in Liberty Hill, as he died a few months later while in Italy. (James Wear Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Both were artists, both used their hands, both wore their hair long and both left an impression on Liberty Hill back in the mid-1970’s that is still being felt to this day, although it could be argued with some conviction that Liberty Hill continues to reap benefits from sculptor Mel Fowler’s legacy […]

Zero Gravity dream come true for gymnast

Cathy Zeolla, who trained at the Olympic level in gymnastics, enjoys enjoys teaching beginner and recreational classes at Zero Gravity in Leander. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

By Christine Bolaños LEANDER — At only 16 years of age, Cathy Zeolla knew she wanted to own her own gymnasium. It was at that point in her life that she began teaching children younger than her how to perfect their gymnastics skills. To Zeolla, gymnastics was more than a passion, it was a gift. She […]

Philpott signs with Friends University for volleyball

Sarah Philpott signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Friends University. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT There was never a doubt in senior Sarah Philpott’s mind when she pondered whether to continue playing volleyball at the next level following her graduation in June. Deciding where to play was a different story, however. Philpott had several different schools in the state of Kansas and one from the state of […]

Liberty Hill’s first year ends short of State title for boys soccer

Senior Joey Kipfer (#20) uses a deft touch to bring the ball down in midfield. liberty Hill fell to San Elizario 4-2 in the boys 4A State Championship match on Friday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft GEORGETOWN–The San Elizario Eagles scored two second-half goals to crush Liberty Hill’s state title hopes and end the Panthers’ historic first season of varsity soccer. Liberty Hill’s senior midfielder Omar Perez was able to score a consolation goal in the 77th minute, but it was a little too late for the Panthers […]