Foust thinks defense-first for Panthers

Slater Foust grabs a rebound under the basket against Taylor on Tuesday. Foust has been a defensive stopper for the Panthers this season. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill junior Slater Foust times his toss perfectly – and knocks a teammate’s shot attempt off its intended trajectory. It falls harmlessly to the floor instead of finding the bottom of the basket. Getting in some extra work after practice, Foust is still more about stopping someone else from scoring than […]

Playoffs await Panthers, but first a night to remember

Callen Mikulencak is the only senior on the Runnin’ Panthers team this season. He was honored by his team on Senior Night Tuesday, and joined at center court by his parents. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE It was bound to be a night filled with emotions for the Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers. It was their final home game of the season and a chance at perfection. And it was the final home game of a career for their lone senior, and captain, Callen Mikulencak. The Panthers defeated the […]

Hightower named Investigator of the Year

Melissa Hightower (left), chief investigator for the Williamson County Attorney’s Office, received statewide recognition last week from the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. County Attorney Dee Hobbs (right) shared the news with Williamson County Commissioners on Tuesday. (Courtesy Photo)

By CHARLEY WILKISON Last Thursday, Melissa Lietz Hightower was sitting in the audience in Galveston applauding as elected officials and county attorneys from across the state were being recognized. Little did she know that backstage her boss, Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs and several of her coworkers were waiting to honor her as the recipient […]

Idea sparks honor for JH history teacher

Melissa McWherter has been named VFW Teacher of the Year for District 28 and is now in the running for the state honor. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado In an effort to connect students and history, teacher Melissa McWherter struck upon an idea a few years ago that has proven not only highly successful but impactful. So impactful, McWherter has been named the VFW Teacher of the Year for District 28 for her efforts after being recognized locally and is […]

Lady Panthers wrap up perfect district season, eye deep playoff run

Senior Shelby Whitten (#3) draws a blocking foul on her drive to the rim. Whitten was a key scorer for LHHS 47-33 win over the Lady Bulldogs. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft There weren’t many people around the state that expected this type of success from the Liberty Hill Lady Panther basketball team when they were filling out their pre-season rankings and writing down their predictions. As a result, Liberty Hill entered the season with a chip on their shoulders to prove their doubters […]

Teacher’s compassion spurs support from student

Liberty Hill High School junior Jordan Marsh (right) recently created a GoFundMe page to raise money for chemistry Teacher Bonnie Dortch’s medical treatments. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON “It isn’t often that you meet people with such a golden heart.” That’s how one Liberty Hill High School student describes chemistry teacher and Student Council advisor Bonnie Dortch. “Her ability to connect with students and understand their needs is truly inspiring,” said junior Jordan Marsh. Marsh opened the door to Dortch’s […]

HRS Learning Center offers career training in medical billing

Cheri Freeman, president of  HRS Learning Center in Liberty Hill. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON As more people become insured as a result of the Affordable Care Act, there is a growing need for qualified medical insurance billers. And one Liberty Hill company has developed an online curriculum to educate and train future talent to meet the demand. The Liberty Hill-based HRS Learning Center offers an online […]

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 […]