At age 86, Hollis Baker comes of age

Hollis Baker, with all his country charm, has come of age as an author and entertaining columnist.   Baker recently published a compilation of his columns in the book “Shin Oak Ridge and Other Stories.” (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado Homer Baker was quite the role model for his naïve but rather inquisitive and attentive son, Hollis, a typical country boy reared in the heart of Burnet County. The elder Baker, in a what-in-the-world was he thinking move, pinned his hopes on a small grocery store that he dared to open as […]

Lady Panthers challenge, but fall to East View

Emma Hofmann (#7), a left defender, passes the ball up the left line to her mid-fielder in the Lady Panthers match with Hutto Tuesday. Liberty Hill tied the game 1-1. Liberty Hill Men’s soccer fell to Hutto 1-0 on Tuesday. LHHS soccer teams are in their first official season of competition. The ladies play in the Marble Falls Tournament this weekend, while the men play at the Temple Tournament. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE So, here’s what we know about the Liberty Hill girls soccer team after its second scrimmage of the pre-season, which took place late Friday afternoon at a raw and drizzly Panther Stadium: the Lady Panthers are competitive, even against a bigger, more established program, proving that in a 1-0 loss to Class […]

Panthers right ship after unsteady start against Texans

Liberty Hill’s Slater Foust drives to the basket as Wimberley’s Will Simpson defends Tuesday night during a non-district game at Liberty Hill High School. The Runnin’ Panthers defeated the Texans 75-37. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE A lot of people are saying some nice things about the Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers. With their 75-37 win over the Wimberley Texans Tuesday night in boys non-district basketball at Liberty Hill High School, the Panthers remain perfect at 20-0 and they are ranked No. 5 in Class 4A. The Panthers seem […]

Library Thrift Store getting up to tech speed

Showing off the wide selection of quality clothing and household items, recently hired Bertram Library Thrift Store Manager Connie Kaiser, armed with sales experience and technology expertise, has plans to upgrade the store’s operating systems to better serve their many loyal customers and to attract newcomers looking for bargains.  (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Although specializing in quality resale clothing and housewares for over 30 years, the Bertram Public Library Thrift Store located in historic Bertram is ready to jump into the 21st Century. New manager Connie Kaiser, armed with sales experience and technology expertise, has plans to upgrade the thrift store’s operating systems […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Recalling the Gabriel Mills bridge dedication

Madge McCormick Smith provided the ceremonial first ride across the new bridge at Gabriel Mills in one of her convertibles. Her riders included Audrey McAndrew Brizendine (in front seat with Smith), Charley Mather (passenger side rear seat) and Harold Asher. (James Wear Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Back in December of 1987, I was among those to attend the dedication of a new bridge crossing the North San Gabriel River at Gabriel Mills, a small community located on CR 236. Among those attending the event were Harold Asher, a widely-known educator who also earned acclaim for his historical research; […]

Newspaper sales benefit Liberty Hill Band Boosters


  The Liberty Hill Band Boosters benefitted from a fundraiser sponsored by The Liberty Hill Independent this fall. Band students from Liberty Hill High School, Liberty Hill Junior High and Liberty Hill Intermediate School sold subscriptions to the hometown newspaper and the Band Boosters earned half of every subscription sold. Newspaper co-owner Charley Wilkison (center) […]

Area’s development attracts leading insulation company

Garland Insulating, one of the state’s’ largest locally-owned insulating businesses and among the industry’s leaders, has opened a facility in Liberty Hill to better serve central Texas home and business owners.  The company offers a wide range of services with a host of high quality materials at affordable prices and has built a reputation of quality workmanship over 66 years.  Standing in front of the business from left are employees Jonathan Heathington,  Shiloh Shorten, Eduardo Gutierrez, Patty Gilmore, Chase Lutke, Juan Sanchez, John Bazemore and Issac Delgado. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado When Garland Insulating Ltd., a leading insulating company in the southern states and one of the largest locally owned and operated insulation companies in Texas, went looking for a central Texas location, Liberty Hill, primed for growth, was a logical choice. “The projected growth statistics on Williamson County mean more families moving […]

Drones take flight in Liberty Hill

UAV Direct Tech Manager Eric Davis explains the capability and operational process of drones at their Liberty Hill facility.  Located at 14365 W. State Hwy 29, UAV Direct has established itself as a leader in selling custom, high performance, reliable, and easy-to-operate small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for commercial and recreational use.  (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado While small drones have been all the rage across the country for their unlimited potential, UAV Direct in Liberty Hill is in on the ground floor and has been drawing a stream of customers to its full-sales, service, manufacturing and training facility. “This industry will be huge,” said UAV Direct Technology Manager […]

Liberty Hill falls to Navasota in Class 4A, Division I semifinals

Tanner Vrabel recovers a fumble. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Bob Varmette WACO – The Liberty Hill Panthers played a flawless first half offensively against the Navasota Rattlers. The question was whether they could keep it up. They couldn’t – and after a three and out on their first drive of the night, the Rattlers unleashed their offense and rallied from a 14-0 deficit […]

LHHS vs. Navasota: Old school vs. offensive juggernaut

The Liberty Hill Panthers shocked the entire stadium with a fake field goal in the fourth quarter. Christian Anderson (#23) flipped a pass to Jason Reeves (#20) who ran 18 yards for the decisive touchdown in a 23-15 win over Burnet last Friday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill senior defensive back Jason Reeves isn’t exactly sure how many touchdown receptions Navasota junior wideout Tren’Davian Dickson has this season. It’s easy to lose count with as many as Dickson has. For the record, it’s 34 – that’s a state record and ties him for the national mark for a […]