Liberty Hill ends softball season in Region Final

Haylee Park hits a one run rbi single in game 2 of a series at the 2015 UIL 4A Softball Regional Finals between Liberty Hill  and Needville on May 30 in Mumford.  (PHILIP HAUSTEIN PHOTO)

By Taylor Grafft MUMFORD — The Liberty Hill Lady Panthers showed a lot of heart and fight last Friday night — characteristics they have carried with them all season. Unfortunately for Liberty Hill fans, that fight came just a little too late. The Needville Lady Jays completed the sweep and ended the Lady Panthers’ season […]

New law brings justice for Vinny

Landon and his therapy dog Vinny are shown together with a Certificate of Recognition presented by State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, the author of the bill.  (Courtesy Photo)

By Christine Bolaños Eight-year-old Landon Pemberton of Liberty Hill fought a rare blood disorder most of his life until going in remission more than a year ago. In June 2013, circumstances would bring forth another battle that he, along with his family and supporters, finally won in May. Pemberton was playing in his backyard when […]

Liberty Hill families finding peace, blessings after the storms

From left, Rex Lane, Sharon Landry, Sheryl Carpenter and Nancy Lane. The three families were victims of an F1 tornado May 23, but they are counting their blessings and thanking the Liberty Hill community for support. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON In the seconds they were communicating with each other by phone and text, trying to figure out whether to take cover and where, three families at the end of Tomahawk Trail were slammed by an F1 tornado that destroyed their homes, but strengthened their faith. “We are so blessed,” said Sheryl Carpenter, […]

Student with genetic disorder celebrated at LH Elementary

Liberty Hill Elementary School staff and students celebrated student Palyn Melson on May 22. Palyn has the genetic disorder Williams Syndrome. (Courtesy Photo)

By Christine Bolaños At first glance, Palyn Grace Melson looks like any other kindergartner at Liberty Hill Elementary School. But there is something about the six-year-old that makes her a little different and a little special. She has a genetic disorder known as Williams Syndrome that affects one in 10,000 people worldwide. According to Williams-syndrome.org, […]

Liberty Hill, Leander agree on wastewater service

Mayor Connie Fuller reads a proclamation designating May as Motorcycle Safety Month. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council approved an agreement with the City of Leander Tuesday to provide that city with wholesale wastewater service in new Leander neighborhoods in the area of Ronald Reagan Blvd. and State Highway 29. The 40-year agreement, which becomes effective with the approval of the Leander City Council next […]

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 […]