Panthers take first step, claw Cougars 51-22

The Fightin' Panthers are headed to Area round after defeating China Spring Friday. (File Photo by Kathy Canady)

By BOB VARMETTE COPPERAS COVE – Running never gets old for the Liberty Hill Panthers. But it must have been tiring for Jon Shannon. The Panthers junior fullback rushed 38 times for 263 yards and a career-high five touchdowns Friday night, leading the Panthers past the China Spring Cougars 51-22 in a Class 4A Division […]

Panthers miss podium by one runner at State Meet

The Liberty Hill girls cross country team came in fourth place at State Meet. (Courtesy Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFT ROUND ROCK — Liberty Hill missed the podium by the slimmest of margins at the UIL Class 4A state meet. Once the top five runners from each team were added up, Liberty Hill and Dalhart both finished with 128 points putting them in a tie for third place. In that situation, a […]

Ladies sweep Wimberley to break 20-year drought

Peyton Redmond (#5) and Jill Green (#2) watch Jaycie Pluenneke (#15) go for a block against Wimberley. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft AUSTIN — The Liberty Hill Panther volleyball team put forth a convincing, all-around team effort on Tuesday to get the job done and advance to Regionals in San Antonio this Friday. With the team’s 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-22) sweep over the Wimberley Texans in the Regional Quarterfinal round, they also broke a […]

LHHS, China Spring to take first playoff step Friday

Senior linebacker Christian Anderson (#23) picks off the Bandera quarterback late in the fourth quarter to help secure a 42-23 victory for the Liberty Hill Panthers. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE It seems simple enough. Win six games, win a state championship. The hard part of what seems simple is that a team has to win six games in a row against teams that are also trying to win six games in a row. The Liberty Hill Panthers and China Spring Cougars have […]

LHISD on fast track for first Special Olympics

Christoper Klepper, a newly-hired adapted physical education teacher, has been appointed as the school district’s Special Olympics coordinator.  Coach Klepper is a native of Austin and is a former collegiate All-American tennis player. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado For the first time ever, local special needs athletes will have the opportunity to participate in the Special Olympics as part of Team Liberty Hill. Entry into the Special Olympics by the Liberty Hill Independent School District is a major victory for local special needs students with intellectual disabilities. Previously, interested local […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Market Days were a winner for Liberty Hill

Market Days were held in downtown Liberty Hill in Veterans Park as vendors sold their wares from a series of booths that lined the back portion of the property. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR It’s been many years, but a lot of folks remember Liberty Hill Market Days. Held the first Saturday of each month at Veterans Park downtown, Market Days brought droves of folks to the community as they would browse through the various booths that lined the back of the VFW property. Vendors offered […]

LH, Bandera have real reasons to play

Senior offensive lineman Matt McLeod (#60) watches senior halfback Logan Barnes (#8) score Liberty Hill’s opening touchdown in a 45-35 victory over the Fredericksburg Billies last Friday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE The Bandera Bulldogs need some help to make the playoffs. But first they need to beat the Liberty Hill Panthers in the teams’ District 14-4A Division I finale at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bandera High School Stadium. If they can accomplish that, and the Taylor Ducks can beat the Fredericksburg Billies, the […]

Living with battlefield disabilities, Coffey humbled by Liberty Hill support

From left, Lana Henley, Elizabeth Horne, Ray Coffey, Gary Henley, Melanie Coffey and Ed Horne stand in front of the Coffeys’ future home in Santa Rita Ranch. Henley Homes is building the house through Operation Finally Home, while Ed and Elizabeth Horne donated the lot. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO By the time his new home is move-in ready, Clifton “Ray” Coffey may have enough photos to make a flipbook of the builders’ progress. At each phase of the house, Coffey and his wife, Melanie, have made the trip to Santa Rita Ranch to check on the progress, take photos, and most […]

Best of the West hosts sharpshooter during International Firearms Festival

Best of the West Shooting Sports, Liberty Hill shooting range, Kirsten Joy Weiss, Texas International Firearms Festival. (Courtesy Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Kirsten Joy Weiss is bringing her sharp-shooting skills to Liberty Hill. Weiss performs trick shots on a YouTube channel that has more than 32,000 subscribers. She also talks about gun safety and precautions, and she said she is looking forward to talking with other gun enthusiasts at the Texas International Firearms Festival […]

Hunters celebrate start of Deer Season

Glenn Jackson and his daughter Morgan Jackson during hunting season in 2013. (Courtesy Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Friday is Halloween, but for Glenn Jackson it will feel like Christmas Eve. White tail deer general hunting season starts Saturday and Jackson, like many hunters around Texas, will be heading outside for the first day of the season. “Once (hunting) is in your blood, it’s like Christmas,” Jackson, a Liberty Hill […]