Local Special Olympians make school district history

Top row from left are peer volunteers Neil Stephens, Victoria Stephens, Marcus Vega, Robert Simpson, Meghan Whitehead, Kaitlyn Wood and Brody Reynolds. Center row are Head Coach Christopher Klepper, volunteers Leo Rodriguez, Justin Wood and Brandon Wood, and Co-Coach Jarred Sudekum. Front row are student athletes Toby Knight, Mark Poole, Andrew Rimann, Robert Morris, Lucius Manchese, Karla Henriquez and Bryan Mapel. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado The final practice for Team Liberty Hill in preparation for their much anticipated inaugural entry in the Special Olympics couldn’t have gone any better. “It was our best practice,” said Christopher Klepper, designated Special Olympics Coordinator for the Liberty Hill Independent School District, as he directed the players through spirited basketball drills […]

Lady Panthers State bound

The Lady Panthers celebrate winning the Region IV finals, and booking their tickets to San Antonio for the state tournament in the Alamodome by cutting down the net in Kingsville. From left are Baylie Bevers, Chelsea Cole, Kaylie Potts, Shelby Whitten (cutting the net), Amanda Woodbury (#20). Ashlee Walker and Kandyn Faurie are on the right. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft KINGSVILLE — If we’ve learned one thing about the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers basketball team this season, it’s never to count them out. It didn’t look good for the Lady Panthers who were down 10 points with 5:29 left in the third quarter last Saturday. But there’s just something about this team […]

‘Stoss Boss’ announces retirement, reflects on career

LHHS Assistant Principal Robert Stoss is retiring at the end of the school year after 32 years in public education. He played defensive end for Texas A&M University and proudly displays Aggie football memorabilia in his office. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON It’s one of the nicknames that followed him for decades from the football locker room at Texas A&M University to the hallways of Liberty Hill High School. Stoss Boss, or Stoss the Boss, is the perfect nickname for Robert Stoss, who at 6-feet 4-inches is a towering presence at LHHS. But in […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Liberty Hill has long been a popular live music venue

Teresa Garner takes a break from picking for friends on the front porch of The Stocktank in this photo from 1987. (James Wear Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Ask just about anybody that’s been in the Liberty Hill area for the past 30 or so years what they miss most…and there’s a good chance they’ll tell you they miss the street dances. Often held to raise money for the volunteer fire department, the dances drew huge crowds and, depending on […]

Lady Panthers torch Bay City to advance to regional tournament

Senior Chelsea Cole (#10) sinks a contested shot from the left block against Bay City in the Lady Panthers’ 81-58 win over the Ladycats in the Region IV quarterfinals.
(Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft LA GRANGE — Going into the playoffs one of the keys for this team to succeed and go far was how consistently they could shoot the ball. When the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers basketball team hits a few three-pointers in a row, it becomes contagious and impossible to stop. On Tuesday, the […]

After slow start, Panthers top Navarro 63-26

Coach Barry Boren’s 2015 Runnin’ Panthers are making their way toward State with a first round win over Navarro Tuesday. Team members are Carson Lowe, Conner Lowe, Callen Mikulencak, Tucker McMullan, Brady Lochte, Bryce Truslow, Riley LaDuque, Slater Foust, Clayton Oehrlein, Logan Gillentine, Josh Sudekum, Trey Jenkins, Zach Lord, Aeden Welch, Carter Ware and Clayton Kuhlman. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE KYLE – It was a battle of purple and gold Panthers Tuesday night at Lehman High School. And for the Liberty Hill Panthers, they got a little more of a battle than they bargained for from the Navarro Panthers in a Class 4A bi-district round game. Particularly in the first half. In […]

Passion for art sparked Bergmann’s teaching career

LHISD second grade teacher Donna Bergmann, affectionately called "Bergie" by her family and many of her colleagues, proudly poses in front of a gallery of art work produced by her students on display in the hallway at Bill Burden Elementary School.  Her passion for art spurred her career in education, but it’s been the love for and commitment to her students that has kept her teaching for 30 years. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado From an early age, art made Donna Bergmann’s world go round. It was a wonderfully imaginative world-within-a-world for this west Texas native growing up in dusty Eden near San Angelo where creativity was always the order of the day. She would make her own paper dolls and clothes and every color was […]

Miller ready to make impact as sophomore

Lily Miller helps her team to a second-place finish in the varsity girl’s 4 x 400 Meter Relay. Miller is also a black belt in karate. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT Lily Miller has already proven to be a fierce competitor on the track for the Liberty Hill Panthers despite being an underclassman. Now, in her second year on the track team the sophomore is ready to prove she has what it takes to get to the next level. “This year I feel […]

Panthers rack up medals at season-opening meet

Lucas Risotto takes off and lands during the triple jump at the Panther Relays on Saturday. Risotto won first place int he varsity boys Triple Jump with a leap of 41' 8.5". (Sean Shapiro Photo Illustration/Kathy Canady Photos)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT While the season has just begun for the Liberty Hill Track and Field team, the Panthers already brought plenty of excitement to their home meet last Saturday that should entice fans to keep watching. Nothing was more exciting than the varsity boy’s 4 x 800 Meter Relay team’s finish. After the team […]

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 […]