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 […]

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 […]