Softball team suffers rare loss in district play

Sam Junkin reaches first base and looks for the umpire’s signal in a loss to Burnet on Tuesday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFT BURNET — The bus ride back to Liberty Hill probably felt a little strange for the Liberty Hill Panther softball team on Tuesday. That’s because their players and coaches aren’t accustom to losing, especially in district games. The Panthers haven’t lost a district game in softball since the 2011-2012 season. When Liberty […]

Spirit Reins breaking the cycle of abuse

Situated on 125 acres on rolling hills in southeastern Liberty Hill, Spirit Reins combines traditional mental health services with innovative approaches like trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado A horrific 14 car pile-up involving an 18-wheeler left crash victim Rhonda Smith questioning why she was spared while others had suffered severe injuries and one had lost his life. Her small sports car had been a total loss; yet, she walked away without a scratch. Why she survived became a burning […]

Texas’ first underground winery to open in May in Liberty Hill

1,000-gallon tanks are located underground at Thirsty Mule Winery & Vineyard in Liberty Hill. The winery is scheduled to open to the public in May. (Courtesy Photo)

By Christine Bolaños The first underground wine tasting bar and winery in Texas is slated to open mid-May just outside Liberty Hill. The inspiration came after owner and wine-maker Dan Marek Jr. experienced the concept in California. Thirsty Mule Winery & Vineyard has been in the works for eight years and is coming to fruition […]

Fellowship Church reaching out to Liberty Hill Spanish speakers

Fellowship Church Pastors Angel Perez (left) and Michael Wright invite Liberty Hill's Spanish-speaking community to be part of a united church family. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

  By SHELLY WILKISON When Pastor Michael Wright realized the demographics of the community didn’t reflect the membership of Fellowship Church, he set out to make a change. “Liberty Hill is 40 percent Hispanic and our church didn’t reflect that,” Wright said. “As a church, we were failing to reach Spanish speakers. We (church leaders) […]

Liberty Hill EDC welcomes new executive director

Kirk D. Clennan, Photo, 2009-small

By Christine Bolaños There is a new leader in town who hopes to help set Liberty Hill on the path to growth and prosperity. Kirk Clennan officially took over as executive director of the Liberty Hill Economic Development Corporation on April 1. He brings more than 20 years of experience in economic development to the […]

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists welcomes Menke to Liberty Hill clinic

Dr. Ben Menke is the new clinic director for Texas Physical Therapy Specialists in Liberty Hill. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

By Christine Bolaños When then 11-year-old baseball pitcher Ben Menke suffered an elbow injury, little did he know his physical therapy visits would change his life. “I played a lot of sports. I’ve always been interested in the body and how it worked and how to heal from injuries. It just kind of naturally led […]

Veteran teacher’s passion is in the first grade classroom

Veteran first grade teacher Mary Davis said she is always looking for ways to improve her classroom.  “I just want the best for them and will fight for what kids need,” she said. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado Every day, Mary Davis makes her way to her dimly lit and seemingly undersized work space surrounded by scores of essential materials in a uniquely arranged laboratory for the monumental task of preparing kids for school and life success. Her small desk overflowing with paper sits awkwardly turned and almost incidentally placed […]

Life, Liberty Hill and the pursuit of Sticky Bunz

Sticky Bunz owner Amanda Baskin holds up a plate with a few freshly baked vanilla cupcakes topped with buttermilk icing. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

By Christine Bolaños The sweet aroma of baked delights envelops customers as they walk through the doors. The wooden floors and rustic ambience provides an inviting home-like feel. The treats are neatly nestled into boxes adorned with a signature green gingham ribbon. This is the Liberty Hill storefront Amanda Baskin, a resident, nurse, wife and […]

Liberty Hill defeats Salado in soccer shootout

Slade Cummns brings a loose ball under control and heads toward the Salado goal. The Panthers beat the Eagles 8-7. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By Taylor Grafft Despite being a first-year program, the Liberty Hill Panthers have proven to be a force in soccer and are looking to make some noise in the post season. Last Friday, the Panthers traveled to Salado to take on the Eagles in their final district game of the season and won in a […]

Future Chef Challenge draws healthy snacks

Winners of the Future Chef Challenge proudly wear their medals after being recognized for their specially prepared healthy snacks.  From left are Emma McAndrews, Montgomery Madison, Kendall Brown, Mackenzie Wood, Kristopher Kelley and Jordan Warren. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado This year’s Future Chef Challenge at the Liberty Hill Intermediate School turned out to be more of showcase of an emerging generation, Generation “H” as in healthy, than a contest; although there were plenty of notable winners at the March 13 event. MacKenzie Wood, a fourth grade student from Bill Burden Elementary, […]