Accountant gives City clean audit report

By SHELLY WILKISON An audit report presented Monday shows the City of Liberty Hill has enough money in its fund balance to operate city government for 10 months. The $764,061 unassigned fund balance was an accomplishment celebrated by staff and elected officials at Monday’s regular Council meeting. “This is huge for our city,” said Chief […]

WCESD#4 Board tables action on audit

By Christine Bolaños The Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 Commissioners officially contracted with Alliance Payroll of Austin to process payroll for an estimated annual cost of $2,941.75. Monday’s decision comes three weeks after commissioners retained Municipal Accounts & Consulting of Austin to handle all bookkeeping. Both decisions were in direct response to discrepancies in […]

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 […]

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, […]

Police, firearms instructor share views on proposed open carry gun legislation

By SHELLY WILKISON As the Texas Legislature considers proposals that would allow licensed gun owners to openly carry their weapons in public, law enforcement and firearms training instructors say they are concerned for the safety of the inexperienced gun owners. Earlier this week, the Texas Senate voted 20-11 to pass SB 17 and it now […]

Downtown Committee considers revitalization survey responses

By SHELLY WILKISON Surveys returned to the City of Liberty Hill following its Downtown Revitalization Summit showed the top priorities as parking, clean up, and improved traffic flow. And of the ideas for possible asthetic improvements to downtown, respondants spoke most favorably of the traffic circle concept at Loop 332 and CR 279. During a […]

City, Cassadys will go to mediation on wastewater plant expansion permit

By SHELLY WILKISON Residents who live along the South San Gabriel River say they won’t be satisfied with the City of Liberty Hill’s Wastewater Treatment Plant until the treated wastewater being dumped into the river is of drinkable quality. The City is seeking permission from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to expand the treatment plant […]

Council supports MUD 17 road powers, annexes wastewater plant

During a brief meeting Monday, the Liberty Hill City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution supporting MUD 17’s application to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to obtain road powers. City Manager Greg Boatright explained that the property known as the Kaufman tract — located on the northwest corner of Ronald Reagan Blvd. and State […]

Business, property owners get first look at City’s vision for downtown

An idea for a gateway to downtown at Loop 332 and CR 279 includes a landscaped round-about with The Guardian sculpture at its center. (City of Liberty Hill Graphic)

By SHELLY WILKISON A standing-room-only crowd of property owners, business owners and residents filled the City Council Chamber last Thursday to hear a City presentation on revitalizing downtown Liberty Hill — a planning project eight months in the making. “The City Council is moving in a positive direction to spur growth and encourage new business,” […]

WCESD #4: Employee used payroll system to take public funds

Tiffany Wells was arrested and charged with a third degree felony on Feb. 26.

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill fire officials say all of the checks and balances were in place, but an employee was still able to steal thousands of dollars in public funds through a web-based payroll system. Tiffany Wells, who worked as the administrative assistant for Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 since October 2012, was […]