Lincoln named interim Fire Chief

By SHELLY WILKISON Emergency Services Commissioners last week appointed Battalion Chief Anthony Lincoln as interim Fire Chief to replace Chancy Bizzell, who resigned March 26. After serving 17 months as Fire Chief of the Williamson County Emergency Services District #4,  Bizzell announced Friday he is stepping down to pursue a career in fire equipment sales. [...]

GETI Alliance seeks to help returning veterans

By Dana Delgado After having served in the US Air Force, first as an enlisted serviceman and then as an officer, Len Swanson began suffering from the effects of what he suspected to be “Agent Orange” exposure during his deployment to Vietnam. Agent Orange is a blend of tactical herbicides the U.S. military sprayed in [...]

Mayor defends right to seek budget records

By SHELLY WILKISON Mayor Jamie Williamson, who two weeks ago was accused by council members of disrupting city government by overloading  staff members with requests for documents, read a lengthy prepared statement Monday defending her actions. “The documents I requested were within my official capacity as mayor,” she said, citing Attorney General’s Opinions and referencing [...]

Teens’ brush with death draws town support

By Dana Delgado Plans by five Liberty Hill High School students for a spring break filled with fun, friends, and music at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival turned into something they never imagined — a brush with death. Just past midnight on March 13, with the iconic event ramped-up and amped-up with music blaring [...]

Trustees approve new teaching positions, hear report on growth

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill school trustees on Monday created four new teaching positions at the high school that administrators say are needed to meet new graduation requirements and accommodate growth in enrollment. Passed by state lawmakers in 2013, the omnibus education bill, House Bill 5, made sweeping changes to the Texas Education Code (TEC) [...]

Council will create ordinance to discount property tax values for elderly, disabled

By SHELLY WILKISON Although Monday’s two and one-half hour meeting was dominated by  frequent flareups between opposing candidates for office, the Liberty Hill City Council did take action to improve some roads and authorized the attorney to draft an ordinance discounting and freezing property value for elderly and disabled property owners. A unanimous vote authorized [...]

Workshop minutes adopted over Mayor’s objections

By SHELLY WILKISON Managing Editor The Mayor’s disagreement with how a public workshop was posted was disregarded Monday as the Council adopted minutes of a March 6 meeting showing a quorum of council members were present during a three-hour open house where they heard  input from citizens on the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Claiming the presence [...]

Pereira returns from military duty to economic nightmare

By Dana Delgado Nothing that Liberty Hill resident Roy Pereira faced in the U.S. Army could have prepared him for the nightmare he would experience when he left. When the military short-circuited his plans of “making it a career,” the serviceman, who had trained as a combat engineer and a heavy demolition expert, was in [...]

City prepares for growth by hiring planner

By SHELLY WILKISON While better positioning Liberty Hill for growth has been the goal of the business community for some time, the City Council took a big step in that direction in January when it created the position of City Planner and hired a credentialed person to fill it. While fairly new to Texas, Amber [...]

3 contested races for City Council

Although there are no contested races for Liberty Hill school board and trustees are expected to cancel the election when they meet later this month, the race to fill three City Council seats will be the campaigns to watch this spring. The filing deadline was Feb. 28, and waiting until the last day to announce [...]