EDC acts on restaurants’ funding requests

By SHELLY WILKISON After a lengthy discussion that has continued for months, directors of the city’s Economic Development Corp. voted last week to reject a request by the Marble Falls-based Bella Serra Restaurant for $163,000 in public funds to help pay for infrastructure and other start-up costs. The business, which has purchased property on Brown […]

Liberty Hill students tackle problem solving at leadership summit in Europe

The LHHS entourage stopped for a photo on the way to the leadership summit. From left are Colt Spencer, Joely Williamson, Chris Turner, Courtney Smith, Candra Gonzalez, Tabitha Bowles, Madeline Strickland, Emma Hofmann, Carley Maples, McKynzie King, Park Collie, Brianna Edwards, Alec Brand and Justin Henry. (Courtesy Photo)

By Lauren Jette Some Liberty Hill High School students got the experience of a lifetime during an educational tour through part of Europe last month. LHHS Spanish teacher Jennifer Gonzalez took 15 students on a Global Student Leaders Summit through Barcelona, the French Riviera, Lake Como and Davos, Switzerland June 19-29. At the culmination of […]

Boatright continues talks on Liberty Parke PID

By SHELLY WILKISON Although no action was taken Monday, the City Council was updated by staff on various projects that could significantly impact city coffers. City Manager Greg Boatright told the Council that after meeting last week with developers of Liberty Parke and the adjacent Liberty Meadows, he is leaning toward a recommendation that the […]

County, state officials address Liberty Hill business leaders

By Christine Bolaños Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce members gathered June 24 to hear their county, state senate and house representatives talk about accomplishments during the last legislative session. Commissioner Cynthia Long, Rep. Marsha Farney and Sen. Charles Schwertner’s Chief of Staff Thomas Holloway addressed the audience at Beck Chapels & Events. Williamson County Long […]

Fortis Academy opening at LifeSprings Church

Fifth grade students working on a math lesson in the classroom at Fortis Academy. (Courtesy Photo)

By Christine Bolaños  After moving around in the Austin area a few times, Fortis Academy staff hopes it has finally found a permanent home for the Christian-based school at LifeSprings Church in Liberty Hill. “We were coming from Austin and the location that we were at was too small for us. God was blessing us […]

City ends contract with US Water group

By Christine Bolaños The Liberty Hill Council voted unanimously Monday to terminate within 45 days the city’s contract with US Water Utility Group, which operates and maintains the city’s wastewater treatment plant, amid a budget that was 48 percent more than its contracted amount. No discussion followed after the council reconvened from executive session regarding […]

City Council asks staff to continue PID negotiations

By Christine Bolaños The Liberty Hill City Council on Monday asked staff to continue negotiations with Liberty Parke developers and opted not to take action on a letter of interest (LOI) for the formation of a Public Improvement District. The LOI states intentions of both parties to work toward formation of a PID and is […]

Professional reporting of The Independent recognized in state contest

For the fifth straight year, your hometown newspaper has been recognized for excellence in reporting by the Texas Press Association in its Texas Better Newspaper Contest. The awards, which were announced last week at the annual newspaper leadership convention in Austin, recognize the work of newspapers across the state in a number of categories. The […]

WCESD #4 prepares for 2015 budget season

By Christine Bolaños The Williamson County Emergency Services District No. 4 Board of Commissioners is preparing for budget season. Fire Chief Anthony Lincoln said he expects the preliminary budget timeline to be discussed during the July 13th meeting. “We went over our mid-year budget review. We go over one each month. We spent a little […]

Rancho Sienna will be home to next LHISD elementary school

Rancho Sienna land plan-web

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill’s newest elementary school will be constructed at Rancho Sienna, according to a contingency agreement developed between the school district and subdivision owner Newland Communities. Superintendent Rob Hart said this week that while the need will be there to open the school in fall 2017, a bond election would need to […]