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City will make offer on 2 downtown properties

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council authorized city staff Monday to begin negotiations for the possible purchase of two downtown properties that would potentially house additional city offices and public parking. Following a 40-minute closed session, the Council voted unanimously to allow the staff to pursue the purchase of a three-unit apartment building […]

Herbst to fill principal’s office at LHES in 2015

Melanie Herbst spent Monday touring Liberty Hill Elementary School, meeting staff and students. Ms. Herbst was hired last week as Principal filling a position currently held by Jan Tredemeyer, who is retiring in December. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Melanie Herbst got the grand tour of Liberty Hill Elementary School on Monday morning. She attended the morning assembly, met the teachers and staff, picked reitiring principal Jan Tredemeyer’s brain for ideas, and met many of the students she will be working with when she takes over as principal in January 2015. […]

New utility rates clarified, water agreement adopted

By SHELLY WILKISON City Manager Greg Boatright said Monday that some residents are being misinformed about the increase in water and wastewater rates, and clarified to City Council members that the ordinance they adopted in October raised rates by 5 percent and 7 percent, respectively. “Rates are not going up 60 percent, as some have […]

Christian Business Leaders coordinate family helping project for the holidays

By Dana Delgado Nothing transcends the essence of the holidays than the spirit of sharing and giving. That’s what motivated “CHRISTmas Blessings, Love Abounds” (Christian Business Leaders Association) board members to organize and coordinate a project that assists persons in need within the community, said CBLA President Eric Van Natter. “It was determined through much discussion that Christmas […]

LH Police: Nothing unusual about recent burglaries

By SEAN SHAPIRO Nacona McDowell is still waiting for answers after a break-in at Hobo Junction last week. Sometime between 8 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 7 a.m. the following morning someone broke in through the window near the bathroom of the restaurant at 3000 Ranch Road 1869. “That’s a pretty tall window, so they […]

Council agrees to MUD 19 plan to annex land, postpones wastewater discussion

The Liberty Hill City Council postponed discussion on two of the most important issues on Monday’s regular meeting agenda, but did adopt a resolution agreeing to the inclusion of additional land into MUD 19. With all members present Monday, the Council delayed discussion on an infrastructure plan for water and wastewater. The Council agreed to […]

Panther Stadium will host playoff game, generate funds for LHISD

By SEAN SHAPIRO Liberty Hill’s varsity football team may be headed to Copperas Cove on Friday, but Panther Stadium will still be part of the bi-district playoff action. Waco La Vega and Canyon Lake, one of Liberty Hill’s district rivals, will play their first-round neutral site game at Panther Stadium, which opened in 2013. Frank […]

LHISD on fast track for first Special Olympics

Christoper Klepper, a newly-hired adapted physical education teacher, has been appointed as the school district’s Special Olympics coordinator.  Coach Klepper is a native of Austin and is a former collegiate All-American tennis player. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado For the first time ever, local special needs athletes will have the opportunity to participate in the Special Olympics as part of Team Liberty Hill. Entry into the Special Olympics by the Liberty Hill Independent School District is a major victory for local special needs students with intellectual disabilities. Previously, interested local […]

Liberty Hill follows state voting trends to elect Republicans with 35% turnout

During heavy voting periods Tuesday, Liberty Hill residents waited in slow-moving lines at Liberty Hill High School to cast their ballots. Voters re-elected Republican incumbents for county and legislative offices. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO The lines started early Tuesday morning as voters waited to cast their ballots in the midterm elections. At Liberty Hill High School, the line weaved out the door and down the long sidewalk throughout the day. That steady flow of voters was the norm across the county. It continued into the evening. […]

The Independent will serve as publication for student journalists

Journalism students from Liberty Hill High School will become the newest contributors this month to their community newspaper under a unique arrangement between the school district and The Liberty Hill Independent. Beginning Nov. 13, The Independent will begin publishing the stories, photographs, graphics and video generated by the 24 students in the school’s first journalism […]