Bonnet on front line of city water challenges

By SEAN SHAPIRO The rain the past two weeks has helped, but managing Liberty Hill’s water supply is not an easy task for Wayne Bonnet, the City’s new Director of Public Works. Bonnet was hired by the City two months ago, coming from the City of Florence where he held the same position. Bonnet said […]

News of Tractor Supply sparks discussion about development

By SEAN SHAPIRO Major retail chains are starting to take notice of Liberty Hill’s rapid growth, and Tractor Supply Company may be the next business that wants to tap into the growing market. Liberty Hill City Manager Greg Boatright announced last week at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting that Tractor Supply Company planned to […]

Council adopts budget, sets tax rate

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council adopted a $1.8 million budget for fiscal 2014, which includes a 3 percent pay increase for employees, while keeping the tax rate at the current $0.53426 per $100 of property value. Because of increased property values within the city boundaries, the current tax rate is expected to […]

After 32 years with LHISD, Tredemeyer announces retirement

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill Elementary School Principal Jan Tredemeyer will retire in December after 32 years with the Liberty Hill school district and a 40-year career in public education. Liberty Hill school trustees accepted Mrs. Tredemeyer’s resignation at their regular meeting Monday. “I have four grandchildren and I want to do more things. It’s […]

P&Z gives first nod to Morningstar

By SHELLY WILKISON Members of Liberty Hill’s Planning and Zoning Commission gave the first nod Tuesday to a new subdivision proposed for the eastern boundary of the City’s ETJ. Developers for Morningstar presented a concept plan and preliminary plat to P&Z, which in turn voted unanimously to recommend adoption by the City Council. Phase One […]

Liberty Trails Townhomes promises affordable rental opportunities

By SEAN SHAPIRO Right now, Liberty Trails Townhomes looks like your standard construction site. Large work vehicles spot the landscape of dirt, which to passersby on State Highway 29, has little resemblance to a community. But by this time next year, it will be a perfect fit for Liberty Hill, said Owen Dundee, a development […]

Violence-torn Honduras becomes refuge for retiree

By Dana Delgado While hordes of Hondurans have fled to the southern U.S. border seeking safe harbor, Liberty Hill resident Jo Ann Swahn was drawn to the interior of this country in strife for her own reasons. After living a corporate life in New York, Ms. Swahn found herself living in Liberty Hill to be […]

Council amends parkland ordinance

By SHELLY WILKISON Over the objections of a developer, the Liberty Hill City Council voted unanimously Monday to amend an ordinance requiring residential subdivisions of 12 or more single-family or multi-family units to provide parkland or pay a fee in lieu thereof. Breck Kean of Georgia-based Prestwick Development, which was awarded federal housing tax credits […]

Athlete inspires others to cheer

By Dana Delgado Several times each day, Abbie Amsler is asked the same question by a multitude of classmates, awed onlookers and a growing number of inspired international admirers. “How do you do it?” they ask in amazement of her phenomenal success in the strenuous and precise cheer competition world that includes team routines, stunts […]

Mother holds onto faith, positive memories after losing son in crash

By SHELLY WILKISON She passes by his room several times a day, but still can’t bring herself to turn the doorknob. It’s the place where he played video games, watched his favorite television programs and slept with his beloved cat, BUU. It’s the place where his cousin, Larnce Davis, and his best friend, Marshall Whiteley, […]