LHISD in good standing on STAAR

By Christine Bolaños Liberty Hill ISD students performed well overall in the state’s standardized tests, according to May 2015 preliminary reports. Overall, the passing rate for Liberty Hill students was 89 percent in reading, 85 percent in writing, 80 percent in science and 90 percent in social studies. Certain subgroups are in need of improvement […]

Kristen leaving program in great shape

Coach Matt Kirschner announced this week that he is resigning as Lady Panther basketball coach to accept a position in Melissa ISD. (LHI FILE PHOTO)

By Taylor Grafft The Liberty Hill community was in a state of shock this week upon learning that girls basketball coach Matt Kirschner would be leaving the program. He has accepted a coaching job at Melissa ISD. The decision to leave Liberty Hill was not easy for Kirschner, who would have been entering his seventh […]

Trustees add new teaching position at LH Elementary

By Christine Bolaños There will be a new teacher at Liberty Hill Elementary in the fall after the school board approved the position June 15. “We’re requesting an additional PPCD (Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities) special ed Lifeskills teacher because the Hope House has never taken any residents in under 10 years old. But […]

Prioritization at top of City’s economic agenda

By Christine Bolaños The Liberty Hill Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors held a workshop last week to discuss the group’s priorities moving forward. “We went through the strategy for five elements of what I believe are important for the economic development office,” EDC Executive Director Kirk Clennan said. Those include administration/organization including going over […]

Liberty Hill VFW Post disbands leaving legacy of service

By Christine Bolaños The VFW Post 8200 in Liberty Hill closed last week after building a legacy of community service and civic engagement in the community. “It’s a sad day, but we can no longer continue with the organization. It just got to the point where the participating members were so few that it just […]

Liberty Hill graduates 231

Skylar Larkin (left) and Samantha Junkin were among the 220 Liberty Hill High School seniors who graduated June 5 at a standing-room-only Panther Stadium. (Claire Wilkison Photo)

Liberty Hill High School said farewell to its 2015 graduates June 5 before a standing-room-only crowd at Panther Stadium. Following speeches by Valedictorian Logan Hageman and Salutatorian Aubrey Covington, 231 students accepted their diplomas from Superintendent Rob Hart and were congratulated by Principal Bobby Mabry and school trustees. On June 3, the senior class received […]

Parents scold school administrators for cutting elementary PE days

By SHELLY WILKISON Parents accused school administrators June 8 of attempting to exclude them from what they called a controversial decision to reduce class time for elementary physical education from five to three days per week beginning this fall. Liberty Hill Elementary Principal Melanie Herbst has come under fire in recent weeks for reducing the number […]

Council amends MUDs’ wastewater agreement

By Christine Bolaños The Liberty Hill City Council approved an amendment to its wholesale wastewater agreement with Municipal Utility Districts 12, 19 and 19A on Monday. The amendment was part of some “housecleaning items,” as City Manager Greg Boatright put it, that the Council needed to take care of. “This deals with Rancho Sienna, Santa […]

New law brings justice for Vinny

Landon and his therapy dog Vinny are shown together with a Certificate of Recognition presented by State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, the author of the bill.  (Courtesy Photo)

By Christine Bolaños Eight-year-old Landon Pemberton of Liberty Hill fought a rare blood disorder most of his life until going in remission more than a year ago. In June 2013, circumstances would bring forth another battle that he, along with his family and supporters, finally won in May. Pemberton was playing in his backyard when […]

Liberty Hill families finding peace, blessings after the storms

From left, Rex Lane, Sharon Landry, Sheryl Carpenter and Nancy Lane. The three families were victims of an F1 tornado May 23, but they are counting their blessings and thanking the Liberty Hill community for support. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON In the seconds they were communicating with each other by phone and text, trying to figure out whether to take cover and where, three families at the end of Tomahawk Trail were slammed by an F1 tornado that destroyed their homes, but strengthened their faith. “We are so blessed,” said Sheryl Carpenter, […]