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, […]

Student with genetic disorder celebrated at LH Elementary

Liberty Hill Elementary School staff and students celebrated student Palyn Melson on May 22. Palyn has the genetic disorder Williams Syndrome. (Courtesy Photo)

By Christine Bolaños At first glance, Palyn Grace Melson looks like any other kindergartner at Liberty Hill Elementary School. But there is something about the six-year-old that makes her a little different and a little special. She has a genetic disorder known as Williams Syndrome that affects one in 10,000 people worldwide. According to Williams-syndrome.org, […]

Elementary PE days reduced, activity time increased

By Christine Bolaños Effective in the fall, students at Liberty Hill Elementary School will take physical education class three times a week instead of daily. Staff cited safety and quality of the program amid student growth as the reasons for the change, and say the change will not cut back on physical activity time for […]

Liberty Hill, Leander agree on wastewater service

Mayor Connie Fuller reads a proclamation designating May as Motorcycle Safety Month. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council approved an agreement with the City of Leander Tuesday to provide that city with wholesale wastewater service in new Leander neighborhoods in the area of Ronald Reagan Blvd. and State Highway 29. The 40-year agreement, which becomes effective with the approval of the Leander City Council next […]

Liberty Hill Police wearing body cameras

From left are Cpl. James Savage, Chief Randy Williams with K9 Roady, Charley Wilkison of The Independent, Officer Robert Fox, James Baker of Liberty Hill Towing and Sgt. Jeff Ringstaff. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

The Liberty Hill Police Department purchased body cameras for its officers recently as a result of donations by Liberty Hill Towing and The Liberty Hill Independent newspaper. Eight cameras were purchased along with one year of cloud storage for videos. James Baker of Liberty Hill Towing and Charley Wilkison, co-owner of the newspaper, agreed the […]