Firefly responds to concerns on rocket safety, water use

By SEAN SHAPIRO BRIGGS – Thomas E. Markusic wants to send things to space. His new neighbors, however, are more concerned about the dwindling water supply here on earth. Markusic’s company, Firefly Space Systems, purchased 200 acres of land in Burnet County to test rocket engines near the small community of Briggs just north of […]

Local dentist promoting innovative treatment for ADD, ADHD

By SEAN SHAPIRO Friday was supposed to be Dr. Martin Denbar’s day off from work. While he didn’t see any patients, Denbar, a Liberty Hill resident, was busy at his office, smoothing out some of the details while he transitions to a process he said is going to fill a growing need in Central Texas. […]

In Liberty Hill, band success begins in 6th grade

Students practice their brass instruments at Liberty Hill Intermediate School.  The emphasis at the sixth grade is “to get a good solid basis for being successful players,” said LHIS Band Director Kevin Baird. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado The news was so exciting that the entire marching band jumped up out of their seats in celebration at the Vista Ridge High School Invitational Band Contest this past weekend. The Liberty Hill High School Marching Band had just been recognized and got to perform under the lights where they reaped a […]

Education, safety top priorities for local gun dealer

By SEAN SHAPIRO There is a wide and vast selection of items at A Texas Girl’s Guns, but one of the most important things The Gun Shop in Liberty Hill sells does not fit into a holster. That’s the education Judith and Dennis Baker provide in the classroom in the back of the shop near […]

Hunters gear up for deer season

By SEAN SHAPIRO Deer hunting season started last week in Williamson County, but rifles are not coming out yet and gunshots will not be heard until Nov. 1. Instead, hunters executing a more primitive and difficult task started hunting with bows and arrows on Sept. 27. The archery-only season runs until Oct. 31, and during […]

Bonnet on front line of city water challenges

As the City of Liberty Hill Public Works Director, Wayne Bonnet is among those helping to acquire more water for a growing community.  (Kathy Canady Photo)

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 […]