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, […]

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 […]

Women business leaders hear safety tips from police, firearms instructor

Liberty Hill businesswomen heard tips from local police and a gun safety instructor this week on how to protect themselves, their businesses and residences. Liberty Hill Police Chief Randy Williams and Cpl. James Savage were joined Tuesday by Judith Baker, an expert firearms instructor and owner of A Texas Girl’s Guns, at the Chamber of […]

WCESD #4 may contract with City for accounting

By Christine Bolaños The Williamson County Emergency Services District No. 4’s Board of Commissioners is considering partnering with the City of Liberty Hill on staff resources and accounting software. “We talked with the City of Liberty Hill Manager (Greg) Boatright. We’re looking into sharing a position with them for an accountant and some administrative services,” […]

Rodeo brings family fun, crowds to Liberty Hill

Robert Velasquez of Huntsville struggles to hold on in the bareback riding event Saturday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Matt McElhinney Last Friday at the 2015 Liberty Hill Open Rodeo, Cookies ‘N Cream, a 2,000-pound white bull marked with black spots, had its horns pointed at barrelman and rodeo clown Shotgun Rodney Gaston. Still raging after flinging aside its rider, the bull charged at Gaston. “Look out, Shotgun!” rodeo announcer Dave McMahon boomed […]

LHISD Trustees agree to waive tuition for transfer students

By SHELLY WILKISON With two new faces seated at the dais Monday, Liberty Hill school trustees voted unanimously to continue to allow students to transfer into the school district without paying tuition. After accepting the Oath of Office, newly-elected Trustees Greg Thrash and Anthony Buck took their seats at the dais, replacing 12-year trustee Leslye […]

Passion for science, love for teaching at heart of Cobb’s 45-year career

After 45 years of teaching -- 35 of which were spent in Liberty Hill ISD -- Carolyn Cobb is retiring next month. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON Every person who has attended junior high or high school in Liberty Hill in the past three decades knows Carolyn Cobb. In fact, the shared experience of Mrs. Cobb’s science class is frequently a conversation starter among those who have passed through Liberty Hill schools over the years. “Former students and people […]

Liberty Parke asks City to create PID for financing

By SHELLY WILKISON Although the issue did not require any action Monday, the City Council listened to a lengthy presentation by developers of Liberty Parke subdivision, who want the City to consider creating a Public Improvement District (PID) for their neighborhood. State lawmakers adopted the Public Improvement District Assessment Act in 1987 giving cities and […]