Texas Steelhorse Saddles founded on a prayer

By Dana Delgado   Six years ago, hell-raising and defiant but desperate Bob Pena slowly smoked one last joint after having a soul-searching phone conversation with his mother and mounted his Harley motorcycle in Georgetown for what he believed was likely his last ride. He didn’t know where else to turn. His fabled reputation as [...]

Trustees hear report of student performance, post-graduation activity, school safety

By SHELLY WILKISON While much of the information presented to school trustees Monday regarding the academic performance of Liberty Hill students in 2012-2013 was already known, statistics about post-graduation activities and student discipline — subjects not as frequently shared — were also addressed. School districts are required annually to report to the public information about [...]

Council hires planner, city secretary, sets terms of P&Z members

By SHELLY WILKISON Following a 30-minute closed session Monday, the Liberty Hill City Council voted to hire a Planner and a City Secretary at salaries totaling $87,000. The Council voted unanimously to employ Amber A. Lewis as a Senior Planner at the annual salary of $45,000; and Barbara Zwernemann as City Secretary at a salary [...]

Search continues for missing teen

By Dana Delgado Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR) along with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has conducted a second search for 16-year Christopher Seth Briggs who ran away Nov. 17, 2013, from Meridell Achievement Center, a residential treatment center in Liberty Hill. “We performed a follow up search of some areas on Saturday, Jan. 11th, [...]

Filing opens Jan. 29 in school, city elections

The filing period is approaching for individuals interested in seeking a position on the Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees and the Liberty Hill City Council. Individuals may file applications for a position on the May election ballots from Jan. 29-Feb. 28. On the Liberty Hill school board, Places 1 and 2 are up for [...]

Police shifting focus from traffic to community patrols

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill police are writing fewer traffic citations and directing more attention to community patrols and crime prevention. Police Chief Randy Williams said the number of traffic citations has dropped in recent months as officers are spending more time on patrol in the community. Police activitiy reports provided to The Independent for [...]

Texas Search and Rescue joins Liberty Hill quest for missing teen

By Dana Delgado The search for a North Texas teen missing since November from Meridell Achievement Center in Liberty Hill continued through the holidays. Liberty Hill Police Chief Randy Williams said 16-year-old Christopher Seth Briggs went missing Nov. 17 from the private co-ed residential treatment center that specializes in psychiatry and neuropsychiatry for children and [...]

LHHS theater arts department thriving in new auditorium

By DANA DELGADO The newly christened home of the Liberty Hill High School Theater Arts Department is beyond its wildest dreams. “It’s amazing!” exclaimed Theater Arts teacher and director Krisanne Cox-Cole, after she and her students  had a feel of the extraordinary new auditorium with the recent performance of the musical “Grease”.  “The kids are [...]

LHISD earns favorable report from auditor

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill school trustees on Monday received a favorable report from auditors on the district’s 2012-2013 financials. Robert Marchbanks said there were no irregularities in accounting practices, the financials were presented fairly and were materially correct. The district had a deficit budget in 2012-2013 that was later amended to include expenses associated [...]

Family displaced by fire uplifted by community support

By SHELLY WILKISON Almost indifferent to the sub-freezing temperatures, they have spent much of the past several days staring into the rubble as if they might suddenly discover something left untouched by the flames that ripped through their home Dec. 6. Rona McCown found a painting her mother had won in a drawing after completing [...]