Business, property owners get first look at City’s vision for downtown

An idea for a gateway to downtown at Loop 332 and CR 279 includes a landscaped round-about with The Guardian sculpture at its center. (City of Liberty Hill Graphic)

By SHELLY WILKISON A standing-room-only crowd of property owners, business owners and residents filled the City Council Chamber last Thursday to hear a City presentation on revitalizing downtown Liberty Hill — a planning project eight months in the making. “The City Council is moving in a positive direction to spur growth and encourage new business,” […]

WCESD #4: Employee used payroll system to take public funds

Tiffany Wells was arrested and charged with a third degree felony on Feb. 26.

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill fire officials say all of the checks and balances were in place, but an employee was still able to steal thousands of dollars in public funds through a web-based payroll system. Tiffany Wells, who worked as the administrative assistant for Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 since October 2012, was […]

City ends contract to purchase downtown property

Hours before the Downtown Revitalization Summitt Feb. 26, records show the City terminated a contract to purchase downtown property that was discussed that evening as an important part of a downtown facelift for Liberty Hill. City Manager Greg Boatright explained this week that Mayor Connie Fuller signed a contract termination notice for the James Burnett […]

Local Special Olympians make school district history

Top row from left are peer volunteers Neil Stephens, Victoria Stephens, Marcus Vega, Robert Simpson, Meghan Whitehead, Kaitlyn Wood and Brody Reynolds. Center row are Head Coach Christopher Klepper, volunteers Leo Rodriguez, Justin Wood and Brandon Wood, and Co-Coach Jarred Sudekum. Front row are student athletes Toby Knight, Mark Poole, Andrew Rimann, Robert Morris, Lucius Manchese, Karla Henriquez and Bryan Mapel. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado The final practice for Team Liberty Hill in preparation for their much anticipated inaugural entry in the Special Olympics couldn’t have gone any better. “It was our best practice,” said Christopher Klepper, designated Special Olympics Coordinator for the Liberty Hill Independent School District, as he directed the players through spirited basketball drills […]

2 races in LHISD, no opponents for city incumbents

The City of Liberty Hill is cancelling a city council election for May 9 because none of the three incumbents garnered opposition. Elizabeth Branigan, Troy Whitehead and Liz Rundzieher each filed for re-election to the Council, but no one elese sought a position on the ballot. The deadline to file was Friday, Feb. 27. The […]

‘Stoss Boss’ announces retirement, reflects on career

LHHS Assistant Principal Robert Stoss is retiring at the end of the school year after 32 years in public education. He played defensive end for Texas A&M University and proudly displays Aggie football memorabilia in his office. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON It’s one of the nicknames that followed him for decades from the football locker room at Texas A&M University to the hallways of Liberty Hill High School. Stoss Boss, or Stoss the Boss, is the perfect nickname for Robert Stoss, who at 6-feet 4-inches is a towering presence at LHHS. But in […]

Parks Board discusses process for naming areas of City Park

Members of the City’s Parks & Recreation Board agreed Tuesday that a process should be developed for naming opportunities at City Park. Last fall, the Board was asked to consider naming City Park in memory of longtime city council member Charles Canady, who passed away in October 2014. Canady, who also served as Liberty Hill […]

City bans hand-held devices while driving

By SHELLY WILKISON Beginning April 1, drivers in Liberty Hill can be fined up to $200 if they use a hand-held mobile communication device while driving a motor vehicle. The Liberty Hill City Council unanimously voted Monday to adopt an ordinance prohibiting the use of handheld electronic devices while driving in the city limits, which […]

Report shows record-breaking housing activity

By SHELLY WILKISON School district officials say 2014 was a record-breaking year for growth in Liberty Hill’s housing market, and projected annual increase in enrollment of 7.5 percent, which translates to a possible enrollment of 6,429 students by 2024. Superintendent Rob Hart informed school trustees Monday that a report on the school district’s demographics for […]

LHISD planning for new elementary school

By SHELLY WILKISON With enrollment at both elementary schools inching up to capacity, Superintendent Rob Hart told school trustees Monday that administrators are working on a plan for another bond election to build a new elementary school. Hart presented numbers showing that Liberty Hill Elementary School, which houses pre-kindergarten through first grade, is only 51 […]