Living with battlefield disabilities, Coffey humbled by Liberty Hill support

From left, Lana Henley, Elizabeth Horne, Ray Coffey, Gary Henley, Melanie Coffey and Ed Horne stand in front of the Coffeys’ future home in Santa Rita Ranch. Henley Homes is building the house through Operation Finally Home, while Ed and Elizabeth Horne donated the lot. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO By the time his new home is move-in ready, Clifton “Ray” Coffey may have enough photos to make a flipbook of the builders’ progress. At each phase of the house, Coffey and his wife, Melanie, have made the trip to Santa Rita Ranch to check on the progress, take photos, and most […]

Council raises water, wastewater rates

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council voted 4-1 Monday to increase rates for water and wastewater service effective Dec. 1. With Councilmember Liz Rundzieher voting no, the panel responded to a rate study that showed water rates should be increased by 5 percent and wastewater rates should increase 7 percent. Water and wastewater […]

EDC will help create sculpture park

At its meeting Oct. 23, the Liberty Hill’s Economic Development Corp. agreed to enter a partnership with the Liberty Hill Development Foundation Board to create a sculpture garden in Lions Foundation Park. The Development Foundation oversees the park. The agreement, which will be drafted by the City’s attorney, will be presented for EDC approval in […]

Williamson’s petition cost Liberty Hill taxpayers $100,000

By SHELLY WILKISON An attempt to bring more water to Liberty Hill at the lowest possible cost was foiled Monday by former Mayor Jamie Williamson, who submitted a petition three hours before a city council meeting where officials were set to vote on an ordinance authorizing the issuance of certificates of obligation to pay for […]

Mayor promotes city progress while candidates reach out to LH voters

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill is coming of age. That was the message delivered by Mayor Connie Fuller to local business leaders and their guests, along with some candidates for various public offices who campaigned Tuesday at Dahlia Cafe in Liberty Hill. It was the second day of early voting, and most of the 11 […]

Candidates share views in JP #2 race

By SEAN SHAPIRO Judge Edna Staudt and Dan Michael are vying for Williamson County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 2, which serves Liberty Hill, and both are interested in the job for similar reasons. They both want the job done the right way, and they both want to have a positive impact on the […]

Transportation, jobs, water are top issues in Commissioner’s race

By SEAN SHAPIRO Transportation, jobs and water. In the race for Williamson County Commissioner Precinct 2, those may be the three top issues. With the growth in Central Texas, all three have become hot-button topics the past couple years, and both Republican Cynthia Long, who has held the position since 2007, and Democratic challenger Eddie […]

Experienced directors guide LHJH Band

LHJH Band Director Jared Clarkson is excited about leading an emerging program that includes 112 band students in grades 7 and 8. (Courtesy Photo)

By DANA DELGADO Jared Clarkson was perfectly content in Wimberley when Liberty Hill came calling two years ago. His family was settled in, his kids were happily enrolled in schools there, his wife, Callie Clarkson, was a teacher in the district, and he had made positive strides in building a program over nine years as the […]

USPS suggests security tips after mail thefts

By SEAN SHAPIRO A Temple couple who plead guilty to stealing more than 50,000 pieces of mail, including mail from Liberty Hill, were sentenced last week in Waco. Charles Hattenbach, 39, was sentenced to six years and nine months in federal prison and fined $6,000. Kathryn Hubbert, 29, received a four-year sentence and was fined […]

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 […]