Violence-torn Honduras becomes refuge for retiree

Jo Ann Swahn (center) of Liberty Hill along with the head of mining for the Yuscaran area in Honduras (left) and a priest who oversees some of the programs for Honduras Good Works (right) inspect one of the river beds that will be a source of raw materials for the Tile Factory, a micro-business that has been established to help break the cycle of poverty in the Central American country. (Courtesy Photo)

By Dana Delgado While hordes of Hondurans have fled to the southern U.S. border seeking safe harbor, Liberty Hill resident Jo Ann Swahn was drawn to the interior of this country in strife for her own reasons. After living a corporate life in New York, Ms. Swahn found herself living in Liberty Hill to be […]

Council amends parkland ordinance

By SHELLY WILKISON Over the objections of a developer, the Liberty Hill City Council voted unanimously Monday to amend an ordinance requiring residential subdivisions of 12 or more single-family or multi-family units to provide parkland or pay a fee in lieu thereof. Breck Kean of Georgia-based Prestwick Development, which was awarded federal housing tax credits […]

Athlete inspires others to cheer

Born with only one arm, Abbie Amsler has not only become an accomplished gymnast and overall cheer athlete, but an inspirational social media darling because of her amazing athleticism. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado Several times each day, Abbie Amsler is asked the same question by a multitude of classmates, awed onlookers and a growing number of inspired international admirers. “How do you do it?” they ask in amazement of her phenomenal success in the strenuous and precise cheer competition world that includes team routines, stunts […]

Mother holds onto faith, positive memories after losing son in crash

Kara Hurtado and her children, James and Leah, 13, at James’ graduation from Liberty Hill High School in June. (Courtesy Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON She passes by his room several times a day, but still can’t bring herself to turn the doorknob. It’s the place where he played video games, watched his favorite television programs and slept with his beloved cat, BUU. It’s the place where his cousin, Larnce Davis, and his best friend, Marshall Whiteley, […]

Fire Chief: Revenue from sales tax will fund second station

By SHELLY WILKISON As unprecedented growth envelops the Liberty Hill area, local emergency responders say they need revenue from a 1 cent sales tax to help support the operations of a second fire station. The Board of Commissioners of the Williamson County Emergency Services District #4, which provides fire and medical response in a fire […]

Council considers budget that includes pay increases

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council is considering adoption of a $1.8 million budget that includes a 3 percent pay increase for city staff, funding for a code enforcement officer and monies for the development of pocket parks. Funding for the fiscal 2014 spending plan will come primarily from property taxes. The Council […]

Trustees adopt $32.6 million budget, set tax rate

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill school trustees voted unaninously Monday to adopt a $32.6 million budget for fiscal 2014 and approved a tax rate of $1.54 per $100 property valuation. Liberty Hill ISD Chief Financial Officer Frank Watson said the budget came in “in the black” with about $2,700 under projected revenues. “It’s not by […]

LHISD employees return to school

LHISD hired more than 40 new employees for the 2014-2015 academic year. New employees reported for work August 15 and all faculty and staff returned to their campuses on Tuesday. New employees are, front row from left, Joy Barreras, Amber Glass, Cacie Gates, Gina Maples, Shannon Price, Callie Clarkson, Lisa Garner, Terry Mayer, Emily Newman and Emily Turner. Center row are Shirley Benavides, Tanza Rawls, Jackie Conley, Vanessa Conner, Christina Gamez, Kate McGraw, Jennifer Hensley, Vickie Peterson, Lauren Claymon, Sandra Duncan, Courtney Givens, Denise Beckstrom, Jolie Jennings and Wayne Munger. Back row are Jeff Walker, Deborah Levee, Emily Lively, Rudy Acevedo, Jennifer Norris, Monica Pollett, Eric Murphy, Christopher Klepper and Jeremiah O’Fihelly. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON Seemingly energized and enthusiastic about the start of a new school year, hundreds of school district employees returned to work Tuesday marking the official end of summer vacation in Liberty Hill. The majority of the district’s 435 employees met in Liberty Hill High School’s Auditorium Tuesday morning where they learned that more […]

Disabled veteran surprised to receive mortgage-free home in Santa Rita Ranch

The Coffee family reacts at the Round Rock Express game Friday after learning they will receive a new home. From left are Brianna Coffee, Melanie Coffee, Justin Coffee and Ray Coffee. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO When Clifton “Ray” Coffee and his family arrived at Dell Diamond on Aug. 15, he knew he was going to be honored before the Round Rock Express game for his military service. But he had no idea that his family would be receiving a life-changing gift before the start of the third […]

City, EDC working to make Liberty Hill a destination

This map of Liberty Hill Wastewater Service Area shows planned subdivisions and the number of LUE's or households that will become customers of Liberty Hill's Wastewater Treatment Plant. (Courtesy Graphic)

By SHELLY WILKISON Through its Economic Development Corp., the City of Liberty Hill is sending a message that the once-rural community now on the verge of a population explosion is finally open for business. As the promise of more rooftops in the school district changes the landscape, city leaders are anxious for commercial development to […]