STAFF NOTEBOOK: The Independent earns awards in Better Newspaper Contest

For the third year running, your hometown newspaper has earned awards at the Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The Independent took Second Place in Editorial and Fourth Place for our website, www.LHIndependent.com. This year, 159 newspapers from across the state submitted 1,566 entries in The Texas Better Newspaper Contest. Of those, 103 were weekly […]

EDITORIAL: A message to the Class of 2014 on your graduation day — take a quiet moment before you walk

Did you know that great big high school that you are graduating from in a few days was once just an idea some of us kept talking and arguing about? Next, that idea became a sentence next to a box on a ballot that asked the voters to raise their own taxes. All that was […]

EDITORIAL: City voters send the ‘enough is enough’ message

Liberty Hill voters sent the “enough is enough” message last week. Let’s hope it’s heard. Here’s the deal. Liberty Hill voters had a choice last Saturday. Some voted with their ballots and some voted to stay home and leave the decision to others. Either way, it was a decisive victory by percentages. After the past […]

STAFF NOTEBOOK: Recollections of Mildred and Glenda on this Mother’s Day

By CHARLEY WILKISON and SHELLY WILKISON Mildred Brake Wilkison and Glenda Coward Williamson never met. Mildred was born in rural Sevier County, Arkansas, in a cabin with a dirt floor in 1920. Glenda was born in a rural hospital in Gatesville, Texas. These women came from starkly different backgrounds and circumstances, but their lives became intersected […]

EDITORIAL: Liberty Hill, your future is calling

The wildflowers, prom dresses and baseball games out here along the Shin Oak Ridge tell us we’ve been blessed to make it to another Spring. New baby goats cavort in green pastures and our community’s former little babies prepare for graduation and the exciting world beyond Liberty Hill. As has become common practice at this […]

STAFF NOTEBOOK: Liberty Hill is losing two leaders who made a difference

After 18 years of teaching and inspiring Liberty Hill young musicians, Karen Dyre resigned as band director effective Sept. 30. Aside from the untold numbers of students she has influenced over the years to pursue an interest in music, Ms. Dyre wrote marching drills that helped lead the Panther Band to place 6th out of […]

EDITORIAL: Business owners have right to weigh in on the war between the Mayor, Boatright

This past week, some have complained that they have been put off by the yard signs placed around the city in support of interim City Manager Greg Boatright. The signs have been placed around town by area business owners who have also been circulating a petition in support of keeping the city manager. Some business […]

EDITORIAL: Liberty Hill needs a motto!

Maybe if Liberty Hill had a motto, the City Council could move past this herky-jerky governing style of constant political and personal payback and move on toward goodness and mercy, and live and let live. After last week when we all witnessed another 3-2 vote to fire the new law firm and hire back the […]

STAFF NOTEBOOK: A remembrance of the world’s best, smartest and most faithful friend

By Charley Wilkison When you stare into a nest of tri-colored baby Bassett Hounds it’s hard to know what you’re looking at. It’s like a pile of watermelons, or long counter of different flavors of ice cream or a row of brand new pickup trucks. But the decision was not to be mine. I had […]

CAPITOL RINGSIDE: House takes bold first step to ban texting while driving

By CHARLEY WILKISON Co-owner of The Independent Former Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, has made a political career as a conservative’s conservative since his election to the House in 1972. I was in the ninth grade that year. Last legislative session, Craddick passed a ban on cell phone texting and driving. A few of […]