EDITORIAL: Is it deja vu all over again?

How did we go all the way from a promised political love fest and revolution at City Hall to elected officials walking out of meetings in anger and frustration? Last Spring, there seemed to be total agreement among local business owners that Liberty Hill needed new leadership. City government would run more efficiently and cost [...]

GUEST COMMENTARY: Name new high school after Liberty Hill’s first teacher

By CHRISTOPHER LANDRUM Though my family has had deep roots in Liberty Hill for more than a century-and-a-half, being a son of Lampasas, I am an outsider. As a former grader for the written portion of TAKS exams, I’m also aware that the name of a school does not affect the scores of its students. [...]

CAPITOL RINGSIDE: 2012 Republican Primary and Runoff campaigns changed Texas

By CHARLEY WILKISON It’s true that if you’re looking at something every single day it’s hard to know if it’s changing. Kids get taller, dogs get older and things even happen to our own bodies that we don’t even notice because we’re too close to the subject. But, I can vouch that the Texas Republican [...]

STAFF NOTEBOOK: Save the date – July 4, 2013!

Nobody would ever question our patriotism here in Liberty Hill. And if someone ever does—well, they better prepare for a fight. By definition we are what this country depends on most, God fearing, law abiding, flag saluting, tax paying folks. But then, what happened to our Fourth of July celebrations? On the Independence Day holiday, [...]

EDITORIAL: Leadership begins with being there

Real baseball fans remember Cal Ripkin Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles. He won’t go down in history as the greatest hitter or even as a top shortstop. Instead he is known for having played in 2,632 consecutive games. Ripkin made baseball history by simply coming to work every day. When the City Council’s budget workshop [...]

VIEW FROM THE HILL: State of Success

By Joseph Garcia The University Interscholastic League became accustomed to hosting Liberty Hill High School sports at the state level in 2011-2012. Liberty Hill’s most recent trip to a UIL State Tournament was the Lady Panther softball team, capping the eighth time this athletic year the school was represented at the top high school echelon. [...]

EDITORIAL: Class assignment for 2012 grads–don’t forget who you are or where you came from

When you walk across the stage at a university a few years from now, the mysteries better be pretty well solved. You will be educated in the American way of specialization and getting a job in the field you worked hard to know will be the first of the remaining goals of your life. You [...]

STAFF NOTEBOOK: Open for Business?

Open for Business? Is Liberty Hill ready for a boom in business? Probably not. But can it get ready in time to be a player? Interestingly enough this week Forbes Magazine listed its top 200 cities in America for business and careers. Texas was well represented with Austin coming in at number 7 nationally. Further, [...]

EDITORIAL: Businesses should find better arguments against city fees

For some time now some local business owners have been claiming that Liberty Hill is not business friendly. We’ve given both sides of that argument plenty of ink here at The Independent over the last two years. Examples of new city rules, extra paperwork and more fees have been offered as what some believe to [...]

STAFF NOTEBOOK

School construction has economic impact on City Over the course of its two-year construction, the new Liberty Hill High School site will have employed as many as 2,500 workers. Architects say the influx of workers certainly has an economic impact on the community. “Liberty Hill restaurants and convenience stores must certainly be seeing a boost [...]