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

Clyde Barrow Wilkison

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 […]

EDITORIAL: Running for public office is the right of all citizens

Fast approaching are filing deadlines for those who are considering becoming a candidate for the Liberty Hill City Council or the Liberty Hill Independent School District Board of Trustees, or the school board as we Texans prefer to call it. These offices are widely misunderstood, often relegated to obscurity and many times turn into a […]

CAPITOL RINGSIDE: School choice issue faces a showdown in Texas Senate

When Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appointed State Sen. Dan Patrick as the Chair of the Committee on Education it was for the purpose of making a giant change in public education policy. Senator Patrick, a radio talk show host from Houston, has long held that public schools in Texas are bloated, bureaucratic places where tax […]

STAFF NOTEBOOK: A little story about time passing and a red-headed, freckled-face kid y’all helped us raise

Birk Wilkison and his father, Charley Wilkison, at UTSA graduation Dec. 19, 2012.

The saying that it takes a village to raise a child was meant to illustrate everyone’s responsibility in helping to sculpt and raise the young people in a community. In fact, the argument could be made that’s why Liberty Hill cares so much about its schools — it’s a reflection of how much we care […]

EDITORIAL: A second milestone for your hometown newspaper

It’s been two years since we began our attempt at a newspaper bailout and rescue here at The Independent. In some ways it seems like only a few weeks and it has been 104 weeks to be exact. In college, there were these ancient looking professors (in their 50’s, no doubt) who claimed newspaper years […]