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

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 […]

STAFF NOTEBOOK: Want to help the Liberty Hill band program?

Want to help the Liberty Hill band program score the extra cash to help offset the costs of many things that our tax dollars don’t actually cover? Concert trips, instruments and repairs for kids whose parents don’t have extra cash laying around, band scholarships? We do. That’s why The Independent is sponsoring the Liberty Hill […]

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 […]