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 […]


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 […]

EDITORIAL: It’s time to move city government out from under the shade tree

City politicians embarrass the community when they act with a lack of personal decorum. Petty personal feuds, bizarre negative attacks and frivolous criminal complaints seem to dominate Liberty Hill’s landscape and even with elections around the corner, there may be no end in sight. When Mayor Michele “Mike” Murphy wrote a controversial, personal attack against […]

Liberty Hill joins law enforcement community in mourning a fallen hero

By Charley Wilkison The Central Texas area has not seen such an outpouring of grief and mourning for many years. The very public death of Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron last week touched a strong vein of public sentiment. Yesterday, thousands of Williamson County residents joined their Travis County neighbors as they lined the roadways […]

EDITORIAL: Council should investigate last week’s water outage

Liberty Hill school district administrators should be commended for reacting quickly and having a plan in place to take care of students and employees who arrived at school March 21 to learn that there was no water. By keeping the lines of communication open, administrators were able to effectively execute a plan of action to […]

EDITORIAL: Stop the fussin’ and come to the table to help Liberty Hill

The continuing flap in the seemingly never-ending saga between the City of Liberty Hill and the Liberty Hill Independent School District regarding water and sewer issues seems to be a local political example of the gridlock we so often see in Washington or Austin. We all like to point to the nation’s Capital and pontificate […]

EDITORIAL: Recipe for political courage? Do something.

Some citizens believe the City Council made a huge mistake on Monday night. Only time will tell. However, political courage is an especially hard commodity to come by when seemingly powerful people have promised to end your political career if you don’t do exactly what they say. Remember, it’s not how things begin that matters […]

EDITORIAL: It’s all about the future

We are 19 days inside the new year and for those of us over 40 it will seem like just a few weeks and we will be hearing Christmas carols again. In just two weeks, candidate filing for Liberty Hill City Council races and the Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees positions open. The world […]

EDITORIAL: Mayor Murphy was not laughing with us

Ever had that neighbor, classmate or relative who always thought they were just a little bit better than everyone else? Remember those folks who seem one way when they’re with you, but then you catch them making fun of you or trashing you behind your back? Liberty Hill took another hit in the Austin media […]