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Sep 25, 2020 - 21:11

The residents of the Forest Hills subdivision in Liberty lit their homes in blue this evening to express appreciation for their town’s first responders, while representatives of the police and fire departments paraded the streets.

 

Sep 24, 2020 - 12:05

Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Billy Knox has updated the information on murder suspect Jose Marin Soriano. According to reliable information received by investigators, Jose Soriano crossed over the border into Mexico shortly after the murder.

Sep 24, 2020 - 00:00

The South Liberty County Meals on Wheels (SLC) program is looking for volunteers to serve as delivery drivers on four different routes through the cities of Liberty and Ames. Due to a cutback in available volunteers, Meals on Wheels has had to scale back daily deliveries, moving from a five-day delivery schedule to delivering only four days each week.

The Liberty Municipal Library will open with an updated schedule on Monday, Oct. 5. Hours will be Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Sports

Kountze’s Demond Hamilton and Damijah Reece both run like wild gazelles, and quarterback Hunter Read is a force to recon with all by himself. They and the rest of the Kountze Lions took no prisoners Friday night at West Hardin, beating the Oilers in their season opener by 40-0.

Sep 5, 2020 - 19:08

After what started as a low-scoring affair, the Liberty Panthers came out smoking in the second half to defeat the Madisonville Mustangs by a score of 23-10. 

Aug 31, 2020 - 09:08

FORT WORTH — At the first fan-attended event held inside Dickies Arena since the onset of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, world No. 1 Jose Vitor Leme’s (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) dominant 2020 season continued.

Aug 6, 2020 - 00:00

Since she was a freshman at Liberty high school, Lady Panthers recent graduate Baylee Chandler has known where she was going to play college softball. One of the captains for Head Coach Karen Slack at shortstop, Chandler will continue her playing career at Houston Baptist University.

Opinions

Sep 3, 2020 - 00:00

This August marked the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. On Aug. 18, 1920, Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment, which secured the adoption of the amendment. We celebrate this important centennial of women’s suffrage.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, before wire services, news was shared among small town newspapers through an exchange service by which each participating newspaper could trade copies of its latest edition for those of other newspapers and then reprint snippets or a limited number of articles from them in their own upcoming editions.

Would you subscribe to a newspaper, any newspaper, if you could claim a tax credit for 80 percent of what the subscription cost you? If you run a local business, would a tax credit of up to $5,000 make it more likely for you to advertise in a newspaper?

Most people know that when there is a fire or medical emergency — or a global pandemic — first responders help keep us safe. What may be surprising for many Texans is that many of these first responders are there because of a local emergency services district, or ESD.

Obituaries

Elizabeth “Betty” Phyllis Johnson, 82, of Liberty passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, at her residence in Liberty. She was born in Camden, New Jersey, on May 23, 1938 to parents Phillip Klaproth and Elizabeth Benson Klaproth.

Carl Reed Vanderhider passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. He was 78.

Born in Liberty, Texas, on Jan. 24,1942, Carl was the eldest son of Ora Gertrude (Reed) and James Herbert Vanderhider. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1959 and Texas A&M University in 1963 with a degree in mathematics.

Sep 21, 2020 - 14:39

Harry D. Hylton, 83, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 16, in Uvalde, Texas. Harry was born May 1, 1937 in Highlands, Texas, to parents Randolph and Kate Hylton, who preceded him in death along with his brother, Ray Hylton Sr.; and his sister, Helen Jasek.

Lawrence Wilson Wagnon joined the church triumphant on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Larry was born Aug. 29, 1942 in Camden, Arkansas, to Odell and Ernestine Wagnon and spent his formative years in Camden and Little Rock. After graduating from Little Rock Central High School in 1961, he joined the USAF and served as an air traffic controller.