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News stories and features about the people who call this area home. Our primary focus is serving readers with news in the unique towns of Canyon Lake, New Braunfels, and Gruene in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

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Vulcan Materials Company’s Boerne concrete batch plant is a go. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved a required air-quality permit on Thursday, May 24 despite …   More...
Comal County Courthouse

Here’s the agenda for Comal County Commissioners Court meeting on Thursday, May 31. The court meets at 8:30 a.m. every Thursday in the Commissioners Courtroom, 100 Main Plaza, New …   More...
Kristy Castillejas

Principals at Canyon Lake High School (CLHS) and Mountain Valley Middle School (MVMS) are moving on, Comal ISD Superintendent Dr. Andrew Kim announced Thursday, May 24. MVMS Principal …   More...
Judge Krause interview

Comal County Judge Sherman Krause says the county’s gearing up for the summer tourist season and will provide law enforcement for Water-Oriented Recreation District and the U.S. …   More...
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Who decides the fate of land use in unincorporated Comal County? Comal County commissioners say they lack comprehensive zoning authority to stop or oversee controversial projects like …   More...
sunset at Canyon Lake Dam service road

The service road along Canyon Lake Dam permanently closed on Monday following a formal complaint alleging the walkthrough is too narrow for indiviuals with disabilities. In a press release …   More...
lwv-ca officers

The League of Women Voters of the Comal Area (LWV-CA) elected new directors and officers at its annual meeting Thursday, May 17, in New Braunfels. New Texas State President Grace Chimene …   More...
whitewater stage

Whitewater Music Ampitheater has been nominated as “Venue of the Year Medium Capacity” by the Academy of Country Music (ACM). Winners will be announced on Aug. 22 at the 12th …   More...
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A marker dedication for Canyon Lake’s historic Heimer Cemetery, 2574 Waterfront Dr., is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20. A reception follows the ceremony at the Startz Cafe at …   More...
winning fishermen

Fishing is always a thing on Canyon Lake, but it’s a huge deal Thursday nights through July, when anglers turn out for one of the largest weeknight tournament series in the country. …   More...
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Chances are you’ll never see a venomous snake in Canyon Lake, even though they’re all around you. These experts can help you keep it that way. Area resident teaches snake safety …   More...

  According to organizers: “It’s a well-known fact that Texans hold fast and true to their rights as private property owners, and property owners generally have the …   More...
hummingbird

Lifestyle and travel author — and hummingbird expert — Kathleen Scott returns to share her knowledge of the beautiful little birds buzzing around Canyon Lake feeders. Or …   More...
wildflowers

Sign-ups are now underway for Native Plant Society of Texas’ Native Landscape Certification Program, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Tye Preston Memorial Library, …   More...
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Featured speaker is Stacy Hill, executive director of Comal County Crisis Center. Democrating Women of Comal County “is a group of thoughtful, progressive women who support and …   More...
Drew Tyra

by HilltopNewspaper.com Canyon Lake’s Baseball Team took it on the chin last week in their bi-district contest with Wimberley. That opening sentence has some major truths for Hawks …   More...
Marley Carrizales

by HilltopNewspaper.com Canyon Lake High School’s softball team were swept by Sealy last week, ending their season after climbing to the highest perch after bowing out as an Area …   More...
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Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) repair crews worked on some of the worst spots on FM 306 on May 2-3, but road construction is far from over in Precinct 4. Jen Crownover, Comal County …   More...
LWV

League of Women Voters-Comal Area (LWVCA) President Roxanna Deane describes the league’s collaboration with community groups in Comal County as its signature achievement over …   More...
hazardous household waste

Comal County and the City of New Braunfels are partnering to provide a drop-off location for residents’ household hazardous waste. County residents can drop off items such as paint, …   More...

From the Library: “Attention all Canyon Lake Teens! “Come help us start our brand new Teen Advisory Board. The board will meet the last Saturday of every month, for an hour. …   More...
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A seven-percent decrease in total market value moved Canyon Lake down a spot from being Texas’ seventh-largest overall market last quarter to its eighth-largest in Spring, according …   More...
Horse-judging team

Four Canyon Lake High School students captured first place at a horse-judging competition in Lubbock on April 21, earning the school’s FFA its first state championship. In October, …   More...

Donna Eccleston, Comal County Commissioner Pct. 1, received the 2018 Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Chair of the Board Award on Monday, April 24 for her work in the field of mental …   More...
Mystic Shores Entrance

Larger communities like Mystic Shores pay property-management companies to help them anticipate issues, solve problems, meet residents’ expectations and protect property …   More...
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Comal County voters wishing to cast a ballot in the May 22 primary runoffs must register to vote by Monday, April 23. Those who have not yet registered to vote can do so in person at the Comal …   More...
Melinda Johnson

There’s a reason Canyon Lake is also known as Crystal Lake, and former drug addict Melinda Johnson is trying to change that, one taco at a time. She has a small propane grill that sits …   More...
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Comal County Commissioners Court meets 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26,  in the Commissioners Courtroom, 100 Main Plaza, New Braunfels. Here’s the agenda for April 26: CALL TO ORDER: …   More...
Earthday Girl

Comal County’s foremost nature experts plan to celebrate everything that makes the Texas Hill Country a “special place” for Earth Day 2018. Texas A&M Agrilife …   More...
mosquito bite

Increasing rainfall and increasing temperatures mean increasing numbers of mosquitoes. Comal County Office of Public Health urges residents to “fight the bite” this spring and …   More...
bags of food

CRRC of Canyon Lake raised $44,000 in the Big Give charity fundraiser last month, but there are still some things money can’t buy from the San Antonio Food Bank. For example, dish …   More...
Tim Tingle

Award-winning Canyon Lake author and Oklahoma Choctaw Tim Tingle will receive the Oklahoma Center for the Book’s 2018 Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement award this Saturday, …   More...
hawks baseball team

by Hilltopnewspaper.com Canyon Lake Hawks got the better of Hondo on Friday, March 23, after walking all over the Owls scoring a 5-3 victory for their first win in District 28-4A play. Their …   More...
drought map

New Braunfels could enter “stage 1” water restrictions as early as this week, according to a press release posted on New Braunfels Utilities’ (NBU) website on March …   More...
Comal County Commissioners

Comal County commissioners said they don’t support Vulcan Quarry — and Jen Crownover, Commissioner Precinct #4, even described the situation as “heartbreaking” …   More...
aerial view canyon lake

The U.S. Census Bureau’s new tagline is “Measuring America – People, Places and Economy,” and Comal County measures way up according to data released on Thursday, …   More...
theater students

Performances by Canyon Lake High School theater students in a one-act play called SMASH were a smashing success with UIL judges on Tuesday, March 20. Students made school history by winning …   More...
harlem wizards and kids

The world-famous Harlem Wizards basketball team takes on Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim, Comal County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jen Crownover, DARE officers, Canyon Lake-area teachers …   More...
Judge Randy Gray

Graduates of Comal County Court-at-Law Judge Randy Gray’s Accountability Court were in smiles and tears as they shook hands with the police officers and sheriff’s deputies …   More...
CLWSC Sattler Office

Canyon Lake Water Service Company’s parent company, San Jose, California-based SJW Group, says no rate increases are expected in the wake of its proposed merger with Connecticut …   More...
vulcan quarry site

Comal County commissioners will finally weigh in on the controversial Vulcan Quarry project at their weekly meeting, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 22 at Comal County Courthouse,  …   More...
crime scene tape

Comal County Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to be alert for any unusual or suspicious packages in their immediate surroundings following recent package bombings in Austin …   More...
Comal County tax office

The Comal County Tax Office urges residents who mailed their 2017 property taxes to the county’s automated-processing lockbox to carefully monitor their accounts after Frost Bank …   More...
dog with child

“It’s Time to Give Big” on March 22, and lots of charities and non-profits in Canyon Lake need some of that bigness. Whether you care about the environment, arts, animal …   More...