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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.

Saved by Grace Ministries provides free jackets to anyone in need this Halloween. Coats will be available in front of the former 7 Grams at 1642 FM 2673, Canyon Lake from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, …   More...
Poster for Brauntex Theatre's 50+ Theatre Program.

Brauntex’s 50+ Theatre program’s back by popular demand. It’s open to residents ages 50 and up from the New Braunfels area. Spaces limited so apply now. Learn acting …   More...
Comal County District Attorney Jennifer Tharp.

Comal is one of only three counties selected to receive a grant from the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) that will be used to create a group of community and governmental agencies …   More...
Comal County's recycling center

Don’t call it mulch ado about nothing: All the mulch Comal County residents need is free for the taking as the county’s Recycling Center launches Mulch Madness in an effort to clear its …   More...
white tail buck

Late September marks beginning of rut season — the breeding period — for the omnipresent whitetail deer in Canyon Lake. The rut can be especially dangerous for Canyon Lake …   More...
Comal County tax rate chart

Commissioners Court approved the 2018 Comal County budget and a tax rate to fund it on Sept. 7, setting expenditures for next year at $95.38 million and the tax rate at 35.7921 cents per $100 …   More...
Foods in Keto Diet

Ann Childress, M.S. in nutrition, discusses the science behind eating ‘KETO.’ Library provides coffee, tea and cookies. Bring a sack lunch! A ketogenic diet, or keto diet, …   More...
Chief Darren Brinkkoeter

Veteran New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Darren Brinkkoeter was sworn in Sept. 20 as leader of Comal County Emergency Services District No. 3 (Canyon Lake Fire/EMS). He replaces …   More...
variety of produce

A retired New Braunfels landscaper now living in Startzville is growing 540 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to feed families served by non-profit Community Resource and Recreation …   More...
Teenagers in classroom.

Are you a teenager between ages of 13 and 17 and looking for ways to be involved and have a voice in the community? Explore opportunities and resources to become an active and informed citizen …   More...
Canyon Lake Dam.

Despite Harvey rains, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) says current releases of 110 cubic feet per second (cfs) at Canyon Reservoir will be reduced to match the inflow of about …   More...
Bonjour

French Club meets 2 p.m. every Tuesday – right after French class at 1 p.m! …   More...
burn ban

Comal County Judge Sherman Krause lifted the unpopular outdoor burn ban Sunday morning. The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which measures soil dryness, dropped 346 points in one …   More...
Canyon Lake school teachers.

Hawk pride soared at Comal ISD’s back-to-school Convocation for the Canyon Lake High School feeder pattern Aug. 24. Teachers were treated to a barbecue meal as well as performances from …   More...
Comal ISD children sitting at back of school bus

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released its “2017 Accountability Ratings” Aug. 15 and all 28 Comal ISD campuses were rated “Met Standard,” the highest rating for a campus. In …   More...
high school girls playing volleyball

No need to stand in line to purchase tickets at Comal ISD athletic events. All-Sports passes went on sale Aug. 9. To order yours through ticketracker.com, click here. It’s one-stop …   More...
Comal County Judge Sherman Krause

Public hearings on Comal County’s proposed 2018 budget are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 in Commissioners Court, located on the second floor,  Historic …   More...
Edwards Plateau savanna.

Wednesday, Aug. 9 — Comal County residents are watching the numbers this week to see how much longer the controversial burn ban will remain in effect following recent heavy rains …   More...
Map showing rain totals in Comal County.

Tuesday, Aug. 17 – Despite recent heavy rains, the burn ban remains indefinitely in effect for Comal County, Comal County Fire Marshal’s office said today. Keetch-Byram …   More...
CLWSC water treatment facility

Canyon Lake Water Service Company (CLWSC) on Tuesday announced Stage 1 rationing will begin Monday, Aug. 14 for all residential and commercial customers with the exception of those living …   More...
Woman riding horse.

Books open at 3:30 p.m. Posse starts running at 5 p.m From the website: “The purpose of the Comal County Sheriff’s Posse at its inception was to develop and maintain a group skilled …   More...
Texas Parks and Wildlife officials on boat in lake

Search teams have recovered the body of missing Houston resident Michael Talley, who died after a jet-ski incident on Canyon Lake Sunday afternoon. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department …   More...
Canyon Lake Hawks Football Team

by HilltopNewspaper.com Canyon Lake’s 10th year of competition starts this week as the three Fall sports teams start preparing for competition. The Hawk’s Volleyball squad scrimmages …   More...
Comal County Commissioners Consider 2017 Budget

Last Thursday, Comal County Judge Sherman Krause presented his $93 million 2018 budget to Commissioners Court. The proposal envisions a combined tax rate of 35.7921 cents per $100 assessed …   More...
Texas Master Naturalists at Canyon Gorge.

by Sara Riggs, Texas Master Naturalist Lindheimer (Comal) Chapter When you are out enjoying our local parks or trails and you see someone wearing a sage green t-shirt with a dragonfly and …   More...
Storm damage to Comal Cafe.

About that storm that ripped the roof off Comal Cafe . . . A microburst from a heavy storm ripped the roof off Comal Cafe on July 30. Check out the time-lapse video above for a look at a microburst …   More...
Vintage image of Fischer Store.

The 165-year-old Fischer Historic District in northern Comal County has officially been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The listing is the culmination of many hours …   More...
Paramedics respond to emerency

by Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake Sometimes, its teamwork. We, at CRRC, know a lot of the other folks in Canyon Lake that provide services to those in need. Sometimes, …   More...
Canyon Lake swimming

Fort Worth District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) says Canyon Lake residents have 30 days to submit written comments about proposed revisions to Canyon Lake’s Master …   More...
Mosquito bite

The Zika virus continues to worry health officials in Comal County and New Braunfels. They want to stay on top of the mosquito-borne illness so residents know what to do and how to prevent …   More...
Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake’s changed a lot over the last 47 years, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) master plan for its development hasn’t. The original land-use document …   More...
Comal County Burn Ban

July 13 update from Comal County: “According to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, Comal is the driest county in the state – which means you should definitely be following the burn …   More...
Texas Master Naturalist Darlene Varga

Becoming a Texas Master Naturalist (TMN) takes time, determination — and time! Can you commit to Mother Nature? Lindheimer Chapter (Comal County) of Texas Master Naturalists is …   More...

The Community Resource & Recreation Center of Canyon Lake’s Food Pantry is short on a few items this month because the San Antonio Food Bank is short on them. “Can you donate …   More...
Free Street Sign

New to the area – or just hard to find? Be prepared for emergencies. Canyon Lake Professional Firefighters Association Local 4713 will make and install a reflective street number …   More...
Banded water snake eats fish

April through October is snake season. Although they’re all around you, chances are you’ll never see a venomous snake in Canyon Lake. Most snakes much prefer the undeveloped …   More...
zebra mussels

Invasive zebra mussels have now been positively identified in the Guadalupe River Basin in what is now the state’s southernmost affected lake. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) …   More...
Peggy Haley

Becoming a Texas Master Naturalist (TMN) takes time, determination — and time! Can you commit to Mother Nature? Lindheimer Chapter (Comal County) of Texas Master Naturalists is …   More...
Hazard Mitigation Action Plan

Comal County residents are invited to provide their feedback about the county’s new Hazard Mitigation Action Plan (HMAP) at a public meeting 4 p.m. Thursday, June 15 in Comal County …   More...
Mosquitos in dish

Canyon Creek Estates residents Andy and Kelly Williams hope to take some of the sting out of mosquito bites this hot, damp summer season. Canyon Creek Estates residents and Mosquito Squad …   More...
Bonjour

French Club meets every Tuesday – right after French class! …   More...
Judge Charles Stephens

Comal County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) in May received a $75,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission. The grant, awarded earlier this month, will help fund the salary of a court …   More...
Meals on Wheels delivery

by Maureen Schein Volunteer Coordinator Meals on Wheels Years ago, one of our Meals on Wheels (MOW) drivers called me. Dan was in the driveway of a home, to deliver meals. He had called Zach …   More...
Can Ban

Don’t worry about cans. If you’re riding the rivers inside New Braunfels city limits, Mayor Barron Casteel says you can drink and float with them despite a May 18 court ruling that effectively …   More...