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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.


TCEQ commissioners
TCEQ commissioners will consider a Sept. 3 decision by State Office of Administrative Hearing (SOAH) that Vulcan Materials has met its burden of proof and should be awarded the draft air-quality permit it needs to proceed with its project in Comal County. Image courtesy of Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry.
edwards family
Eleven-year-old Brendan Edwards and his mother, Melissa, were killed in a car accident on Nov. 10. Mountain Valley Middle School Principal Dustin Davisson said the Canyon Lake community can support the Edwards family by donating funds or making meals.
Carpool Karaoke with Andrew Kim
Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim took a ride with Tiffany Newkirk, Comal ISD’s director of academic counseling, to learn more about the latest tool students can use to discover their true passions.
CRRC Building
Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake (CRRC) will close its food pantry for a day next week for the move into this new building. After the move, clients will be able to select their own groceries.
Timone the dog
Meet Timone, described by owner Jane Sharp as part German Shepherd, part hunting dog/hound, and part schizophrenic. His decision to chase a buck chasing a doe through Sharp's backyard almost ended in disaster.
K9 therapy dog
Startzville Elementary students are asking for donations to support Operation K9 on Veterans Day.
Spring Ceek Gardens
Learn how to plant perennials and shrubs that need less water at Canyon Lake Water Service Company's Nov. 16-17 water conservation event at Spring Creek Gardens.
Lennar Home Bulverde
Lennar Homes plans to build 1,880 homes on 780 acres at its 4S Ranch in Bulverde. Lennar built this home in nearby Johnson Ranch.
Long library line
i voted stickers
For the first time ever, Comal County residents can cast their votes at any new Vote Center in the county.
early voting in Comal County
Turnout for early voting remained strong as of Friday. On Tuesday voters will have a chance to vote at any Vote Center in the county.
canyon lake varsity hawks
Canyon Lake High School Split End / Linebacker Kyle Wharton (#42) takes down the Lampasas running back. rr[Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]
Leon Dominick
Leon Dominick with the Lindheimer Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas says there's lots of fall color if you know where to look.
comal early voting
Voter turnout has been well above 2017 numbers – as in 250-500 percent higher each day, and already more than double the total number of in-person early voters for the entire 2017 election.
white tail buck
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation's Communications and Development Manager Ava Donaldson warns deer are on the move for a number of other reasons besides the rut including changing  temperatures, hunting season, and foraging for food.
property taxes
Residents can make partial payments from now through Jan. 31. Any taxes left unpaid after Jan. 31 are subject to penalties and interest. Alex Slobodkin / Getty Images
man watering with soaker hose
Hand watering, or watering by soaker hose, bucket, and drip irrigation is allowed on any day between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Image by Mahoney's Garden Center.
san antonio radar for Oct.25
Comal County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde said the burn ban was lifted at 10:20 Friday morning after overnight rains associated with a cold front dumped between 1.5 to 4 inches of rain across Comal County. Image by News4SA TV.
woman tying apron
Anyone who prepares food in a restaurant or makes food at home for sale elsewhere is required to complete an accredited food-handling program. Image by Food Truck Empire.
Canyon Lake Hawks
Canyon Lake High School Quarterback / Linebacker Brandon Robinson (#4) closely covers a Burnet receiver, tipping the pass. File photo credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography.
trick or treating in Sattler, Texas
Need something warm to wear? Trick-or-treating in Sattler this Saturday includes a stop by the Coat Rack Ministry, which provides free jackets, hoodies, coats and sweaters to anyone who needs one.
university of county government
On May 14, University of County Government's Class of 2019 received high marks from Comal County commissioners. Enrollment is now open for the 2020 year.
Awana Program at First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake
Programs like "Awana" are part of what attracts families to First Baptist Church Canyon Lake, which breaks ground on a new, 15,000-square-foot fellowship hall and large, secure area for children and preschoolers on Sunday.
Comal County Commissioners Court
Comal County Commissioners Court.
Annalisa Peace
Annalisa Peace, executive director of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, says Proposition 8 would authorize a flood infrastructure fund (created by Senate Bill 7) to be managed by the Texas Water Development Board to be used for planning, seeking permits for, or constructing flood-related projects. This flood infrastructure fund will require no new taxes or bonds as money comes from a one-time distribution of $793 million from Texas' rainy day fund, which currently stands at $11 billion dollars.
Comal County Sheriff K-9 Unit
You won't find this cute dog on VOTE411.org but he did hang out, offline, with the Comal County sheriff.
early voting
Registered voters in Comal County can cast their ballots at any of six locations -- now called Vote Centers -- during the early voting period, which ends Nov. 1.
Canyon Lake Presbyterian fundraiser
The gorgeous sunset and view from Canyon Lake Presbyterian's stone patio were as big an attraction as the chili and live music at Wednesday night's Turkeys to Tables fundraiser for Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake's food pantry.
precipitation in Comal County 10/15-10/16
This is the amount of rain Comal County received between 7 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Image courtesy of Comal County Commissioner Jen Crownover, Pct. 4.
canyon lake high school paralympics
Athletes at Canyon Lake High School say they were inspired by guest speaker Kari Miller, right, who happens to be a three-time Paralympic medalist. Senior Jade Lawless got to meet the hero.
Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church Secretary Laura Schafer
Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church Secretary Laura Schafer says the rain should all be gone in time for Wednesday evening's Turkeys to Tables fundraiser for the CRRC.
River Chase resident Brian Brantley
Brian Brantley hoses smoke and dirt from the skidsteer he used to cut fire breaks during last Saturday's 226-acre brush fire. A week later, he said he still can't get the smokey smell out of his CAT 262.
canyon lake dam
Image courtesy of Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
Canyon Lake Emergency Services District 3
Emergency Services District No. 3 operates Canyon Lake Fire/EMS, which provides fire protection and, through a contract with Comal County ESD No. 2, emergency medical response for some 250 square miles in the northern portion of Comal County, including and around Canyon Lake.
vulcan quarry
Image by Friends of Dry Comal Creek.
brush fire in comal county
Comal County Fire/EMS worked the scene of this 40-acre brush fire in Canyon Lake though Saturday night. Units from New Braunfels, Bracken and Hays County fire departments also responded to the blaze, along with several low-flying air tankers.
Devil's Backbone
Image by RV There Yet?
2020 census badge
The 2020 U.S. Census is more than just a count of population and this is the first time it will be primarily online, according to League of Women Voters of the Comal Area Treasurer and the Census Forum Coordinator Gloria Suarez Sasser.
panoramic view of canyon lake
Image courtesy of Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.
comal isd tax rate
Comal ISD Board President Jason York said this seven-cent decrease will help ease the burden of rising property values on local taxpayers.
Bass fisherwoman Abigal Spence
Smithson Valley High School student anglers Abigail Spence and Evan Velez took the second spot with a bass weighing in at 5.32 lbs. during the Texas High School Bass Association (THSBA) Hill Country Division Tournament in Lake Travis on Sept. 14.
Comal County Fair
Image by No Flash Photography and downtownnewbraunfels.com.
Comal County Fair & Rodeo
All county offices close on Friday. Parks facilities in Canyon Lake and Spring Branch/Bulverde will remain open.
Monarch Ultra Run
Cheer on runners who will pass through San Antonio from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 17 2019 during the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival. They're replicating the 2,671-mile monarch butterfly migration. Filmmakers, runners, and pollinator advocates will be telling the story of the flight of the monarch butterfly through the eyes of ultra-runners who will trek from southern Ontario to central Mexico this fall.
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