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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.


Guadalupe Valley Lakes
They won't be drained but Lakes McQueeney, Placid, Meadow and Gonzales will close to all activity this Thursday while a special panel appointed by Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and property owners decides on next steps to ensure public safety and manage infrastructure issues. Image courtesy of gvlakes.com.
Comal County Fire Marshal's Truck
The burn ban remains in effect despite recent scattered showers. Avoid fires and open flames or expect a possible visit from this truck.
vote here
County Commissioners on Thursday are expected to approve universal polling locations that make it much easier for residents to vote.
Canyon Lake Hawks
Canyon Lake High School Fullback Derek Wiatrek (#2) is tackled by the Marble Falls defender after rushing for a first down.rr[Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]
real estate for sale sign
Canyon Lake's overall real estate market, which is valued at roughly $95 million, decreased by about three percent over the summer. The total numer of lake homes for sale and land listings on and around Canyon Lake decreased by less than two percent, down from 454 properties to 446.
Canyon Lake, Texas lakefront property
Waters are rising in Canyon Lake's real estate market. Image by Sullivan Hill Country Properties.
Canyon Lake Dam Service Road Reopening
Commissioner Crownover Jen Crownover, Pct. 4, thanks Canyon Lake High School Future Farmers of America students who helped build a new gate for the dam service road, which reopened for public access last week.
RSVP America Reads' Cindy Peterman
RSVP America Reads' Program Coordinator Cindy Peterman is looking for retirees to work with Canyon Lake elementary students this school year.
water hose
Under Stage 1 water restrictions, watering by hand, soaker hose, bucket or drip irrigation is allowed on any day from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. or, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
canyon lake dam service road grandreopening
One of the most-scenic walkways in the world reopens Tuesday.
Cory Martelli
Insurance entrepreneur Cory Martelli, the father of two Hawks graduates, is working with Comal ISD, Canyon Lake High School (CLHS) Principal Kristy Castilleja and teacher DeeAnn McCoy to launch a new "Incubator Program" at the school this fall.
CLWSC Multi-Year Projects
Canyon Lake Water Service Company said on Friday it is working hard to improve water conditions in all areas. This map shows several major multi-year projects nearing completion or underway.
July 2019 GBRA board meeting
The public attends a July 18 board meeting at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority's William E. West Jr. Annex Building.
CLWSC water transmissionl line
File image by Mendez Engineering, which worked with CLWSC on a previous Highway 281 expansion project.
comal county kbdi
Comal County remains under a burn ban. Today's Keetch-Byram Drought Index is well above the 500-mark threshold county commissioners use to issue a burn ban.
safety resource officers
D.A.R.E. Officer Deputy Roxie Haik and School Resource Officer Deputy Robert Martinez are part of the Comal County Sheriff's Office, one of the district's key partners when it comes to safety and security.
Honey Creek
Guadalupe River State Park is immediately downstream of the confluence of Honey Creek, shown here, and the Gudalupe River. Image courtesty of Texas Parks & Wildlife.
Comal ISD students
Comal ISD earned an "A" with a score of 92 in the state's A-F accountability system according to ratings released Aug. 15 by the Texas Education Agency. More than half of Comal ISD's campuses earned an A.
Debbie Kyrouac
Debbie Kyrouac, president-elect of the Native Plant Society of Texas' Lindheimer Chapter, offers insight into the secret lives of plants.
Pct. 4 Comal County Constable Shane Rapp
Pct. 4 Comal County Constable Shane Rapp, fifth from left, says he is active in community outreach. In July, he participated in the county's annual Protect & Serve Mixer at Rio Guadalupe Resort.
clwscwaterplant
Water restrictions remain in effect for the northside of Canyon Lake. Image of Canyon Lake Shores water-treatment plant courtesy of Canyon Lake Water Service Company.
Horak family
Teachers often spend their own money on classroom supplies and materials to ensure that students do not miss out on learning.However, Mrs. Johnson’s classroom at Mountain Valley Middle School will have all the supplies needed for the entire year due to the exceptional efforts of the Horak family.
empty food pantry shelf
"This is our canned corn shelf! Our macaroni-and-cheese shelf will soon look the same."
Dayna Martin Specht
Specht Elementary Fifth Grader Dayna Martin is a winner, thanks to Comal ISD programs which lead the way in providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum, inspires creativity and reaches all different learners. She will attend sixth grader at Pieper Ranch Elementary this fall.
lake dunlap house
Preserve Lake Dunlap Association is fighting to create a water district that would allow lakefront owners to "step up" and restore Lake Dunlap following a catastrophic spillgate failure on May 14 that drained the lake. Image courtesy of www.lakehouses4sale.net.
Lake Dunlap spillgate falure
Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority experienced a spillgate failure at Lake Dunlap on May 14. Image courtesy of GBRA.
Man in hat
Bulverde Area Republican Women's Monday meeting wasn't canceled after all. Texas Border Volunteers' Jim Gibson described his group's efforts to fight illegal immigration at an undisclosed location later identified as Buck & Doe's Mercantile on Hwy 281 in San Antonio.
Biedermann condemns
On Oct. 10, 2016 Texas Border Volunteers’ Jim Gibson -- also scheduled to speak at the Monday, Aug. 12 meeting of Bulverde Area Republican Women -- posed for this photo with (l-r) BAR-W President Kaci Sisk, Saul Castellanos with the Freedom Youth Project Foundation, Linda Bartle, BAR-W first vice president, and retired border patrol/ICE Agent Jesus “Chuy” Ramos.
videocam Anti-litter Campaign
So far this summer, WORDCC's yellow-shirted  "street  teamers" have greeted 5,000 people, handing out mesh trash bags to visitors at Overlook Park, Guadalupe Trail, Nichols Landing Paddling Trail, and near the entrance of the Horseshoe bend on the Guadalupe River.
Dam Community Alliance Reopening
Canyon Lake-area County Commissioner and Dam Community Alliance organizer Jen Crownover says it's happening soon.
sprinkler system
Canyon Lake Water Service Company (CLWSC) has declared a water emergency and is asking customers on the north side of Canyon Lake as well as Blanco, Bring Branch and Bulverde to suspend all outdoor irrigation and landscape watering.
ecotherapist Amy Sugeno
Austin-area ecotherapist Amy Sugeno, right, champions the benefits of spending time with nature and is a featured panelist at an upcoming seminar on using the outdoors to heal.
texas master naturalists
Members of Lindheimer Master Naturalist's Rock Star class took a field trip on May 24 to to learn about PAL - Program to Assist Landowners. Image by Erin Harrison.
PreK students
Enrollment is limited to low-income, ESL, homeless, military, Star of Texas Award, and foster-care children. Image courtesy of Comal ISD.
comal county budget
Comal County's proposed 2020 budget is this thick and worth $110.9 million, County Judge Sherman Krause explaine at Commissioners Court on Thursday.
back-to-school vaccinations
To learn more about what kids --- or parents -- need, call Comal County Office of Public Health at 830-221-1150 to learn more or arrange an appointment.
Map of Sattler
Canyon Lake-area County Commissioner Jen Crownover said location of the new county building will benefit residents living in this part of the county.
Canyon Lake Shores Water Treatement Plant
The majority of the water provided to Canyon Lake Water Service Company's Canyon Lake Shores System is produced at the Canyon Lake Shores Surface Water Treatment Plant. Raw water is pumped from Canyon Lake and is moved through two ClariCone® clarifiers to remove solids and organic matter. The settled water passes through the three granular activated carbon (GAC) filters shown in the photo, each with the capacity of two million gallons of water a day. As the water leaves the filters, it is injected with a chlorine solution of mixed oxidants for final disinfection and is allowed contact time in the storage tank prior to being pumped to the distribution system.
pipe covered in zebra mussels
This zebra-mussel infestation blocked intake pipes at Canyon Lake Shores treatment plant, causing the water company to issue restrictions on outdoor water usage after dark. Image courtesy of Canyon Lake Water Service Company.
Donna Eccleston and Jennifer Saunders
Comal County Commissioner Donna Eccleston, Pct. 1, recognized Justice of the Peace #4 Judge Jennifer Saunders for 40 years of service on Thursday.
Keetch-Byram Drought Index for July 25
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) for Comal County was at 491 on Thursday -- and is projected to reach 500 by week's end. Every 100 points of the KBDI is roughly equivalent to an inch of dry soil depth.
zebra mussels
This image of zebra mussels in Canyon Lake is courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Area behind Whitewater
Comal County Constable Precinct 4 Shane Rapp asks anyone who may have witnessed an altercation in this area behind Whitewater Ampitheater to call 830-964-4526. Image by TexasHighways.com.
canyon lake
Canyon Lake levels are down to 909.83 feet, prompting GBRA to reduce release rates from Canyon Reservoir. Image courtesy of Joel Sparta.
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