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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.

Kirkwood Manor
A woman in her 90s died of COVID-19 related causes at Kirkwood Manor on Friday.
Boat ramp #5
There are 23 boat ramps located around Canyon Lake.
water restrictions
Picture: Pixabay / MGN Online
elderly man using walker
According to Modern Healthcare, residents and staff in nursing homes are among the hardest hit by COVID-19 and represent and outsize portion of deaths from the disease. They typically are older and require round-the-clock care, battling multiple chronic conditions. Image courtesy of Modernhealthcare.com/Getty Images
Comal County Friends of the Night Sky
With Comal County in the crosshairs of rapid growth along the I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio, Larry Wells and other Canyon Lake residents have joined forces with a grassroots movement sweeping Central Texas whose goal is stopping “light pollution” before it erases stars from the night sky.
Game Warden search boat
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Captain Game Warden Javier Fuentes, standing in the front of the patrol boat around noon, confirmed the discovery of Luis Rodriguez' body. Image by Karla Held Photography.
burn ban
The burn ban takes effect at 6 a.m. Friday. Image courtesy of MasonWebtv.com.
comal county emergency management coordinator Jeff Kelley
Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Kelley, left, set up an Emergency Operations Center to deal with COVID-19 outbreak in April. Information Technology Director Mike Lee and Public Health Director Cheryl Fraser supported Kelley. File image courtesy of Comal County.
Houston Police Department Dive Team
A member of the Houston Police Department's Dive Team practices shallow-water evidence recovery. YouTube image.
texas education agency
Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath (standing in front of American flag) yesterday issued guidelines for the upcoming school year. They are supported by Texas officials including Gov. Greg Abbott (center). Facebook image from March 13.
Heights of Bulverde
Six Comal County nursing home residents have died of COVID-19. Image courtesy of Heights of Bulverde website.
Jason Derscheid
Jason Derscheid, left, is the new executive director of the Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake (CRRC).
Family of Luis Alexis Rodriguez
Extended family members arrived in Canyon Lake yesterday to help search for Luis Rodriguez (far right), who drowned in Canyon Lake on Sunday. From left: Father Pedro Rodriguez, mother Patricia and brother Pedro Rodriguez Jr.
guadalupe regional medical center
Forty-three patients are now hospitalized at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, and another 14 have died there. Facebook image.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Patrol Boat
Game wardens with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will use side-scan sonar equipment on its patrol boats today in an attempt to locate the body of 25-year-old Luis Alexandria Rodriguez, missing and presumed drowned after jumping off a boat into Canyon Lake to cool off on Saturday. File image.
Comal County Office of Public Health
Comal County's Office of Public Health is short-staffed and is still working through reports that came in over the holiday weekend. Two of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 in June. File image courtesy of Comal County
comal county sheriff's office
Comal County Sheriffs's Office spokesperson Jennifer Smith said Rodriguez is Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing pink swim trunks when he jumped off a boat to cool off.
Strength-and-conditioning camps scheduled for July 2 are not affected by the decision.
Enjoying the water at Canyon Park
Facebook image from Canyon Park.
covid-19 cases in Comal County
Comal County said its dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases is putting incredible stress on the local healthcare system.
Comal County Judge Sherman Krause
Comal County Judge Sherman Krause's order takes effect immediately and expires on July 15. Enforcement begins on Friday.
comal county covid-19 cases
Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call the county’s dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Canyon Lake voters can cast their ballots at the CRRC, 1917 FM 2673, Sattler.
canyon cruiser
One annual tradition that isn't canceled is the Canyon Cruiser's July 4 cruise, set from 7 to 9:45 p.m.
amazon fire hd 10 tablet
Join or renew your membership with Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library by June 30 and qualify to be automatically entered into a July 1 drawing for an Amazon Fire tablet.
Brody Tyler Davis
Twenty-year-old Brody Tyler Davis is in custody at Comal County Jail, where he is charged with first-degree felony murder and third-degree felony for evading arrest/detention with vehicle.
comal county sheriff's office
Comal County Sheriff's Office said the Texas Rangers are assisting in their investigation.
covid-19 comal county caes
Today's tally does not include all of the additional 42 cases of COVID-19 reported at River Gardens care facility in New Braunfels.
Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra
Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra, right, visits a COVID-19 testing site at Uhland Elementary School on June 18.
Comal River in New Braunfels
Comal River Cam offers live views from the banks of the Comal River. Image by Comal River Cam.
Comal ISD Supt. Andrew Kim
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott on June 17 reappointed Comal ISD Supt. Andrew Kim to the Texas School Safety Center board, which advises state officials on school safety and security matters.
tube haus
Tubing the Guadalupe River is still allowed provided you bring your own tube and can pay a tubing service for parking. Facebook image by Tube Haus.
Guadalupe County COVID-19 Cases
Guadalupe County encompasses part of New Braunfels, which has a mask order in place.
covid-19 texas
Of the 48 cases, 40 are confirmed and eight are probable; 38 are New Braunfels-area residents, six are from the Bulverde/Spring Branch area, three live south of Canyon Lake, and one lives north of Canyon Lake. Residents in their 20s and 30s make up a large percentage of new cases.
Overlook Park
Unless recreationalists start picking up after themselves and behaving responsibly, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it will shut down popular sites like Canyon Lake's Overlook Park.
covid-19 texas
Comal County’s positivity rate – the percentage of tests with a positive result – is now 8.47%, down from 8.65% on Wednesday and up from 5.90% one week ago.
comal park sign
Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County is dealing with trash problems created by the huge influx of visitors during COVID-19.
operation float a soldier
Operation Float a Soldier's (OFAS) board of directors described its decision to cancel events as "excruciating."
covid-19 virus
With seven deaths, the county now has 267 active confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases.
face mask
New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman said face coverings include homemade masks, scarves, bandanas and handkerchiefs.
Startz Memorial VFW Post 8800
Startz Memorial VFW 8800, which also operates a restaurant and bar, closed its facilities on Tuesday so it could sanitize the building after a patron was notified they had been in contact with someone whot tested positive for COVID-19.
Canyon Lake USACE Manager Javier Perez
USACE Canyon Lake Manager Javier Perez said the Stilling Basin fence at Guadalupe Trail parking lot has been vandalized several times.
covid-19 cases in comal county
Comal County’s positivity rate – the percentage of tests with a positive result – is now 8.21%, up from 7.11% on Saturday and 5.66% one week ago. It’s the highest rate Comal County has seen since April 14.
guadalupe River trail south
Guadalupe South's trailhead is located at the base of Canyon Dam at the far end of the southernmost parking area. It's a nearly one-mile-long scenic walk among the bald cypess-lined banks of the Guadalupe River. (Facebook image)