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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.

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...
Kids and parent watching solar eclipse.

Did you wait too long to buy special glasses for Monday’s eclipse? Watch the amazing event over at Guadalupe River State Park, 3350 Park Road 31  Spring Branch, TX 78070 between …   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...
Group of Comal ISD school kids.

Here’s a complete list of all Comal ISD ‘meet-the-teacher’ and open house nights: Bill Brown Elementary: Aug. 25: Trail Blazer Roundup: – PK & KG: 9 to 10 …   More...
Boy gets shot.

Call to reserve a spot for Saturday, Aug. 12 back-to-school vaccine clinic at Comal County Office of Public Health, 1297 Church Hill Dr., New Braunfels. The weekend clinic runs from 9 a.m. …   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...
Online Verification Starts Aug. 1

All Comal ISD students, both new and returning in 2017-18, must enroll or verify their information online through the parent portal txConnect. In order to enroll a student, parents must …   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...
Canyon Lake Brush Fire

Fireworks sparked a Fourth of July brush fire in Kings Crown subdivision on the south side of Canyon Lake. Fire Chief Shawn Wherry says the fire last night quickly spread over a relatively …   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...
seal-coating season

Dozens of roads in subdivisions throughout Comal County will receive a new seal coat this summer. Beginning Friday, June 30, contractor Fuquay Inc. will resurface 41 miles of roads in the …   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...
CLHS honored

Canyon Lake High School student Emily Clark was honored at the Comal Education Foundation’s Jan Heckendorn Academic Recognition Banquet May 16 at McKenna Events Center in New Braunfels. …   More...
Comal Animal

Comal County residents who need to purchase a mandatory county pet license or rent a trap will no longer need to drive into New Braunfels to do so. The county’s Animal Control Office, part …   More...
Stamp Out Hunger Hero Image

Canyon Lake residents “mailed” some 7,392 pounds of canned food to the food pantry at Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake (CRRC) on May 13. “We love …   More...
Maureen Schein

South Central Texas’ May 4 #Big Give raised $34,182 for Community Resource & Recreation Center (CRRC) of Canyon Lake, one of the area’s biggest charities. The non-profit …   More...
Cat Rabies

A second cat in New Braunfels was diagnosed with rabies in April, highlighting the ongoing need to be cautious and alert as development in the county continues to bring people and pets into …   More...
Boys Swimming

Five seasonal parks that remained closed in April pending resolution of service-contract issues are now open, according to the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Now open are Cranes Mill …   More...
Leadership Day

May 7 UPDATE: Jason York won the seat for Comal ISD board of trustees’ Single District 3, beating incumbent Laurie Schley 434 to 237 votes. Also, here are the results, by district, …   More...
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Jason York beat incumbent Laurie Schley 434 to 247 in May 6 election. His campaign theme was: “Get on a bus and go to Austin and tell those yahoos that we need to keep our tax dollars …   More...